Self-Improvement for 99 Cents

Amelia Diamond | January 26, 2016

It is Goals Month, after all.

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In partnership with Skillshare

I have two regrets in life and they both involve learning.

The first regret is that I gave up cursive at the age of 13 in the name of bubble letters and gel pens for the sake of passing notes. My penmanship slowly deteriorated as I prioritized fast scrawl and shorthand — then later frantic key-clicking via AIM — over a carefully crafted “Q.” The second is that I never learned my way around a kitchen when I was still young enough to develop an actual love for it. Now I just shove my sweaters in the oven for storage and call it a day.

But as all Pinterest users will tell you, one should live life with no regrets. This means I can either whine about not being able to host a brunch and bemoan that I’ll never make John Hancock proud, or I can finally learn how to do that which I’ve previously failed at, while also adding a few new skills along the way. (Extra credit points.)

Considering that we’re in the last week of Goals Month on Man Repeller, I figured it was about time to make good on my word. Enter Skillshare — which is basically a giant online school where you type in what you want to learn (bookbinding, filmmaking, dumpling making) and almost guaranteed, there’s a class you can take. Best part: MR readers get three months for 99 cents total. THAT IS LESS THAN A DOLLAR.

man-repeller-skillshare Here’s what I’m taking:

Calligraphy

Not only is calligraphy the grown-up’s alternative to a 4th grader’s cursive, it remains in-theme as far as my own life goal to adopt all habits of Lady Mary on Downton Abbey. Plus, now I won’t need to send “I’m Sorry” notes to apologize for my “Thank You” notes that so frequently get mistaken for ransom letters.

An Online Skillshare Class by Bryn Chernoff

Chef Stuff

Yes I need to one day learn how to cook in order fulfill a major credit requirement so that I can formally graduate into adult life, but to start, I’m cool with faking it. I just need to look like I can cook, and there’s no better way to impress everyone in the kitchen before a huge dinner than by chopping food like a total pro. It’s like a party trick that’s actually useful.

An Online Skillshare Class by Elana Karp

Draw on Everything

You may recall a goldfish resolution of mine where I said I wanted to draw more. After a month in, I remembered that the problem with drawing is that it requires paper and time. It always feels like a big production, like I’m embarking on a project that I have to get an A+ on, which can take the fun out it. But this drawing class eliminates the need for paper (draw on literally anything except your cat!) and it encourages bursts of lines and quick strokes, making drawing feel spontaneous again — like doodling in school.

An Online Skillshare Class by SHANTELL MARTIN

Coffee 101

Another adult life skill I lack (along with my inability to parallel park or book dentist appointments before it’s too late) is the ability to make a great cup of coffee. I actually can’t even make a regular cup of coffee — my batches always come out tasting like shoe soup. What I like about this class is that not only do you learn how to brew a beautiful cup by hand (way to make a morning better, eh?), but you become something of a bean-sommelier yourself. Or at least that is what I will tell all of my friends I am when they ask if I have a side hustle.

An Online Skillshare Class by Michael Phillips

New year, new me, mad skills, no regrets.  (Hear that, Pinterest?) Now the most important part: what do you want to learn?

In partnership with Skillshare, offering MR readers three months of access for 99 cents. Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis; In photo: In God We Trust dress, DANNIJO rings, Gentle Monster sunglasses, NARS “Dragon Girl” lipstick.

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  • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

    I think my first goal is to learn how to do 20 perfect push-ups. Per week. Not joking!

    • http://instagram.com/shypony Josie Fillat

      THIS DO THIS!!! http://hundredpushups.com IT’S AWESOME!!! Im not kidding

      • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

        Looks great!

        • http://instagram.com/shypony Josie Fillat

          you really will increase in strength. I was amazed when I could drop and do TEN lol.

          • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

            will absolutely give it a try.

          • Darlene Whitmore

            CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Meyer has gone so far as to Support the practice “Work at home” that I have been doing since last year. In 2015 I have earned 118k dollars with my pc, despite the fact that I am a college student. Even newbies can make 39 an hour easily and the average goes up with time. Why not try this.

            Here Are Details
            xw…

          • Amelia Diamond

            Wait seriously I want to do this too.

          • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

            This is just to let you know that I started today. 🙂

          • http://instagram.com/shypony Josie Fillat

            Awesome! Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

  • http://nolongergrey.com sarah

    The only think I use an oven for is to make cakes, so I might have to adapt the shoving sweaters in storage technique.

    • Amelia Diamond

      Yea but cake is super important.

