Thursday, February 28, 2019

What I've Read

What I've Read This Month...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019


As I strategically choose my seat in a conference room in Dubai, voices from a table across the room reach my ears.

"Seattle is on the one yard line and..."

"Jim, is it really necessary to ruin the day before we have even begun?!" I can't help but exclaim.

Jim looks up, pauses, and then says, "Oh yeah, you are from Seattle, aren't you? We are talking about decision making."

I quickly find something else to occupy my thoughts as I know how that conversation is going to end.

#STILLtoosoon #gohawks

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Intensive PD

My bags are packed and my boarding pass is downloaded on my phone; five days of intensive learning lie before me. 

The introvert in me is taking deep breaths: all day in a conference room with who knows how many people, evenings of social engagements, sharing a hotel room with a dear friend - they will all take their toll.

The friend in me is excited. I get quality time to catch up with a friend I haven't seen since June. We get to learn together and play together as well as one-on-one time for all the life we have to catch up on - and in person is better than any way technology connects us. The bonus of getting to see other friends who I have previously worked with is an advantage of international teaching and traveling.

The learner in me is cautiously optimistic. I like what I know of this presenter from what I have read and heard. I hope that day after day I am still glad I chose to spend the time and money on this intensive, (and I do expect it to be intense). 

Deep learning takes energy and breathes new life into my professional life. I have tried to be prepared for both.

Off I go!