Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TpT Seller Challenge Week #2 - Dare to Dream

This is week #2 of the TpT Seller Challenge hosted by Third in Hollywood, Teach Create Motivate, Sparkling in Second, and Peppy Zesty Teacherista!  The first week, Makeover Madness was very inspiring and got me thinking about how far I have come on this Teachers Pay Teachers journey!  I had fun making over one of my products and am motivated to keep updating!  

This week's Challenge is "Dare to Dream".  

When I first started my TpT store, I did so with the hope that I would make enough money to help me pay for a trip to Las Vegas to see my sisters.  That small goal was met and I had an amazing reunion with my two siblings! 

That was last year and since then my TpT store has been very blessed.  I'm a little afraid to dare to dream in case it jinxes me.  :)  But...  that is the challenge, so I am going to share with you some of the dreams I have for my store and my life.  

1.  TpT Goals 
My little store on TeachersPayTeachers has already surpassed all of my original hopes, but the wonderful thing about goals is that when you reach one, you set another!  
So, my new goals for TpT are to be in the top 10 sellers of my state (I'm at 11) and to get to 1,000 followers for my store.  Eventually, someday, I'd like to be in the top 100 sellers on TpT, but that is a very far-fetched dream. 

Another goal I have for my store is to start selling clip art.  I love to create clip art and have made items for my own products,  but have been reluctant to put it in my store.  Just yesterday, I put my first set up for sale.  
Check it out HERE!  
I'm pretty excited about it and have it on sale for 50% off for a limited time.  

2.  Home 
I started this blogpost thinking that I'd really like to be able to hire a person to do my yard maintenance and someone to clean my house, but who am I kidding?  In the end, I love doing that stuff!  But there are a lot of home improvements I'd like to make and my hope is that TpT will help me make them a reality.  Some dreams are a roof over our deck, new carpeting, and new furniture.  

3.  Fun
Have you ever been kayaking?  Flat water?  It is so peaceful and serene.  I have dreamed of owning my own kayaks for years and hopefully, by next summer, I'll be able to take more pictures like this one... only in a kayak of my own.    
Fun for me includes taking my husband on vacation.  I would love to see more of the world.  I haven't been many places and would love to go to travel to Europe, Hawaii, and Italy.  

4. Retirement
I still have a lot of years before I retire...  too many.  But when I do retire, I want to feel financially secure.  Also, I would love to be able to buy a house on the Oregon coast and an RV.  
We would spend summers next to the beautiful Pacific ocean and migrate south for the winter.    Dream big, right?  

The challenge this week was to "Dare to Dream", but dreams remain dreams unless you put in the work to make them a reality.  I've worked hard.  I've spent many a night and weekend working on my computer.  I've had to learn how to make resources to sell, thumbnails, previews, create a blog, brand, market...  the list goes on and on.  But I wouldn't change any of it.  
The thing is...  I love what I do.  I love making my ideas into something tangible that other teachers find useful.  I love when a teacher contacts me to let me know that I saved her/him time or something I created made learning fun for children.  The hard work is worth it when I've made a difference for someone else. 

Because of TpT, I feel valued and appreciated on a bigger scale than just in my classroom.  

In the end, isn't that all of our dream?  


  1. Wow, Tammy! You've got some wonderful goals. I will have to look into flat water kayaking. It does look so peaceful! You're now one person closer to your goal of top 10 in your area. And, I'm with you on retirement. My heart belongs to the water, too. ♥

  2. I am still young (thirties) but I have definitely slacked off on my retirement for a while. I have considered using some of my TPT income to offset my lax twenties!