  • me

    This month, I’m going to aspire to perfect some “Amelia skills”:

    1) Become a (winter) morning person using the mantra: “It’s going to be better than okay-it’s going to be great! I’m up!”

    – and –

    2) Go off to work (my new job as a manager) with total confidence instead of dread/fear: “YO MOTHAFUCKA, I GOT THIS. ”

    Thanks for the inspiration, Sis !

    • Amelia Diamond

      You glow girl. U DO GOT THIS.

  • http://insertwth.com/ Denisse

    This sounds really interesting. I can write in cursive, but I would LOVE taking a calligraphy class. I still don’t think I’ve mastered a beautiful Q. There are so many things I keep saying I want to learn, and never actually end up doing it. Time to take initiative, huh?

    • Amelia Diamond

      do it do it

  • http://instagram.com/shypony Josie Fillat

    SOLD! I’m in. You got me. I’m hooked. I feel like this is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

    • Amelia Diamond

      Tell me what you’re going to take!!

      • http://instagram.com/shypony Josie Fillat

        the pattern making and garment construction classes!

  • http://www.looking-glass.ca/ Maria

    I’ve been trying to learn Spanish but I haven’t been able to find an app I really like (AKA one that goes past just the basics). I’d def try three months for $0.99 though!

    • Amelia Diamond

      Tell me how it goes!!

    • Greer Clarke

      Duolingo duolingo duolingo!! Can’t recommend enough!

      • http://www.looking-glass.ca/ Maria

        I was using duolingo but completed all the levels haha, it was good. I’m thinking of redoing them until I get everything ingrained in my mind.

        • Greer Clarke

          Whaaat that’s so impressive. You should start translating articles for them online, they have that on the website!

          • http://www.looking-glass.ca/ Maria

            It was just the beginner levels, then I cheaped out and didn’t want to pay for extra lol. According to them I’m 40% fluent but it’s been weeks since I’ve practiced. I can read articles in Spanish and I understand most of it but when it comes to stringing a sentence together it’s a lot more difficult.

      • Tess

        plus it’s freeeeeeeeee

  • Yvonne Dunlevie

    Guys. A few weeks ago I randomly became obsessed with making coffee in a french press (because TBH i waste so much money on coffee) so I googled “how to use a french press” and watched a very helpful video….TODAY I realized that the video I had watched was a skillshare video! And it was actually super helpful. This is the best coincidence ever.

    • Amelia Diamond

      Are you a pro french presser now?? MAY I HAVE A CUP PLZ

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      4 my birthday lol

  • Esraa Bassiouny

    I want to learn another language other than arabic and english, I wan to learn deutsch, but I am so busy with studying and blogging, so maybe in the summer.
    http://dressmecasual.blogspot.com.eg/

  • Catalina

    Thanks for reminding me my beginner embroidery kit from Purl sits untouched underneath my coffee table. Must. break. it. out.

    • Amelia Diamond

      do IT do IT and if you get going, post a pic!

  • http://thefauxparisian.wordpress.com Meg Maldonado

    Is there a class that teaches you how to look and sound like you’re amazing at everything without actually having to put the effort in of actually learning each individual skill? Because I feel I could succeed here.

    • Amelia Diamond

      hahah

  • l:ly

    I really want to learn how to be better at saving money and i just don’t know if there is a skill share video for that but maybe there is??? just in case I will sign up

    • Amelia Diamond

      i seriously bet there is.

  • Greer Clarke

    Still wanna learn the ghee-tarr

    • Amelia Diamond

      you should! do you have one?? or do you mean you want to learn how to make cool butter?

      • Greer Clarke

        I nicked my little sister’s, so yeah!! And hey why not add butter to the list! But ghee-tarr now sounds like butter with a bit of road tar mixed in YUMMO

  • http://www.mgluxurynews.com María Geronico

    I want to learn hot to drive! I feel like a disabled person asking everybody to drive me around when I’m 25 and I have a driving license.

    Check out the Prada’s video that has open a new story-line about a possible change at the fashion industry. What do you think??

    http://www.mgluxurynews.com/posts

    Bests!! M

  • ChiefCC

    Beautiful photo!

  • illya

    I’m all for this. Create daily, of all ages.Learn something new.

  • savvy

    I’m coming back for ‘calligraphy’- have always wanted to learn the ‘art’ involved, and to have it in my toolbox…and then there’s drawing, watercolors, cartooning, and so much MORE!! Thanks!!!

  • http://www.whitehartdesign.co Lucie

    Love your writing style and ideas, you are definitely funny! Love the handwriting and cooking bit, enjoy!