047: Living On The Edge of Chaos – Fear and Excitement are Confusing

In this episode I am sharing a big learning moment I have had as I attempt to launch a non-profit STEAM Innovation Hub called 212 STEAM Labs.

In this particular episode I am finally able to announce that we are actually moving into the space. The dream is becoming an official reality and it makes me sweat a bit as reality is setting in for my vision.

  1. When doors don’t open, all is safe and not risky
  2. Open doors means you have to put your money where your mouth is!
  3. Fear and Excitement – when these emotions catch you off guard!

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046: Living on the Edge of Chaos – Wishy Washy

In this episode I am sharing another learning moment I have had as I attempt to launch a non-profit STEAM Innovation Hub called 212 STEAM Labs.

In this particular episode I was working to learn how to speak in business meetings and make sure that the communication between both sides are clear to avoid any misunderstandings. I learned this the hard way in a few meetings I was part of as I was trying to figure things out.

  1. Wishy Washy is a form of communication in education
  2. Business world has no time for wishy washy as you will get ignored
  3. Clear and effective communication starts with a vision and bit of confidence

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045: Living on the Edge of Chaos – Risk Sucks!

In this episode I am sharing another learning moment I have had as I attempt to launch a non-profit STEAM Innovation Hub called 212 STEAM Labs.

In this particular episode I was working to learn how to create a flyer to promote classes and how expensive things can be. Even more importantly, I talk about

  1. Risk Sucks
  2. Why most people avoid risk
  3. Why we must be passionate about our work

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044: Living on the Edge of Chaos – No Job Is Too Small

In this episode I am sharing another notch on my journey attempting to create and develop a non-profit education center focused on STEAM education.

I am working to record the journey so people can follow along and understand what it takes.
You can learn more about 212 STEAM Labs at www.212steamlabs.com

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7 Awesome Things To Do With Slime

Awesome Ava and Dorky Dad Video Series!

We are back! It has been a while since Ava and I have made a video, but it is not because we have not been busy doing other things. I have found that being a father provides me the best opportunity to play, explore, and basically embody everything STEM/STEAM.

Often time we get so wrapped up in details of life that we forget to play. In education, we get so caught up in data or latest trends that we forget the key ingredient of all learning: exploration, play, and laughing.

In our household we have made gallons upon gallons of slime. The craze has not left our house as much as my wife would like for it to move on. We decided to make a video sharing 7 things you can do with slime.

We would love any likes on our YouTube Channel as well as subscribing if you have not. Ava and Addy are now wanting to learn how we edit videos and what to look for when it goes live online. Just one more learning opportunity.

Enjoy!

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043: Living on the Edge of Chaos – New Direction and Bigger Goals

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In this episode I will be discussing new changes coming to the podcast. Don’t panic, it is nothing too crazy and actually all changes are for the better. I will discuss the new direction of the show in regards to the non-profit STEAM Innovation Hub I am trying to launch called 212 STEAM Labs https://www.212steamlabs.com/

We will also discuss how I will be sharing the behind the scenes of how to actually launch a non-profit.

We will finally discuss the types of guests we will be adding to the show. Be sure to leave a comment or email if you have someone who you think would be a good fit for the show.

Finally, let me know what you think about this episode and where things are headed. I am excited and hope you are too.

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Compilation of 9 Day Teacher Creativity Challenge

Over the summer I ran a two day PBL course for teachers to push their levels of deeper learning in their classroom. I tried to develop a course that was fresh and exciting with the proper amount of challenges and learning that ended with a feeling of success.

In between the two classes we had 9 days where I gave them all nine wrapped gifts that lead to a creativity challenge each day. You can check the challenges down below, but what I have done is create a video showcasing all of their ideas. This was such a huge part to my summer. I have never been so inspired by teachers before and I hope that by sharing this out you will not only be inspired, but it will lead to action.

Check out the video of their AMAZING and BODACIOUS ideas!

The 9 Challenges

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How Gone With The Wind and Can Free Up Phone Storage

Here is a new little trick to help you free up space on your phone. This tip is so amazing that you don’t have to delete anything off your phone. Please check out the video and if you like leave a comment on YouTube with how much space it saved you. Even better would be if you subscribed to the channel!

Happy free phone storage day!

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Reflecting on 10 Ways to Be Miserable

Coffee For The Brain Mastermind August Book Club

Here are my thoughts about the first 10 ways in which we can lead a miserable lifestyle from the book, How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by Randy J. Paterson Ph . First, I like this layout of this book in terms of how it takes the reverse psychology approach. I find myself reading and nodding my head in agreement with the items he shares in the book while also understanding I should not be agreeing. This means I am being reminded about some aspects of my life I need to improve.

