Welcome back to the Summer Serenity Series for Moms!
Today I want to talk with you about taking a class that feeds your passion. If you’re anything like me, you love to learn and discover new things. In fact, I believe that if you’re not learning, you’re not growing.
As moms we are so busy focusing on our children learning that it’s easy to forget about feeding our passion through learning.
Taking a free class this summer may be the thing that you’ve been missing in your life. There are so many fun and interesting classes that you can take now and they don’t have to cost a fortune. It is important that you make time to explore a class to learn a new craft, hobby or to brush up on old skills and possibly pick up a few new ones. You can find really free classes that fit into your schedule without breaking the bank.
1. If you’re a craft lover, you can take affordable classes such as cake decorating, scrapbooking, knitting, sewing and much more at craft stores such as Joann Fabric and Craft Stores and Michaels. In addition to learning a new craft, you will probably connect with other women and possibly make a few new friends. You can check smaller local craft store for their class schedules.
2. Another place to check for inexpensive summer classes is… local public library! A long lost resource, they usually have classes (some are offered at no cost) with a wide range of interests. You may even get lucky and be able to sign your children up for a class, reading, or activity at the same time, so child care isn’t a concern.
3. Your neighborhood recreation center may offer special classes during the summer that allow you to learn with other local moms. In addition to what you’re learning, connecting with moms is an added plus. You may even be able to bring your children along and have them work on age-based activities in a separate room. If getting out of the house to take a class is a challenge, you may consider taking an online course to learn about something you love. There are so many free webinars and classes that offer tips and information.
4. One of my favorite sites is Udemy.com, “Your place to learn real world skills online”. They offer more than 16,000 courses that you can take at your own pace. Many classes are inexpensive and some are even free.
5. Another great online resource is The University of Redit. The offer a variety of free classes that range from Introduction to Filmmaking,to Latin, to Social Media, to Human Resources! All from the comfort of your home.
6. If you’ve been wanting to go back to college but don’t have the time or feel like you need a little refresher, consider the Open Consortium of Education. you can take classes in Science, Mathematics, the Social Science, and Health and Medicine. The great thing about these classes is that you have access to a world class education. You can access university level courses at MIT, Notre Dame, and John Hopkins through this platform.
7. Last but not least, Tonya’s favorite resource, YOUTUBE. Founded in 2005 Youtube is the largest video sharing platform in the world. You can find everything on Youtube from Hair and Makeup Tutorials, to exercise videos including Yoga for Beginners, to cooking classes and more! The best thing about it is that they are all free! Take advantage of what’s out there.
Summer is a great time to fuel your passion with learning and you don’t have to spend a fortune doing it. While you’re on the beach relaxing or sitting at the park watching the kids play, you could be learning about something you’ve always wanted to know more about but didn’t think you had the time or money to do it.
Now that you know how affordable it is to feed your passion with learning, what new skills will you learn this summer?
Erica Gordon is the proud mother of 4 amazing kids. She supports moms and emerging mompreneurs in achieving their dreams with confidence. Erica is Founder of the Moms With Dreams Community, a #1 International Bestselling Author, a Motherhood & Dreams Enthusiast, speaker and a radio show host. You can find Erica at www.momswithdreams.com, on Facebook and on Twitter @momswithdreams.