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Episode 9: Adventure Awaits

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

Description: Something extraordinary is in store for the Self-Care Squad this week. Warning: this episode might inspire you to hike a new trail or try a new topping on Friday night's pizza!

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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode nine of Self-Care for Educators. I am your host, Tina Boogren, and in this episode, we get to explore a really fun theme. The theme is adventure. Oh my goodness. I feel like we could really we use a good adventure right now. Yeah, now don't get me wrong. I know. Starting the school year is quite an adventure, right? That might be one word for it. You might have a different word for it. The past few months have been quite an adventure actually, but that's not what I am thinking of here. I'm thinking of adventure. As in, let's see ... Plan something that we can look forward to that feels amazing. I mean, adventure in the best way possible.

Now some of you are super adventurous, and when you hear that word, big things come to mind. Jumping out of airplanes, or I don't know, jumping off of a cliff ... some crazy, huge adventure. That's awesome. Or maybe you're like me and a little bit more ... oh, I don't know ... No, I'm not going to say boring. No, you are a little bit more reserved. And, our adventures might feel like, I'm going to go try a new bike trail or a new adventure is: I'm going to try a different tapping on my pizza. No ... I don't know. There's probably a billion things in between.

Even, you know, I think of it as an adventure;I think I've said this a few times, that one of the things that I love to do ... my husband and I on the weekends have been getting in the car and driving to a different neighborhood to go walk. Kind of feels like an adventure, just cause it's fun. I guess to me, I would define it an adventure is something out of the ordinary. Something that we can look forward to. I think there's been so many disappointments over the last few months. Cancellation after cancellation after cancellation ... that having something to look forward to feels really important these days.

And I feel like adventure ... just conjures up in our mind something positive to look forward to. So, that's what we're going to kind of explore. Here's some things that I want you to think about. First of all, maybe just define adventure for yourself. Like, what would you consider an adventure? Maybe start a list. What are all ... you know, when I say adventure, what does that mean to you? What are adventures that you feel like you've had in the past? And what are things that maybe come to mind? When I say adventure, maybe you had some adventures on the list, the 21 for 2021 list that you created. Maybe go back and look at those.

And then, really the hardest part of this is making time. So, I want you to pull up your calendar and decide when are you going to do the thing. Whatever that thing is, put it on your calendar. Blackout however much time you need. If it's something small, maybe it's something that you're able to engage with like midweek to have something to look forward to during the school week. Oh, that feels pretty good. Or maybe it's something on the weekend. Or maybe it's a little bit bigger that you need to do some planning for. But get it up on a calendar. Blackout that time. Decide, you know, are you going to have someone join you on your adventure? Maybe, maybe you get someone to do your adventure, and then you get to do their adventure.

Maybe you do this as a family. Maybe an adventure is doing something on your own. Just anything on your own feels like an adventure. Maybe it's with girlfriends. Maybe it's with a partner. Maybe it's with children. Maybe you can take an adventure with your class. Yeah, maybe it's a virtual adventure. Oh, so many possibilities here. So just kind of decide on your company, and then you do your homework. Decide ... spend a little bit of time doing some research. I am the person who always has to do the research and know all the things. So if you're like me, that gets me really excited actually to do all the research and find out the route or the hours of operation or looking at what the weather might be. I just really like to do all of that, to see it and to plan ahead for it feels almost as fun as the adventure itself.

And then, I invite you to commit to go all in. That when you go on your adventure ... somewhere in between, go all in. Give yourself over to it. Don't have a situation where you look back and think, oh my God, I was spending time on my phone and I missed the adventure right in front of me. Go all in. And then, I want you to commemorate your adventure in some ways. So journal about it, take a photo, take a video, and then put your ... device away. But do capture it in some way. How cool would it be to have like an adventure journal or adventure photo album? Whether that's virtual or an actual photo.

We can have actual photo albums. We can print our photos off and put them in an actual album if we recall. There's so many ways we can do this and commemorate it. But what a cool thing to look forward to maybe lovely adventure. As I said again, maybe this is something you could do with your students or staff. Oh, so many things to consider here.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. You guys are so creative; you're going to come up with amazing ideas. So as the week goes on and we kind of think about this, I'm going to invite you to share your adventures. I think it's so helpful to hear what other people are considering doing or have done that can be really inspirational and helpful. So I'll be asking you to share and oh my goodness, please share. When you do have your adventure, show pictures. Tell us about it. Oh, I can't wait to hear what adventure means to you, and what you're going to do to really put this ... theme into play. I hope that once you to really wrap yourself around the positive notion of what it means to take or go on or give yourself permission to have an adventure. Yay!

Okay. As always, thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Thank you to Marzano Resources and Solution Tree for this job I get to do. And thank you to this bad-ass Self-Care Squad. I love you guys. I am so grateful for every single one of you.

If you are so inclined and haven't done it yet, I would be ... just forever thankful if you could rate and review and recommend and help us spread the word word to get this podcast out so that our fellow Self-Care Squad members can find us. You are the best. Thank you!

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