What’s the drill – May 30: A break from the routine

Hello dear blog readers and faithful spam trolls, it’s nice to see you again. Despite best intentions and dozens of saved blog drafts, it’s been a few weeks since my last posting.

In learning how to balance grad school, life in a big city, and work, something had to fall away – and truthfully, I don’t know how The Hungry Toolkit does it. If you are not reading this blog, written by the wonderful and inspiring Julie Huffaker — you are missing out! Meeting her in 2010 changed my life in many ways, I hope that reading her work will change yours even in some small way.

Julie wistfully combines her grad school learnings, vast vats of knowledge, and anecdotes into perfect pairings and easy reads.  Her work lies at the intersection of the arts, business, and human behavior — ya know, if you’re into that sort of thing!

I’d also like to introduce you to more bloggers and friends that have influenced me over the past year… Each has a distinct point of view that I greatly admire.

1. Phil O’Brien – founder of Climbing Fish, a social actualizer passionate about building capacity for human connection.

2. Carol Ross – coach extraordinaire, boundary crosser (and one heck of an Improviser…shhh, don’t tell her!)

3.Mark Guay – a passionate teacher changing the face of education and personalized learning

4. Charlie Todd – creating joyful, spontaneous “scenes”, founder of Improv Everywhere.

I’d love for you to check out these sites and take a break from your usual blog and web reading routine.

This summer I’m taking a cue from Ms. Huffaker and testing assumptions  with a learning experience that’s taking me far outside my comfort zone (grad school was just the beginning of that experiment). I hope to report on the experience via this blog, but if it’s less often than I’d like, I hope you’ll take these next few months as an opportunity to spend some time outside your comfort zone – whether it means on an Improv stage, in a new city or country, or “yes, anding” an experience or offer you normally wouldn’t.

Then, come back and tell me how it went!

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