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7 Life Lessons Learned While Hiking the Cascade Mountains

7 Life Lessons Learned While Hiking the Cascade Mountains  by Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE Our family vacationed in Seattle recently.  There are 7 of us, including significant others. Planning an entire vacation for a group of this size felt overwhelming.   So I messaged everyone and requested that each person text to the group 1-2 activities they wanted to be sure they accomplished while in Seattle.  I accumulated their wishes and then assigned each person(s) to organize an activity or event.  Mine, of course, was a vineyard and wine tasting tour.  My son-in-law, Brandon, planned a hike for us in the Cascade Mountains.  Now for my unpopular revelation… I don’t get the appeal of hiking.  I love walking and exploring but I don’t understand why one drives to a mountain to make a grueling trek up the side of it.   What’s the point? Is it exercise? Is it communing with nature? With self? Is it a race? To get to the top? And then what? What is the objective when hiking?  I NEED to know!  As you can imagine, I wasn’t my typical adventurous self before the trip up the mountain. Mind you; my brand-spanking-new-whale-watching-souvenir-travel-mug caught on fire in the microwave just as we were leaving the house.  At the […]

WARNING: Immediate student rescue impedes learning

By Kelly Beischel, PhD, RN, CNE She asked me. “How will they benefit?” And I thought “Quit with the freaking questions and just give me the answer, dammit!” And then I laughed. And laughed. And laughed. I laughed so loud that my dog looked at me and slunk away. Let me explain… I’m in a solo-preneur Facebook group where we often help one another when we’re stuck or are blocked in our thinking. I was having a block in coming up with a cool title for my incivility teleseminar. So, I posted a request for help to name the teleseminar. Rather than giving me an answer, Christina, one of the members of this Facebook group relentlessly asked me questions about how the participants would benefit from attending the teleseminar, what would they gain from knowing the signs of bullying etc. I laughed at my “just give me the answer” response because Christina was simply doing her job as a coach, asking me questions until I gained clarity. That’s what teachers do too. We coach, right? We ask questions until students gain clarity. And then my next thought? “That is exactly what our students are thinking – if not saying.” “Just tell me already.” “Just give me the answer.” We’ve all heard it […]

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