OUR MISSION

We believe that life-long learning is the key to an incredible life (in so many ways!), and we are committed to help you change your life and achieve more than you ever thought possible.

Who We Are

We are Michele and Layla. 

We're a mother and daughter team, and we created this website to create a place where people can come together and support each other. We offer you something new to learn every day, as well as in-depth courses delivered via email or eBooks.

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Michele

Michele's formal college education was in science, but she has spent 30 years learning a wide variety of topics from various disciplines.  She loves animals, coding, and travelling around the world.

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Layla

Layla is the queen of self education!  She has taught herself to read, write, and speak several languages, and she's eager to learn more.  She enjoys all kinds of crafts, reading, making websites, fighting social injustices, and travelling.

our story

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  • Michele's Story

I am Michele, and I have an intense passion for learning.

I was adopted and raised by very abusive parents. Let’s just say, it was bad….very bad. So, when I was a junior in high school, I left that household and never looked back. I was homeless for nearly two years. 

I ended up getting off the street, but dealing with the aftermath from years of abuse took a bit longer to get over. I even wrote a book about it. 😊 Even so, I enrolled in college when I was 22 and later graduated with a B.S. in Zoology/Pre-Medicine. I became a member of Mensa, as well.

When I enrolled in college, I had always been told “Get a college education and you’ll get a good job and make decent money and have a better life”. It was only AFTER I graduated that I learned that wasn’t true. Only SOME degrees will get you a job – others won’t.

While in college, I studied abroad in Japan where I met a charming man. That man later came to America, we married, and had 3 kids. Long story….it was very bad.

Several years ago, he kidnapped my children, even though I had legal sole custody. And after all the hardships I had endured in my life, NOTHING compared to the absolutely agony of losing my children. There are not even words in the English language to describe the depth of that anguish. Seriously. It hurt to breathe. It hurt to move. I couldn’t go to a store because when I’d see a mother with her child, I’d break down in hysterics. It was that bad.

So, instead of heading off to med school, I spent many years and thousands of dollars trying to get my kids back home. While I was not successful, technology allows me to chat with my children frequently and even collaborate on this passion. So, for that, I am very, very grateful.

They are still, to this day, more precious to me than the air that I breathe.

I have always been extremely interested in learning.  If I wasn’t working, I always had my head in a book. At one point, my house contained over 1500 non-fiction books! And I had read them all.

There are just too many things I want to know about.  I want to know about everything!

I know the power of education, and I know that you don’t need to go to college or go into debt to learn anything you want. ​

To be fair, there are a few things that require a college degree, but you can teach yourself 97% of whatever you want to learn.

So, my advice to my kids and to everyone is follow your dreams, but don’t think there’s only one way to get there. 

I really want people to embrace the power of learning. Whether or not you increase your income with what you learn is irrelevant because learning does WAY more than increase your earning power.

With knowledge (and experiences), you are more interesting to talk to, and people enjoy hanging out with you because you can have interesting conversations.

With education, you increase your empathy, you understand that world’s problems in new ways, you are more able to think creatively to solve said problems, and you can look at a situation from 30 different angles. 

The more you know, the more you realize how much you don’t know!

The thirst to know more seizes you. It’s an exciting way to be. With learning comes deep understanding. And there is no substitution for deep understanding. It touches every aspect of your life.

Learning can change your life in a million different ways. I want you to use learning to reach your full potential and live your life to the fullest.

Get educated. Change yourself. Then, change the world.

You most certainly can do it. Help your friends and family and your global neighbors solve the problems that cause so much sadness and misery. The best way to do that is through (self-)education.

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.

- Isaac Asimov

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.

- Henry Ford

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.

- Albert Einstein

A Note About Our Courses

We create each course with great attention to detail, and we make sure that the lessons are informative, easy to understand, and fun.

Of course, we don't know everything about everything, so our lessons are reviewed by experts in order to make sure that our material is up to date and accurate. Our team includes teachers, licensed financial analysts, and science and language specialists.

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