I am a big believer in self-education and learning basic life skills is a fundamental skillset everybody should have. We are constantly reminded that the world is a different place today, so we need to pivot, readjust and tweak our old ways but still be holding onto our sacred core values – this is our challenge as we grow older.


When I was thinking about my top 5 I noticed that there were two in my list now that when I think back to when I was growing up would never have even entered my top 10 list let alone my top 5. Can you guess which 2 they are?

  1. Learn how to cook
  2. Learn how to manage your finances
  3. Learn how to declutter successfully
  4. Learn how to breathe and ground yourself to reduce stress
  5. Learn how to grow a vegetable garden

1. Learn How to Cook

Number one because my kitchen is the heart of the home. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the enjoyment on the faces of those you love eating the food you have cooked.

2. Learn How to Manage Your Finances

A book that changed the financial trajectory of my family’s life was “The Barefoot Investor” by Scott Pape. It is easy to read and for single people, young families, empty nesters and retirees.

3. Learn How to Declutter Successfully

We live in a world where we have more “stuff” in our lives than ever before. Become familiar with the 5 second rule - pick up an object and if you can’t remember when you last used it within 5 seconds then you have to get rid of it (brutal, but effective).

4. Learn How to Breathe and Ground Yourself to Reduce Stress

One of the simplest and most effective ways to destress is to take 3 deep breathes and walking barefoot on the beach or grass.

5. Learn How to Grow a Vegetable Garden

Start off small and if you have limited space try growing your vegetables in pots.

Do you have a different top 5? If so let me know in the comments below.

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