38 Special

By | September 3, 2012


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by giulia.forsythe

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.


“Don’t worry, honey, I’ll make dinner…you blog” cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by giulia.forsythe

I was monumentally touched by David Kernohan‘s “oh Giulia won’t you write us a blog” song.

I asked myself repeatedly, Why I am I NOT blogging?

Well the (b)log jam is dislodged thanks to the surprising and overwhelming gush of loving responses I received from my network, sweetly planned by Alan and executed by all our friends.

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.


cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by giulia.forsythe

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.

4 thoughts on “38 Special

  1. Colleen Rose

    A year can mean so much. It’s amazing when we encounter change, and we enjoy changing ourselves. What a great way to celebrate a birthday!

  2. Jaymie K

    I try to make it one of my goals to surprise the heck out of past self from a year ago. I’d say you achieved that wonderfully. Here’s looking forward to another awesome year!

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