10 underrated skills to learn

There are a lot of underrated skills that will help you into adulthood, and are definitely worth knowing. If you’re looking for something new to learn, here is a bunch of stuff you may be interested in.

  • Learn how to cook. It may seem a clichè, but cooking actually is a really relevant part of life. Not only does it help financially, since you don’t have to always go out to eat, but it can also get very pleasant at times. What are you waiting for? Buy a new cook-book and try out your first recipes.
  • Learn a new language. Learning a new language may take a bit of time, but it will help you keep your mind trained. Language also shapes the way we think, speaking more than one language will help you be more open-minded. If you’re interested in this topic, consider taking a look at this Ted Talk.
  • Start journaling. Journaling is an art, it helps you relax and think about your day at the same time. Like that, it enables you to become creative and to get to know yourself better. You can find a guide on how to keep a journal here.
  • Learn how to write. Writing is something we’re all capable of doing, but how often do you actually write for yourself? Take a course of creative writing, or start trying out different styles. You could begin from a diary and, later on, switch to tales and poetry and, who knows, maybe a novel one day.
  • Learn how to do taxes. I have to confess that I myself cannot do it by myself yet, but I’m planning to learn it someday. It might actually take a bit of time, but it’s something worth understanding in the world we live in.
  • Play a sport. Sports are important to keep you busy and assure you a healthy body. Hit the gym, join a basketball team, run a marathon, I don’t care, get out of your house and move your body.
  • Learn new communication skills. Educate yourself on how to have good conversations. You can find a lot of materials online, such as Ted Talks and mini-guides. Practice what you learn with your friends and see the positive effects that it has on your life.
  • Educate yourself on geopolitical issues of the time. Keep an eye open on actuality and the world news. Humankind needs people who understand the roots of contemporary facts and consequentely know how to act.
  • Understand how to be useful in your community. Volunteer your time, take part in a rehabilitation program and get to know the value of being useful to someone. Believe me, it will help you completely change your views and open your eyes on reality. You can find more reasons why you should totally volunteer your time here.
  • Learn how to take care plants. Plants are a responsibility, not a huge one, but still a responsibility. If you can keep your plants alive, water them daily and make sure they get enough sunlight, you’re at a good point on becoming more responsible.

10 tips on how to journal

Journaling is a great activity: it helps you get creative and think about your feelings and emotions. It reprents a moment in which you think about yourself, and allow your thoughts to get alive.

On the other side, journaling can get hard at times: when you lack inspiration or feel overwhelmed, writing or sketching something on a page can become difficult. In this article, you’ll find a few tips to help you through these moments.

  • Take inspiration from a magazine or a newspaper. Magazines and newspapers are great tools to organize the visual layout of your pages. Don’t just copy something, but try to rielaborate it through your own visions.
  • Use pictures, post-its and sketches to fill up the space. At times, what we have to write just doesn’t cover two whole pages. It’s ok to use stuff that’s not completely related to your topic, it’s your journal, you don’t owe anyone an explanation.
  • Don’t stress over something that’s not perfect. Nobody’s perfect, we are all humans, and perfection is an ideal noone will ever achieve. It’s ok if your writing isn’t as cute as usual today, or if your sketch didn’t come out the way you wanted it to. Art isn’t perfect, and that’s what makes it meaningful.
  • Choose a main color for every page. Colors are what makes your journal visually attractive. Whether it’s black and white (yes, I know they actually aren’t colors) or pink and yellow, colors attract people and please the eye.
  • Go floral. Don’t set limits to flowers: they keep you in a good mood and help you fill up space, they’re easy to find in magazines and nice to draw.
  • Put some effort in the typo: change it from time to time, try out different styles and don’t be afraid of using colors and forms. Working on the typo is actually really pleasant: it helps you relax and keeps you busy while processing your thoughts and organizing your ideas for the pages.
  • Take inspiration from your surroundings and the people you meet. Inspiration comes from the most different elements: from a feeling, a smile, a landscape, an object. Don’t underestimate anything and value every little thing of your surroundings.
  • Listen to some music and sit outside while journaling, or sip some coffee, it will all help you get into the right mood and let out that little madness that’s typical of an artist.
  • Don’t force yourself into journaling if you don’t feel like it. Trying to fill out your to-do list is great, but remember that, at times, you just won’t feel like doing anything. Rest, get out with your friends, watch TV, it’s ok not to always stick to your plans.
  • Don’t be afraid of trying. Write the poem that came to your mind yesterday, draw that female figure: who care if it’s not perfect? It’s your own journal, your own choiche. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, you cannot improve without experience.