Live a Little: Educate Yourself

August 20, 2012 Katja Presnal

Live a little: educate yourself

Today I am encouraging you to live a little and educate yourself (a little). Ok, there is nothing “little” about education, and I am not really talking about going to college here, but I’m talking about skills or knowledge you can learn when you are an adult. It’s back to school time for the kids, we might as well think about learning too, right?

I’ve felt a little down at times in Sweden because I don’t speak Swedish well, even though I should. I started taking Swedish classes at school at age 13 and many of my friends are close to fluent in Swedish. I always thought I’d move out of Finland, and I knew I had to master English, or even learn German, but Swedish… never in the million years I’d move to the neighboring country and need to know Swedish. The lesson here: no education goes wasted, ever. And I truly believe in this. Whatever skill or knowledge you are learning about, there always will be a moment in your life when you will need it.

Last week I watched a German movie on TV, and whenever my German skills were lacking, I had Swedish subtitles to help me with the rest and I was able to watch the entire movie and understand it. It felt so good! I felt like some lost language skills were coming back to me, and that I needed to practice more, and just be braver and use the words (and skills) I had. Even when they are not perfect.

Learning new skills, or making old ones better gives you so much self-confidence, and and feeling that you are living fully. We have to keep on educating and making ourselves better for ourselves, for the feeling you get when you learn something new. We often get wiser as we get older, and we realize that we don’t have everything as together as we thought when we were cocky self-absorbed teenagers, but at the same time we stop educating ourselves the older we get – why is this?

This week, to live life to the fullest, educate yourself with something. Get a book, google information, sign up for a cake making classes or how to get your golf swing better.



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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (8)

  1. There are so many times I wish I had become fluent in another language! There are so many skills out there, we can all afford to learn more. I want to learn how to crochet!

  2. Funny how that computer programming class I took in college that I just knew was a waste of time has actually been very valuable in my line of work! I tell my girls that all of the time. The 15 yr old is taking Latin II and thinks it is a waste of her time. I think I will have her read this blog post. :)

  3. Naomi

    I’ve always felt bad about giving up Japanese and Hebrew lessons when my parents divorced. (Note to self: don’t ever ask a 10 year old if they want to continue extra schoolwork four days a week…) Now I’m barely literate in several languages but at least I do okay with English most of the time!

  4. I’ve been a learner of life around me and it sure does make life much more fun! I plan on taking up your challenge, Katja. I’m thinking of reading the book I got about photography – one of the skills I keep saying I want to learn more about.

  5. I really want to learn to speak Italian. I took two years in high school but have forgotten it all by now. I keep saying that I am going to order Rosetta Stone so that I can relearn it…

    • Enjoy Life Oils

      Do it!!! The next time you go to Italy, you will feel soooo good about it and you’ll be able to use it!! It’ll give you a good reason to start planning the next trip too ;)

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