We keep moving forward,
opening new doors,
and doing new things,
because we are curious,
and curiosity keeps leading down new paths.
A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.
-Joyce A. Myers
This journal has been sitting on my desk, however, as I have been waiting to fill it with something important: "My Next Big Thing." I knew that it needed to be something BIG, something worthy of this journal… A dream of sorts that had the possibility of becoming something real or attainable.
Creativity is inventing,
and having fun.-Mary Lou Cook
So I took a risk, and applied to continue my studies at the doctoral level, with the hope that it might allow me to further my knowledge and scholarly research.
Teaching, collaborating, mentoring, researching, blogging, and presenting at conferences have strengthened my passion for education, leadership, innovation and commitment to lifelong learning. It is my goal to remain an advocate for Early Learning and inspire as many educators as possible. My professional and academic experiences over the past eight years have been transformative. Educational practices and research are always changing, and I want to stay current and stimulated. My journey has just begun, as I feel that I have merely scratched the surface of my academic goals. I am eager to continue to transform educational practices in Early Childhood and I have great hope that that spreading these powerful messages about Early Learning will have an impact on a greater number of students in Kindergarten and beyond. I have many unanswered questions and it is my distinct privilege to continue to study at York University, a leading provider in academic research, learning technologies, and excellence in educating young children.
I wanted to share this new milestone in my academic career with my loyal blog followers and thank you all. If it weren't for your support, I would not have an audience to share my new discoveries with. Your comments, emails, and face-to-face interactions have motivated me to continue this important work about Early Childhood Education. THANK YOU!
On the inside of my new journal it writes, "Da Vince, Einstein, Edison, Newton, Galileo-- so many great thinkers, innovators, and artists were doodlers. The simple act of doodling random, free-flowing shapes, squiggles, and words jump starts the right side of your brain, sparking creativity, and unlocking the door to new possibilities. Rethink inspiration. What's your next big thing?"
DREAM BIG! Anything is possible…
your dreams come true.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
|Photo captured by Annawithlove when we interviewed a real photographer for our wedding project.|
Don't hold back
on the size and scope
of your dreams.
Whatever you dream
you can do.
Dream as far
as your heart
Special thank you to my fiancé, family, friends, colleagues, students, and three references: My supervising professor Dr. Isabel Killoran, my Principal Kim Smith, and the Dean of the Faculty of Education at York University Dr. Ron Owston.