This weekend I decided to exercise my brain muscles. I packed up my computer and headed over to a coffee shop downtown.
Roasted Espresso was my venue of choice. I had never been there and while it was fairly loud, the guys working there were incredibly friendly and seemed to know nearly everyone who came through the door. They had good espresso and apparently (I didn't have a chance to try any) amazing subs. There is something special about being in a coffee shop club, where everybody knows your name. Cheers. I used to pride myself on knowing as many names as possible when I was a barista.
I went to the coffee shop to start two online Photoshop and InDesign classes. These classes are completely free with a Mesa County library card. What?! I have a horribly embarrassing confession that makes me seem really dumb – I didn't know until a couple of years ago that library cards were free. I had a library card in Denver but the family I nannied for had signed me up for it. I just assumed access to all of the resources a library offers cost a membership fee. I had access to the library in college but technically, I paid a bunch for that. I don't remember having a library card before college, which is kind of sad. I am deciding here and now my children will know about the library!
Wow, I digress again.
On top of the free class, Adobe also offers a free 30 day trial and while it isn't necessary to have access to the programs for the class, it sure does help. I am able to take these classes completely free. The list of classes is endless. I didn't look specifically but there may be a breakdancing for left feet class on there somewhere.
The classes have both written instructions and a video to learn from. I am also surrounded by incredibly supportive co-workers who have given me various other resources to supplement my learning. I am excited about the thought of expanding my skills.... for free! Whether it pays off financially will be another story. Wink.