On Wednesday August 29 I was in the middle of facilitating an intensive 3 day Instructional Skills workshop for graduate students.
It was also my 38th birthday.
It’s been an excellent year for me but for some inexplicable reason I’ve had a bit of a log jam (blog jam?) in the past few months.
There’s been a lot happening. I’ve been to Halifax, Virginia, Vancouver, Montreal, Arizona, Algonquin. I ran my first 5K race. I climbed down 1000 feet of the Grand Canyon. I’ve given and attended some really blog-worthy workshops. I have the inimitable @DrGarcia visiting me in Welland and she cooks me dinner so I have time to blog.
I asked myself repeatedly, Why I am I NOT blogging?
I have to admit even this post stalled numerous times as I started to thank every person who tweeted, FB msgd, emailed, phoned, doodled, photographed, sang and DJd on #ds106radio. The thank you list was so long I started to feel like one of those oscar winners who won’t get off the stage.
Then Alan suggested (he is full of good ideas) I draw my gratitude. So I did.
At first I wasn’t sure why I drew myself as a four year old super hero but then when I thought about it, that pretty much sums up how I feel about the experience. All that. And more.
So this is a thank you to all of you who give me such great memories, who make my life so rich and interesting, who encourage, support, and give me just the right amount of challenge, who teach me about the world and myself.
Thank you, friends for being a part of my network and inspiring me to be a better version of myself with every passing year. While 38 is not a traditionally major milestone year, I will always remember it as being extra special.