Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge Week 2 {Dare to Dream}

This week’s challenge is all about setting goals and dreaming big.  When I first started this blogging/TpT journey I didn’t have very many expectations.  I have been blessed beyond measure by TpT.  Here in Arizona, as I’m sure is the case in many other places, our salaries have been cut several times.  This past year my paycheck was only $100 more than when I first started teaching.  Since we are a two teacher household those pay cuts hit us hard.  Enter my little TpT store.  Thanks to TpT and all of the incredible people who have bought my products and supported me, my daughters have been able to continue in dance and we have been able to make ends meet.  That is really all I have ever wanted, I am content.

This challenge did get me thinking about the things that I would like to use my TpT earnings for in the future.

Dare to Dream

Home Improvements:  Our house in 15 years old.  We moved in right before  our youngest was born!  We still have the original air conditioning unit, which really is unbelievable since we live in the middle of a desert and it runs constantly throughout our 115 degree summers.  We have been able to do some small things to our house in the last 15 years, but we have hit the point where we are going to need some serious money to do some serious repairs and facelifts.  My goal is for TpT to help shoulder some of that burden!

College Expenses:  This year we will have a sophomore and junior {WHAT?!?!}.  College is around the corner.  They are both on track to hopefully earn some scholarship money, but with two going to college I know there will still be plenty left for us to pay for.  Oh…and I don’t even want to start thinking about the possibility of weddings after that….Yikes.

Family Vacation:  When the girls were little we had a list of places that we wanted them to see.  I have always thought that in order for them to have a healthy world view they needed to experience places outside of our little desert bubble.  I grew up on the east coast and I have always dreamed of taking them back there.  I grew up surrounded by American history and I want them to see and experience it.  I have a new nephew in Tennessee that we haven’t even met yet, and my oldest has been wanting to go on a mission trip for a few years now. 

As I’m typing all of this I realize that these are all first world problems.  I truly am blessed and I never want to lose sight of that.  I have been blessed beyond measure and more than I deserve.  No matter what happens with my TpT business, I will continue to praise God for blessing my little store and to be grateful for all of you that I get to share this journey with!


  1. I'm with you on the college expenses! My baby is leaving for college this August and I just don't want her to have to take out loans. High school goes so fast!
    On the Go Teacher Mama

  2. It would be great to have this extra income to make my life more comfortable, but I agree with you that in the big scheme of things, my needs are not that great! I sure do appreciate what I have currently.

  3. Good luck with those college expensive!! Keep those products coming! I will check them out!

  4. Hey, girl! We have some similar goals--not posted yet! My house is a fixer upper so we are always improving something--I'd like to get to the end. Ha! My kids are freshman and sophomore. We'd really like to take a trip with them before they go to college. We haven't been on a family vacation since they were 3 and 4. Just hasn't worked out for us and that is okay. As you implied, this world is not my home, I'm just passing through! 😉

    Teaching Little Miracles

  5. I am like you. We live a simple life and are very blessed. Last year I used money to get new furniture. My boys are 10 and 8. I know the years are going to go by fast. College is so expensive. Good luck with your goals. I am going to head over and check out your store.

  6. I just loved reading your post! Your outlook and attitude truly shines through your words! I will definitely be checking out your products. I hope you reach all of your goals!

  7. Thanks for sharing your dreams! I loved hearing about your dreams. I totally get the home improvement one-there's always something to add, fix, change. This is the first time I've seen your blog and I've really enjoyed going through the posts. Also, what font are you using? It's awesome!
    Our Elementary Lives