I was born to travel, as this picture of me in my mother's new suitcase at Christmas shows Today, for my Tech Tidbits Tuesday, I want to tell you a little bit more about me than my About page discloses. To do this, I'm going to give you a very brief synopsis of my 54 years, as well as insight as to why I started blogging--all this while describing some cool sites and apps I use to try and connect with you!
So hop in my car for a ride all about me...almost all for you! Don't forget your seatbelt, it's going to be a wild ride!
I was born in Baltimore, attended public schools, and graduated with a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Education from Loyola College (now University) in Maryland. I always loved learning (and thinking, even as a baby, photo left)! I tried to inspire that love of learning in others by teaching science at a public high school, and dancing at my grandmother's dance studio. By the time I was 23, I had visited several states including Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. But it wasn't until I met my husband that my traveling took me out of the States, and boy did it ever!
My husband and I moved to Greece about a year and a half after we got married. Both of our children were born there, and we travel back as often as we can to visit relatives, take friends to new and old places, and just plain relax! Every visit to Athens, I climb up to the Parthenon (right); this photo was from my first trip to Greece in 1983. If Greece is not already on your bucket list, put it at the top now!
Fun-loving in Florida
Many consider the adjective fun-loving redundant, but I use it here because I seek out fun, and try to help others have fun at the same time. I lived in Orlando, city of the world's best theme parks (in my opinion) for 19 years. At one point I even worked for Disney World, while my husband was working for Universal Studios--how fun is that?! I was a Facilitator at the Youth Education Series at the Magic Kingdom, and then wrote Animal Fact Sheets for the Cast Members at the Animal Kingdom. Heck, I even had fun getting my Master's in Educational Leadership (selfie left). Check out my entire career so far at my profile at LinkedIn.
But, wait, there's one more chapter in my story.
I moved temporarily to the Netherlands in July 2015. Fun is still a necessary component of my life. I joined an international women's club and go on walks, museum visits, pub nights; I'm part of the sewing circle and book club. My husband and I are traveling as much as possible on the weekends and holidays. Easy E.U. travel has included London, Rome, Antwerp, Brussels, Bruges, Gent, Aachen, Dusseldorf, Koblenz, and Heidelberg. But I wanted more. Since I'm not teaching at a school, I wanted to continue learning and instructing others through a different path, and decided to start blogging. This project was just a seed last fall, sprouted in January, and is now trying to bloom!
Now you...travelers, teachers and tourists!
Maybe you'd like to connect with me at TravelwithMrsT on Instagram . In the morning, I start my day in a great mood by looking at awe-inspiring photos from other accounts I follow including National Geographic @natgeo. Today, I put a widget in my sidebar (right) to connect to my Instagram feed. The website is called Iconosquare, and you don't even need an Instagram account to view the photos. (Update: I love Instagram so much, and Greece is my favorite place to visit, so I launched an additional Instagram account on July 6, 2015--I Have This Thing With Greek Beaches!)
I confess, I'm a Pinterest addict, and joined long before I changed my account to Travel with Mrs. T. on Pinterest. Though you'll find Pins for all of my blog posts on a Travel with Mrs. T. Blog Posts board, I also have numerous other boards for Travel, and Education, arranged alphabetically. Did I mention, I love being organized?! I just created a Pin for yesterday's post using a great app called Canva--I'm already hooked! Look for more text with my photos on my Pins from now on!
I'm also TravelwithMrsT on Twitter and admit, I'm just starting to get comfortable with the 140 character thing (after all, you see how I love to babble)! Fortunately, I have my Facebook page linked to Twitter, so if Twitter is your preferred platform, you can get updates on blog posts from there!
Finally, I want to network with teachers more, and provide ways to use my blog in classrooms, and home school situations around the globe. I originally tried a wiki on PBWorks, but I had NO bites on the site, so I am working on Plan B for teachers at the moment. Suffice it to say, that there will be a new blog for teachers with lesson ideas coming soon--an Edublog powered by WordPress. Just in time for summer vacation, and long-term planning! After all, teachers' work is never done, even though they are on summer break! (Update: Travel with Mrs. T. School Edition is up and running!)