So, I know full well that life is full of ups and downs. And boy oh boy, have I had my fill of downs, but since entering my thirties, the downs are more palatable in retrospect and the ups…well…they’re through the roof.
In the past 3 years, so many amazing things have happened, that sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night, wipe the sleep from my eyes, stare out into the dimness of the moonlit room, and sigh thankfully, recognizing that these great things happening aren’t dreams. They’re real, and they’re really happening to me!
My family and friends would likely describe me as driven, even from my youth, but jumping head first into edtech, learning effective integration & best practice, and sharing with other across the US, and now, the world, still seems shocking, considering my BA in English Lit. a decade ago, I could never have imagined I’ve be certified in Google, and heck, Raspberry Pis weren’t even a thing yet! But now, I have this amazing opportunity to enhance learning, to innovate, and to help educators and students follow their passions by being open to taking risks, trying new things, and including educational technology into learning.
And as if landing a job that brings something new every day isn’t amazing enough, finding out that my first novel, Guardian House, is being published was just icing on the cake. Many of my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances have chatted about that dream to write a novel. But I could not have believed that one day, so soon, others would actually be able to purchase it on Amazon, or hold that those thick paper pages.
The best part about all of these fantastics events that have happened recently in my life allow me to think about what I have overcome. Most importantly, they remind me to be thankful for what I have, and to thank those who have continued to support me on this journey. Without my family and friends, I would not have had the strength to lift myself up out of the mud on those bad days, nor would I have had anyone to cheer me on throughout the long stretches, now would I have had cheerleaders to help push me forward.
So today, on my thirty third birthday, I would like to thank my friends and family for being here, and to remind my readers that “you can get by with a little help from your friends.”