Post Updated on December 27, 2019
Thank you to Skillshare for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Want your life to feel a little more *together* in the new year? I think we all do, especially if you’ve started to feel stuck in the same old patterns and long for a fresh start on pretty much everything.
Sometimes we feel stuck because we’re not learning anything new or getting to embrace our curious sides. When I was working a 9-5 job, I constantly wanted to learn more about everything except the job I was working in. I wanted to learn photography, marketing, entrepreneurship, coding, a language etc.
Sometimes the place you’re in doesn’t allow you to be curious because you’re stuck doing the same things over and over without much room for growth. If that’s the case, you have to take matters into your own hands.
Maybe you’re looking for ways to improve your life professionally, financially, physically, or recreationally. Perhaps you want to learn new skills that you might not get from your current job or get better at things you’re clueless about. Even if you don’t know how to make it happen, you’re determined to figure it out.
The good thing is that you don’t have to figure out everything yourself. Skillshare is an amazing online learning community that can help you on your self-improvement journey. With over 20,000 classes in productivity, business, photography, and more, there’s are so many different skills you can learn through this platform.
Today, I’m sharing ten Skillshare classes that have inspired me to make positive changes in my personal and professional life. If you’re looking for simple ways to improve your life this year to feel like you have your life ‘together’, check out the classes below to get you started!
P.S. If you’re interested in trying out Skillshare, The Blissful Mind readers can get 2 months of Skillshare for FREE using this link!
10 Ways To Improve Your Life This Year
1. Ignite Your Passion
This class is all about finding your path to “must” – the things you feel called to do, rather than the things you think you should do. Elle Luna, an artist, designer, and author, walks you through hands-on exercises that help you figure out what your “must” really is. You’ll get a series of 10-minute self-exploration exercises and tactical practices that will help you connect the dots and surface insights for your journey. This hour-long class is perfect for anyone on a path of self-discovery who hasn’t quite figured out what their purpose or calling is yet.
2. Advance Your Career
In this class, Sarah Prevette teaches you how to use ‘design thinking’ to excel in your career. You’ll learn how to determine your own strengths and weaknesses and get a better understanding of the way you interact with the people around you and how this affects your job. The class project is to fill out a self-diagnostic worksheet that will basically help you foster greater self-awareness and develop a goal-oriented strategy to build a plan for personal career success.
3. Improve Your Creative Writing
This class is perfect for anyone who wants to get better at writing about themselves or sharing their story with the world. Ashley C. Ford teaches you how to pull from your memory and write in a creative and powerful way. This class is really good if you love to journal, blog, or plan on writing a memoir. This is a class for writers of every level, whether you’re just starting out or already published. In general, it’s a great lesson in understanding your past and how it’s shaped you into who you are today.
4. Master A New Tool
Visual communication is more important than ever, and knowing how to use Photoshop is a skill that most of us could use on a daily basis. Designer and artist Cat Coquillette teaches a practical introduction to Adobe Photoshop in a 90-minute class that’s perfect for beginner’s. This class is ideal for social media managers, small business owners, bloggers, designers, and anyone wants to create a personal brand. You’ll gain a complete understanding of how to edit and create images, and the class project will guide you through the creation of a banner that you can use anywhere on the web.
Bonus Class: Learn how to use Lightroom for editing photos here.
5. Become A Better Cook
Most of feel like we don’t have enough time to cook for ourselves, but in reality, we might not have the confidence in our cooking skills to make it happen. In this class, Kenny Monroe teaches you the techniques and skills necessary to cook healthy, seasonal food without following exact recipes. You’ll learn where to find the best ingredients, what cookware you should have, and what staple pantry items you should keep stocked. By the end of the class, you’ll know how to make pan-roasted chicken breast with fingerlings and kale, and a radish and grains salad with pea shoots and celery root.
6. Stay On Top Of Your Finances
We could all do with managing our finances a little better, and this class is especially helpful for freelancers and small business owners. In this class, accountant Emily Simcox demystifies bookkeeping and provides you with the tools you need to take control of your finances. Emily’s straightforward, step-by-step process will help you understand your options and plan your next steps with ease. You’ll learn how to choose the right bookkeeping method for your business and how to easily categorize and track your expenses. After taking this class, you’ll be better positioned to make decisions with confidence, grow your business, and focus on the work that matters.
7. Overhaul Your Morning Routine
I’m a huge fan of daily routines because I think the right routine can totally transform your mindset, wellness, and productivity levels. In this class, Derek Franklin helps you create a daily success routine that’s designed to help you upgrade your thoughts, feelings, and actions. You’ll create your own morning, after-work, and evening routine so that you can become healthier and more productive. This class is highly visual, and you’ll get printable reference sheets so you can put into action what you learn.
8. Master Your Mindset
Without the right mindset, it’s almost impossible to achieve success in your life (however you define success). In this class, Sarah Humphreys teaches you how to train your mind so that you can push past fears and reach your goals. This short class goes a long way, and it will help you in all aspects of your personal life where you might have hurdles to get over. If you want to get into a positive mindset in the next year, this class is for you.
9. Become More Productive
This class is one of my absolute favorites. Rose Stanek teaches you how to properly set goals and get more done in less time without the overwhelm. What makes this class unique is that Rose teaches the psychology behind how you can achieve your goals, as well as how you can develop the mindset to achieve your goals and create your life vision. You’ll also learn the importance of finding a role model and using cues and rewards to keep you on track. This class is super visual and engaging, and I loved learning about how psychology comes into play with our goals and habits.
10. Master The Art Of Blogging
For my blogging friends out there who want to grow their blog and maybe even turn it into a paying gig, this class will help you craft compelling posts that excite your readers. Theresa Christine is a freelance travel blogger who will help you understand your audience better, understand yourself better, and break down the elements of engaging content. Whether you’re just starting out or have been blogging for years, this class will provide you with the clarity and the skills to publish amazing content on your blog that actually gets read. This class really helps for understanding how to write for that reader who will keep coming back.
Don’t have a blog yet? Here’s a class to help you get started.
How are you committing to improving your life this year?
I hope these tips and classes have inspired you to set goals for yourself over the next year. If you’re interested in taking one (or all) of these classes, get 2 months of Skillshare for FREE using this link!