If I had a dime for each person who told me that they wanted to go back to school and learn something specific, but couldn’t because of the apparent cost, I’d have a whopping 95 cents on me (counting the nickels and dimes that were already in my pocket).  Well, now you don’t have an excuse.

The No Excuse List (http://noexcuselist.com/) gives you a variety of mostly free places on the web where you can learn almost anything that your heart desires.  The list includes categories ranging from cooking, art, music and languages.  Want to learn a particular topic in physics?  Head over to Khan Academy!  Want to learn Spanish?  Try Duolingo!  Or maybe you want to get into photography this year?  Then Cambridge in Colour might be your answer.  Check out the website and see what free things you could be learning right now.

We always complain that we don’t have enough time and money to learn new things.  Well, this solves the money problem.  What about time?  I dare you to try this out: at the end of each day for the next week, count the number of hours (in 15 minute increments) you spend watching TV, YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, playing solo games, etc.  Now imagine taking that time and converting it to learning a new language or other awesome life skill?  Who knows, if you set your schedule a little better and cut out digital distractions, by the end of the year you could be speaking nearly fluent Italian or making beautiful art in Photoshop!

What are you going to learn this year?