Favorite move and what it’s about
I like a lot of movies, but a classic that I could watch over and over is The Little Mermaid. I’m sure I don’t actually have to tell any of you what it’s about.
** Can you tell I’m getting sick of this blog challenge. Not the idea of writing on my blog everyday, but of these questions. The topics don’t seem very blog friendly, instead it feels like an on-line dating profile.
5 pictures of famous people I find attractive:
I’ll put links instead, since I don’t want to infringe:
How have your changed in the past 2 years?
Two years ago this week I started a new job after being a teacher for almost 10 years. I left the classroom to work as a curriculum developer and instructional designer at an educational software company. I spent the first week feeling completely overwhelmed and thinking I would never learn everything I needed to know in order to survive in the corporate environment. Prior to that job I’d only ever worked for small businesses and non-profits, so it was eye-opening to be in a culture that was largely focused on money, yet still interested in making a difference.
So for the last two years I tried my best to understand and learn what I needed to know. Many things came quickly to me and I was promoted and viewed as a leader. But I don’t think I ever learned to play the office politics game. And that side of the business weighed heavily on me. I felt a constant struggle between doing was is right for students and teachers and the nagging feeling like I should be trying to “get ahead” some how.
In my personal life, I started writing more than I ever had before and I discovered that it was what I was meant to do. So that feeling, combined with not being crazy about my office job led me to start freelancing. It’s been about 8 weeks and it was definitely the right move.
One of your favorite TV shows.
In college I got hooked on the USA show, La Femme Nikita. I’d seen the original French movie and then the American remake and liked the premise- girl in trouble with no family to look for her, taken in and trained as a ruthless, but still maintains a sense of right and wrong and personal responsibility. I like heroines who do villainous things, but who we still root for. The TV show extended that story line and I really loved watching it. The music in the show in also incredible– late 90s electronic and trip-hop.
How important is education?
Humans observe, listen, absorb, and react to everything around them. The processing of learning is a never-ending one. Education hones that learning and gives the human mind connections and places to store and retrieve that information. No person is an empty vessel waiting for a teacher to give them knowledge. Life is knowledge, but education can help us make sense of the input we receive. So, education is fundamentally important for social and personal reasons.
Your biggest regret in life.
I’m not much of a dweller. I tend to look forward more than look back. There are things I wish I’d done differently and things I wish hadn’t happened, but nothing that feels like a nagging regret. Ultimately I wish I’d been a better friend, daughter, and sister during my teenage years. I struggled nightly with trying to find my own way. I think it’s why I’m drawn to writing YA. Telling someone else’s story feels like I’m getting a bit of a do-over.
A book you could read over and over and never get sick of.
Matilda by Roald Dahl has been my favorite book since childhood. I read it multiple times growing up. As an adult I read it to my students every year just to perpetuate the love of the book. Now that I’m no longer a teacher I need to remember to read it again soon!