Career Learning Technology

11 Online Resources Every Lifelong Learner Should Know About


I got my degree. Now what?

Job search, interviews etc. of course, but you also have to stay current.

Your degree certainly has value, but let’s be honest you haven’t learned everything you need to know about your career field. And if you’re a multipotentialite like me, you didn’t quite take all of the classes you wish you could have because they weren’t in your major or you didn’t have enough elective opportunities. Well, I have good news. The learning isn’t over, and it never will be.

No matter what the subject matter things are always changing. Luckily, with such advances in technology, we have many resources to learn on our own.

Even if you aren’t planning to use your degree the way you thought you would, college will always have taught at least one thing you will use forever…it taught you how to learn. Take those note taking, studying, reading, researching, and analyzing habits and put them back into action.

There will always be books full of knowledge for us to absorb but the online education world is what takes learning on our own to a whole new level.

Being a little bit obsessed with learning, I’ve tested out several online learning resources. Of course, I always search for free opportunities, and there are some good ones, but there are some subscriptions that are completely worth paying for too! Below are some of the best learning platforms I’ve found:


Courses for Business, Creative and Technology skills.

Fees Monthly or Annually.
Free 30-day trial.
Possible free memberships with a university affiliation.
Totally worth it!

2. Linkedin Learning

Courses for Business, Creative and Technology skills.

Fees Monthly or Annually.
Free 30-day trial.
Linkedin purchased and has meshed videos into their website as Linkedin Learning.


FREE. Fees for certificates. MOOCs from a variety of well-known universities and colleges.

4. Ted-Ed

FREE.  “Lessons worth sharing.”


Pay per course, as low as $10. Library of over 55,000 courses on many different topics.

6. Duolingo

FREE Language Learning tool. A Web App and a Mobile App.

The following languages are available to study:

Romanian for English speakers

7. Memrise

FREE memorizing and studying tool. The ultimate online flashcards.

8. monkeysee

FREE quick task how-to videos. Wondering how to dice an onion? How to sew a button? Are you looking for a fun new Halloween recipe? Or a tasty cocktail? Check out monkeysee!

9. Khan Academy

FREE! Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization providing free courses for all ages in math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

10. Creative Bug

Short classes relating the following topics, made by a variety of designers and artists.

“You’re more creative than you think.”

11. The Great Courses

Audio and/or Video Lectures from Professionals in their fields on everything from Medical to Linguistics to Astronomy to Religion to Politics to Health to Physics. There is a series on pretty much every major topic. These lectures can get pretty pricey, I’ve found the best way to listen to these is through Audible.  You can use your credits to purchase a lecture series and get it for sometimes a third or fourth of the cost! Though The Great Courses stand-alone site often has great deals and specials to look out for as well, especially if you’re interested in the video feature.

Other online learning sites to check out:,, youtube, G Suite Learning Center,

Always looking for new resources, shout ’em out if you got ’em!

Learn all you can. Be passionate. Be your ultimate you <3

Books and Movies Learning Thought Exercises

Thought Exercise: To Bury or Not to Bury

Today’s Daily Prompt:

Bury. Rhymes with the Larry, Mary and the other berry but looks like jury. Thank you, English Language.

Bury is a word of hiding or of an end. It’s obscure and leaves us curious.

It isn’t a comfortable subject for most but the first thing I think of when I hear bury is a funeral. Nobody wants to talk about funerals. It’s weird and in a lot of settings, it feels like an off-limits subject. But it is important. Part of our culture just so happens to include burials of the deceased. This movie certainly doesn’t shed any light on burial….

Ryan Reynolds in Buried (2010) Watch now on Prime Video.

But of course, we hope to avoid the whole buried alive thing.

The history of funeral rites is a very interesting topic. A bit morbid on one level but it’s human. It says a lot about different cultures and religious beliefs. Burial grounds have been found dating back to 60,000 BC.!

It’s incredible how traditions and rituals evolve. If we look at afterlife plans nowadays, burial is by no means the only option for the deceased.

I just recently purchased an audiobook called, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. She talks about the “strange lives of our bodies postmortem.” And how you have uh… options. Like getting involved in science or art….as a cadaver….

Yes, I know. It’s a little…off-color, taboo? Disrespectful? … bizarre?

Honestly, I was a little disturbed with myself and my interest in the topic! But when I read the description and listened to the preview, that avid learner in me wanted to know more!

This coming from a girl who, as an adolescent, kept herself up at night worrying about what life was like after death. <<<< This is way too deep of a subject for right now but my point is there’s so much to learn, even if the topic is uncomfortable. Be curious!

“As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.” – Ashton Kutcher

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”  -Robin S. Sharma

Get out there and step out of you comfort zone!


Wait there’s more!

The deceased are not the only thing we bury.

Sometimes we bury…..

  • something to find later
  • treasure
  • a time capsule
  • the hatchet
  • our heads in a pillow
  • our heads in the sand
  • the secrets of our past
  • or just a dog bone

I hope your thoughts are good and exercised!

