In 2012 I added ‘start a blog’ to my New Year’s resolutions. Turquoise Compass did not come to fruition until 2013, not because I didn’t have the desire, initiative, or drive, but because I did not know what I was going to write about or what I wanted it to become. I love writing and much of my life revolves around writing. As an English teacher, I teach others to write. I am also actively involved in writing articles for my province’s teacher publications and district magazines. As some of you know, I just recently finished my Master’s in Education in June of this year and much of my program consisted of writing research papers and designing training modules. On average, for the last year, writing 7000 word papers every other week definitely kept me busy and delayed the starting of my blog. When I finished my Master’s I finally had the time (and guts) to accomplish my goal of starting a blog! Another bucket list checkmark for me!
I’ve always wanted to start a blog, but did not know where to begin. It was a journey figuring out what I wanted to write about, what themes I would discuss, and the design of it all. I am extremely passionate about teaching and feel that I was born to be a teacher, but my second love is travel. I couldn’t possibly write about one without writing about the other. Some of my travel experiences were often volunteer opportunities; a perfect combination is to pair tourism with volunteering—voluntourism. In each destination that I visit I aim to try something new by completing yet another item on my bucket list. During my travels I’ve always been fascinated with documenting my explorations through photography and writing. I now have thousands of journal entries and pictures which represents each of my unique trips. I want to share my experiences with others! Aviation has also become a part of my life because my boyfriend is a pilot. Like me, he is also a teacher in a sense because he teachers others to fly. Throughout the years, I have come to gain a wealth of knowledge about the aviation and flying scene. I’ve always been captivated with airplanes since I love flying (and traveling) so much. Now I get to learn about it firsthand.
Coming up with a title for my blog was the most difficult part. I wanted the title to represent me, while also summing up what my blog is about. Turquoise Compass encapsulates everything that is significant in my life and connects all of my themes well. Turquoise being my favorite colour reminds me of the beach, the natural earth stone (I love turquoise jewelry), and my travels. I usually do not travel too far from the ocean. After any inland vacation I often find my way back to the beach somehow. There is something magical about being close to the sea. It is as if I am “at home”. Sometimes I wish I could live and breathe underwater. The word compass is also relevant because I have often questioned my personal journey and the direction of my life. I challenge my students to reach for higher learning opportunities, while also teaching them to be in control of their life’s compass. I want to direct them to the right path, lead them to success, and ignite a love for learning and exploration. A pilot also guides their plane with the use of a compass. A compass can have various meanings. Turquoise Compass seemed like the perfect fit for me!
Before I started Turquoise Compass, I had the fear that no one would be interested in what I had to say. I worried that no one would read my blog or that I would receive negative comments. I’m my own worst critic, as most of us are. However, I overcame my fears and jumped in head first. I’ve been blessed with friends and family who have encouraged me along the way and helped guide me into the process of starting a blog. Many of my good friends are already bloggers and they provided me with a ton of useful information. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their support.
As a new blogger, I have been overwhelmed and amazed by the blogging community. I have never interacted with such an amazing group of individuals before. Everyone has been so encouraging and positive. People I haven’t even met have given me tips and suggestions to improve my blog. The positive comments I have received have been astounding. I’m often dumbfounded by the support I have received. My fears were obviously trivial. In fact, starting a blog is one of the best things I have done. I’m encouraged and excited to continue because of the support of my enthusiastic and devoted followers. I ask that you continue to support me, encourage me, ‘like’ my posts, share my posts, and continue to provide comments (I look forward to reading each and every one). I wouldn’t have a blog if it wasn’t for you! So this is a huge ‘shout out’ to my followers. THANK YOU! I can’t go without mentioning you. In just a short amount of time my blog is starting to grow into something special. Continue to help me make this something!
Jessica from Turquoise Compass