So Long 2013, Hello 2014

So Long 2013:
It has taken me a while to decide exactly how I wanted to write this post.  I have had a flood of emotions over take me in the last weeks of 2013.  There were some positives as well, but the negative created a dark shadow over my time off with my family.
I graduated in December 2013 with a Master’s Degrees in Educational Technology Leadership.  My wife also graduated with her Master’s Degree as well.  We worked very had to accomplish these goals.
I also had the opportunity to meet some great people in 2013.  I attended Ed Camp Waller with Don, Christie, Lisa, & Lori. My educational world has never been the same!  I met Todd and joined him, as well as other passionate people who are challenging the statuesque of education, in an awesome day of learning.  I have now attended six different  Ed Camps all over the state of Texas & online.  I have met some great people like Misty, Matt, Jon, Sydney, Michelle, Greg, Amber, Amy, Mindy, Christy, Urbie, & many, many more I do not have space to mention.  At Ed Camp West Texas, I was asked to present a session on Teach Like a Pirate, a book by Dave Burgess.  I was unsure of what to say, but my inter-pirate took over and it was truly a highlight for me. The only thing that was better then speaking about this awesome book was meeting Dave Burgess in person. He is truly a passionate educator that understands the importance of taking risks to achieve greatness!
Not only have Ed Camps impacted me, Twitter as broaden my horizons more then I ever thought possible.  I have connected with great educators from all over the world that are passionate about teaching our children.  There are to many to list all together but some of the ones that come to my mind are Kim, Daisy, Brad, Drew, Benton, Jess, Jessica, Paul, Principal EL and so many others that I enjoy learning with & being inspired by.  I could not imaging my life’s journey without these awesome, supportive people.  Thank you to all of you for helping me become a better person then I believed I could be.  From every tweet, to Ed Camp meet ups, & in person encounters, you have and continue to inspire me!

Hello 2014:
This year my goal is to become the best me that I can be!  To stay positive and true to myself no matter what others have to say about me.  Another goal is to take risks more often.  Have been wanting to publish a children’s book for years, it just sits on the shelf.   This is the year that I will self publish my book, look for it soon at Amazon.  I have been active on Twitter, but I want to make better connections with my PLN.  Learning and growing with them instead of sitting on the sidelines so much.  This blog is also the beginning of another goal of mine.  I am committing to blogging once a week for my educational journey. How will I know how far I have come if I do not know where I started at?  I am challenging myself to be a better father and husband, & to become healthier so that I can be here for my family.  These may not seem like much, but they are enough to keep me busy this year.  When I accomplish all of these, then I will write a new blog for new goals to reach.

PS Thank you, Rafranz!


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