It’s easy to get caught up in the grind of life…the tidbits of entertainment from Social Media, hours of shows to binge on Netflix, not to mention work, cleaning, cooking, the whole life shebang. It’s also easy as a mom…specifically a stay-at-home mom, though I’m sure working moms have it to some degree too. And the concept can work for anyone.
You’re busy all the time. Everything is always going. Sometimes it is a little overwhelming. And a lot of the work you do…the dishes, washing the laundry, cleaning up the toys…you can work all day on it, and by the time you go to bed, most of it is undone. It can be exhausting.
And a lot of it doesn’t use your higher brain power.
I’m not trying to complain. It’s just what comes with the territory. But it can be difficult sometimes.
So I decided a while back that I was going to try and learn something new each year. Youtube is a gold mine. There are books and books and BOOKS and books in the library and Amazon. Not to mention actual classes. There’s never been another time for learning how to do things, especially on your own.
And ya’ll, it’s made a HUGE difference. Making the conscious effort to learn new things helped me get my brain going again, and I found an engaged way to have fun. Not just passively sitting and watching, but actually doing things. I no longer feel as bogged down, like I’m stuck on a treadmill and making no progress as I pick up yet another toy that’ll just be on the floor again later.
So what have I been learning? I’ve puttered around about in a couple of different things. I did a little painting. But I ended up putting a lot of effort into learning how to sew. I’ve been figuring out Photoshop to make my own photo-manipulation art. And I’ve spent a lot of time reading on editing. I’ve greatly improved my editing skills over the past year, digging up every resource I can to learn how to be better at it. Unlike many authors, I enjoy it. I like it so much that I’m launching my own editing business soon, so keep your eyes open for that.
I have even used Duolingo to learn a little Polish.
Learn something new. Preferably something you can see a physical result. Painting, baking, basketweaving, cross-stitch…marksmanship. Whatever floats your boat, but make it something beyond sitting down and absorbing facts. You could take a class or do it on your own.
Most people derive a great deal of satisfaction from their handiwork. I think too much of what we do in the modern world has little to no tangible result – whether you’re a housewife or not. When you spend hours a day on something and don’t have anything to look at, to hold in your hands and see what your time and effort have done, it can be soul-crushing. Even just being able to sit down at the end of the day and look at a simple pair of PJ pants I made helped.
Writing a book does have a tangible result at the very end, but it takes so long that I needed something else as a pick me up. An encouragement to keep going, that all my time and effort were actually accomplishing something.
So what new things have you been learning? What do you like to make? What have you always wanted to learn but haven’t gotten the chance?