I have three months worth of life to to blog about. So, let’s hit the high points. The best of the best from the last three months. Let’s see that cover January, February and March. We rang in the new year and I finally published my book!! On March 12, FaithLeaps, the book launched and I have sold 70+ copies at this point and made the Amazon best sellers list!
Just a few days later, on March 16, my baby girl turned 6. This is so hard to believe. She wanted a princess party, so that’s just what we had. Here is her with her friends at the party.
We finished off the month of March with Easter. Here are my babies on Easter Sunday, last weekend.
I just spend some time reflecting on 2012 and looking forward to 2013. I thought I’d share a few highlights with you.
Looking back on 2012:
January - Earned the largest gross income in my business ever!
April - Lily danced in her first ever dance recital and she was a pro!
May – I spoke at the NACWE Virtual Conference.
June – I interviewed for the teacher’s position at Carroll Academy.
August – I started teaching 7th, 8th and 9th grade at Carroll Academy and for the first time my kids are all in school full time.
September – Thanks to a Mother’s Day gift from my hubby I got my first massage.
November – I turned 32!
December – We had the best Christmas ever!
Looking to 2013 there are some goals that I have for myself in different areas of my life, of course this year my goals look very different than years before. Many many times in the past I have set my goals too high and lofty and wasn’t able to achieve them. Of course with my new career I am choosing to set my goals differently.
Goals for 2013:
Spiritual Goals – Reading my Bible daily as this has become more of a challenge since starting my new job.
Physical Goals – Eating Healthier, Drinking less Coca Cola and more water, exercising at least 3xs per week.
Business Goals – Build my list, Blog regularly.
Home Based Goals – Keep my kitchen sink clean.
Personal Goals – blog more here on this blog, journal daily, finally publish my book.
A new year is just around the corner. There is only one more day in 2012. As I always try to do I’ve been reflecting upon 2012 and looking to the Lord for wisdom and instruction on goals that I should have for 2013. This year I have had a little bit more of a difficult time creating goals because in years past my goals revolved around my business.
A huge change this year for me was going to work full time in August. My business isn’t as high a priority in my life anymore. Over the past few months I have gone through a series of feelings. I know it seems strange to put it this way but I almost felt like I was grieving. At first I felt like I had “given up” my business by going to work. My next emotional was joy. I felt like a huge weight had been lifted because for once in my life I had a steady full time income. Then an unexpected feeling happened, I wanted out! I wanted my old life back. For the past few weeks I have been trying to determine how I could go back to my business full time.
I began to pray for answers. I begged God to show me how to make this work. Unexpectedly over the last few days I began to feel a peace and a sense of clarity. I began to realize just how much I love teaching. I began to miss my students, or my kids as I love to refer to them. (I’m off on Christmas break.) I began to remember why I was so excited to have gotten this job back in August. I began to think about the students who have told me that they were glad they could talk to me. I began to think about how much they seem to enjoy my class and how they like to hang out with me before school.
It became more and more clear that I am where God wants me to be. It became more and more clear that God has a plan and that I’m in the midst of it. Don’t get me wrong I still want to do my business and I’m still pursuing ways to help moms who do have small children at home and want to stay home with them. I am grateful I was able to stay home with my children when they were under school age. I will never take that privilege for granted.
But for now, I will do what God has called me to do. I will be grateful for the opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of the teenagers who enter my classroom. I will also pursue helping moms in the time I have on the side to do so. I will be grateful for both opportunities and the timing God has for them.