Focus and Questions for 2017:What is Your One Thing?

Resolutions, and goals, and habits, oh my!

The new year is a fresh slate, which like a blank piece of paper, can be overwhelming or inspiring, or both.

Are you grateful for having choices but confused about which choices to make?  Me, too.

Over the holidays I read a book called The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan

At first, it seemed too simplistic and geared for the business crowd. 

But I kept reading and there was just too much truth to ignore: if you run in too many directions you won’t accomplish what you want. 

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4 Things I Wish I’d Done When We Began Unschooling

When you know better, do better. 4 Thiings I wish I'd done when we began homeschooling at

If I’d known then, what I know now..Document, document, document!

4 things I wish I’d done as soon as we started unschooling are:


1. Written in a journal every day

I wish I’d started blogging, even privately, about our learning adventures while we were in the middle of them. (I also wish I’d done this from day one. No baby book in our house!) I did some scrapbooking and haphazard journaling but it doesn’t capture all those wonderful moments. And those things I thought I would never forget? Well, I’m glad for the photos we have, but I wish I’d written the details.  

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Creating a Roadmap for Your Journey

It’s that time of year. The season for reflecting on the year that is coming to an end and thinking ahead about how you want your next year of learning and living to look.

One of the greatest benefits I see in homeschooling and unschooling is taking the time to help our children learn to plan and reach their goals.

We can show them how you take a big dream and break it down into action steps. And how to schedule and measure the steps to evaluate your progress.

The secret of self-directed learning is keeping curiosity alive while learning how to set and carry out your goals in life.  

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Travel and Learning: 12 Topics to Take Beyond Textbooks

Travel and Learning:12 Topics to Take Beyond Textbooks, photo of marble section from the Roamn Forum,

Travel and Learning:12 Topics to Take Beyond Textbooks, photo of  marble section from the Roamn Forum,

Breathing in the air and aromas, walking in the footsteps or examining firsthand what I have studied or read about is thrilling.

I get goosebumps just remembering the first time I:

  • stood under the towering, majestic Redwoods I’d studied in Botany
  • had a slow meaningful conversation in Spanish about education with a woman in the Dominican Republic
  • imagined mama’s tending their children while hiking along the the cliff dwellings in Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • the visceral experience of erosion you get when visiting in Bryce Canyon
  • was joked and teased in Italian as I stopped in to get my morning latte at the cafe near our campground in Florence.


These tiny memories don’t do justice to all the learning that can take place when you travel.  Of course lots of learning that happens will have nothing to do with topics you may want to study.

Here are the first twelve subjects that come to mind when I think about taking learning beyond the textbook into the land of experience by seeing, hearing and doing in the the place of origin.

Foreign Language





Cultural Studies


Environmental Science

International Relations




I made myself stop at 12 – what would you add to the list?

What has been your favorite topic to study or learn by or while traveling?

What trip are you ready to plan? Why?

I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!  Thanks, Lisa