OVER the past few weeks, I've been trying to focus more on the positives rather than all the negatives that seem to constantly revolve around us during this COVID pandemic.
And so, I found myself reflecting about what things I have done that I wouldn't have otherwise if it wasn't for COVID.
It wasn't until I did this that I realised how incredibly lucky I am to have accessed many wonderful online training opportunities over the past few months.
My reasonings for doing the courses are vast - some courses I was just curious about, others I wanted to do in order to refresh my resume, some I completed in order to learn new skills and others I've done in order to refine skills I thought I already had.
The best thing is, I don't think I have paid for one.
With a little bit of research, it soon becomes obvious just how many resources are out there waiting to be accessed and I highly recommend getting amongst it.
Last weekend I watched a defibrillator familiarisation session hosted by the Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page.
While I had only just recently completed defib training, it was a novel way to learn more about first aid and CPR.
The "Accidental Counsellor" course was admittedly one of my favourites - it was hosted by Lifeline and there were some really engaging conversations that formed a part of that session.
The Covid Food Safety course just seemed like an obvious choice and a good one to complete.
Now, I've just downloaded the Auslan Tutor app as I'd like to learn a bit of sign language given this week is the National Week of Deaf People and they are offering the app to download for free.
I'll also admit though that I did bite off more than I could chew at one stage.
I enrolled in a free 12-week course with TAFE, but about 2 weeks in, I realised I had over committed myself and quickly withdrew.
I'll save that one for the next pandemic (just kidding!).