Teaching - my hobby, my passion, my dream, my adventure. I knew ever since I was a young child of the age of 5 that I wanted to be a teacher. I played teacher with my stuffed animals, Cabbage Patch dolls and Barbies. I watched many of my elementary school teachers including my aunt and dreamt of being just like them. It was my dream and that dream never went away. After graduating from college with a Bachelor's degree in elementary education, my dream came true when I took my first job teaching 4th grade in a large school in a growing Utah community. I had over 30 students and was placed in a trailer classroom out on the playground. I began decorating and making that classroom my own! It was a circus! Literally chaos and the decor matched! I didn't know what I was doing but I didn't care. I knew that I had to be brave and try hard things and this in fact was a very hard thing but my dream was coming true. The day before my first day of school they decided to give me a classroom inside the building. What was already a circus became a chaotic circus as I took down everything and moved it into the building. 11 years later and I barely can remember names of my students and the fun lessons we did, but what I do remember is my willingness to accept challenge and never give up.
This attitude that many teachers and others outside the education profession of comparing oneself to another can be very toxic and hurtful. I've realized now at the age of 33 that there is no good in comparing myself to another teacher, TPT seller, social media icon, friend or neighbor. I've spent so many times in tears because of hurtful things other women say about me and the things I have or do. Why do they care? What I have or what I do is for me. I don't do those things for attention or to put myself up on a pedestal. Let me be me. Let me do the things I want to do. I wish I could teach adults to stop judging people they don't know or even understand. I wish I could take away jealousy and judgment from the world because not only are we hurting others, we are teaching our children these toxic behaviors. Let's be examples of positivity in the world around us. Let's focus on those that truly value our hard work and creativity because they are the ones that matter most. Let's focus on those people in our lives that celebrate our success instead of questioning our intentions.