This space looks a little different. The url has changed (no more thelibraryfanatic.com) & the title is yet to be determined... (If you have any great suggestions, please let me know!)
I've found myself singing this Bowie song quite a bit:
Ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strange)..."
While I didn't go back in time to make it happen, there has been a BIG change in my life.
I recently accepted a new job with Five Star Technology Solutions as an Associate Director of Innovative Learning for Northwest Indiana. With a mission of "creating awesome learning experiences for kids", how could I NOT want to be a part of this fabulous company?
Monday marked the beginning of my fourth week in this new position. It also marked the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year for my children. Taking them to school and even going into my former building where I had worked and practically lived the previous eight years was the true test. Would I be sad not to be staying? As I dropped off my kids and said hello to a few former colleagues, I began to think about the choices I had made. I returned home and went on a short run. Instead of listening to a podcast, or book, or playlist, that morning I ran and listened only to my thoughts. Accepting this new position was a huge step out of my comfort zone. It was a step back from the world of school libraries that I had worked so hard to become a leader in and an integral part of the TL community. It was a step to not be complacent but to try something brand new for me that may not ever be an opportunity again. It was a step to learn new things and to be okay with being uncomfortable with this during the process. And then I realized... all the reasons I accepted this new job were many of the same lessons I've tried to teach my students over the years. Try new things. Don't be afraid to push yourself. Push the envelope. Follow your dreams. Work hard.
As I returned home and quickly got ready for a morning filled with meetings with my new Five Star team, I felt gratitude and happiness. I'm still learning this new job (and I feel like I'll be saying that for a very long time), but I am so thankful for new opportunities to learn and grow. I don't ever want to stop learning, pushing myself, and embracing new opportunities. While I will miss being in libraries and classrooms and working with so many different amazing students K-12, I am excited to be able to have a hand in education by working with many administrators and teachers in northern Indiana. I believe strongly in the ripple effect and know that my circle of influence for good has now grown.
This blog will continue to be the place where I randomly post about books, technology, running, and whatever else strikes my fancy. My fanaticism for many different things will continue and I hope you'll stick around here for more adventures.