learning

Many of the things I learn—particularly the tech stuff—are practical for my professional aspirations. They’ll help me tell better stories or reimagine how I tell stories.

A lot of these things may seem irrelevant. At one point, I got caught up in the cultural obsession with finding one’s passion and hyper-specializing in a niche. That works great for some people, but my passion is stories. Still, I used to worry that having so many interests (literally everything) would read like a character flaw: flighty, unfocused, unsure. Thank God I got over that.

Learning is always relevant, even if you don’t master the new skill or you just decide it’s not your thing. You still get a lot out of it. The single most important skill anyone—be they a journalist, business owner, designer, or teacher—can have is the ability to connect with other people.

Learning something new, even if you’re horribly bad at it, means you’ve learned someone else’s language, you’ve built a bridge, you get where they’re coming from, you understand their passion, you’re more familiar with how they think. You can find common ground with someone, the opportunity to look at something familiar from a perspective you never before considered, or just laugh at yourself.

There’s no better bridge than, “Oh yeah? I’ve tried that…”

Skillcrush

Visual Design Track (completed) (Visual and Web design, color theory, typography, iconography, branding, user interface, HTML and CSS)

Front End Developer Track, (in progress) (HTML5 and CSS3, FTP and Web Hosting | GitHub | Command Line | Version Control | Flexbox, Media Queries, Responsive Typography | JavaScript Fundamentals | JavaScript React)

Advanced CSS Layouts (completed) (Responsive Site Layouts, Flexbox, CSS Grid, CSS Units, CSS Functions, CSS Selectors)

Next: WordPress Development and Python to Build Web Apps and Prepare and Display Data

MasterClass Subscription

  • Dave Carson Teaches Graphic Design (finished April 2022)
  • David Lynch Teaches Creativity and Filmmaking (finished March 2022)
  • David Sedaris Teaches Storytelling and Humor (finished September 2022) 
  • Donna Farhi Teaches Yoga Foundations (finished April 2022)
  • Emily Morse Teaches Sex and Communication (finished December 2021)
  • Gabriella Cámara Teaches Mexican Cooking (in progress)
  • Jeff Koons Teaches Art and Creativity (finished February 2022)
  • Jessie Krebs Teaches Wilderness Survival (finished July 2022)
  • Joan Benoit Samuelson Teaches the Runner’s Mindset (finished March 2022)
  • Jodie Foster Teaches Filmmaking (finished April 2022)
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn Teaches Meditation and Mindfulness (finished February 2022)
  • Joy Harjo Teaches Poetic Thinking (finished August 2022)
  • Levar Burton Teaches the Power of Storytelling (finished April 2022)
  • Matthew Walker Teaches the Science of Better Sleep (finished February 2022)
  • Misty Copeland Teaches Ballet Technique and Artistry (February 2022)
  • Redefining Feminism with Gloria Steinem and Noted Co-Instructors (February 2022)
  • Tyler Mitchell Teaches Storytelling through Portrait Photography (March 2022)

Creative Live

  • Building Infographics in Illustrator — Jason Hoppe (June 2022)
  • Creating Stylized, Artistic Portraits in Photoshop — Khara Plicanic (September 2022)
  • Data Visualization Using the Charts and Graphs Tools in Illustrator — Jason Hoppe (May 2022)
  • Drawing the Everyday Every Day — Kate Bingaman-Burt (September 2022)
  • Infographic Elements from Scratch in Illustrator — Jason Hoppe (April 2022)
  • Workflow, Time Management and Productivity for Creatives — Lisa Congdon (December 2021)