Y’all ready for a partay? I am! In fact, I’m packing my bags (yes, red nose and floppy shoes included) in prep for InstructureCarn in Keystone, CO. I was going to ask my buddy Josh (Mr. Coates to you, btw) if he’d share an Uber with me, but then I ‘bumped’ into Beth from #stepsforbeth. Turns out she’s going this year!
I missed catching up with her last year. For those who don’t know, days before her flight to InstructureCon 2017, she was hit with a super rare (1%) spinal stroke and was paralyzed from the waist down. Although we didn’t connect, I (along with many of my Canvas friends) followed her every step in her heroic journey back to health.
And just recently, she announced:
“Y'all....I got approval!!! Well 2 out of 4 of my medical team and my boss. With restrictions (i.e. wheelchair and must travel with someone who can assist me...family/friends are going to have to draw straws for this one).”
Of course, this made my giant panda heart happy. I first met <Beth> when she joined the Canvas Community in June of 2015. She’s a sharer (like me) and posts all sorts of goodies in the Community. We connected at InstructureCon 2015. I was just chillaxin’ by the tents, feeling all “kumbayawesome,” when (click!) she took this beautiful picture (Snapchat wasn’t really a thing back then).
We’ve been BFFs ever since.
But, I digress.
In hopes to re-create another memorable photo op with Beth, I will track my #stepsforbeth en route to Instructurecon 2018 (that’s 456.69 miles of dedication!). I’m going to use my paws (and since I have 4 of them, my steps will add up quickly. Sorry, humans) to track each step!
Will you join me?
This year I’ll start tracking my steps in stridekick and I can invite 100 of my Canvas friends to join me, virtually.
Here are the deets:
Can I just say, “I love this community!” (Okay, now I’m going to start crying). But seriously, it’s not just about being Canvas users, but offering up your experiences that end up bringing out your passions, your humanity, and your deep friendships.
See you ‘clowns’ in Keystone!
Yeah, I was in full-on anti-step mode on Saturday (I think I ended up with 6000, and only because I had to do some grocery shopping). But then I saw email@example.com's tweet about PT, and had that same "Hey, there's no quitting in #stepsforbeth!" epiphany. Also, firstname.lastname@example.org told me I needed to get my butt back in gear #StillSteppingForBeth
OMG, email@example.com , tell me about it!
I was totally wiped Saturday, and concluded that I had finished Thursday and Friday on will power only.
By the way, it was so awesome to finally meet you in person this year!
Same! This was the year when I finally caught up with a LOT of my Canvas buddies I had somehow had missed in years past. I'm not saying I did more networking than session-going, but I'm not NOT saying that
I typically have done way more networking these last three years, and it has paid off in spades. This year, I got all sorts of great tips to support a very major project we are engaged in.
Attending InstructureCon is a great way to meet many of the folks that you follow in the community. I met loads of people this year and primarily attend InstructureCon for the networking opportunities and like firstname.lastname@example.org, have found many great solutions and suggestions to help solve many of our current issues. If you can do it, I would highly recommend that you look at attending next year's event!