Lesson 1: Avoid All Exercise

In lesson 1 he poses the question, “What if she were only willing to change one thing?” I think this is manageable. We have just returned from vacation. I have all these things I want to do and fix about my life. I must reel it in because I am already invested in many ventures now. I have told myself I will start with exercise. This is my one thing. Build this habit up and then slowly work to change other habits once this one is established. Hopefully, once I start exercising I will stop eating what I have been told because I will not want to ruin the hard work. I believe they start to flow together.

Lesson 2: Eat What You’re Told

I love the question of we are not happy with our current mood, then why don’t we simply change our behavior? To me this seems so straightforward, yet so hard. I know I need to change my eating and exercise habits big time. However, I feel lost in a cycle of not being able to make the change. For me the hardest part of this is that I used to be able to do it and therefore the struggle to make positive change drives me even more insane.

Lesson 3: Don’t Waste Your Life in Bed

“The most valuable resource you have is time. No matter what you do, how much you earn, where you live, or how powerful you are, you only get 168 hours in a week.”

Time is the great equalizer and it is a reminder to me that we must use our time wisely, but not burn out so fast we shortchange our time we have here on earth. Sleep is something I struggle with, but it is something I have been working on for years to improve. I believe that I have improved while still not being great at it. One thing I noticed from where we stayed on vacation to our room at home is how dark we have made our room. It is dark with no lights and nothing to disturb us except from texts from Amanda’s phone at night!

What I am guilty at doing is not being able to turn off my brain at night. I worry and wonder about all things and get so worked up that I cannot fall asleep. I continue the cycle when I worry that I am not sleeping. I am not sure how to stop this, but it is my great downfall. I am an early riser no matter if it is weekend or weekday so I am pretty good with this routine, but it is the constant waking up throughout the night that does not do me much good.

Lesson 4: Live Better Through Chemistry

Nothing here. I read it, but nothing connected personally…Wait, let me skim again. Okay, I  probably take in too much caffeine which maybe affects Lesson 3. Okay, so in reflection I need to dive deeper into this.

Lesson 5: Maximize Your Screen Time

I feel that this lesson is perhaps the most important one in the first 10 lessons. This is one that hits most of us right between the eyes. The way he lays out the hours in a week and our habits really opened my eyes to rethinking my time spent on things in a weekly basis. Internet is a major time suck and it is not as helpful as we like to think. Reflecting on vacation, I know that we barely spent much time online and on our devices. I felt like we were all instantly happier and more connected than we have been in a long time. We were not in isolation staring at screens. We were laughing and playing. We were connecting in the physical world. It just felt better to be a human being around more humans instead of our screens.

Don’t get me wrong, we were all craving our devices which shows us how addicted we are to the notifications and feeling like we were missing out, but I could relate to this lesson more than any other time in my life because we had those hours to be together as a family. Think about what you could do with 26 hours a week not on a screen (26 is the average time for an American outside of work). Read this book for nothing else than this chapter. The math used to show how little time we make for our loved ones is insane. This one hit me hard and one I keep reflecting on it as a father and husband.

Lesson 6: If You Want It, Buy It

I have been working on this lesson all summer by decluttering things in my possession. I feel good about this lesson only because I am actually getting rid of many things and working to create more minimalist spaces in my house in a very purposeful manner. Material items don’t lead to happiness. Period. Don’t believe the hype.

Lesson 7: Can’t Afford It? Get It Anyway!

Debt is a monster. Avoid it. Send it back to the upside down. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should!

Lesson 8: Give 100% To Your Work

This is another lesson I have learned the hard way with as a parent and father. Part of this is the reason for some life changes I have made this past year. If you devote all your time to your work, then you will miss out on what is most important in life: love. Love of friends and family. Trust me, in the end nobody cares about your work. I poured my heart and soul into my previous job and gave up so much family time in exchange for the work I believed in to only watch it be eliminated and taken apart in a matter of weeks the minute I took a new job. People don’t care. They don’t. This is not a mean thing. They don’t care because they have their goals and dreams they want to achieve. We are all easily replaceable so spend time doing work you love and are passionate about. Be happy in your work, but understand that you will not be missed for very long. Think of the teacher that devoted 40+ years of life to a job and when they retire nobody cares a few months later. We are not as important as we think so invest in love, not work. This is where it matters most. Where you will be missed most is with family and friends. Are you spending proper time with the people that matter most and bring us the most happiness?

