Today I celebrate community:
1. The community of runners that I am blessed to run with on Saturday mornings from October to May as part of the Tennessee State Park Running Tour. These amazing runners inspire me to keep going.
2. The Nerdlution community. I am so thankful that I saw their invitation to join a group of nerds who are dedicated to encouraging each other as they try to achieve individual goals.
3. The First Presbyterian Church community of believers who will worship with me tomorrow.
4. The Alpha Gamma Delta community of sisters at Austin Peay State University who I am blessed to advise. Those women are amazing. Being with them and hearing from them makes me want to be a better person.
5. The community of learners I am blessed to spend each weekday with. They make my job worth celebrating on a daily basis.
6. The community of bloggers who have written Celebration posts today. I am happy to have joined
I celebrate because being a member of each of these communities is a blessing.
I committed to blog everyday for 50 days. I did not say that the quality of the blog posts would be great. I have been writing in my journal. Words and thoughts are beginning to flow again, and ideas are beginning to prick at the edges of my brain even when my journal is not in hand. I can feel a change beginning to happen, but I am not quite ready to share the ideas and thoughts that are in my journal, so today I am going to just say a little about my commitment to #Nerdulation. It is only 5 days into round one (4 for me since I started a day late), and I can already tell this is going to be a life changing experience for me. I am writing again and seeing threads of thought join together on the pages of my journals. I am beginning to feel those thoughts nudge me. They want to be shared with the world. With the support that I feel from my fellow nerdulators, I know that I am going to overcome. I will overcome the hurts that I experienced years ago as a result of putting my thoughts on this blog for the world to see. I will be triumphant.
When I was a child, I watched my dad teach my brother how to use hammers and nails by giving him wood build a stepping stool and a toolbox.
My mom taught me how to sew by giving me fabric squares and guiding me through the steps to turn those squares into a pillow. The next thing I made was a doll.
My brother and I didn’t know all of the tools of the trade, but we were able to create something from what we did know, and in the process of creating we were able to learn what we needed to know about the tools that we were given.
When I return to the classroom in a few weeks, I hope to remember this lesson that my parents taught me. Show a child how to create something instead of how to use a tool.
In my quest to find my passion, I grabbed a journal that was long ago set aside. I picked it up thinking it would be a good place to create my countdown chart. When I opened it I found the following entry from 10/6/07.
What does the word “passion” mean or imply to you?
Passion means that you have action combined with love. Passion is the drive that pushes us toward something. I am passionate about my work. That is or means that I love what I do, but also that I can’t stop thinking about it–I am continually driven to do better and be better. Passion is one of the things Bill said he loved about me when we were dating. I was passionate about my students. What is passion? It is desire combined with love.
It is strange reading these words that I know came from somewhere inside me. Life has taken me so far away from where I was when I wrote that. And this is why I have committed to blogging for 50 days.
It is time for a change.
I have been missing something for quite a while, and I am ready to have it back in my life–passion for teaching.
Joining the Nerdlution ( a community of educators dedicated to setting personal goals and sticking with them for 50 days) is exciting. I believe it is just what I need as a reboot.
My goal is to blog. I choose this goal because it will force me to join/rejoin a community of educators who have the passion that I am missing so much. It will bring me out of the shadows and allow me to join in the conversation. It will put me in contact with educators who are positive and passionate about teaching. So, today is day 1. I am putting it out here in front of the world. Today, I commit to blogging again. It might be ugly, and I may not have much to say. But I am going to do it. I am going to blog.
Thank you Colby Sharp for tweeting about #Nerdlution. I am looking forward to seeing where this takes me.