How Are You Challenging Yourself?

This post has been sponsored by Udemy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fun fact: I was supposed to be taking a mini blog break until the new year. I’m a firm believer that everyone needs time to hit the refresh button, and it was my plan to take the last two weeks of the year “off” from blogging so I could do some 2019 planning and give my creative juices time to rev up for a new season. And I’ve done that, for the most part. It’s felt pretty good, if I’m going to be honest. I can’t wait to share some of the fun things I’m cooking up for you guys but aside from brainstorming content, I also spent the last few days working on my craft with Udemy Online Courses.

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This probably comes as no surprise but when I was in college, there wasn’t a blogger + influencer major. I graduated with my Bachelors in Public Relations & Communications and while I have definitely pulled from those skills (I like to think I’m a pitching pro) when it comes to running, there has been SO much I’ve had to teach myself and learn along the way. Most of the time, I’ve failed at least once before I figured it out…and that’s okay. Matter of fact, it’s almost needed. On the flip side, there are also so many things that come into play when running a successful blog that might take a little more than trial + error to master. That’s where a service like Udemy comes in.

I was recently introduced to Udemy Online Courses and couldn’t wait to check out the wide variety of online training, specifically their marketing and business courses. With classes covering everything from social media management, to business tips, to software training and more, I almost didn’t know where to start. Let’s be real, this is a good problem to have. I ended up signing up for a few of the online courses, including one to help me get more familiar with using InDesign (great for creating media kits and other branded materials) and Lightroom (the mecca for photo editing). Now that I made it through those, I can’t wait to check out some of the other business management courses.

One of the things I’ve come to realize over the past six years is just how critical challenging myself has been to my success. It’s really easy to keep doing the same thing, but I can almost guarantee you won’t see growth that way. Constantly stretching your mind muscle, forcing yourself to think more creatively, and spending time developing new skills and building upon existing ones is the key to running any successful business. And not just a business—but yourself. I got Brandon a few of the personal development courses that I thought he would be interested in doing with me, and I can’t wait to see how these impact our 2019 goals.

Are you guys taking any action to push yourself as we head into the new year? Would you sign up for an online course with Udemy? Comment below!

Photos by Shelby Gordon