Hey Joe, thanks for responding!
It might help if I know what design field you’re trying to get into. But you can see my journey and findings through my post here.
It covers what I learned through my first year with some steps to do what I did. Then I just recently sent a newsletter that will go out in a month about learning to code as a designer.
If it’s not web design that you’re thinking of doing, I do have some places to start at compassofdesign.com/books where you can see the books that I recommend to specific design disciplines.
If you’re up for it, you can hit me up on the contact form on the website and I can see if there’s a more specific way I can help you out. :D
Just let me know!