Knowledge is Power.

KnowledgeWith my new  “temporarily retired” status, I now have the time to do things that I’ve always wanted to do. I love to learn… I’ve always wanted to learn to speak another language. I’ve always been fascinated by Clinical Trials… I would love to learn to write more effectively.  So now I’m doing it.  Thanks to the internet, there is a lot of resources available online.  I have found a few sites that have incredible courses, and most of them are free!

Udemy.com

Udemy – some content is free and the paid courses have been on sale for $10-$20 a course.  A few free, on-demand classes that I’m taking include – Retrain Your Brain: Stress Management; the Scientific Guide, and Secret Sauce of Great Writing.  A few classes I’ve paid for include Real Estate Investment in addition to a few software coding classes (Yes, I want to build my own iPhone app!).  Love this website – love that I can add classes to my wishlist, that they sort classes by wishlist, enrolled, and completed.  Very easy to navigate – no reason not to get started now.

Coursera.com

Coursera – you can take any class for free.  You only have to pay if you want a certificate of completion…  Great content from fantastic universities such as Yale, Stanford and the like.  I am starting a Financial Markets class on Feb. 1st (taught by Robert Shiller, an Econ professor at Yale University) and will take the Clinical Trials course next.  There are a lot of courses that I want to take but aren’t available yet… You can set up a watchlist for these classes so you can be alerted when they become available, but there is no way to “favorite” a class that you want to take in the future. 😦

Dualingo.com

You can also learn to speak a new language for free. Right now my favorite is Duolingo This is what I’m using to learn Spanish with Shanaynay.  Learning Turkish is next!
Whatever your passion is or whatever you are interested in, I am sure you can find something on these sites and learn.. Knowledge is power!  And its fun too.  🙂
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Living In The Moment.

present momentI am having the best time right now.

The first few weeks of unemployment were very stressful.  After I was  unceremoniously fired from my job, I was super stressed about finances, finding a new job, and supporting my niece and her husband with their current situation.  Given these pressures, I couldn’t see how I was going to take the much-needed professional break that I needed.

After the shock wore off, the fog disappeared and I pulled myself together.  I am using this event as the catalyst to make major changes in my life.  I have yet to blog my 2016 New Years Resolutions, but let’s just say, it is going to be a great year!

  • I have put a 2016 plan together – and it’s all about me!
  • I put a budget together – I can take about 6 months off to reassess my next career move.
  • I have simplified my life – I put my Utah condo on the market – it will close in Feb..  I will be a one house woman.
  • I am open to a new relationship – yes, you read right, I am putting myself out there and start dating again

How about them apples?!?

Right now I’m in Utah helping my niece and her family.  She is going to give birth to twins any day now… I hope it is while I am here so I can meet the newest members sooner rather than later.

For the last 3 weeks I have been spending every moment in the moment, fully aware of myself, where I am, and who I am with.  I have started working out again, I am eating super healthy, I am reading more, and I am taking online courses on topics I care about.  I do not miss my “screens” at all.  I only check my phone or email 1-2 times a day, and my life is being managed by how I feel, not by my calendar.  I am fully aware that this is temporary, this is why I am enjoying my life to the fullest right now.   I am very grateful for this opportunity to unwind and enjoy life, enjoy my friends, enjoy solitude.  I am proud of myself for working so hard over the last 2 years to make this an option for me.  Yeah Me!!

2015 In Summary.

2015 was NOT a good year for me.  This only means that in 2016 there is no where to go but up. For a summary of my goals and results, take a look at 2015 Year In Review.

The two biggest downers –

1- I lost my job. I put all my energy into work and it resulted in absolutely nothing. Actually, it’s more than nothing – I gave up everything to make work work.  I had one date all year, on Dec. 28th no less.  I wanted more than anything to succeed professionally.  Not this year.

2- On the personal side, AbFab’s husband lost his legs.

 

I am so done with 2015.  I am all about 2016 – and 2016 is all about me.  I will focus on doing what is absolutely best for me.  Outside of me, I will be spending time with AbFab and family…  I am on polishing up my 2016 New Years resolutions and will share them when they are complete. Some good stuff around exercise and stress management, but there will be a few surprises around real estate. I am excited about what I can do this year – I hope it is worth the wait for you.