“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein
I am a designer.
Merriam-Webster defines a designer as "one who creates and often executes plans for a project or structure." I find this simple statement very true. I have a passion for creating and executing plans whether it be for a graphic design project or developing an educational experience as an instructional designer, I love to design.
I am a lifelong learner.
I constantly look for opportunities to expand my knowledge and understanding. While qualifications help with a career, curiosity and a growth mindset invites future possibilities. Lifelong learning involves not only studying new topics but also developing an open-minded, positive attitude about the dynamic nature of the world. Personal development continues alongside professional development.
I am an accidental instructional designer.
I found this profession along an unintentional path. After working for several years in a Landscape Architecture firm, the economy tanked. I was laid off. I did some freelance graphic design and consulting, but ultimately need a more steady paycheck and found myself working as a reference librarian at a public library. My passion for education was reignited. Another series of events lead to working for a Global Campus at a University, where I honed my skills in various LMS platforms. My education, experience, and interests guide me as an instructional designer with assessing project needs, designing a process, developing instructional materials, and evaluating their effectiveness.
I am an adventure seeker.
Motorcycles. Kayaking. Bungee jumping. Hiking. Fishing. Camping. Four-wheeling. Zip lining. And more...
One time, I pet a penguin.
Penguins are my favorite animal. As my love for them has grown, I have discovered just how perfect penguins really are at relating to me and why they make me so happy. They are cute, they have the best waddle, family is very important to them, and penguins cannot fly. I cannot fly either.
When you think of a bird, you think of an animal that can fly. But, just because they are a bird does not mean that have to follow to social norms for birds. Flying might be good for other birds, but not for penguins. I love to be different. I say be like a penguin; don't follow the norm.
The penguin in front in the photo is Charlotte from the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. She is the penguin I was able to pet. #lifegoals