As I designed the layout of my blog and brainstormed the title, I just kept thinking about what I wanted this forum to offer to myself and others through my reflections. Part of the process of reflecting is thinking about what is good, what is great and what things you want to change or improve. I feel like the meaning of “Outside the Box” has multiple meanings in that realm as well as others in my life.
As a child, I always wanted to be “outside the box” of a physical house. I wanted to be running, exploring and having adventures. As an adult, I feel like I am forever looking for the next adventure or goal to accomplish. I run, bike, swim, hike and love to travel to the next new outdoor adventure to be had. When I wasn’t outside in nature, I was escaping to new lands and adventures through reading, which I still love to do when the weather doesn’t afford me time outside.
In my personal and professional life I have always been a planner that needs new and creative ways to solve problems. I am rarely content to just remain status quo for too long, especially if it is clear that something is not working. I think that is how I decided that education is where I wanted to go. I was always able to work with groups to find answers to problems and the continuous cycle of learning through teaching has always been appealing. As I worked my way through my undergraduate degree, I discovered early on that the ever changing technological advances could play a HUGE part in instruction and engagement for students so this too appealed to me.
I continue to grow through learning and reflecting as well as mentoring in areas such as education, technology integration, running and fitness. This part of my life entails helping others to find the bumps in the road and think outside of the problem to find the solution. Often times, this means reflecting on change or what not to change. I hope this blog helps me with this process that I encourage of others. I have to thank my family and my “tribe” for the encouragement to push on even when the pot holes along the way can feel more like craters at times.