udio, Paperback and E-books are awesome resources to use when you want to improve your design skills.
It's no longer enough to be "just" a UX Designer. Being a multi-faceted designer has become a requirement for this industry. The popular areas of focus are User Interface Design, Accessibility, UX Research, Content Creation, UX Strategy, Voice, VR/AR and the list goes on -- just check out the State of UX in 2018 to see more on that.
Trying to tackle the task of learning about this industry can be very intimidating. How would you know which areas you would like the most without trying them all? That's where the good ole book comes in. Get an idea of which areas you would like to focus on. Even if you're not interested in certain areas, it's always good to know about those topics for future reference.
As a remote designer, you miss out on the perks of physically working with a team. To aid in this process, I’ve used a few tools that allows me to seamlessly transition from an in-house designer to a 100% remote designer.