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. ♥


  1. Wow! Your post made me a little emotional! I'm very sorry about the loss of your sister. She is definitely telling you to chase those dreams!

    Reading Royalty

    1. Thank you, Michaela! You're very kind to say so! I'm pretty sure she's always with me. ❤️

  2. You made me tear up, Jennifer! I wish for you that all of your dreams come true. It sounds like you have a big heart with a lot of love to give.
    Literacy Loves Company

  3. She must be looking out for you! Thank you for sharing your story of your sister.

    1. Thank you! She always looked for me and I'm sure she still is! ❤️

  4. What great goals! Thank you for sharing something so personal and the words of your sister. I'm sorry for your loss, I can't imagine losing my own sister. It's a great reminder to treasure the moments we will have together this summer. We have some of the same goals (presenting and traveling). I want to go everywhere. Best of luck in achieving your dreams.

    Teaching Doodles


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