_ Everything I know today I learned after I graduated from college. Truly, that is when the real learning began. When I say “real” learning, I mean all the stuff that has been of interest to me as well as things I may have needed to know for a job. I have to say that the ONLY thing I have applied from my 20 years of formal schooling, besides reading, writing and math, has been the elective business courses I took in college. And I mean “elective” as in my own college advisor thought I was crazy taking on serious business courses even though I wanted to take them.
My first job had nothing to do with what I went to school for yet I got this decent paying job because I had been playing with computers and computer programming since I was a kid. I mean, what did I know about retirement planning and database programming? All I knew how to do regarding finance was balance a checkbook! I’m pretty certain I was hired not because of what I was or wasn’t trained for but because of my attitude and willingness to learn anything based on the skills I had already (self) acquired. In fact, I’m willing to bet I was the only applicant to say that I used to write programs on our old Commodore 64 computer at home for fun! And, yes, within the month, I had learned how to program the database program to spit out usable reports.
Since my stint at that job, my husband and I have purchased five houses and sold four of them in three different parts of the country, even in a bad economy. We have learned how to purchase classic muscle cars at a discount and then completely restore them on our own and on a budget, including the engines. We learned how to scavenge flea markets and purchase classic video games and auction them via e-lists in the days before eBay even existed. When my husband had a software idea, I set up a business registration, designed the website and learned how to get top search engine placement in the days before AdSense and the like, all in a matter of a few months. I also learned how to design and place ads in industry magazines in order to increase our distribution. These are just a few of the things we have done and none were born of necessity.
This kind of self learning hasn’t stopped. I took the same approach with parenting, food, home improvement, and even interpersonal relationships. I am currently learning about growing our own food responsibly and organically. I am learning about the amazing healing effects of herbs through trying them out for myself. And I am even foraying into the world of self publishing through writing a book with a friend. I also have a mental list of things that I would love to set aside the time to learn about in the future. If they are still important to me by the time my current projects are done, then I am sure I will give them a try.
So what is the point of telling you all of this? The most important lesson I have learned is that if you want to stay happy, vibrant and present in your life never, ever stop learning something new. You don’t need a fancy liberal arts education to choose liberal arts living. If you have kids, know how important it is to show that learning never stops by LIVING it. I am no more “special” than any of you are. If I can learn how to rebuild a car engine out of curiosity, then so can you!
As a Parent Coach and Mentor, my passion lies in empowering parents to make the best decisions they can for their children and their families as a whole. As a well-trained coach, I can be your facilitator and accountability partner for long-lasting, meaningful change that has a permanent, positive impact for your family. By focusing on the values that you hold most important in your life, I can help you create and maintain the type of parenting relationship you want to have with your children, now and into their adulthood.
I am a homeschooling mom of four children in Massachusetts. I am also the author of a book called The Herbal Beverage Book, which can be found on amazon. When not coaching, writing or spending time with the family, I enjoy Hayao Miyazaki films, new and classic Dr. Who episodes, anything related to American history and a great glass of mead.
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