Learning In Permanent Marker

Three months ago the idea came to me while I was driving to work one day. It was a crazy idea. Completely insane…but what if?!

So I did what anyone with a crazy dream big, leap off a cliff idea has does. I texted my friend and asked her if she wanted to be a part of this crazy idea…and like any good believe in crazy dream big ideas too friend does, she said heck yeah!!!

My idea was to pitch the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) to live sketchnote the keynotes for their upcoming 2017 conference. I typed up the email and I hit the send button (then I tried not to fall of my chair or hyperventilate at what I had just done).

A few days passed and the reply email came back. The conference replied that they would love…they said YES… to having me and my friend …(I have to pause and completely go off track for a moment. I promise I will come back.  I say friend because that is what she has become but she is also has become my creative, passionate sketchnoter, crazy idea loving and my sketchnoting/creative muse.  She is the kind of person that when you connect with them in life you grab on tight and never let go) …they said YES to me and my friend live sketchnoting the keynote. Oh wait… not just one keynote but all three of them!

Months passed the conference finally neared. Holy wow! It was really going to happen! I was really going to live sketchnote the keynotes and in front of people…hundreds and hundreds of people. What was I thinking?! (For some reading this, those who know my journey, this may not seem like a big deal. Some may even think, seriously your really freaking out about this Carrie? You doodle and sketchnote all the time. You have been doing it for years. Here’s a secret…Up until two weeks before the conference I had only ever live sketchnoted only in pen one time. Up until this point, I have always only  been a draw in pencil first and then traced over my sketchnotes in pen later sketchnoter. For me, the idea of just drawing in just pen never felt within my abilities. It scared me).

As the conference date neared I had a choice (yes, yes, I know I got my own self into this): I could embrace, full on hug the life out of my fear or back down and let the moment pass.  So I did what I have learned to do when I come face to face with fear and the lies and doubt it whispers to me. I took a deep breath and went for it. I was all in. For two weeks leading up to the conference I drew. I drew and drew and drew. I embraced the fear and told off the whispers and I drew some more.. and then I drew again in only pen!

The conference date arrived. A new calm came over me. I felt more ready than I had felt for anything before. As each keynote spoke I soaked up their energy. I let their ideas and words fill me with inspiration, touch my heart and inspire my sketchnotes. And with each passing word, with each new part of each sketchnote, with each pen stroke, I was flooded with my own feelings and my own lessons that sketchnoting in pen decided to teach me…

Mistakes will happen. They’ve always been permanent. You can cross them out, work through them, add to them and recreate them and keep moving forward or let them stop us

There is great power in sharing what you are truly passionate about 

Never underestimate the power of sharing what your passionate about to start great conversations

Going big, dreaming big is really really is worth it

Doubt will hold you back for your greatness. You will never think you are ready enough and you are always more ready
than you think you are.

Stop waiting and dive in. If you want something ask. The worse thing is they will say no. They could say YES!

Don’t doubt fears wisdom. Embrace it and own it.  Learn to love it. Fear is often just the beginning of something great.

Perfection is unobtainable. Being the best and most incredible you totally is!

Being all in is a very freeing feeling

Be you and own the hell out of it! Your skills and your style are your skills and your style,own them. Be proud of them. Screw comparing yourself to others. Instead, learn from others, seek knowledge from others and use it to make you and your craft better but be you and no one else (sorry for the bold language…this lesson was a super hard one for me and it gets me fired up)

Most of all, I learned that this was never really about me live sketchnoting. It was always about teaching me and reminding me of these lessons. It was about changing me and changing my teaching FOREVER. It was about one simple object and the power of one simple act…the moment I made a decision that scared me. The moment I decided to draw in permanent marker.

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As I finish this  post I have been flooded with the words that bring wisdom to my own journey (isn’t that wonderful how these interwebs work). Words that speak to me and this experience and I think will speak to you too…

Source: ThisIsStory.com

The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

(totally just ordered this book too and also be sure to check out #The100DayProject)

Source: Butch Wilson 

(the mountain top is my new mission… all of them!!)

