Mamavation Monday: I’m working on a Ph.D in Life

The word School spelled in blocks photo

I have 3 degrees already, and I’ve joked with CycleGuy that I want to go back to school to get a Ph.D. But because I already have more degrees than he does, he says he gets first crack at the next graduate degree. That has always sounded fair. But I’m still hungry to learn. And to learn all the things I want won’t take me getting a Ph.D in one thing.

I’m a big believer in lifelong learning. My grandparents often took classes. My aunt and uncle traveled every year through the Elderhostel program, learning about new places and focusing on a new topic of interest. Seeing them continue learning throughout their ‘golden years’ impressed upon me not only the ability to pursue new things regardless of age, but also that learning can be fun.

One of my learning projects this year is photography. I’ve always admired people who could wield one of those fancy cameras. So this year I am learning to become a photographer. Maybe you’ve seen some of my photos? I’m participating in the 365 Project and documenting each day with a photograph (although I’m behind in posting them) as a way to practice daily. I help BabyGirl practice violin every day and I know the importance of doing this. It only makes sense that I do the same with my learning.

When I was in college I got a shirt that say “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” It’s a saying that always stuck with me. Learning may not always take a ton of money, but it always take time. Learning is an investment. An investment of time, always. Time I don’t always seem to have, although I know I need to make.

I could spend all day reading about new and cool things. I’ve cut down my magazine and journal subscriptions significantly. Although I still get more than 10 every month. BabyGirl once called me an information hound. I couldn’t really argue with her.

When I start to think I don’t have time for learning, I know I’m kidding myself. There is always time to learn, it’s just a matter of priorities. One of the great things about learning, too, is that there are opportunities to meet new people. It’s through learning how to blog that I’ve met you!

If you ever hear yourself saying you don’t have time to learn, stop for a moment as say it again. The second time be more in the moment. Do you really have so much going on that you can’t learn something you want? Maybe it’s a matter of prioritizing. If you’re like me, there is an ongoing “Things I Want To Learn” list.

Again, it comes back to the ‘Someday’. Sure, someday I’ll get around to learning all the things I want. In the meantime, though, I need to start somewhere. There are times I dive in to multiple points of learning. Unlike college though, when signing up for 6 classes seemed normal, I need to pace myself with just a very few things at a time.

Come, join me on this journey for a Ph.D. in Life! What will you learn next?

This post is linked to Mamavation Monday. I am a member of the Mamavation Sistahood!

Photo Credit: Public Domain


Mamavation Monday: The Heat Is On

Swim kickboards photo

The first Monday in April. A day to get the week off right, enjoy a spring day, feel the warmth on your skin. Although in many parts of the country there are severe storm watches, snow, rain and tornado watches. And here, in Phoenix, it’s what most people would call summer. Friday we had our first official 100-degree day. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke either.

I’ve been trying to have the Mamavation to get out and exercise, but I would whine that it’s too cold. Now the mercury is rising. And while we may have one last cold snap left before we’re consistently above 100-degrees for weeks, now I’m hearing myself grumble that it’s too hot. And I love the heat! It’s just easier to join the groupthink mentality so I don’t have to go out.

Today is the last day to vote for my friend Heather for Momavation Mom and I hope you will, if you haven’t already. It’s not often that we get to help someone else make a real positive change in their life. We’ve all lost and gained and lost some more weight. It’s part of being a woman. A mom. This time though, we’ve got a HUGE support system with the Mamavation Sistahood and all the other women who, like us, have succeeded and re-succeeded and then succeed again at losing weight and making lifestyle changes

According to my thermometer, Summer is here. I’m not ready. I’m not ready to get out in a swimsuit, much less show you what I look like in one. I’m not embarrassed. I’m just not that confident. Heather is so committed to being open about her weight loss journey that she has posted her ‘before’ photos. Now that’s MAMAvation!

We all know we have just a few more weeks before it’s shorts and tank-top weather. So join me, and Heather, as we ‘put the heat on’ and get a jump on summer!

If you’re on Twitter, join in tonight’s Twitter party where we’ll be celebrating the official launch of the Mamavation campaign—including the announcement of the next Mamavation Mom.