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IGNITE - Finding the Balance

I was recently asked to give an IGNITE talk at the first of these events put on by our school district.  Perhaps naively, I said yes.  If you have not heard of IGNITE, check their website


 The premise is that you speak for 5 minutes, with 20 pre-created slides, automatically changing every 15 seconds to be timed to your speech.  Honestly, that was the freaky part.  I hate being off time!

I had decided to give a talk about finding balance, and if that was even possible for people.  I suggest that we focus on all that brings us positive energy, and that if we make time for those things, the happiness and good should follow.

The grass isn't greener on the other side, it's greener where you water it! #wordstoliveby 

When I arrived, I was semi-nervous, but was excited.  However, I quickly realized we had no power!  Nearly half of Fort St. John was without electricity!  My anxiety level rose a bit then.  Luckily, I was in a room full of resourceful educators.  A generator was hooked up for the slides and microphone and the rest was done via candlelight.

The event took place at Whole Wheat and Honey, my favourite coffee shop, after hours.  You can see the house was packed! That's not me speaking in the top image, but that lightbulb is part of my talk.  I reference the positive energy I get when the light comes on for a child in my class.

I was able to spend the evening with this crew of lovely ladies.  I am not sure how these pictures turned out so bright, when really it was so dark in there!  Good flash, I guess.

I hope I was able to inspire a few of my colleauges with my simple message:

As Marjorie P. Hinckley has reminded us, “Every day brings something beautiful if we are just willing to look up and see it.” There is always something to be grateful for. One of the best ways to invite greater peace and enduring happiness into your life is to stop focusing on how stressed you are and think about how truly blessed you are! … “Count your many blessings; name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” 

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1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great evening. Congratulations on delivering your presentation in the dark!