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5 Ideas for New Skills to Learn in 2021

Personal development is one of those things that rarely happens naturally. Barring major life events that generate growth, it’s important for people to seek out new experiences, new skill sets, and new knowledge in order to continue to expand their perspective.

2021 promises to be a year full of potential. After a year where we were limited in many of the opportunities that we could pursue, this year can be the one where we put that pent up energy to good use and learn something new, something that we have been putting on the backburner for years (or, maybe just a skill that we came across on TikTok and thought looked fun). Here are five ideas for skills you could learn in 2021. 

5 New Skills to Learn in 2021

A new language

Many of us take language classes in high school or in higher education, but unless this skill is continually nurtured it is easy to lose our handle on language. Make a commitment in 2021 to either revive your fluency in a language that you’ve learned previously, or use an app like Duolingo to jump into a completely new vernacular. Learning a new language is a great skill to have, not only conversationally, but for the purposes of interpreting literature and doing business globally.

A tactile hobby

It’s easy to get caught in the rabbit hole of screen time, looking up from your phone to realize that hours have passed and you haven’t done anything actually impactful. Use 2021 to log off your computer, put aside your phone, and take up a hobby that requires you to work with your hands. Think drawing, throwing pottery, woodworking, sewing, cooking, playing chess - the list goes on.

A new sport or physical activity

In 2020, we were all searching for a way to get out of our homes, and many of us turned to physical activity as our escape. Runners ran mile after mile, cyclers purchased stationary bikes, and yogis brought out the mat to create their at-home practice. Now, we’re pretty burnt out from that go-to exercise. 2021 is the year we break out of our comfort zones and try a new form of physical activity. Try an online dance class, or learn how to jump rope again to get your heart pumping.

Basic maintenance and repair

Foundational repair skills come in, well, handy, in many aspects of life. Whether you’re a home owner, a car owner, or have a friend or family member who needs a hand once in a while, it’s nice to be able to rely on your “fix it” skill set. 

My hubby and I tackled old school wallpapering for the first time together in 2020. We love the result, but, more importantly, we learned a lot about how we work differently, but can complement each other throughout the process. I recommend spending some time this year checking out YouTube or taking a class before you try your hand at a DIY project.

The art of finding cheap travel deals

I have faith in 2021 - we believe that *sometime* during the next year we’ll be able to get away to a new location, whether by bus or by plane. In the meantime, you can use the build up to research how travel experts find their best deals, and to daydream about the next trip you’ll take.

2021 promises to be full of possibility, and we’re determined to make the most of it. Let us know what skills you want to pick up this year by tagging us on Instagram!

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