30 Day Brainstorm Challenge Day 13: Back to School


It’s day 13 of our 30 Day Brainstorm Challenge – Back to School

It’s that time of year again here in the States where the kids are unhappy and parents celebrate…back to school!

To me it’s like being a kid in a candy store! It’s amusing to me, because I am not the most organized person in the world – yet I can easily spend an hour in the office supply section of your local Target. The colors! All the colors make me want to buy a dozen journals. Then all the new types of markers, and pens – displayed like flowers in a flower market, waiting to be plucked! Dare I feed my addiction with All THE POST-IT’s? Different shapes, colors and designs. It makes a girl go giddy.

On the hunt!

Like any good trainer, I’m always on the look out for interesting things to use in my workshops. They may be for prizes or just to do something something different. Just a quick note about prizes for activities. My standard giveaway for prizes are brightly colored mechanical pencils. Why? Because, I believe that prizes should be fun and useful. My second go to are colored Sharpie markers and highlighters. But I do have to admit to one prize that I giveaway that isn’t as useful as a highlighter…bubbles. Why? Because bubbles are fun. When a room starts to feel low on energy, have those with the bubbles compete to blow the biggest bubble, the winner chooses the break time. Simple and fun. It’s amusing to see grown adults having fun with bubbles.

So, as I was traveling down the back to school aisle, it occurred to me. I feel like a kid just heading back to school. I get the feeling of wanting to learn something new, a twinge of jealousy of those headed to college and kindergartners picking out their first book bag. When was the last time you were that excited to be a part of something. As we get older, our opportunities for experiencing “firsts” gets smaller. This was my aha yesterday. Experiment more.


Don’t lose out on those “first” experiences.

Don’t wait for experiences to become a part of your “bucket list”. Those things that are someday…Find those opportunities and experience them NOW! Better yet, go re-experience something. Go to the fair, play the games, eat food that’s not good for you or food you’ve never tried before. Enjoy the moment. Try something you’ve never tried before. It doesn’t have to be big, it could be trying the new coffee shop in town or driving a new way to work. Awaken your senses.

I’m jealous of those younger than me, who have so many “firsts” in front of them – but I can make my own “firsts”. Don’t let life get in the way of experiences. Blow some bubbles in the back yard. It’s fun. I promise and your inner child will agree.


NO! It’s not too late to join! See the original 30 Day Brainstorm Challenge post here

See previous post: Day 12: World Brain Day

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As Owner of Learning Rebels, Shannon Tipton is a skilled learning strategist, content developer and International speaker. Shannon has over 20 years of leadership experience developing successful learning strategies and infrastructures for training departments within organizations in North America, Europe and Korea.

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