While my summer was filled with socializing with family and friends, travelling and swiming in our new pool, my greatest satisfaction came from the completion of a building project. Now to give you some background I have some handyman skills, but am by no means "Mike Holmesish" in my carpentry abilities. When my wife and I decided to build a sauna to extend our pool season, the easiest and safest choice would have been to hire someone to complete the job. Perhaps inspired by too much HGTV or a need to reconnect with "my outside self", I decided to tackle this project complete with framing, electrical rough in and finishing the interior and exterior of the sauna. In order to accomplish this daunting task I spent time each night on the internet reading articles and watching videos to prepare for the next day. I am pleased with the finished product and have a far greater appreciation of complexity of the task and effort required. With hard work, dedication and some preparation almost anything is possible. I challenge you to set the bar higher for yourself (academically, socially, extracurricularly) this year and work to accomplish goals you previously thought were beyond your reach? Have you ever had to work to achieve something? How did you you feel when you succeeded? What are your personal reactions to the videos below? Let me know what you think...
Grade 8 teacher, cross country/track coach, tech inspired educator
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