Welcome to my page! My name is Melissa  (a.k.a. Mel).  I am a wife and mother of two children (one is a young adult and the other a teenager).  This website is a place for me to share with you my experiences and those of my family.   We recently moved from Georgia to Anchorage, Alaska to experience a different way of life.  I love learning about different cultures! My husband and I were interested in exploring Alaska more than a few weeks out of the year and decided to make the BIG move, at least for a little while.  We loaded a trailer with whatever we could fit in, serviced our three trucks to ensure safety, and the four of us left on a beautiful sunny day in August.

This website will provide information on many different topics.  Some of my favorite things include education and eLearning (I’ve designed and taught in various LMS systems over the years), health and wellness (I am not a Medical Doctor so all ideas are based on my personal experiences and should not be taken as medical advice without consulting your doctor), sociology, food, crafts (creativity is my middle name) and travel.  Of course, my family is a big part of my life thus I will share quite a lot of information about our adventures too.  You’ll also read (or watch posted videos) about other topics I think may be worthwhile.  I don’t claim to know everything, but I do enjoy reading, learning, and sharing my discoveries.

My formal education includes a M.S. degree in Sociology and an Ed.D. in Leadership (higher education leadership doctorate.)  However, for as long as I can remember, my hobbies have included reading about health and wellness, creating/crafting, and planning fabulous events.  You will be able to see some of my creations and experience some of these events through this website.

Currently, I teach Sociology courses and serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the topic.  Sociology is awesome because it is relevant to everyone.   Students can learn so much about themselves, which is amazing to see.  In addition, I love Instructional Design and learning new ways to teach virtually.  When I first started teaching online almost fifteen years ago, technology wasn’t as advanced.  I served as an instructor, SME, AND instructional designer all in one.  These days, all of those roles are separate because of advancements in technology.  The sky is the limit, which is why I am always reading and trying new technology for online learning, marketing this website, and for fun!

Through the years, I have learned some valuable lessons, but my quest for information never ends.  I love reading and am constantly seeking knowledge that will help me help you!  Sharing that knowledge is a part of why I wanted to create this website. I invite you to join me and check back regularly.

Thank you for stopping by…