Invest in Yourself by Learning a New Skill

Have you ever caught yourself wasting time on social media, watching television, or perusing the web? It’s easy to lose track of time, and before you know it, you’ve watched an entire season of a TV show in a few days. (Not that I’m guilty of ever doing that! Wink, wink.) Today, I want to invite you to let go of activities that waste time and begin now to invest in yourself. As Julia Childs put it, “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” You owe it to yourself. Here are a handful of ideas to help you get started.


Have you considered these options?

  • Archery
  • Astrology
  • Baking
  • Biking
  • Birdwatching
  • Calligraphy
  • Candle Making
  • Cooking
  • Coloring
  • Cosplaying
  • Crocheting
  • Dance
  • Digital design
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Embroidery
  • Fishing
  • Flower arranging
  • Glassblowing
  • Hunting
  • Knitting
  • Ice skating
  • Jewelry making
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Juggling
  • Origami
  • Painting
  • Piano
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Puzzles
  • Sewing
  • Singing
  • Spinning/Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Writing
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

If your circumstances allow, take a class in a subject that interests you. Structured learning with a skilled teacher and planned projects will make your experience more enjoyable because all you have to do is show up with your supplies! If you’re at a beginner level, you can advance by routinely getting help from your teacher. Ideally, classes will be a place for you to experience new things in a safe and low-stress environment.


Maybe signing up for a class isn’t feasible right now in your life. Thanks to YouTube, we can learn almost anything from piano lessons to painting techniques via the web. Often, you can even ask questions and have them answered. The best part about this type of learning is that it revolves around your schedule, and you’ll only pay for the supplies.

We all have things that make us happy and fill our cup. By focusing our efforts on learning a new skill, we are becoming our best selves.You are a worthy investment, and it’s okay to spend time on you! We have to live with ourselves for a long time, we might as well be interesting! Choose a new skill you want to develop this month and watch how quickly your life is enriched as you work on it. Share your experience with us in the comments or on social media!

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