Self-Care Challenge (Day 126): Building Skills

On day 126 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored building my writing skills by participating in the much-anticipated Nonfiction Writer’s Conference, an annual event hosted by the Nonfiction Author’s Association.

Over the course of the three-day conference, I’ve been soaking in the wisdom of 15 different industry experts on a variety of topics ranging from the writing process itself, to marketing and promotion, to legal issues that writers face.

It’s encouraging to hear from other authors who have been exactly where I am today, sharing their own adventurous journey. This much is clear: it takes hard work and perseverance (not unlike other important endeavors) to move forward.

Building new skills is a key component of my self-care overall strategy, which is not surprising since curiosity has remained at the top of my VIA signature strengths list for as long as I can remember. I place a high value on learning, as well as honing old ones–it’s just part of who I am.

By learning new things, we not only support the aptitudinal dimension of our health, but also the financial dimension. Learning new things enables us to solve new problems, do things more effectively and efficiently, and that often translates to a cost savings.

What new skill have you learned recently?

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