Hi, my name is Robin2go, and it’s been 63 days since my last confession. Errr, blog post.
This is has been a tricky couple of months for me but, even still, I’m not sure where the time has gone. While I’ve tried to make blogging a priority, it seems like things have just gotten away from me. So let’s take stock, shall we? In the 63 days I’ve been absent from the blogosphere, I have:
- traveled to Austin to present at ELI
- mourned and buried a friend
- changed reporting lines and project lineups
- started BodyPump at a local gym
- observed four “flipped” classrooms
- present a Risk Management Program for online safety to Delta Zeta
- agree to present at the 2012 .eduGuru Summit
- help teach blogs setup training for a NUTR course
- taken my couch apart to locate a lost cellphone
- stopped BodyPump at a local gym
- co-created/co-executed engagement activities for the TLT Symposium
- chaired Rogue Team for TLT Symposium
- replaced the engine in my Jeep Liberty
- worked on gaming team to create gamelike components for TLT Symposium
- spent TEN CONCURRENT DAYS at home, sick
- helped create and run a tour of innovative learning spaces at Penn State
- realized just how overweight and out of shape I’ve become
- arranged/attended/sweated the Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology
- helped set up social media and analytics for a conference hosted by the Stuckeman School
- gone on six instructional design/technology consultations
- been added to a university-wide technology implementation team
- dropped the ball on my engagement contributions to another team
- stopped playing Foursquare, perhaps permanently
- seen one project group shut down permanently, but lessons learned
- continued to co-chair the Web 2012 Conference at Penn State
- updated my resume (not a small feat)
- applied for a job as a Technologist (what I currently do, but different classification)
- applied for another job as a Technologist/Project Manager
- mourned and buried another friend
- been overwhelmed by an inbox with 668 (666+2) unread messages
- watched my son enlist in the United States Army
- gotten my hair cut, twice
Every single one of these items have impacted my world, my workload, my frame of mind, and my frame of reference. Care to challenge that statement? Go ahead. It won’t take much to prove you wrong.
I have only a few things to say to this. First, that’s a lot of stuff that I can actually point to, when I go back and actually look at my calendar. I guess I really have been busy, and shouldn’t feel like I’ve done so little. I need to learn that lesson. Soon.
Second, there’s a fair number of personal items on that list that have rocked my world. Those things really do have an impact on everything else that I handle and, in the end, probably make me a better person because if nothing else, I can empathize with others going through these same things. That’s good to know in the grand scheme of things, even if it doesn’t make going through them any easier. But that’s a different post for a different day.
Third, I need to fit my blogging in better. That’s for several parts of my life, but it’s apparent to me that I need to blog. Not just professionally, but personally. I think that’s good to know about myself, because it fills a need that I forget about.
Fourth, I am overwhelmed. Being out sick (and I mean, really sick) for over a week is not conducive to staying sane or on top of things. But I really REALLY need to learn when to ask for help. Let’s all pray I learn that lesson soon, too.
So I am declaring bankruptcy on all of this *waves hands around madly* that is hanging over my head like a black clouded guillotine. Lots of things have happened, and the world goes on. I am wiping the slate clean as of now. If you’ve sent me an important email and I’ve not responded, send it again. I should be able to find it now. I’m looking forward, not backward, and making a fresh start. Thanks in advance for going with me on this–because I need it and frankly, if you need me, then I need this from you. And maybe we can all learn a lesson from stopping, taking stock, and moving on. Paralysis by analysis is just not effective.
Great. Then let’s get moving! I’ve got places to go, things to do, and people to dazzle.