.... and why it's the best way
'Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.' Henry Ford
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Today, I have no children climbing on my lap or tugging my hand to go and play outside, no toy trains spread across the floor and no cheerful snorts from Peppa Pig and George on the TV. It's a little quiet.
No, my grandkids are staying home; they've succumbed to the latest bout of sore throats and ear infections. It's the 'colds and flu season'. The poor little ones are not well!
So... I have a little time on my hands and I've grabbed a hot cup of coffee and my iPad and settled comfortably to watch Lesson 2.
I'd decided, a while back, that I'd like to learn something new- nothing too academic or intensive. It's not as if, at my age, I feel I have anything to prove. But I'd like to extend myself a little in a pleasant, enjoyable way. I just didn't know how I'd manage it when my life and commitments are more than a little unstructured. Attending classes with a fixed timetable would be difficult.
Then, I discovered Craftsy.
Craftsy provides over 800 classes with excellent instructors- all online. There are even some free mini-classes which, naturally, I tried first. For example, check out the following:
Creative Cake Pops Create Stunning Birthday Cards Transform your Garden Design
Online courses with expert video teaching
Since the grandkids were sick and I had a quiet day, I decided I'd start a course I'd been interested in for some time- 'Dynamic Detail in Pen, Ink and Watercolour' by Steven Reddy. It's designed for beginners, which is definitely me, and doesn't require too many resources. These supplies are listed and Steven goes through everything needed in the first lesson with handy hints and explanations.
So.. what happens?
It's easy. I downloaded the Craftsy app on my iPad but you can do it with your computer. I signed up and purchased the class I was interested in, which happened to be on special at the time- bonus! Just jump right in and click on your preferred course and your first video lesson. You can view your lessons at any time and there's no expiry date.
What lessons are available?
And there are so many lesson choices- painting, cooking, gardening, photography, mixed media, sketching, crotchet, knitting, paper crafts, jewelry, metalwork, weaving, resin sculpting, soldering, metal clay and so much more!
You don't have to be an expert
My tutor, Steven, emphasized that your work doesn't have to be perfect; any irregularities are fine and produce a result that reflects your individuality. So, relax and enjoy yourself. So... here's my attempt at lesson one.
You can do it!
If you think you can't do anything special, that you have no particular talents, perhaps even that you don't have enough time, think again. Don't sell yourself short. I've written something about that already here.
Spread your wings a little. Take some time for yourself and try one of these incredible online courses. They are very reasonably priced and courses often come up on sale. Begin with a free mini-course and then something more challenging. You could do it with a friend or even your grandkids.
Best of all, you can do these courses in the comfort of your own home.. even in your pajamas, and no-one will know!
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Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.