March was a great month. Ok - maybe it's because I got to spend a week in Miami :)
Here's what I did in the month of March:
15. Interviewed for a Podcast
Thank you to James Rice for interviewing me for his podcast. https://www.spreaker.com/user/jamesriceshow/teacherpreneur
16. Attended an International Women's Day Lunch
I attended an event in my city and brought my surrogate daughter Jaimie with me (she is the coolest 20-year old I have ever met). We were inspired by the speaker, Farah Khan.
17. Organized and Moderated a Panel at the TESOL Convention
I was thrilled to be able to organize a stellar group of teaching professionals as panelists at the TESOL Convention in Atlanta. They spoke about writing materials writing using a social responsibility lens. Fascinating content!
18. Visited CNN
The TESOL Convention was just across the street from CNN. I have become a bit of a CNN junkie in the last few years (but my goal is to watch less news).
19. Attended a 3-day Happiness Summit
This was an incredible event held at the University of Miami. The event attracted top people in the field of positive psychology and happiness! I met some very interesting people (and mainly teachers - see #24).
20. Visited the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
This was the perfect place to avoid the traffic and bustle of Miami. I also learned a new word - orchidarium. I absolutely LOVE orchids so I was very excited to be in a garden of orchids. http://vizcaya.org/
21. Presented at a Conference in Miami
I had the opportunity to present on teacher self-care at this first-ever Miami Teacher Self-Care conference. I'm honoured to be part of this fierce group of educators/presenters. The next conference is in Atlanta in June http://teacherselfcare.org/
22. Got a Professional Head Shot
I have put off doing this for years but finally did it. I had a great experience and it was actually a lot of fun. I highly recommend Bhrum https://www.bbimagery.com (new photos soon).
23. Learned about Better Living with Your Brain
This was a fascinating educational series about the aging brain presented by the Burlington Family Health Team at the local library. There are so many great (and free) events at local libraries. Take advantage of these offerings.
24. Attended One Day University
I had never heard of the One Day University series (https://www.onedayu.com) until I met Deborah Rivers in Miami at the Happiness Summit. Her daughter Tina presented at this event. Such a great idea and about 500 attendees!
25. Went to the Art Gallery of Burlington
This was my first visit to this Art Gallery in Burlington. I loved the mini-botanical gardens and especially loved these pieces by the talented Denise McKay who is in her 80's! Talk about an amazing ager! https://artgalleryofburlington.com/event/in-search-of-self-denise-mckay/
26. Attended an Event at the AGB
I went to York University with Dr. Julie Crooks so when I saw that she curated this exhibit - Ears, Eyes, Voice: Black Canadian Photojournalists1970s - 1990's, I wanted to say hello but also learn more about Black Canadian history.
27. Finally got to a Yoga Show
While in Toronto for the One-Day University event, I decided to go to my first ever yoga show. What a crowd! I'm considering becoming a yoga teacher this summer so more on that later!
Last month I did very little in terms of activities but March was very different in terms of accomplishments. Spending time in the warmth and sunshine was an energy-booster for me. In 10 days, I visited Atlanta and Miami and attended 3 conferences where I presented at 2 of them. I never felt tired because it was a combination of learning and connecting with people with the sun shining. I had boundless energy!
The other thing that I have learned about myself is that for most of my life, I avoided attending events alone. Because of this, I missed out. Now I no longer avoid going to things alone.
So I finally turned 60 on March 25. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be :) I cannot change my chronological age but I can change how I think about aging. Did you know that there’s a new term to describe people with this no-age mindset: ‘perennials’ (coined by entrepreneur Gina Pell, 49).
‘Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages. We get involved, stay curious, mentor others, and are passionate, compassionate, creative, confident, collaborative, global-minded risk takers.’
I love this term! Here's to embracing being a perennial!
If you have any ideas for an activity, please let me know. If you would like to start your own challenge, I would be happy to encourage you on your journey. If you happen to live nearby and would like to join me in an activity, please email me [email protected]
Thanks for reading, Patrice
Who Am I?
My name is Patrice Palmer, M.Ed., M.A., CPP. I have more than 20 years’ experience as an ESL teacher, trainer, and writer. I spent seven amazing years teaching in Hong Kong where my son Andrew was born. I left classroom teaching in 2015 and now work as a teacherpreneur (www.teacherpreneur.ca) doing the things I love such as writing, travelling and applying the science of positive psychology to all my work (www.patricepalmer.ca).
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