Dare to Dream!

It is TPT Seller Challenge Week #2-Dare to Dream! I absolutely love this challenge...I thought last week's was great, but this one is so personal, and I am really getting a glimpse into everyone's heart through their dreams. I am just eating it all up.
So, I have hesitated writing in what I would really like to accomplish through TPT (in conjunction with blogging, of course), because it is all so new to me, and I am virtually only making Starbucks money each month-so these dreams are definitely daring! I am a long, long way off from accomplishing any of this, but I have my eyes on the prize now, and I am planning to put in the work it will take to make it all happen!

Here are my dreams:
MORTGAGE PAYMENT: Ok, so...I'm revealing a little about my personal life here, that only my family and a few friends know about, but my fiancé and I are in the process of buying a home together. It was a huge decision, which has taken a lot of prayer, tears (both happy and frustrated), and celebration. Fortunately, my fiancé is brilliant and bought and renovated a condo long before he met me, so we will be able to supplement some of our mortgage payment with rent money from his place after we get married. My dreaaammmm would be to use TPT money one day to cover the rest of the mortgage payment, so we can save like crazy! We are Dave Ramsey people...we want that emergency fund in tact. The more savings the better!

JOB FLEXIBILITY: I have always kind of known that I didn't want to be a traditional classroom teacher for my entire career. What drew me to education back in college was the idea of truly making a difference in education on a grand scale. Right now, I am simply gaining experience, and I really do love teaching. But it's an exhausting, all-consuming love. When I have children, I don't really anticipate being able to give 250% of myself all day, every day. I have toyed with many ideas of how I could mold and shape my career in the future. Everything from consultant, to instructional coach, to cohort leader within a university has crossed my mind...but I have decided that I don't need to decide right now. I want to invest in TPT right now, and maybe one day I will have the flexibility to make the decision without breaking the bank. :) 

TRAVEL: I have always had a travel bug. I started traveling my freshman year of high school. I went with a team to Peru for 2 weeks with my church. I went on several missions trips through the course of high school, followed by studying abroad in the middle of college. In between the major international trips, I have made a point to do a lot of sight-seeing within the United States. But, sadly my traveling came to a screeching halt when I graduated and started teaching. It's not like I don't have the time! All summer is usually wide open! But I normally cram my summers with tutoring, babysitting, and any other odd jobs I can gather up so I can save money. I get sad when I think about being in my mid-20s, and moving quickly towards my late 20s...I feel like my days of traveling are almost over, and I haven't taken advantage of them. So, one of my major TPT dreams was having money to set aside in the future for traveling, making it a possibility even when I'm not a 20-something!

So, there you have it. My TPT Dreams! I can't wait to read everyone else's. :) 
Stephanie Sutherland