Did you Know? Learning

This Day in History: July 11

Happy Prime Day!
Annnnd, Happy Free Slurpee Day!

Before you shop your heart out and get a brain freeze, I give to you Downright Ultimate’s first history lesson:

July 11th Throughout the Years


Charlotte Cooper beat Hélène Prévost to become the 1st female Olympic tennis champion and the 1st individual female Olympic champion in any sport! #girlpower



Babe Ruth made his debut as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3.


Franklin Roosevelt announced that he will run for a fourth term as President of the United States.


The US Medal of Freedom was awarded to Martin Luther King Jr. Coretta King accepted the medal on behalf of her late husband.



Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix“, the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling was released. Can you believe it’s been 10 years?!


Neptune completes its first orbit since its discovery on September 23, 1846. What a time to be alive……

by Gabriel


“I think I’m a trivia nerd. I love to learn about everything. I’m curious.” – Adam Rodriguez


Check out and for more “this day in history” trivia.

Never stop learning! #becomingultimate

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Learning Quotes

33 Quotes About Learning

Inspirational words of those who lived before us and those who live among us.



“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” ~Peter Drucker

“I am learning all the time.  The tombstone will be my diploma.”  ~Eartha Kitt

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”  ~Vernon Howard

“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.”  ~Mark Twain

“Learning is not a spectator sport.” ~D. Blocher

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~Henry Ford

“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” ~Abigail Adams

“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” ~William A. Ward

“One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.” ~ John W. Gardner

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.” ~Lyndon B. Johnson

“Supposing is good, but finding out is better.” ~Mark Twain

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~Alvin Toffler

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
Isaac Asimov

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”
~B.B. King

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”  ~Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.” ― Sophocles, Antigone

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else–that’s how you’ll get ahead.”
Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

“I’m starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

“to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

“He who laughs most, learns best” ― John Cleese

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ~African Proverb

“Change is the end result of all true learning.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” ~Chinese Proverb

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” ~Herbert Spencer

“If you think education is expensive, try estimating the cost of ignorance.”
~Howard Gardner

“Action comes about if and only if we find a discrepancy between what we are experiencing and what we want to experience.”  ~Philip J. Runkel

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. ~ Goethe

A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers. ~ Helen Keller

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. ~ James Truslow Adams












Learning Thought Exercises

Thought Exercise: What Makes you Angry About the World?

*My apologies for the ramble below, but that’s what thought exercises are for!*

What makes me angry? Well, I am not usually an angry person, especially in face-to-face situations. I like to keep it civil and avoid confrontation but I’d be lying if I said I was happy with everything in the WORLD.


I think we can all agree on the following as common triggers of anger towards the world…

Discrimination against race, gender, etc., world hunger, bullies, hate crime, war, people who force their beliefs on others, hypocrites, politics, litterers, the guy who cut you off, the rude catcaller, the violator, the cheater, the gossiper, the liar, the disrupter, the gum popper, the seat kicker, the loud phone talker, the bad car parker, the inappropriate gesturer…

And why? Because most of these are people. People make people angry. People make me angry! I love humans but I hate people.

But more so it makes me angry how angry we get at each other and at ourselves.

We’re all in this together. We live on this amazing planet and we created a way of life that is kind of incredible. The intricate work of our governments and the functionality of our cities, farms, manufacturers, transportation, etc. It’s pretty unbelievable, we all have that in common…we all, for the most part, “follow the rules” of life. We go to school, get jobs, get married, have kids, pay taxes, get new jobs, buy houses, the list goes on.

But, each time a person makes one of these choices there’s an element of uncertainty. Something will go wrong and someone will get angry at someone else. But why?

Because of our EXPECTATIONS. We’re told what is right and what is wrong. Whether it’s by our parents, our teachers, the government, our boss at work or the media. And I’m not talking about the law here necessarily, but our social behavior, our bodies, our relationships, our jobs, our cars, our houses, our possessions, our beliefs.

This is me having a pessimist moment but seriously, it makes me angry that so many people live life in this world either looking for something that they might never find or they’re staying with something or someone because they don’t think they can do, or deserve, any better.

This is not their fault. We look at our friends, strangers, celebrities, and characters and see these fairytales, with what looks like only the happiest of endings. But we never see the whole picture.

I beg of thee to look beyond the surface. It is obviously acceptable to have expectations and goals. Most would encourage the idea. I advocate for the creation of personalized expectations. All things considered; family, friends, career interests, hobbies, capabilities, struggles, beliefs. How do you see your life? Write it down.

I wish for those that desire it to reach for the sky, follow your dreams and take chances. Follow your heart, listen to your gut and experience all that you want and are able. Do it for you and do it for love. Explore the world we live in and explore the make-believe. Expect the unexpected. Acknowledge and appreciate what you already have. Live in the moment, learn from the past. Pay attention to the small things. Learn everything you want about whatever you want.

I must now take my anger and turn it into my passion. And I hope you do the same.

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