Monday, April 10, 2017
"So what are you doing during Spring Break?" This common question reverberates off classroom walls as teachers and students share their plans for the week ahead. Out-of-state vacations and local attractions top the list. Many people are choosing to unwind, unload, and refresh during this week of reprieve; catching a quick breath before the fast track of another school year comes to an end.
What am I doing this Spring Break? Purchasing my first website domain.
As many of you know, I'm a multi-dimensional writer. I began my writing journey in 2012, dabbling with fonts and images as I documented my adventures blessing 40 individuals with random acts of kindness. My toes crossed from sand to sea as I dipped into this new experience, my expectations low and my audience small.
Within months my audience grew and thanks to Ann Curry, my world expanded from sea to ocean as I waded in with more followers and additional opportunities to write. I participated in my first virtual writing camp, #TeachersWrite, led by two of my favorite writers: Kate Messner and Gae Polisner. I kept writing and posting, sharing my thoughts with the world. Along the way, I was encouraged by other writers, such as Greg Armamentos and Craig Vroom, who included me in their world of #CompelledTribe writers.
I began an educational blog, trying to keep my personal passions for kindness and professional perspectives in education separate, but accessible.
I nearly drowned from the riptides of spreading myself too thin.
I've reached a place in my life where the line has blurred. I am many things to many people and these characteristics constantly overlap. As George Couros pointed out at our recent professional development session: "Why are you trying to do both things separately?"
I am a mom. I am an educator. I am a writer. I am all these things and more.
Today I am embracing who I am with a new focus - to write about experiences from all aspects of my life: as a parent, a teacher, a daughter, a friend.
Moving forward, this website will become my new sharing space. I hope you will follow me, join in the fun, and leave me a comment or two as I branch out and share my thoughts on a multitude of topics.
Who knows? Perhaps as I wade through this redirection, I might find the courage to face my fears, hold my breath, and dive full in.