Get Going Guide: Week of June 11th

Here’s the GGG for the week. Each weekly GGG covers topics from health, professional, personal, and entertainment topics. The goal is to have tidbits that you can use along with links to more in-depth information when you have the desire to dig deeper.

Health:

Low vitamin D is hurting you and your family. Going outside is not enough, drinking milk won’t make up the difference, and it’s very likely your multivitamin is letting you down. Low vitamin D causes brain fog as well as weak bones, plus it is directly linked to serious diseases. I’m not a huge fan of playing personal pharmacist with supplements, but this is one you need. If you’re interested in learning more, I have an easy-to-use guide to why you need more vitamin D and how to get it here: https://medium.com/@blptaylor/low-vitamin-d-can-ruin-your-health-80fb0897f4c8

Professional:

I love learning. My midwifery career involved being on call 24/7 and I still managed to squeeze in a full-time course load in sociology. That isn’t to brag, it’s simply because learning is my favorite hobby! I have tried a few MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) and it has been hit or miss. There’s also an adjustment to doing a course for the knowledge and not for a grade or credits. You can purchase certificates of completion or work towards a degree, but the consensus on Reddit is they’re rarely worth it.

Please note, the programming course isn’t free, but it’s so cheap for what you get that it’s worth it. He’s also an incredible teacher so if you want to learn to code you should start here. I’ve also taken courses in health, writing, and Buddhism.

(The following links are NOT affiliate/referral links. I make absolutely no money off of sharing these classes.)

Even if you know zilch about programming, this course will get you started. I have a solid base of HTML/CSS/JS thanks to this Udemy BootCamp course. The teaching style is fantastic and it’s very doable even for busy people!

Puttering about with FreeCodeCamp at the same time is a rewarding way to see your progress and add another layer of learning.

Taking both of those courses then inspired me to go back and learn more about computer science basics. This Harvard class challenged and taught me quite a bit!

Coursera.org is another MOOC that is popular and has a huge variety of classes.

Quora has a great Q&A on MOOCs and compares the Pros and Cons. 

They require a decent amount of self-motivation and staying organized. It’s worth it.

When you find a course you love, let me know! I’m always open to suggestions.

Personal:

Here’s a personal pick that combines in social, health, and money! Dietbet. I participated in DietBet before kiddos #7 & 8 and really enjoyed it. I’d actually forgotten it existed until I saw it mentioned on an Instagram account. This is exactly the kick in the butt I needed this month! Scrolling through the list, this is the one that caught my eye. I also followed her on Instagram.

So what is it? You place a bet (amounts vary)and pledge to lose 4% of your weight in 4 weeks. At that time the winners split the pot.  Join in and let me know when you do!  Don’t you owe it to yourself to try something different?

I’ll be updating my progress on Instagram so follow me there

Entertainment:

If you regret the few minutes you spend reading this, I will send you a “snail mail” apology from the UK.  If you don’t regret it, send me a “thank you” email! 

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