6 Ways to Reinvent Yourself
From changing your daily habits to changing your entire career, you can become a new you.
We only get one life, but that doesn’t mean we can only live it one way. If you’re bored of your routines or frustrated with the state of your life or are simply yearning for more excitement and opportunity, perhaps it’s time to reinvent yourself.
How can you go about reinventing yourself? There are a lot of paths you can take. Here are a few:
Clean Your Closets
Cleaning may seem a rather mundane way to reinvent yourself, but this isn’t any ordinary tidying up. This is a full cleanse of the parts of yourself you want to move on from. Old letters from exes. Movie posters you’ve had hanging since college. A man cave full of junk. Storage drawers full of crafts you’ll never do. Get rid of it all so you’ll have space for something new.
Change can be scary. But being afraid of disrupting things or failing at something new can leave you trapped in an unsatisfactory state. To reinvent yourself, you have to be willing to take risks. It’s the only way to change.
Travel Near and Far
Reinventing yourself isn’t like changing your outfit. It takes time and exploration of all the possible paths you can follow. That’s why traveling can be an important part of reinvention. Getting out and experiencing new places, new cultures, new people, new foods, and new ways of being can help you discover a lot about yourself, and provide you with inspiration and clarity about what direction you should take your life.
Pick Up a New Hobby
You probably have more free time than you think. The average person spends several hours a day consuming media.1 And while no one is suggesting you give up your favorite programs, you can likely exchange some of your media time for a new hobby, or one you set down years ago. Hobbies can change the way you think about your life and open you up to meeting new people who share your interests.
Volunteering can be as beneficial to you as it is to the people you’re helping. It can give more purpose to your life, help you understand the world better, and lead to new relationships and responsibilities.
Start a New Career
“What do you do for a living?” is often the first question we’re asked when meeting someone new. For better or worse, our careers tend to define a large part of who we are, which is why changing careers can be an important part of reinvention.
If changing careers sounds way too complicated, you may want to think again. Thanks to online education, you can now earn a degree related to a new career without having to commit to leaving your current job or moving across the country to be near the right college or university. Instead, online learning lets you stay right where you are and keep working. All you need to attend an online university is internet access. And you can take online classes at whatever time of day works best for your current schedule.
For many adults, earning a degree online is a lot more doable than earning a degree any other way. It makes gaining the knowledge you need to change careers much more possible, particularly since you can find online courses and online degree programs in a wide variety of subjects. Whether you already hold a college degree or whether this will be your first opportunity to obtain a college education, there is likely a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree program online perfectly suited to your career goals.
Reinventing yourself takes work. But a good, accredited online college can help you make the changes you want to make.
Walden University is an accredited institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs online. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.
Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org.