This weeks challenge has really made me reflect on my life. I have been thinking about where I have been, what I have experienced, and where I want to be. I am 36 years old (ugh, I hate typing that number) and I have seen so much of the world and experienced so many adventures, some good and some bad. That is life. We live and we learn, we laugh and we cry. I can think of so many basic things I want from success with TpT....like pay off my bills, buy a new MacBook, go on a family vacation, continue to attend the annual TpT Vegas conferences, a boat and a camper would be fun! Maybe I am thinking too into this challenge , but my thoughts and dreams go deep. So here it is folks! This is where I dare to dream!
DREAM #1 - I want to slow down and enjoy life & focus on what really matters!
I LOVE education and I LOVE teaching! With that being said, I also LOVE my family and LOVE when I am not full of stress. Teaching is an amazing profession, but it is so demanding. I have been a military spouse for 11 years. I have a 3 and a 6 year old. I have practically raised the girls alone do to deployments and not being able to live near family. This girl is TIRED! Life has been flying by faster than I can enjoy it and the bulk of my time is consumed in the classroom or bringing it home with me. I want to be present and engaged at home. I struggle finding a balance. It is time to grasp that balance and focus on what really matters. I want to be at home full time with my family for awhile and I love that TpT can give me the option to grasp this dream while still being engaged in education and making an impact in the classroom. Do I want to be home forever? Probably not, but Momma is tired for now and wants to slow down!
DREAM #2 - I want to allow my girls to see and experience the world!
I graduated from Purdue and took my first teaching job in Vegas. While in Vegas I met my husband. He is in the Air Force so we have spent the last 11 years traveling the world and seeing and experiencing so much! We've lived in three countries, 4 states, and traveled to more countries and states then I can even count! I want my girls to do the same. I want them to see the world. I want them to see how others live and experience the rich culture and history that surrounds us. I want them to realize that we are just a small part of a very big picture. I want to fill them with experience and knowledge and inspire them to be anything they want in this life. I want them to gain compassion and understanding. I wish everyone was able to see the world. I think humanity would be filled with so much more love and compassion if we could all see and experience the world. Here is a VERY TINY glimpse into some of my memories...
Dream #3 - I want to create a life that brings me purpose, fulfillment, and joy!
Ultimately if we can all feel like we have a meaningful purpose in life and can be filled with joy, what else could we hope for. Being a mother, a wife, and engaging in education through teaching and creating give me joy and purpose. It is my hope that furthering my TpT endeavors, will enrich all of the things in life that matter the most. It will give me more freedom and financial peace of mind to enjoy life.
Again, thank you to the wonderful ladies who are hosting this challenge. You have motivated so many TpT sellers to reflect on their lives and think about their goals and what they want to strive for on their TpT journey.