Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday #26--Can You See Me?

To you new visitors from Clover Lane, thanks for visiting. And I can never thank you all enough for your kind comments on my guest post this week. Your comments touched my heart and reminded me that blogging is more than writing and posting--it's connecting. Thanks.

Where am I in this whole mess?
I've had this quote taped to my computer monitor for the past six months, and never has it had more impact on my thinking than these past three weeks.*

I just completed the final project for my fifth class--officially halfway through my master's program.

This class almost killed me. As a general rule, I require 8-9 hours of sleep each night just to stay nice. Five times over the last week, I was awake to see the clock turn to 1 am--and up by 6:30. Countless pages of research and notes. More than 100 hours of work. I was exhausted and exhilarated and . . . by the end . . . ready to be done with the stupid paper.

Fifty pages. I turned in fifty pages for that project.

Funny thing is, that paper is just the tip of the iceberg.

I am working on something even bigger, beyond the scope of grad school and academia and theory. It's so far out of my comfort zone that every time I think about it, I get that pit-in-my-stomach feeling. Like the quote says, I have to be prepared to be wrong, and that's scary. Do you ever feel this way?

*Sir Ken Robinson is one of the leading proponents for restoring creativity to our schools. He presented a fantastic talk at TED conference "Do Schools Kill Creativity," where I first heard this quote. If you have twenty minutes to spare, I highly recommend watching it.


  1. Ohhhh, I want to hear more about this even bigger project.

    Are we talking book here? I think you would write a great one.


  2. love that quote. i'm with sue--definitely need to write a book:)