New Year’s resolution: start blogging again

Ahh, that feels good.

Six months ago, I completed my job at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC and moved 2200 km south to San Diego, CA. Make that 1400 miles.

The Sun is rising on a new adventure. (Image: Peter Newbury)
The Sun is rising on a new adventure. (Image: Peter Newbury)

Posting to this blog fell off the bottom of my list of tasks that included getting immigration papers, getting across the border, finding health care, buying a house, starting a new job, getting the kids in school,… I promised myself I’d start blogging again as soon as, well, you know, when things settled down. Yeah, like that’s going to happen anytime soon. So, over the Christmas break, I bit the bullet, set up this new website, and here I am, writing my first post from San Diego!

I’ve got to say, I really missed blogging. I can’t count how many times in the last few months I’ve thought to myself, “This would make a really good post. ” I have a stack of post-it notes of potential posts. It’s hard to go back through that stack, though: I need the adrenaline of that moment of discovery or realization to write a post.

I’m looking forward to this new adventure.

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to San Diego I go!

I have really exciting news: In August, I’ll be leaving UBC and Vancouver to take up the position as Associate Director of the Center for Teaching Development at UC San Diego! The new Director, Beth Simon, has gotten everyone fired up about learning how to be better instructors. There are faculty just aching for some support so I’m really excited about bringing the community together to share all our expertise. Social media is about to hit teaching and learning at UCSD in a BIG way!

This is a terrific opportunity for me and a natural progression on the career path I’m following. I think I’ll finally shake the imposter syndrome I’ve felt ever since I, with a Ph.D. in mathematics, became an “astronomer.”

There’s so much do right now, not the least of which is getting my house ready to sell. If you follow me on Twitter (I’m @polarisdotca), you may have seen my #homerenovation hashtag a lot lately. Yes, so much to do but so exciting!

Stay tuned. This is just the beginning of a really great adventure!