One of the things that I have been doing a lot this year is learning. I am a bit of a nerd. I want to be in college still...going to lectures...learning at the hands of experts....reading books about various things. HOWEVER! I do NOT want the stress. I also do NOT want to pay for it.
So....I came across this awesome little website a few years back...Coursera. I have mentioned this sometimes on here (a paper I wrote, connection from class, and a movie review). But I thought it fit into my great catch-up theme....because this has really taken the place of my 365 blog challenge last year. I got really really really ambitious with what I was going to learn about.
In the last few weeks, I have really had to cut back on what I was taking because it was causing the stress that I wanted to avoid. I have learned that sticking to the schedule as best I can, especially working for the certificates keeps me motivated to follow through. But the deadlines were getting to be too much--so I dropped a lot of classes. I can take them again if they are offered again later, and I can focus on the ones that I really really enjoy.
It makes me think about getting my masters...but this really satisfies my desire to learn. How do you stay being a life-long learner?