I’m not going to lie, it’s really weird to talk about my word of the year a few months into the year. Better late than never, after all. But here we are, four months into the year, talking about what I want to focus on.
I really hope it goes better than last year, when my plan to embrace creativity fell apart. After everything that happened last year, it was hard to focus on anything. I mean, a pandemic, starting school and a lot of changes at work…it’s a wonder I was able to get anything done!
But that was last year! It’s a new year and there’s plenty of time to get things done.
This year, I just want to learn!
Being in school really helps with learning. How could it not? I feel like, being in school at 34, I have a much better idea of who I am, what I’m interested in, and why I’m there, compared to when I was in college right out of high school. I want to take all of the things, because there are a lot of classes that sound absolutely cool, so it will be quite the assortment of classes.
And I know that they all fall into graduation requirements, but there are a lot of classes that I’ll probably take because I want to, and not just because I need to. If I could be in school forever, I would! I’d be that vampire with a ton of degrees, probably.
On a super random note, I finished an intercultural communications class recently, and I am really glad I took it! I learned a lot about communication, especially about communicating with people from other cultures. There are a couple of links I wanted to share, because they were really interesting to look at and go through.
One is a white privilege check. While I wasn’t surprised that my answers were yes all the way down, I do know that I need to act, and not just think. On a related note, taking these hidden biases tests were also really informative. It’s a really good starting point to see how you’re biased, even though you don’t realize how you’re biased.
It is pretty vague, though. A few months into the year, and I’m still not completely sure what it is I want to learn, and how I’m going to do it. On the one hand, it’s going to be hard to focus on specific things because I can’t completely pinpoint what it is I want to learn. I feel like not having some specific things to focus on will mean that I won’t have some starting points. But I also like that it’s vague, because it leaves it open-ended. If I find a rabbit-hole I want to go down, I will go down that rabbit-hole.
I don’t want to stress out over it, though. I want it to be fun, not stressful. I like learning! It makes me happy to learn something new, and I get really excited when I learn something new. So fun and natural, not forced and stressful.
There are a couple of things I specifically wanted to focus on this year:
- I plan on reading at least one non-fiction book each month, and so far, I’m doing pretty good with that. It’s a good starting point, and maybe I’ll actually read more than one non-fiction book a month. I’m not ruling it out, but one is definitely manageable! I have a ton of books to choose from too, so picking something new won’t be hard at all!
- I also want to learn a new craft. A few months into the year, and I still haven’t decided what that will be. I could learn how to embroider, do cross-stitch, draw, paint, sew or knit. The possibilities are endless, but a new craft would be fun, even if it’s not a permanent part of my life the way crochet is. It could be, and I won’t know until I try. I actually have to do, though, instead of thinking about it.
I’m excited about all of the possibilities- whether it’s from a book, from school, or something else entirely, it will be really nice to focus on something I really love. The last year has really got me thinking about making learning a priority.
That’s all for today!
I’ll see you next time,