6/27/2015

Dare to Dream: My Dreams

This week's TpT Seller Challenge was to blog about our dreams and/or goals for our TpT Store.   I was "gung-ho" Monday morning and began to write a post about my dreams.  As I began reflecting on my TpT Store, I realized that I needed more time.  More time to think about what TpT had already given us.  

Truthfully, I didn't realize what a huge blessing TpT has been for my family.  I debated - should I share what I've used my TpT earnings for?  I'm a blogger, AKA Oversharer.  

Well, my little store has had some flatline months and some pretty amazing months. I'm grateful for every follower who purchased an item from my store.  Even now, I am shocked that other teachers value the products that I make.    

TpT has had a huge impact on our family.  There are months when my TpT income has bought groceries for our family. Those months I am the most grateful for TpT.  I am serious.  

Some months I was able to cover my daughter's rising dance costs and others it helped pay for her daycare.




Last year my store started generating a little extra income and I was able to take our family on vacation to Port Aransas and my husband and I spent the New Year & his b-day at our favorite place in the world, Fredericksburg, TX (although the pics above are from a previous vacay)!

This year, I finally got a new dishwasher.  Now, you might think boring...but clean dishes are ahhhh-mazing!  I don't think our dishes have been clean in about 2 years.

In full disclosure, other than a house & cars we do not live in debt, so if we don't pay cash for it, then we don't do it or buy it.  TpT has helped us live like this.   




The rest of this post will focus on my goals for the next two years.  Fall 2015 - Summer 2017.




Next year we are celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary and we are going to Cancun to celebrate.  TpT has made this dream a reality for us.  Neither of us have ever been to a resort, nor been to Cancun so we're pretty psyched!   

Right now, we have carpet and tile in our house.  I HATE CARPET, especially 10 year old carpet that has survived 2 toddlers and 1 puppy!  I want new hardwood floors.  Well, okay not REAL hardwood.  I'd like wood laminate floors.  

My Girl is 6 and talks about going to Disney atleast once a week.  I am not an amusement park type girl and I've heard that the Disney Cruise is absolutely fantastic!  So, I am thinking that is a better option for us.  Not sure how realistic this goal is, but let's dream big!

As far as my store goes, I'd LOVE to be a top 100 seller in Texas.  Right now I think I'm still in the 400's.  Which is an improvement, but I really want to break the top 100!  

TPT has been a very unexpected blessing in our life.
Thank You to anyone who has ever made a purchase from my store. 

4 comments :

Julie Cairnduff said...

I loved reading your post, and how it was more difficult than you initially thought it would be. I can relate to this! I was good meeting you, good luck with your dreams for the future.

Betty Albert said...

Oh my! We could be besties!! We have so much in common! Vacay dreaming, new floor wanting, and I got a new dishwasher this past Wednesday! TpT helps us with all the little extras and has financed more than one hobby. Good luck and have a great summer!

Shelby Riley said...

I loved your statement, "Even now, I am shocked that other teachers value the products that I make." Every time someone buys/downloads one of my products, I think the same exact thing. Isn't it such a humbling feeling, knowing that others value our thoughts and ideas?! You have an awesome list of dreams-- best of luck reaching them! :)

Ketchin' Up With Miss Riley

Deniece F. said...

A new dishwasher is a little like a vacation, I never realized how much time I spent washing dishes. I have at least 1 rxtra hour every day to do what I want!