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I was excited to be featured as an alumni in the University of Mary Washington Alumni Magazine July 2013.
My Plunge experience carried me outside my comfort zone. I wanted and needed to embark upon an adventure that did not involve children in public education or children in need. No food bank or homeless shelter for me; I needed a change. It was time for me to engage in a more creative movement to bring the warmth of volunteering and giving to life, support a local agency and have a little fun. That was my mission and I found it. I became a part of the Via Colori of Fredericksburg group to support a nonprofit agency, The Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. Yes my non-artistic abilities took me to a new and rewarding adventure, Via Colori.
Please visit my plunge video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c0fZf7noOYk
I am still reflecting on the comment from TEDtalk with Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability.
CHILDREN: They are hardwired for struggle when they get here. Our job is not to say they are perfect. . Our job is to say, you’re imperfect and wired for struggle but worthy of love and belonging (paraphrased).
During the last few months, I have had the chance to talk with several presenters and national speakers who powerfully impacted their audiences. I started to reflect on the remarkable leaders with whom I have worked with over the years and how they have impacted my career and life with their wisdom, insight, guidance and actions. I’m looking for reflections and comments from anyone interested in reflecting on working in public education in these challenging and difficult times. I asked you to share any “aha “moments or take-a-ways you care to share.
This has been an amazing part of my life. I experienced a huge shift in my sense of identity and in my professional view; as I took on a new position while pursuing this program. At first, I found it difficult to adjust to the fast pace (I didn’t breathe the first few months) and the fact that I am a single mother just compounded the stress. However, I really enjoyed sharing my story recently with a younger single mother that “anything is possible”.
My personal views also changed drastically. As I came to understand the need for balance, I had to learn to let go of my perfect success-oriented approach to life – Type A personality. Some days I am so exhausted that a solid “B” approach seems like a success. As a result of this journey, I have a renewed interest and appreciation for the small moments in life. I am slowing letting go of my old expectations and embracing the new. It was and continues to be a perplexing process for me, to balance career, home and school- I won’t give up.
Writing at the doctoral level at first appeared to be confusing and intimidating. It was difficult to determine exactly what my scholarly voice and style should be. Painful is an under -statement, when I speak of how to transition to graduate-level writing. But, with the help of VCU professors and an intensive study of the elements of writing for a scholarly audience: I am gaining confidence. I had to identify changes needed in my writing and in my confidence; and how to apply what I learned consistently.
The doctoral writing classes have also provided an outstanding venue for helping students gain an understanding of the program direction and elements of CAPSTONE writing.
With the demands of family, work and challenging course work for my doctoral program, I was reminded of the large elephant
I often make the mistake of focusing on the big goals and lose sight of the small ones that lead me there. As I grow as a person, mother, daughter, student and educator I appreciate the feedback and support of family, friends and colleagues.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. We have all heard it before, but we fail to apply it to our personal lives. This week I was told by a friend to enjoy the bites along the way.
I really needed to hear this, and I will dip mine in chocolate.
Any other advice is welcomed.
This message was especially written for my two AMAZING daughters. I love you and thank you for being my cheerleaders.