8 things I want to learn before the end of 2012
Since I always stress the importance of education, I thought I would write down a few things I have been wanting to learn but have simply been putting off.
1. Basic HTML: I really like using the little bit of code that I know. It’s like “BAM I just made that sucker bold!” or “Watch me change the color of this sidebar!”. I took one web design course back in college that used CSS and all of that knowledge has been washed away. Walking myself through the W3Schools free course will teach me pretty much everything I need to know (for my purposes).
2. Basic Mandarin Chinese: I am still in the first of three free courses available on Mango Languages for Mandarin. Chinese is spoken by 1.3 billion people, and considering that I already speak English and Spanish fluently, I’m practically James Bond once I get this Chinese stuff down!
3. Research Affiliate Opportunities: I love blogging and I’d like to take advantage of the increasing pageviews American Debt Project is getting. I’ve finally got my Amazon and Bluehost links up in my sidebar since they are two businesses that are no-brainers for me: Amazon is the biggest ecommerce site in the world, and Bluehost has been great for all my hosting needs. I currently have 4 domains under my Bluehost account with plans to add at least 1 more shortly. I will research and add 2-3 additional affiliate links very soon. It’s time to start reading Smart Passive Income.
4. Create a Real Estate Investment Valuation tool: I have been meaning to create a simple valuation sheet that factors in variables and considerations for tax, management fees, renovations, HOAs and any other expenses. I think this is pretty simple and there are others who have already made such a sheet but I want to make it for myself.
5. How to do Makeup: I have never been very creative with makeup and don’t wear it very often. But I want to schedule an appointment with a beauty counter and buy a few basics (is it bad that I have been using the same Lancome foundation since 2007?)
6. Pass the PMP exam: This one is work-related. I have to take the exam before July 2013, and I need to start studying and decide when to take the test. I know the basics of project management, but this is a 4 hour test and at least 6 weeks of studying is needed.
7. Stop freaking out on schedule
Maybe it’s a woman thing or maybe I am crazy (or both?), but every couple months I seem to have one freak-out session where nothing I am doing makes sense. There is a lot more to life than getting that big house or even getting debt-free. I know what my values and priorities are, but I really want to learn to rely on those in times of weakness and let that guide me. Temper tantrums are no longer cute.
8. Public speaking: Public speaking seems simple and non-scary to me in theory but not in practice. Each time is a different experience and it seems like no matter how comfortable or confident I originally feel, once I start talking, I actually lose my voice! Suddenly, my mouth is dry, my heart is beating really fast and I have to clear my throat and breathe deeply before I can continue. I don’t know why it happens when I am talking about something I am really passionate and knowledgeable about with groups of my peers, students and professors. Although a few times I was confident and relaxed in my presentation, most of the time I experience nerves before or immediately after I start speaking. I think the Toastmasters video series will be a good place to start.
What do you want to learn or do that you have been putting off? Let me know!