Last week I was supposed to be updating products, but I got ended up getting distracted by trying to start my blog. So after spending an enormous amount of time on blogging last week, I have another week to continue improving and creating my own blogging style.
I started selling products on Teachers Pay Teachers about three years ago. Mostly I did it as an experiment. Would anyone be interested in the items that I spent so much time creating for my own classroom? As it turns out, I've been fairly successful. At least to my standards.
As I thought about WHY I spend so much time creating, improving, sharing and posting products to my store, I realized there are a LOT of reasons. Narrowing it down was kind of hard.
So, here are the top three goals I have that I hope to achieve with the help of income earned from Teachers Pay Teachers.
#1: PAY OFF MY CAR LOAN
After my first year selling on TpT, I had saved enough money that I was able to buy my "dream car". It's a cheerful yellow 2010 Volkswagon Beetle with daisy rims. I absolutely LOVE it!
My husband REFUSES to drive it. Heeheehee. Fine with me!
I even got personalized tags...
#2: EXERCISE REGULARLY
So, last summer I really cracked down and got myself on a good eating and exercise schedule. And then, as I'm sure many of you can understand, school started. And life got hectic. And I got tired. So tired that waking up at 4:15 to get to the gym and back before work just wasn't happening enough. My workout buddies stopped coming too, so that made it even harder. Then when bills started piling up and we were looking for ways to trim expenses, I chose to cancel my membership to the YMCA. At first I was super diligent and I went running or did a workout DVD at home. But then it got cold and the holidays hit and I just lost my motivation. And so the story goes...
I'm gonna let you in on a little secret...
I'm short. I'm only 5'1" (if I stand up really tall) so stepping on the scale and seeing a numbers creep closer and closer to 200 was devastating. And to make matters worse, I was so mad at myself for gaining back the 21 pounds that I had worked so hard to lose that I simply fed my depression. NOT a good idea, I know.
Back in the day when I was 105 pounds and feeling enormous (what in the world was I thinking?!?) I never felt good enough. I always wanted to be thinner - like all those models we see in advertising. My ideal silhouette would have been something like the number one. Unfortunately at this point I'm closer to number two. My goal? Number three! More realistic, and definitely healthier.
My husband adores me. He loves me for EXACTLY who I am. He finds me attractive and desirable and actually LIKES my curves. (Me? Not so much.)
So, no. I am not trying to get down to the 105 I was when I graduated high school. I just want to feel better overall. And I know that a gym membership is the most effective way for ME to do that. When I'm paying for it, I'm more likely to go. (I hate wasting money.) So I plan to sign up for a new, closer, 24-hour access gym. Less excuses. More opportunity. And an 18 month commitment.
#3: INSTALL A SPRINKLER SYSTEM
This one seems kind of silly, but I live in Tennessee. It's HOT and DRY in the summers. When we bought our beautiful house last year, one of the best things about it was the HUGE yard.
Deal with the dry yard. I know. That makes sense, right?
But there is something about a fresh, green lawn that screams "American Dream" to me for some reason. I don't need the white picket fence. I just want a green lawn. So one home improvement I want to get to when I save enough from selling on Teachers Pay Teachers is professional installation of a sprinkler system (at least for the front and side yards).
So, I kind of feel like the contestant in a beauty pageant who shares what she most wants and then adds...AND WORLD PEACE. Hahaha. I have other goals like save for the kids' college, go on trips, donate to charity, help family members in need. I promise.