This year I left my job of almost 10 years. It was surprisingly hard to do but I haven’t really looked back, which is probably the biggest surprise of all.
- began working with a new team at BCcampus (Learning and Teaching) which will be my new professional home for the next 2 years
- started and completed a research project and published an article on it
- finished another article I’d been writing for four years and got it published
- started blogging more frequently
- had a transformative visit at the University of Edinburgh with a h/t to Anne-Marie Scott who made it happen
- presented at the Cascadia Open Summit, OER19, CNIE, ETUG and OE Global, thanks to BCcampus
- was a keynote at OpenEd Week and Apereo
- visited an art gallery in almost every city I visited
- started a consulting practice helping organizations with their online learning strategy
More personal highlights include:
- I didn’t paint as much but completed a handful of paintings of which 3 are still on my wall (which is always a test if I can still stand them after a month)
- I’ve been going to the gym consistently for a year, the keyword being consistent
- I started baking again and being more present in my life overall seems to produce better results
I’m entering the end of my forties. Friends, I’m not going to lie, the last part of this decade has been a slog. I burned out, I recovered, I found art (again) and I finally feel like I’ve turned a corner. A big part of the reason why is because I found such great leadership and support with the people at BCcampus (and while at JIBC I had the support of a wonderful CTLI team). Since not everyone can have a BCcampus what does that mean? For me it was simple things like frequent encouragement, support, a boost here and there, it was having my back when I stuck my neck out and it was sincerely caring about my well-being and my career. I share this despite being a rather private person because I see others slogging away and I want to pass on a bit of encouragement. If you need a convo, a DM, a card, whatever – let me know. Also, if you are in your fifties, female and feel like you have some wisdom to share could you let me know? I have an opening for a mentor.
And in other news, the Pixies are recording a new album, so that gives us at least one thing to look forward to in 2020.