I should be doing my homework right now. In reality, I suppose I should have started working on it a few weeks ago. But, like any good journalist, I’ve procrastinated right down to the wire.

It’s just that my assignment is kind of vague and kind of daunting at the same time. I need to gather items – photos, clippings, stories, etc. that define who I am for compilation on a 15-inch by 20-inch foam board.

Most days I feel like I’m still trying to figure out who I am, and therein lies the daunting part. I don’t know that I’ve ever been asked to define myself, and I’m not quite sure how to go about it, I guess.

The photo part shouldn’t be too difficult. Everyone is somewhat defined by their family, right? Let’s see, I think last year’s Christmas photos haven’t made their way into an album yet – this might take a little digging!

4-H and FFA-related items certainly need to be included – they were a huge part of my child and teen years, and without either of those organizations I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

I should probably look for something “goat-related” to put on the story board.

A fishing lure has to be included, and maybe one of the hardanger Christmas ornaments I stitched last winter. I’ll need to find a favorite bookmark to represent my love for reading and, oh, I’ll definitely want to include my Honor Flight button – that was a huge part of my life earlier this year.

Relay for Life needs to be represented, and I suppose I could attach a business card or reporter’s notebook cover to represent my job. Gee, I should have blogged about this a couple of weeks ago – writing it down has made the ideas flow.

Right now, these things are just objects, but once I combine them all on a small piece of foam board, I guess it will define who I am, at least a little!

The assignment stems from a new adventure I will be taking part in over the course of the next 10 months. It is a type of leadership program – the U-Lead Advisory Academy – offered through the University of Minnesota, and will require me to travel for two or three days each month or so to a different location around our wonderful state.

It’s an exciting opportunity and one I look forward to, although I am a bit concerned about this first session. In addition to presenting our story board, we have to complete the Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment. I’m not quite sure I want to see the results of that test!

Oh well, the session will also include a visit to a dairy farm, which I’m really looking forward to.

That reminds me, I better pack my boots … after I get my story board stuff compiled!

2 Responses

  1. Phyllis

    Hi Julie!! Sounds like you are on the right track and I’m sure you will get it done!! Sounds like you are going to be very busy this year!! Congrats on the U-lead!!!

    1. Julie Buntjer

      Hi Phyllis,
      Good to hear from you! I did gather plenty of stuff (too much in fact!) for my story board. Thanks for the nice message. It will be a busy year!

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