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Try Something New

Try Something New

Hey everyone,

February came around quickly, didn’t it?! It just shows that time really does fly by and this ties in nicely to what I want to talk about today.

I recently read an article about a full-time single mother who went to university at the age of 50 and within one year, she became founder and CEO of her own beauty business.

This inspired me – there’s so much more to learn and discover and age really shouldn’t be a factor.

Last week, Rocio posted tips for learning a new language and I think it’s a great place to start in your quest to learning something new. The thought of learning a new language may be intimidating for a lot of people but just think about how it might build your confidence, open up career prospects and improve your memory (just to name a few of the benefits).

Learning a new skill is a fantastic way to leverage your spare time. If this is one of the things that you want to achieve this year, you should read my previous post about how to stick to new year’s resolutions, just to make sure you don’t fall off the wagon.

To be honest, learning something new is an ongoing goal for me and I do try to stick to using my spare time to do just that but I do love to watch Money for Nothing, a programme where unwanted things from in and around the home, are recovered from the tip and restored/ up-cycled into bespoke, valuable, brand new items, for next to nothing.

After watching a few episodes of that and a few videos online, I decided to give it a go and learn something new – DIY craft! Ok, it’s a broad term but I wanted to try canvas wall art to start with so, I headed to the craft store and then the charity shop to buy a few bits to start my own little project.

Take a look….

It wasn’t a bad looking canvas but I wanted to see what else I could do with it.



Fabric wall canvases are pretty simple, fun and inexpensive to make and didn’t take up too much of my spare time either. They’re a great way to add colour your home or student residence, without making any drastic changes to the decor.

My motto is this, how are you going to know if you can walk on water if you don’t step out of the boat? (I mean, not literally but you get my point – hehee).

Whether you’re a mature student like me or a spring chicken, it really doesn’t matter, bottom line – keep on learning, exploring, developing and growing.

If it scares you a little, puts you outside of your comfort zone but ultimately, increases your learning speed, enhances your skill set and makes you less prone to boredom, builds up resilience to change, then go for it – learn something new!

I hope you’ve been inspired. Head on over to the UCB website for a full list of available courses.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.


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