The adventurous type
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Red Rock Elementary fourth grade teacher Kati Moore is continually trying to instill in her students that they can do anything they put their minds to.
"I wanted to make sure I was a teacher who encouraged them to do things and get out there and try," she said.
However, Moore quickly found the best way to teach this lesson is by showing them that it is possible.
Back in January, Moore set a New Year's resolution for herself to accomplish 100 new adventures within the next year.
"We were brainstorming possible resolutions when I realized it's easy to say something and never follow through," she said. "But, this year I had 30 munchkins to help me stay on track."
To date, Moore has accomplished 23 adventures - everything from running a marathon, trying new foods, taking a pottery class, geocaching and paintball.
I wanted to focus on really balancing my life as a younger teacher," she said, "and share those things with my students so they know that they can try new things and explore other options."
Moore will be making significant headway this summer: she currently has about 30 more adventures on deck.
Some of Moore's adventures this summer include: camping in the Boundary Waters, taking a sailing class, participating in a Minneapolis scavenger hunt, taking a trapeze class, trying, and writing reviews of, a few of the Top-10 rated restaurants in Minneapolis and reading, and writing summaries for, 50 new books during the summer.
This week alone includes kayaking, paddleboarding and a fencing class.
"I've got a list of other ones that aren't in the books yet," Moore said. "I want to be able look back at this year and say that my summer was filled with memories."
Moore said she decided to set the goal of accomplishing 100 adventures because she wanted to put herself out there more.
"I didn't always want to be the person who says 'let's grab coffee,'" she said. "I wanted to be more of a go-getter."
Moving outside the box
Moore said she has turned to friends, family and online coupons to help lead her to the next adventure.
Along the way, Moore said she has made a lot of new friends all the while learning more about herself.
"I have loved that I've found new hobbies that I never thought I would ever in a million years plan on doing," she said. "It's made me learn a lot about who I am and what kinds of things make me happy and what I can do to enjoy my time and add variety in my life.
"By doing these things, I am finding out more about who I am and what I enjoy and how to make myself fully involved in my life."
Moore said her adventures have also inspired others in her life to accomplish their goals.
"It's been interesting to see how many people have said that I have inspired them to get going on their life goals," she said. "It helps them to know that life is more than the box that we sometimes put ourselves in."
Moore is aiming to complete the last of her adventures by Dec. 31 - skydiving.
"One hundred is quite a feat -- I didn't realize how much 100 was until I actually started doing them," she said. "I hope my kids learned from this that they can go and strive and try anything and that they're not limited."