It doesn’t really matter what kind of wood carving you’re into. The main thing is to achieve mastery. For example, you can do only geometric carving and, while having fun with it, achieve success and recognition of the audience. I will suggest a few directions. At first glance, some of them are far from serious woodcarving, but they also contribute to your development, progress towards your goal, achieve mastery, teach you to understand the structure of wood and the ability to carve without hurting your hands.