It’s time to come clean. I need to unburden my soul. I’ve had an intervention with myself and here’s the cold, hard truth:
I’m a class-aholic.
Yes, it’s true. In the past three months, I’ve registered for five classes. FIVE. All business/professional development classes. All running at roughly the same time. And all getting ready to make my head explode.
Have you noticed that I haven’t been around quite as much lately? It’s because I didn’t want my brain to explode all over your pretty little monitor. It was really me doing you a favor. You’re welcome.
Okay, I’m really (mostly) just joking. I’ve been blessed to meet up with some incredible teachers and incredible classmates and this time has been a really fertile learning ground.
But yesterday, I finally said “Enough is enough.” I contacted three of my favorite new people (all of whom I met in a recent class, by the way – two of them you met in this post and the other I’m sure you’ll meet in these pages soon.) I said to them, “I signed up for another course. This is ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY the last online class I’m taking for the next few months. Full stop. Okay? ‘Cuz this is like the fifth one in the last few months. It’s like a drug. And apparently I can’t stop any time I want, so I’m asking all of you to slap my hand next time I say I’ve found another class I want to take.”
They are now my sober-class companions.
I remember about a year ago having a conversation with a friend about income and debt payment. I said something about every penny going to debt payment and she reminded me that money paid for professional development is important too. The return on that investment can be far greater than the interest paid for another couple months on the debt.
And that’s where I feel I am right now. The cost of all these classes is technically covered by my federal tax refund. I would have liked to apply that completely to debt, but I think these classes are the kind of investment that is going to pay off for a long time to come.
So that’s my story at the moment. I’m soaking in a TON of new knowledge. And I’m trying to keep my brain from exploding.
One of the qualities I committed to during my oceanside commitment ceremony a couple weekends ago was self-care, so I’m also being really careful to sleep a full eight hours each night. And I’m finding that I need to give my brain a little unwind time each night, so I went to the library and got a stack of novels on Saturday.
Which reminds me to tell you – I just finished the most WONDERFUL and MAGICAL book this morning. I highly, highly recommend it – Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. Get it! Read it! Love it!
Today’s miracle: The more I learn, the more I have to offer. The more I have to offer, the bigger the miracles in my life appear. (And Mr. Penumbra – seriously, he’s a miracle. Get the book.)