The Dinosaur Backpack

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The Dinosaur Backpack

By: Crystal Keet, blogger, designer, consultant and linguist at

My daughter is in love with a brand new backpack. Her grandmother gave it her and Grace loves putting it on, finding her favorite books and toys to pack away inside of it, and taking the backpack on our outside adventures.

Attached to the end of the backpack is a lead. My daughter loves to pass it off to her favorite person of the day and invite them to walk with her around the block. 

What Grace doesn’t yet realize is the lead is there to keep her close to her adult. It’s meant to protect her and keep her from getting lost in traffic or wandering around the wrong stores in the mall.

The day this knowledge is discovered, I’m sure the backpack will lose its magical appeal.

Like the backpack, we have things in our lives that are magical and comfortable. Like when I started teaching just after college. At the time, teaching was a great fit.  The career path fit my skills, passions, and life stage. I loved the thrill of helping kids learn language, using my passion for languages, and community development to invest in the local immigrant community. Teaching provided me with a decent salary, good benefits, and the opportunity to change the world.

It was when I tried to teach after a decade that I realized over time that teaching had become something holding me back. It is a good, honorable profession but had become something that I was too much in my comfort zone. It had become like my daughter’s backpack: a safe and comfortable fit that kept me safe but also held me back.  Living a safe life sometimes is also an unfulfilled one. God had placed dreams and a calling in my heart for more.

That’s what started me on this online business and coaching journey. The longing to use my gifts and talents to bless others in a new way. The desire for a new challenge and the desire to inspire other people to come alive with their passions drives me to build and launch effective digital programs.

But, before I could become effective in my business, I had to unlearn the lesson of the backpack. I had to take off many of the rituals and habits that made me a good employee and put on new ones.

In our lives, when we step up to change, we often see the leads holding us back. Growth is challenging and painful as we take off the old to embrace the new. What are the leads in your life that may be keeping you safe and keeping you from a wider adventure?

If you’re interested in uncovering more of your passion or discovering the adventure for your life in this season, I’d love to connect with you.

About: Crystal Keet

I translate pixels so businesses  grow

Hi! I’m Crystal and it’s great to meet you. I’m a designer, consultant and linguist who is passionate about using digital technology for good. An honors graduate of Trinity Western University (B.A and M.L.E) my translation training empowers me to spot patterns, to organize data and to think systematically. I’m a multilingual global professional with over a decade of experience working in four countries on three continents. My strength is to translate digital design strategy into a human world. I connect people to pixels by collaborating with clients to focus on the right aspects of digital integration to grow a service-based business. When I’m not hiding behind a screen or a phone, you can find me chasing little feet, dancing to violin music or pretending to be a properly English housewife.  If you’re looking to grow or scale your passionate second-act side gig, I’d love to chat with you about developing the right strategy to make it happen faster than you ever thought possible.


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