Learning is such a crucial part of life. You are doing it constantly, whether you realize it or not. However, to seek out knowledge and pursue learning takes a lot of effort. Let me share my story…
My husband and I got married quite young for today’s standards, he was 20 and I was just 19. Neither of us had ever lived on our own before, so we were starting out fresh. Two young kids, madly in love, starting out on a wonderful adventure together!
With both of us being so young and inexperienced, it didn’t take us long to realize that we had a lot to learn. I personally realized how much I didn’t know about cooking, cleaning and keeping a home. So I got to work on learning as much as I possibly could.
First, I looked around at the resources available to me. The first thing that came to mind was the Public Library. In our early days of marriage I made many, many trips to the library. I scoured the shelves for anything related to homemaking. I rented books on cleaning, organizing, cooking, decorating and any other domestic skill I could find. Step by step I began to learn many skills that I could put to work around our home. Before I knew it, the basics of homemaking were becoming second nature to me.
My other favorite resource is Amazon. You can buy second-hand books for next to nothing. So I started to purchase inexpensive books and building my own home library to include a variety of useful topics. Don’t get me wrong, I use the internet as a resource for learning all the time. But I love books…I love to highlight, make notes and dog-ear pages. I just love to have a book in my hands! I really think it is ideal to have a basic collection of books that have a variety of helpful tips on basic skills like cooking, gardening, and household repairs/DIY. It is good to have some resource on hand available to you, so that even if the power would go out, you would still have something! Some other great sources for inexpensive books are book sales, yard sales and thrift stores.
From our reading, we learned many different skills, including methods for planting seeds so that we could make the most of our tiny garden for the 7 years we spent at our previous house. I also learned about herbs and planted my first herb garden a few years into marriage. We learned how to can, freeze and buy in bulk. When something in our home broke, instead of buying a new one, my husband would do some research and figure out how to fix it on his own! A broken fridge, a broken furnace, or a leaky roof, my handy hubby figured it out! We completed many DIY projects and repairs together that saved us hundreds if not thousands of dollars!
Out of all of the things I learned, the most important lesson was to never quit learning, to always seek out knowledge and to push myself to try new things. I so easily get into my comfort zone and forget that there is a whole world of new ideas out there. It’s easy to just go about life doing things the same-day in and day out. Sometimes I have to pause, step back for a moment, and look at things from a new perspective. My personal goal is to step outside of my comfort zone and learn as many life skills as I possibly can.
Now 8 years later, I still am on this journey of learning and growing. I still have so much to learn. I hope to continue this journey of learning for the rest of my life, because after all-nobody knows everything! I hope that today I have inspired you to pick up a book and learn something new-whether it’s something fun or a new method to approach your household chores! No matter what it is, just keep learning!