Letting go of 2015 – A Reflection

So being the last day of 2015 and all, I have been thinking of the year that has past. My first reaction was to go back to my post from last year. I don’t know if you are like me but my eye was drawn to the items I didn’t get done (Still want to get a group of folks together to chat education!). It’s easy to get stuck in that cup half full – I should have moment.

I was trying to think of a word for the last year and all I could think of was Let It Go. Sorry if you now have the song in your head. Letting go of the disappointments, letting go of things I can’t control, letting go of the timelines and realizing it would all be there when I came back from that mental break.

So instead of wallowing I thought I would let go of the guilt and reflect on some of my favourite moments from 2015. Explore the image below for more and links to some blog posts that explain more.

How are you reflecting on the year that past? What were some of your favourite moments? What was your take away from 2015?


A Sense of Wonder – A Holiday Lesson

The fortune in my fortune cookie today said better late than never so here is a post that I meant to share much earlier in December. Better late than never!

This holiday season, I keep going back to a memory from my childhood (I actually shared it last year around now too).

As a kid growing up in Germany/Switzerland the big excitement was on December 6th when St. Nicholas came to visit. We would put our shoes outside the door the night before and in the morning when we awoke magically the shoe, boot or if you were lucky bag was full of small treats and candies.

I must have been 9 or 10. We were living in a small 2 bedroom apartment across from the Rhein river (tough life I know). It’s hard to imagine my parents supporting the 2/3 of us kids at the time on a student visa in a foreign country. I’m sure things were tight but as kids we were oblivious to the logistics. Gifts were always smaller tokens. We didn’t seem to mind as we were always showered with love from so many folks around.  By 9/10 the magic of the man in red and white had also fizzled. It may have been the packages from Santa that arrived from Canada a month early or that he had a completely different look across the ocean (think more Yorkdale fashion Santa than bowl full of jelly).

I think it was all of the above that made this one December 6th so special. 

Like years past we put out our boots in front of the door expecting a few trinkets. You can imagine our surprise as we opened the door to find our shoes overflowing and a bag full of treats. It was just an overwhelming sense of WONDERthe excitement, the unknown, the gratitude. I was chatting with my mom yesterday and to this day we still don’t know who the friendly neighbour. Someone took the time out of their busy holiday season to share a little joy and wonder with us.

Flash Forward:

I was sitting beside a friend in a computer lab, trying to help her get on to Scratch online. A huge smile grew across her face as she smirked, looked around and pulled out a single key from her pocket. Now she was definitely off task and I probably should have told her to put it away but I couldn’t bear to stop her excitement. She had earned a key to the front door at home and I’m guessing she was told to keep it a secret from the sneaky grab. I could see that same sense of WONDER in her eyes as I had experienced. It seemed like breaking the rules for the last 3 minutes was completely worth while.

The Take Away:

It’s funny to notice those small moments all around once you are aware from the toddler and his wide arms describing a car his mom says he doesn’t own to the waves on the lake being whipped up from the blowing winds. At first I thought maybe I needed to create more of those experiences of wonder not a bad lesson really, it seemed noble and all. As time passed though I realized more than anything I needed that sense of wonder – a place where you don’t need answers, there are only questions, curiosities and bright eyed excitement. It has become a daily reminder as I walk past my St. Nick bag each morning.

Wisdom begins in Wonder.


Hope your season is filled with wonder! Would love to hear your stories.

#peel21st Blog Hop: A Few of My Favourite Things

This is our second blog hop of the school year where educators all post to their blog the same night at the same time around the same topic. We thought we would be inspired by the Sound of Music and share some of our favourite things in this series.  Please check out the links below my post to hop on over to their blogs and read/view their stories. We would love to hear your comments too!

It was hard to choose my favourite things. There are so many! Here are just a few. Tap on the icons to read more.


Hope on over to the following blogs to read about some of their favourite things: