5 Creative Skills I’m Learning this Fall

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Working at a preschool has made me think a lot about what we as functioning adults prioritize. Yes, we need to make time for our family and friends, we need to work, save our money (you get the idea). But, we drill creativity into kids.  We give them time every day for music, art, exercising and reading. Then 20 years down the line we forget that even as adults, we need these things. At the end of the day it’s easy to just turn on the tv and lay on the couch (and that’s not always bad!). But, that can end up leaving us stressed and forgetting that we need to take time for ourselves, whether it’s doing something we enjoy, being creative or feeling like we accomplished just one thing that day. That’s where our creative hobbies come in. Today, I’m sharing 5 creative skills I’m learning this fall.

Disclaimer:

A couple months ago I posted 10 Ways to Become a Lifelong Learner, where I mentioned Skillshare. To recap, Skillshare is a platform where you can choose from the thousands of online classes. This post is not sponsored, but I do have a link to give you two months on Skillshare for free! Typically a membership costs $99 annually or $15/month, so this link saves you $30 and you can cancel at any time and continue out your two months without paying to continue a subscription. Education is not always easy on the bank- I can be the first to tell you that. I love that with Skillshare I’m able to take classes relating to my creative interests that would otherwise cost me hundreds out of pocket at a regular college, without sacrificing quality. Let’s get into it!

Here are 5 Creative Skills I’m Learning this Fall

1. Video Production and Editing

I think Video Production is a great skill to have whether you want to produce content and share it with the world or edit together family videos or vacations. I found the course Video Production – The Complete Course and it seems like the perfect intro to video. Fall would be the perfect time to practice creating videos so that in January I could launch them on my blog with at least some idea as to what I’m doing. Fall is also great to learn these skills for family videos since the holidays are right around the corner!

2. Writing

I have always love writing fiction, but it’s been a long time since I’ve put any time into this passion. Each November is NaNoWriMo, also known as National Novel Writing Month, so I feel like taking a class like The Writer’s Toolkit: 6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit this month would be the perfect transition into writing a novel in November. It seems like a huge task, especially between working full time, going to school and just about everything else going on in my life. But, at the same time, I’ve wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo for years and have never gotten around to it. It seems like if you wait until the perfect time, it never comes and then you never accomplish your goals. So, instead of waiting I want to take the leap on this one this year.

3. Candle Making

Fall is basically the best time to burn candles (even though they are perfect for all year long), and I don’t think anyone can convince me otherwise. As much as I love the toasted marshmallow Bath & Body Works candle, I don’t love the $20 price tag that comes with it. Basically anywhere candles are $10-20 for a decent size aside from TJMaxx and Ross.

I don’t know if making candles yourself is more cost efficient, but I do know that I have a lot of essential oils at my house and I’ve been eyeing the Candle Making: Scent Your Way to Paradise course. Either way, it seems like a fun hobby that I want to pick up and is fairly straight forward to get into. Plus, it’s perfect for fall!

4. Concrete Crafting

Concrete planters are really in right now and fairly pricey, but I know that it would be fairly easy to DIY. I also think that it would be perfect to make candle containers using the concrete. I am going to be watching Concrete Polygons: Easy Shapes You Can Make at Home because the instructor teaches you how to pour the concrete and make the templates so you can easily apply it to any shape rather than just using premade cylinders or boxes.

5. Embroidery

The coziest craft seems like the kind that you’re warmed under a blanket and lounging on a couch. This is how I’ve pictured embroidery since you don’t need table space and can keep everything in reach. I’ve seen beautiful floral designs circulating Pinterest and Instagram embroidered and I would love to hop on this crafty bandwagon. It doesn’t seem like a craft I would typically be good at, so I’m not sure it would stick in the long run, but I want to see for myself. Luckily there are plenty of courses on Skillshare and I will probably end up taking Creative Hand Embroidery- Learn How to Embroider Flowers.

Those are 5 Creative Skills I’m Learning this Fall

Learning 5 different skills is a lot. I’m no superhuman and if I even accomplish learning one of these skills, I would be elated. I hope this post encourages you to pick up a new creative skill or hobby this fall, especially with the impending stress of the holidays right around the corner!

What 5 Skills are you wanting to work on this fall? Let me know in the comments!

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18 Comments

  1. Dalene Ekirapa
    October 11, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    I also love Skillshare and it’s where I learnt on photography. Now I’ll need to also take some video production classes- I really would love that skill. And also, I’ll be learning how to knit clothes.

    • maddiemdeer
      Author
      October 11, 2019 / 2:23 pm

      Learning to knit is great for the fall!

    • October 15, 2019 / 7:36 am

      I would love to get into video production. Sewing clothes and maybe learning a new language.

      • maddiemdeer
        Author
        November 17, 2019 / 10:05 pm

        Great skills to learn! 🙂

    • maddiemdeer
      Author
      November 17, 2019 / 10:01 pm

      Thanks, Morgan!

  2. Marjie Mare
    October 12, 2019 / 2:01 am

    I don’t have a lot of art skills. I was pleasantly surprised by all the fall DIY decorations I made last weekend.

    • maddiemdeer
      Author
      November 17, 2019 / 10:01 pm

      DIY fall decorations sound like a lot of fun! I’m looking forward to doing that for Christmas 🙂

  3. October 12, 2019 / 7:34 am

    I want to try Skillshare but I have a busy lifestyle, so maybe I can take a class during the holiday season. But I would love to see your candles as candle making seems really interesting.

    • maddiemdeer
      Author
      November 17, 2019 / 10:02 pm

      Totally planning on a post for it, this Christmas season! 🙂

  4. October 12, 2019 / 9:30 am

    These sound like great fun things to learn, I have made my own candles before and loved it

    • maddiemdeer
      Author
      November 17, 2019 / 10:02 pm

      I can’t wait!

  5. Shar
    October 12, 2019 / 10:34 am

    I love taking online courses! They are convenient, flexible and generally affordable. I even find many that are free or discounted.

    • maddiemdeer
      Author
      November 17, 2019 / 10:02 pm

      Free is always a bonus! 🙂

  6. October 14, 2019 / 2:14 am

    Wow, this is motivating. I make to have a list of skills I wanted to learn, but most of the time – I am stuck to one or two as I enjoy much doing it upon learning. Crochet is one of my biggest struggles (funny right) but cross-stitching is my best.

    • maddiemdeer
      Author
      November 17, 2019 / 10:03 pm

      I should totally make a list, too!

  7. October 14, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    I am so happy that you are learning a lot of creative skills this fall. I would love to try candle making too! I have a lot of designs in mind and it would be cool to be able to DIY. 🙂

    • maddiemdeer
      Author
      November 17, 2019 / 10:03 pm

      Totally! I was thinking about DIYing some containers too out of concrete 🙂

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