August 2017: Continuous Learning and Back to School

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It’s back to school time. YAY!

Fall—my favorite season—is just around the corner. I’m excited to see the colors change on the trees from beautiful greens to shades of red, brown, and orange. The fall foliage is a plus to living in Georgia, and I get to say goodbye to these hot summer days. NOTE: I am not ready for winter so believe me, I’m not complaining about the warm weather. I’ll take it any day over the cold.

This time of the year also means a returned focus to learning for the children and young adults in our families. But, the fall is also a good time to hone professional and interpersonal skills. So, my word for August is Continuous Learning. I’m a firm believer in if you aren’t learning, you’re dying. Learning produces growth.

Continuous Learning

“Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.” - Proverbs 23:12 Click To Tweet

When I selected my scripture of the month, I didn’t quite understand it. I was moved to add it to my list, but I struggled with it until I focused on the words “heart” and “ears.”

Continuous Learning: Apply Your Heart to Instruction

Anytime you apply your heart, you must open it. You must have a desire to learn to apply yourself to learning. In our youth, we open ourselves to academics because we feel as though we can accomplish anything. We approach our studies in a way to get it done so that we can move to the next stage of our lives. After we obtain an education, we move into our jobs without thinking too much about continuous education. We know our skills and stick to them. That is a mistake.

In today’s workforce, continuous learning is an absolute must. Rules and technology change constantly. We must be open to instruction so that we don’t get left behind.

Continuous Learning: Apply Your Ears to Words of Knowledge

With so many self-help books and life coaches crowding our social media streams, it is easy to get caught up in what’s new instead of what’s needed. The moms you know might be gearing up to read Gospel-Centered Mom: The Freeing Truth About What Your Kids Really Need but you’re trying to grow your jewelry business so you can pay the mortgage (your kids need shelter). It’s okay to opt out and read Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age.

In other words, read to acquire knowledge that will help you in the area you are focused on developing. You don’t have to keep up with the crowd. Add what everyone else is reading to your “to read” list on Goodreads and keep it moving.

This month I’m focused on business development, publishing, and writing. Over the past few months, I’ve been blessed to get more writing and editing work. I also have a cool new business idea in the works as well. So, this month’s reading, which I haven’t selected, will be focused on the areas previously mentioned.

Are you pursuing continuous learning in August?

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on

2 comments on “August 2017: Continuous Learning and Back to School”

  1. Emily Imani Reply
    Great I Love it and yes a very exiting time for parents and kids . I love the scripture and will focus on it this month. So many people don't like instruction , this is a helpful way to view instruction and learning.

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