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I’ve spent a lot of time over the last two months researching people and blog post ideas that speak to the message of how to stay inspired. I’ve paid particular attention to those that are not educators. Why you say? Well…I really believe that we, those of us that are educators, have to take the time and the initiative to learn from others in different creative crafts and get out of our “educational” box. I believe that stretching into a space that is not educational, helps me to see my work through a different lens. It forces me to have to dig deeper. It forces me to stay focused. It forces me to search to make better meaning for my self of my work and to more fully engage with the teachers that I support and collaborate with.This time of researching has provided me with a unique opportunity to reflect on how I can grow as an educator and nurture more of my creative talents.

I’m fascinated now with the tremendously creative people who are photographers and writers. I’m intrigued with the way that they blog, share ideas and photograph life. I’m also intrigued with how so many of them offer e-courses in how to “dive deep into our creative & emotional selves.”

One that I’ve recently connected to is Susannah Conway. I’m looking forward to taking one of her e-courses called UNRAVELLING: WAYS OF SEEING MY SELF.

I think it would be amazing if more educators offered these kinds of courses, in an intimate setting, for teachers both experienced and new, who could come together and work side by side in developing a deeper, “soulful” side of the teaching experience. I’m going to begin working on developing just this kind of e-course for educators. One that would seek to develop the more intimate side of ourselves that we need to discover to be more fully committed to our craft.

Susannah Conway shared this video today with her subscribers, and I was SO moved that I had to watch it about 3 times. Then I knew that I had to share it today, here, with all of you.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.


(You can read more about Ira Glass here

Does this resonate with you? How at first our teaching feels terrible, but then one day it grows into this amazing, energizing experience? Or maybe you’ve started a blog and you just can’t stay inspired to keep writing? Been there, done that, kept going.

My message to you today is this: in the midst of your work, as you may be feeling that you are falling short…do the work, keep moving through the struggle and…don’t quit.

Be Inspired, today.

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