Time to reflect

Funny, isn’t it? 

You build up to something pretty big in your life and the adrenalin runs high. Event happens – all goes well and you have no need to feel bad about anything BUT…… you feel flat and wasted afterwards.

That’s how I feel.

I shouldn’t, but I do. I’ve been reflecting on the last four months and the incredible shifts that have happened in my life and the amazing things that have happened, and I’m exhausted just thinking about it. So, what has happened?

I’ve discovered a new community of teachers (and some students) and I’m learning from them.

I (and my students most importantly) have been involved in a global project that has extended us in ways we never thought possible.

I’ve learnt how to use Skype and found the world a very small place indeed.

This thing called Twitter has changed the way I find out about new ‘stuff’.

Writing this blog has taught me more about myself than I ever thought posssible.

I’m writing! Pretty amazing in itself – can knock off a thousand words in no time flat now. Would have scoffed had someone told me I’d be writing my own personal thesis six months ago.

My school sees me as a technology leader and innovator – cool!

I’ve presented at a major conference about why I think schools need to make the shift.

I average 6 hrs sleep a night (if I’m lucky)

And therein lies the rub. What I’m doing is charging my mental processes but it’s draining my physical state and is leaving me a bit vunerable at the moment. As I learn more and more the demands on me grow and I’m finding it hard to balance everything that is expected of me. I know this feeling will pass – I think what is needed is 12 hrs solid sleep to rejuvenate the weary bones.

This energised me earlier in the week. I tweeted Garr Reynolds about how my presentation was modelled on tips he provided at an authors at Google talk. Amazing traffic on my blog overnight led back to a tweet Garr himself put out about my post and what I had written about SlideRocket. Then when I checked junk email I discovered that Garr Reynolds was following me on Twitter.

WHAT! ME! Humble little blogger from Melbourne, Australia. I just had to capture the page with his followers for posterity’s sake.   Look real close – that’s me – right under Guy Kawasaki. There’s my fifteen minutes – might as well stop right now! 

 

*Lovely dinner last night in Melbourne with fellow bloggers Jo McLeay, Sue Tapp, Lauren O’Grady, Tony Richards, Al Upton, Howard Errey, Pam (from Sue’s school) and Helen Otway. Great to meet f2f and discover we can talk offline equally as well as we can online. Tony recorded a podcast for edtech crew. I think it’s being posted this Sunday – listen for my psychic story! 

2 Replies to “Time to reflect”

  1. Hi Jenny,
    Just like you felt like a “humble little blogger from Melbourne” I feel the same when you are so busy and you take the time to look at my little beginners BatGirl blog and write supportive comments!! Your comments are much appreciated as I try to find my way through the Web 2.0 world.

    I was disappointed that I couldn’t go to the SLAV Conference but I have viewed your presentation with awe! However I was really excited last week when I found out that you will be presenting at our next ALIA PD on June 21st…I can’t wait!

    I hope my principal’s regular advice to our staff might help you too…

    “How do you eat an elephant?…Bit by bit”.

    Kim 🙂

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