The Best Online Classes To Boost Your Self-Development
Thank you to Skillshare for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
As a lover of lifelong learning and self-development, I’m a sucker for online classes. There’s something so satisfying about learning new things from the comfort of your own home. Of course, it isn’t always easy to find the time to take entire courses while you’re also juggling your full-time job and other adult responsibilities.
That’s where Skillshare comes in. Skillshare is an online learning community for creators and entrepreneurially-minded individuals, with more than 17,000 classes in design, business, photography, and more.
I’ve taken Skillshare classes to improve my photography skills, learn new forms of art like calligraphy and watercoloring, take care of my (dying) plants, and even learn how to make healthier food choices. Most of Skillshare’s classes are between 20-40 minutes long, which makes them the perfect length for an after work pick-me-up or Saturday afternoon activity.
Today, I’m sharing five of my favorite Skillshare classes to help you on your self-development journey. Everyone can take a class, try a project, and even teach a class themselves.
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5 Classes to Take on Skillshare
For those of us who love plants but absolutely suck at keeping them alive, this class is going to be your new favorite resource. Botanist Chris Satch teaches us all about caring for our houseplants so that they can live long, healthy, and prosperous lives. You’ll learn how to pot your plants (instead of just leaving them in the store-bought pots) and how to tell when you should re-pot your plants. You’ll also learn how to know when to water your plants so they can continue to grow and thrive.
Did you know that plants can get infections? Yeah, my poor plant babies definitely have those. There’s so much valuable information in this 30-minute class, and it answers many of the questions you might have about keeping your beloved houseplants alive. BRB, off to re-pot my wilting plants!
In this class, photographer and storyteller Marte Marie Forsberg invites us to learn about the art of storytelling through photography. Marte takes us on a journey through the English countryside to the market where she gathers produce for the garden lunch scene she will be shooting. She walks us through her planning process and tips for capturing photos that tell a story.
As someone who doesn’t know a whole lot about photography, this class has opened my eyes to the possibilities of taking meaningful photos even using just an iPhone. After taking this class, I’m feeling inspired to get out into my own backyard and see what stories I can tell!
If you’re obsessed with the interior design boards on Pinterest, you’re going to love this class. Designer Justina Blakeney walks us through the process of styling your interior like a pro. She starts by teaching us her eight styling principles to create more balance and cohesiveness in your space: needs, color, bling, botanicals, shape, pattern, texture, and placement. With these styling principles, we are taught how to style areas in our homes such as a coffee table, bookshelf, and sofa.
Justina has amazing tips for placing certain objects together to create something that is both visually appealing and functional. The best part is that you can see how other people in the class have styled their spaces through the community projects page. As someone who has always wondered how people make their interior spaces look so cool and effortless, I now totally get it.
If you’ve been trying to get into the habit of healthy eating, this class is the one for you. Carly Ferguson from FitLiving Eats shares her tips for meal planning and prepping to help you make healthy meals without spending too long in the kitchen. Most of us get overwhelmed with the idea of cooking healthy meals, so this class is perfect because it teaches us how to set aside time and make meal prepping a routine, as well as how to plan out meals ahead of time.
Carly’s class includes simple recipe ideas to help you make nutritious food choices throughout the week, and there’s whole a lesson on batch cooking if you’re looking to spend less time in the kitchen. As someone who has meal prepped in the past but fell off the bandwagon, this class has totally motivated me to get my butt back into a meal prepping routine again.
Mari Andrew is an illustrator and writer who has been sharing her illustrations daily on Instagram for the past few years. Mari shares how drawing helped her through intense and traumatic times in her life, and she uses illustration as a self-care practice and way to create happiness in her life. I loved getting to know Mari’s story through her drawings, and in a way, this class is also like a mini-therapy session.
Mari’s class is all about drawing as a way to process your emotions, promote self-discovery, and unleash your inner creativity. She shares fun and easy exercises that you can follow to create your own visual representations of your life. From resiliency pie charts to a portrait of your future self, the prompts are simple and prove that you don’t have to be an artist to create a piece of art. As someone who typically uses journaling as a way to process my emotions, this class has opened my eyes to another creative side of me that loves to draw!
Interested in taking one (or all) of these classes? Get 2 free months of Skillshare using this link! It’s an amazing resource to learn new skills in a fun and engaging way!