Before heading off to Costa Rica in 2009, I had spent a few months listening to Spanish audio lessons – taking advantage of my daily 30-minute commute. I was starting to make good progress, too. And then I stopped. I think I’ll go back and start the lessons again. I have three discs worth of material and only got through one!
If I can get through those discs, then I might look into taking some classes. It would just be such a useful skill to have, given how much Junkii and I love to travel and how much of the world speaks Spanish – especially so much of the warm-weather world. Beaches of Latin America, anyone?
I’d also like to get back to trying to learn Cantonese, but I think those plans will need to stay on the back-burner for now. Spanish is much easier, and one of us already speaks Cantonese.
If I were retired, I wouldn’t actually need this, but right now, learning a couple of pieces of software would really help pad my communications resumé. I’m already comfortable with Photoshop, InDesign, and PremierePro, but developing proficiency with Adobe illustrator is a huge hurdle I do intend to overcome soon. It will go a long way towards bolstering my design skills and would be a big bonus to any future employer.
I’d also like to learn more about Lightroom (fer makin’ pitchures look purdy) and sound booth (to make certain sound quality is as good as can be when cutting together short promo videos.)
Thankfully, I have access to Lynda.com and all their thousands of software training videos – which has proven to be a good way for me to learn in the past. Now I just need to commit to doing a lesson every evening. Maybe once the snow flies…
Since quitting piano lessons a few years ago, I’ve gone through periods of wanting to play every day and periods of not wanting to touch the 88-keyed beast sitting in the living room. Unfortunately, it’s a lot easier to lose the skills than to gain them back. More unfortunately, I have neither the spare time (for practice) nor the money (for lessons) that result in progress. So my skills continue to falter.
I also have a violin. I took lessons when I was a kid, but it might be fun to try a different instrument for a change.
I’ve always been in awe of people who can draw and paint. Wish I could. Particularly wish I could draw comics. I’ve never considered taking lessons, but It has been on my mind more and more of late. I might look into whether anyone offers a beginners course through the City of Ottawa. I think I’d have a blast. I know Junkii is interested in Dance lessons, but I might suggest he do that while I learn more about art (pronounced “ahhht”). After all, if I learn Adobe Illustrator, I’m gonna need to know how to draw first.
Hmmm. I hope I can get to a least a few of these things before I turn 65.