If you don’t, then you set a goal to reach. Once you reach it you don’t feel happy. Instead you feel like you should have made that goal and set out for another goal. What we all need is a better sense of balance. As stated in the book, “A one-legged coffee table is dangerously unstable.” Spend time building up all legs in life so you have stability.

Lesson 9: Be Well Informed

Trump has helped me with this lesson because I just cannot stand to find out what is going on next. I don’t watch TV much. The only time I do is when I am on my bike, but since I have not been exercising my tv watching is practically 0. You don’t need to know everything going on in the world. Media is designed to entice you to come back for the ads. It is all speculation and to be honest mostly negative. Spend time with people. Read books. Create your own work and art. Less consumption and more producing and connecting. You don’t need to know what is happening all over the globe. Move on!

Lesson 10: Set VAPID Goals

The mistake most of us make. Vague, Amorphous, Pie in the sky, Irrelevant, Delayed goals don’t work. Stick to the SMART goals. They are not easy, but they work. You will waste less time spinning in circles and more time feeling the benefits of having a plan

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Mastermind Group of Awesomeness

This reflection is for our Facebook Coffee For The Brain Mastermind Group of Awesomeness

Come join us as we discuss many things!

The book for August that we are reading and discussing is

How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use by Randy J. Paterson PhD http://amzn.to/2uPx1Xe

This book is an ironic twist to how we can work to lead a better life through a different perspective. This book was recommended to me from a great friend who listens to a podcast we both like. I have some great videos and podcasts to listen to along with the book. Buy the book and join us!

 

 

 

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Bringing Focus to my PLN and Learning

The following is a statement that I posting on my 10,632 groups, communities, and networks I have created over time. It is time to stop chasing squirrels and bring clarity to my digital life to help my overall life goals.

 

Hello everyone,

First and foremost I would like to start off by saying thank you. Thank you for being part of my learning journey. Thank you for being part of my crazy ideas. Thank you for taking the leap with me to figuring out what works and what does not work for learning and success. I want to say thank you.

Most of you are incredible. You always provide support, ideas, answers to my questions, and more importantly join the groups that I have created to make them work. Over time I have dabbled in just about everything there is to dabble in.

And what have I learned? A great deal not worth mentioning in one post.

However, one key element that has stood out over time which will come as no surprise to anyone is this – we cannot operate at our best levels when we spread ourselves too thin. I have reached a point where I have done that.

For those that don’t know I have a taken a new job. I am also launching a non-profit STEM space. I am also trying to be a good husband and father to my family. I also like time to drink coffee, read, and fart in the wind. I also really want to finish this book I have been working on for year. These have become my focus areas! I know, still too many, but it is where I am at in my journey.

What does this all mean and why am I sharing?

I am condensing my online life. I have many Facebook groups I have started. I have many Google Groups as well. I also use social media like crazy in addition to my blog and YouTube video creations. I do a lot and it is time to reduce the elements. I also crosspost too much and just make too much work for myself and others.

This is my first step to bring focus and minimize the distractions.

I am closing down all the groups that I operate. If you are reading this post, then you are in one of those groups. Now, please dry that tear trickling down your face(insert sarcasm!). Things are not over by any means. I am retooling my workflow.

Starting effective August 1st, I will be shutting down these groups. In replacement, I will be moving all the ideas, thoughts, and more to a new Coffee For The Brain Mastermind Group . I am going to make this a private group. It will become the one stop shop for all things awesome for living life to the fullest. I am switching the group from public to private and in essence rebranding the group to be a mastermind group. This is where I will share things not available to the general public. It will be discussions and thoughts not posted to my blog. In essence, I am trying to create a super powerful and personal network of people who want to really push things forward in life. You will be my go to people.

It is going to rock. The book club will be posted in the group. It will simply be what I am reading for the month with chances for us to discuss. I am hoping to run monthly Facebook Live videos for us to connect and share on ideas. There will be things to give away. There will be early access to things that others won’t have. It is going to be this organic movement of coffeechuggers raising hell on the internet to create social good.

So, realize that these groups will be going away soon. I would encourage you to move over to the Coffee For The Brain Mastermind Group if you still wish to be connected with all things awesome. If you choose not to, then that is fine and I honor your decision to make a choice that will make your life better.

This is the first step of many to bring more focus and clarity to my life and hopefully yours with an end result of better content and conversations for all.

I hope you join me on this next leap and I thank you for all the networking support over the years. This is the next big leap. Are you ready to jump?

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