Being The Best You & Encouraging Others

I found myself having a discussion about who I’d be in an ideal world if money wasn’t an option. I said that if I could buy what I liked, when I liked, that I’d be one of those women who ate avocado toast for breakfast, drank healthy smoothies for lunch, did yoga in the early hours of the morning and pole dancing lessons to strengthen my core. My partner said he’d love to take up skating again and get some sort of exercise routine going.

Our discussion got me thinking about how we could mutually encourage each other to do these things, to make ourselves the best versions of ourselves. We ended up looking for used in-line skates on Facebook marketplace and gumtree to see if there were any cheap skates going. Unfortunately there weren’t at that point but the seed had been planted so that we could keep an eye out for the future.

My partner suggested that I start getting up with him in the morning and doing my yoga then in the living room, following along to a YouTube video. The only hurdle I have to overcome in the mornings is actually getting out of bed that early and not just wasting the time on my phone.

I enjoyed our discussion, our small sharing session incited excitement and got the brain cogs whirring. It also felt like an intimate discussion, an honest expression of our hopes and dreams, albeit humble ideas. It’s these kinds of conversations I live for, these two way streets which allow both parties freedom to express themselves without fear of being judged or persecuted.

I highly recommend opening a dialogue with your significant other about what each others hopes and dreams are for the future. If both couples are willing to discuss, it’ll offer a really fulfilling conversation which I think is much needed during this current climate.

So how about it? What are your hopes and dreams for the future? How can you see your best self? Are there small steps you can take now to achieve these goals?

Until next time.

Completing My Online Course: An Honest Review

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about signing up for an online course. I asked whether I thought it was worth paying for an online course to improve your skills and my summary was that yes, it was indeed worth parting with the hard earned cash.

Last night I finished the course. The supposed 40-hour course was completed in just under 10 hours, a bit of a miscalculation on their part. Now arguably I’ve always been a quick learner and a lot of the work was probably actioning the points raised within the course, in a sort of homework type scenario, but I was a tad disappointed by the lack of material offered.

Still, I managed to take away some new valuable knowledge which will definitely help my progression in the digital world.

It has me wondering about online courses and how we can better improve the services that they provide. When I was looking at the courses the summaries were short and sharp, good for a quick scan of each of their offerings but nothing was really discussed in depth. What it made me realise is that these courses could have been offered by anyone, at any price they saw fit and could have been utterly useless.

If anyone can make a course, that meant I could make one too. I could be honest, let potential customers know the new skills they could learn, in more depth than a one or two-word bullet pointed list.

Despite the course not being 100% what I was after, I am still glad that I decided to part with my cash and invest because it opened my eyes up to a completely new world and I discovered a few new things that I didn’t know before.

I hope that this and my previous post helps you to decide whether or not an online course is right for you and I hope that you will let me know your experiences of online courses in the comments below. Did you find them worthwhile?