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Blended Bites Blog

Be a cultivator. Take big, life bites!

Jessica Anderson

“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you'll love it up here.” 

I love the above quote (not the guy' s hair). It is truly how I see myself as a teacher, learner, and person. Many would say I'm overly ambitious. Some might say that I'm going to burn myself out if I don't slow down. Others may suggest that I might be biting off more than I can chew.  But for those who truly understand how my mind and self work know that being busy and always planting seeds in new ground is what excites and motivates me.

Have you ever tried to plant a seed on top of the ground? If you have, you know that 9 times out of 10 it doesn't grow. And more often than not some little bird will swoop down and take it. I equate this non-growth to ideas that are swimming around in my head that I never do anything about. Some of them are probably fairly good ideas and others might be impressively innovative. However, they just sit there, sometimes until someone else pursues them.

It's only when you push those seeds deeper into the ground that you start to see something happen. Now don't get me wrong, some of the seeds might be faulty and never grow, but there are those seeds that flourish with a little help from Sun, water, and soil (likeminded people). For instance, my current flourish is the Virtual Thinking Project.  It's a collaborative project with 8 other teachers from 6 different states, Canada, and Guatemala and over 330+ students. Honestly, with the right kind of fertilizer (help and drive) this project could help new seeds (inspired and motivated learners) sprout out all across the country. 

So, really, what is my point? Don't let others slow you down. If you know you can manage all that you set your mind to without important areas like family or your job suffering, then do it!  Don't let seeds sit out on the ground for the taking. Push those seeds deep in the ground and do everything in your power to fertilize them. Only you truly know what you can handle, what you're capable of, and what you dream and aspire to be everyday.  

Be a cultivator!