Monday, April 10, 2017

Overcoming Fear

"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.

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