Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dare to Dream: TPT Seller Challenge

Hi y'all!!  I'm joining Week 2 of the TPT Seller Challenge and daring to dream about my TPT business and *slight panic attack here* something personal!  I'm taking a deep breath and sharing personal stuff here, people! Brace yourselves. 

First things first, I really want to work hard on my TPT store and get more products in there.  I have big dreams to really get supplemental materials posted. I've seen (purchased AND used) so many worksheets, but it's time to break away from the ease of worksheets and challenge myself to create more engaging materials for kiddos. I think this will come in the form of educational technology and idea books, but we will see how it goes!  

I feel very fortunate to be a part of the TPT community, but another goal is to get more involved in TPT!  I have not yet attended a conference and I would LOVE to!  I would also like to present at a conference but that may take me some to get the nerve up.  I'm a painfully shy person and it takes a lot to get me in front of people. Another thing I need to work on.

Ok, so those are my goals for the TPT future.  Now on to some personal goals.

FIRST: Love.  Just love.  It is as simple as it sounds.  I want to share my love with my family and friends.  I want to hug  my brother and hang out on the patio with my Dad.  I want to share love with my school kids and home kids (cats lol) and make sure they know just how much I care about them. I know this is a little known fact about teachers, but we love the kiddos!  Just love.

SECOND:  I really want to become a Nationally Board Certified Teacher.  I'm not sure what prompted me to yearn for that quite as much as I do, but it is a serious goal of mine.  I plan to start the process in August (I think...hahah).  How about I plan to look deeper into the process in August.  That's an attainable goal.  I think I can do it!

THIRD:  I want to use my master's degree in C & I and actually write some curriculum for first graders.  I might even go back to my roots and work on some stuff for kinder kids.  I totally believe it is a goal I can and will conquer!  I want to create things that use fewer worksheets and get kiddos creating authentic pieces that they are proud of.  

FOURTH: I want to explore and travel the world.  There are a few specific places I want to see but honestly, I just want to see everything.  I don't have a bucket list (maybe I should?) because there are just too many things to list!  I want to see all the typically touristy places, but I would love to go in a shark cage, visit the African Savannah, stick my feet in the waters of every ocean, see some orcas in the wild, and help with the conservation efforts in preserving endangered species all over the world.  So, basically I just want to do a little bit of everything. I'm not sure how attainable this dream is but it's a dream for a reason, right?!

FINALLY:  I want to share something with you that I ran across this morning. My sister, Jodi, passed away 3 years ago. She'd suffered with a multitude of things since 2000 and the night before had undergone bypass surgery.  The doctors were sure it was a success but the morning after the surgery she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was just suddenly gone.  I know she's dancing around and feeling no pain or sadness but I miss her. 

I found this card this morning and the inside of the card says, "Dream Big."  It was like she was talking to me and telling me go ahead and get my dreams out there.  She's supporting me all the way through her spirit and the beautiful words she left behind:

So... just love.  The most important goal on my list. ♥

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Makeover Madness

I'm jumping into the summer #tptsellerchallenge and working on some makeovers of my TPT products!  Beginning Place Value pack was the first and I'm so happy about it!!

Here's the quick before & after: 

I created this little station before I really had an idea what I wanted my brand to look like so it was all about pink!  Lordy, I do love pink but it just didn't work.  It was too hard to tell what the product was all about.  

The updated version is a bit more clear (even though I messed up and saved over my original file, put "4 sets" when it's really 3 and had to go back and fix that, etc.... it seems I'm a little clumsy electronically too.  Shocker!)

The only other thing I would do differently is add some real life photos of the station in action.  I don't have those right now since all my manipulatives are packed away at school and my children cats don't really understand place value, but...that's a thought for future makeovers!!  

Tell me what you think and then head over to my store to grab it at 20% off until 6-20-2015!  Click any pic below to link directly to my TPT store. :)