24 June 2015

TPT Seller Challenge: Dare to Dream

This is the second week of the Seller Challenge hosted by Third in Hollywood, Sparkling in Second, Peppy Zesty Teacherista, and Teach Create Motivate. This week is all about dreaming BIG.

When I first began my teaching journey, my dreams were simple. I wanted to inspire my students.  Little did I know that I would be the one to be truly inspired.  I've been inspired by so many amazing teachers along the way.  I remember when I saw a teaching blog for the very first time, I was like a kid in a candy store.   It was like a dream come true to have so many fantastic resources right at my fingertips.  I knew right away that I wanted to be a  part of this amazing community of teachers.  Thanks to blogging and TPT, so many of my dreams have already come true!  I've learned so much, made new friendships, and the extra income has truly been a life saver for my family.

As I think about dreams for the future...I find that inspiration remains constant on my list.

1.  It was inspiration that led me to where I am, and it's that same inspiration that keeps my classroom evolving and changing with the times.  It's important for me to stay inspired and keep that zest for learning and teaching.  I still get excited every time I sit down in front of my computer to embark on a new resource for my little ones.  I don't ever want to be one of those teachers that loses their spark.  Even my blog headings are evolving with me...

2. I would also really love to travel with my family.  It is sad to say, but my hubby and I have never traveled outside of Texas.  My littlest one has a severe feeding issue and aversions that can make eating on the road difficult.  God is answering our prayers and my sweetie is slowly but surely making progress.  He actually just came off of thickened liquids this summer!!! It was a HUGE milestone for him.  We definitely want to travel more and let our little guy see more of the world.

3. I'd love to one day become a published author.  I absolutely LOVE writing! If you've purchased some of my products, you may have noticed that I often sneak in original poems and stories into my products.  I really hope to one day write a children's book or maybe even a book of children's poems.

4. I also dream of one day building a new home.  Years ago, we were so anxious to get out of our tiny apartment that we just jumped right into our current home without hesitation.   It's been perfect for many years, but as our family grows, so has our need for more space.  I've already kicked my poor hubby out of the closet and I still don't have enough space (trust me it's tiny).   I also have my washer and dryer in the garage- UGGGG!  I end up battling the bugs and Texas heat every time I do laundry!  I dream of a larger home, but I do have a lot of love for this cozy first home.

My friends, what are your goals???


  1. I love your evolving headers! I'm so glad there are still many teachers willing and desiring to change and grow. That makes my teacher heart happy! I've always wanted to write a children's book, too. What great goals! :)

    The Sharpened Pencil

    1. Thanks Janae!!! Hoping all your dreams come true too!

  2. Hi Colleen! :) I'm from NC and live in FL now, and it's so crazy to me that most people here (including myself) have their washer and dryer in the garage, rather than inside their house. I didn't even notice that until AFTER we bought our house here--I feel your pain! In NC houses they are inside the house, so that was never something I thought to look for. Strange! Anyway, it's nice to "meet" you. That's the beauty of the blogging world--we get to meet many teachers who still carry that spark! Blessings to you and your family!

    The 4th Grade Journey

    1. Hi Mandy, I'm so glad someone can relate to my washer/dryer dilemma. I'm trying to come up with some kind of positive for having it in the garage, and I'm drawing a complete blank! It's so nice to meet you! May all your dreams come true!
      :) Colleen

  3. I would LOVE to buy a book from a fellow Texas teacher WHEN you write one!

    For the Love of First Grade