November, Finishing, and Amazing Things

With two days left in November, I can say that this month has brought a lot of surprises. Some have been good, some have been challenging, and some have required that I take a more serious look around at what I value as important for my long term goals.

November is busy for me, as I have taught first-year student success courses for over eight years now at my alma mater. Five years ago, I went from just teaching the course to planning and running the curriculum, so the last four weeks of the semester bring lots of student meetings, gradebook updates, and reminders of course requirements to over seven hundred students. Two years ago, I started on my doctoral degree and education specialist degree (the latter is contained within the former) so November means exams and research proposals for my graduate course.

And, of course, there’s always recording, writing, and podcasting. After a few conversations with the amazing folks at the Roundtable Podcast (Dave Robison and Brion Humphrey, with a cameo appearance by Doc Coleman), I vowed to take my story idea to the next stage as part of NaNoWriMo.

Right. On top of teaching, administrative duties, graduate school, and recording audiobooks, I decided to do NaNoWriMo. One of the things that I teach is time management, so I figured that I’d put all of my advice into my own goals and write the darn thing. So… I wrote. And recorded. And studied. And wrote more.


Sometime in the middle of the month, C.C. Chapman‘s new book, “Amazing Things Will Happen” hit my Kindle. It’s hard for me to read for me during the academic year, but I figured that I would start reading one afternoon in the car. After Chapter 1, I started to think that I needed to add this book to my students’ recommended reading list. By Chapter 4, I realized that I needed to take all of this advice for myself first. I can say without a doubt that reading “Amazing Things Will Happen” gave me the gentle shove to keep going with the writing and recording through November and the end of the year. I’m not ready to say just what could happen next year, but I know that it will be, dare I say, amazing.

As I tell my students, there is a difference between being good at what you can do and loving what you do. I have a quote from Seth Godin on my office wall: “Real achievement comes from racing ahead when no one else sees a path — and holding back when the rush isn’t going where you want to go.” C.C. writes that “the universe has a funny way of knowing when you are going through difficult times,” and I have to believe that the universe chuckled when it plunked that book on my Kindle. Part of me worries that I must seem like a stalker with all of the tweeting and liking and talking about the book, but it really is That Good. It’s relevant, it’s necessary, and it’s timely.

You should get it. You should put it in the stocking of your graduating student, your twenty-something friend with a passion for art, your sibling with a growing hobby-business, and snag a copy for yourself.

I dare say, you’ll find it to be Amazing.

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