Tag Archives: non-traditional life

Where are you heading?

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I’m a huge fan of The West Wing. With quick-witted banter, social implications of governing and a nod to smart people, Josiah Bartlett and his team kept me interested season after season. I often felt his mantra, ‘what’s next’, was similar to my life. When one holiday/vacation finished, I asked, ‘what’s next’? When one school event was planned with another on the back burner, I asked, ‘what’s next?’ And more often than not, in my analytical brain, I would ask myself the very same question, ‘what’s next’? For me, it was more, where am I heading, what’s to come, where do I want to go or be or even what is it I wish to accomplish. Although the question was a constant, the fluid thought process yielded a constantly changing answer. Where was I heading? Read the rest of this entry

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Yes I can. Yes I will.

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Have you seen the new Under Armour® ads with the ‘I Will’ campaign? Have you heard of the ‘Say Yes More‘ events run by David Cornthwaite in England? Both approaches ignite positivity and encourage ‘doing’ through motivation and inspiration at every turn. These ideas can take even our own worlds by storm – that is, if we let them. Read the rest of this entry

Pastimes and Fans

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A few weekends ago, we spent a lot of hours in the car. San Diego to Phoenix, Arizona for Spring Training baseball and then onto Las Vegas, Nevada for the International Rugby Sevens competition. It was a three states in a day type of weekend complete with dust storms, trips to Subway and accents the world over. There was time to play and time to think. There were hours of throng-filled crowds and others of shared silence between a couple in a car. No matter the moment, there was far more than sport.

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Yes, there were hours of baseball and rugby, but the soft skills or colour commentary that played out amongst the spectators spoke far more than the chants for their home teams. It all told a story of something much bigger, much greater than a country’s pastime or a people’s favourite sport. Here, in these stadiums, life was being lived. Louder than chants or jeers, there was a spirit that filled the air. People, from all walks of life had driven, bussed, or flown to a spot to spend an afternoon or a few days to purposefully bring out their happy. There was so much unspoken wisdom in those stadium seats and bleachers, so many untold stories that played out on fields and screens – it was a pleasure to be a part of it all. Read the rest of this entry

How do you know when to change direction?

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“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” – Hugh Laurie

The past few years, I’ve had a few visits to the school I taught in for over a decade. Now, I walk in, get my photo taken, hand over my license and wander around with a visitor’s sticker in lieu of my staff identification. I come and go at my own choosing. It’s weird. I didn’t retire, I chose to change directions in life and although I continue to feel welcomed by my school, it’s staff, faculty and students, it feels different now. But in reality, I never really knew for certain that that particular time was the time to leave…somewhere along the line I had to leap. It’s not an easy choice. Read the rest of this entry

How do you ‘vacation’?

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Now this was a new experience! You know the saying, ‘you can take the girl out of New York…’, well, there’s a portion of that that’s true for me. I firmly believe that the best bagels are from New York, there’s something special about Long Beach sand and that if something seems a little shifty, it probably is. I shy away from pushy sales pitches, the ‘it sounds too good to be true’ stuff, and anyone that tells me ‘you must’ or ‘you should’. This weekend we had an interesting experience. Not really shifty, not too ridiculous – one of those you’d chalk up to experience and file it under the ‘this might not be for me’ heading. Have you ever had one of those? Read the rest of this entry