I Froze and It’s Okay!

The following thoughts are the start of a blog I began in September! That should show just how disconnected from the world of blogging I have been. 

Week 3 #IMMOOC thoughts….

Listening to the passion from Kaleb R. was awesome! Something he said really stuck with me.  When asked his advice on how to take all this passion and energy a leader brings to a place and have it continue after the leader leaves his response was around the book Multipliers.

Look inward towards your passion, and find the ability to tell a story around it.

It should tell:

WHO you are.
WHY you are in your space.
WHY you do what you do.
WHY you LOVE it!

This is powerful!! Imagine if we all were to ask ourselves these questions.  Would we be able to answer them?  It made me think that I want my child to be in a classroom where the teacher knows who they are, why they are in that space and why they love doing what they do.

You know what? I have thought about this blog every. single. day.  For the first time in a long time, I hstruggled to write down what was on my mind.  

By the time I sat down to do it I was so exhausted.  I couldn’t gather the energy or even remember what I was reflecting about.  IF I had energy and remembered, it was one of those things where I felt so behind was there even a point to try to catch up.  Nope.  

I truly just froze and couldn’t muster up the energy to begin again after feeling so far behind.  I admit it was not the best approach, but being honest with myself about not being able to do it all helped overcome this.

Well…those days are past.  I must remind myself that no matter how short the entry, blogging is for me and my processing.  It is my story after all. 🙂

The thoughts of this blog have not changed one bit since beginning it months ago.  Participating in The Innovator’s Mindset MOOC was such a great experience.  I needed to share these thoughts, even if they are incomplete and just something to think about. I need to write. What better way to start again than writing about being fearlessly authentic!

The Power of Commenting

I am writing tonight as a result of my learning from my own blog post yesterday.  (Yes, you read that right.) Here is what happened.

I was reflecting on the thought discussed in the #IMMOOC about our moral imperative to share our story.  Like I always tell people, I write for my own learning.  I write to secure ideas and thoughts in my brain. If someone sees my writing and it helps them, even better. What I was not expecting were comments on my blog post.   So I am writing tonight to share two things: 
1. How commenting on other people’s blogs can inspire others.
 
2. My new learning came through realizing how “Sharing Our Story” can mean many things to many people.  Through these comments, it reminded me that not only do we share to grow as teachers and help each other, but we also need to shout the positive loudly. People will talk. Let’s help them talk about the AMAZING things we are doing in education!! Let’s share the awesome things we are doing with our community and other communities.  Positivity spreads. 
The final thing I want to share came from one sweet woman’s comment on her connection with my reflection and this quote.  
                        
Reading her comment inspired me to go find this quote and something about it weighed heavy on my heart.  Then it hit me…..We cannot allow our deepest fear to be the fear of being too much for someone!  Or entertain the idea of feeling different because we share our passions, our dreams, our stories.  This is not okay.  
We have to let our light SHINE and never, ever water down who we are because of this fear!  So many incredible things come from knowing what we share comes from a place of love to make this world an even better place.
Thank YOU “sweet lady blog commenter” for inspiring new learning in me and empowering me to share even more. 🙂  
Share on, friends! 

The Moral Imperative to Share Your Story!

Last night I listened in on the #IMMOOC Live YouTube event and walked away questioning and pushing myself even more.  I will admit, each time I participate in a book study or book talk with a group on this book I reread it.  So, this makes the 3rd time!  It’s true, friends. The coolest thing is that every single time I have read it I walk away with something new.

The Innovator’s Mindset is one of those rare books that you take away from it what you need at that time in your life.

So many things resonated with me in so many ways and I want to write about them all, but I will narrow it to one.  This idea came from what Dave Burgess said about Sharing Your Story.

He mentioned that so many people feel uncomfortable sharing their story of why they are so passionate, or the special things that help them have success.  People feel they are bragging or egotistical in doing this, but his point was about sharing our story and empowering others to do the same. I have a quote pinned in my Inspire Pinterest board that reminds me of this thinking.

If we have used this CHANGE as an opportunity to do something amazing and it was so incredible, how can we not share it with others?!  Sharing our stories is how we all grow.  Sharing doesn’t mean we think we are better.  It doesn’t mean we think this is the only right way to do something.

Sharing our stories says, “Hey, we are all in this together. We are all here to learn, grow, and to find what is amazing to bring out the best for kids. ”  It is a process and takes time.  More often than not, those who are sharing have been through the same situation and struggled through it and want to offer guidance so we do not have to go through it.

Sharing our stories also says, “Hey, here is what I am passionate about and why.”  in hopes of inspiring and empowering others to share their passions, dreams, and goals.  It is through sharing these similar passions, dreams, and goals that we find other people to connect with and share, learn, and grow.  For me, that was Twitter! When we find other people who feel this way, we feel validated.  We do not feel like we are on an island in our thinking. We feel like part of something bigger, and when we feel part of something bigger we feel inspired to try new things and share.
Sharing our stories is what creates the energy that spreads to others to inspire us to move forward.  I loved what Dave Burgess said about this:

I need to remember this myself the next time I hesitate to share my story. I can think, “Sure, some people will roll their eyes and judge and not want to hear it…but, most people won’t and I have a moral imperative to share it.  I am passionate about it and this is why!”

LOVED the first week of the #IMMOOC and looking forward to pushing my thinking even more!