WHY NOT: The Story Behind my “Why Not” Sketchnote

Last month (July 11, 2016) was  International Edcamp Leader  day. Not only was I super excited to be part of this day, learn from and be inspired by local Illinois leaders but the organizers of the Edcamp thought it would be fun to have ignite speeches after our lunch.  I jumped at the chance to give an Ignite Speech (actually I squealed in happiness and then thought what the heck have I gotten myself into…eeekkk).  After a day or two of brainstorming I had my theme.  As I wrote the speech, I knew I wanted to use this opportunity to really push myself  as a creator and as a presenter… not only would I share a belief I am deeply passionate about, I would draw the entire ignite speech. Continue reading

#F2FOMG: My ISTE 2016 Reflection

Monday June 27th (I know, I know, it has been a while, a longggg while since I have shared here…insert hanging head of shame). I stepped on a plane before the crack of dawn and headed to ISTE 2016 (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference in Denver, Colorado. On the plane I was absolutely giddy, nervous and excited…really excited. Continue reading

SIT Conference 2015

My friend told me about it,  conference for students by students.”You totally should come. Tricia is finally old enough to attend. Tech and kids…it’s a fantastic day,” she said.
Trusting her and her knowledge of great things and things my daughter would love (bonus: our girls would be able to hang out together and well the promise of technology…no brainer).  I signed my daughter up to attend the Buffalo Grove SIT Conference 2015.  Then I decided why should she have all the fun and I signed up to be a volunteered at the conference!

Bright and early on last Saturday morning my daughter and I drove to Buffalo Grove. There we would join hundreds of other 3rd-12th graders for a technology conference for students by students. To top that there would also be four other SIT Conferences going on the exact same day and time as ours throughout the state of Illinois!!!

At check in I was amazed at every detail that had been noticed. Every procedure and process had been put in place and thought of  to make sure this conference for students by students was safe for kids.  It would allow this all the students to be as independent as they wanted to be and have a real conference experience.

As quickly as the keynote started she was off with her friend to the sessions they had selected.  The conference had started and to say it was a beyond awesome experience would be an understatement…

SIT Conference #SketchnotingLife

At lunch Tricia barely got a bite of food in as she talked non-stop about all that she was experiencing and learning she had done.

I honestly had never heard her talk so much in her life.

SIT Conference 2015

As we drove home from this fantastic event,  I looked in the review mirror to see Tricia’s head leaning on the window… she was sound asleep.  I smiled.  I knew in that instant that we will forever support and be a part of this incredible day!!!

Crazy Holiday Fun

Well that was fun!! I don’t know about you but I have a serious love hate relationship with Christmas. This year my procrastinating tendencies caught up with me and honestly I didn’t handle it oh so well. There may have been some anxiety and stress. In the end, as always we I got through it and I was able to look back at it all, laugh, smile and see all the fun we had!!

This is just a glimpse at some of the crazy fun I had!!

Motherhood…Living on The Edge

Last week was one full of  those on the edge moments!  You know those moments you want to run out of your house screaming someone save me from this insanity.  Those moments you count down the time until your husband will be home from work so you can tag him…”you’re it”!  Those moments you filter so much, your families mouths would drop if they knew the things you really wanted to say.  Well…wrapped up in all that insanity there is awesomeness.  The you wouldn’t have it any other way moments of motherhood.

Last week was a smidge more on the am I going to survive side…
Motherhood...The Edge of Awesomeness and Insanity By Carrie Baughcum

Giggles, Fun and Christmas Lights

Early this week I shared my new found love for what I have now learned is called #sketchnoting (I personally think it is so much more then a boring name like that.  Don’t worry, I’m working on a new name, prettier and way more creative name for it).  Even with a boring name my love for what I like to think of as writing with intertwined words and drawings continues….

Last weekend my 9 year old asked if we could decorate the outside of the house on Saturday. How could I possibly say no.  So we brought the lights up from the basement and got to work.  It was so much more then I could have expected.
Giggles, Fun and Christmas Lights