Ever since I was in elementary school I wanted my own business. Back then I dreamed of Andie's Place. I even drew layouts in a notebook. My earliest memory was wanting to own my own dress store when I was in first or second grade.
Flash forward thirty years and I opened Lowery's Loft LLC (an online business selling on eBay). Being a small business owner is a lot like being a teacher in several ways.
- You have to be super organized.
- You have to manage materials.
- You are always learning.
- Everything consistently evolves.
- There is a lot of documentation.
- Kindness counts
There are many more items that I could add to the list.
With that said...Change is never easy. There are things I am giving up to pursue this dream.
I will miss my students and my coworkers. Nothing can replace the spark that kids create when they are learning. That is why I am telling myself that nothing is forever. I can go back to teaching.
Even though change is hard, it is freeing. Money is tight right now but I feel more free than I have felt in years. I am so excited and giddy like a kid the night before going to Disneyland. It's good to step away sometimes and remember those childhood dreams. I feel like I will be a better teacher when/if I go back to teaching because I am true to myself and my dreams. It may sound selfish, especially in such a caring profession, but it is important to remember that you are important too. Somehow I had forgotten that along the way...
My Dad always believed in me and always made me feel special. I can't bring him back but I can pursue the dream I shared with him many a time and remember his advice and his words of wisdom.
The hardest part of losing a parent is that you are losing someone who has loved you unconditionally and has known you for your whole entire life. He knew me, rough spots and all, and still loved me and still believed in me... for that I am forever grateful. I am pursuing this dream in his honor. I think back on all those years of encouragement...All the you can do its... I'm going to do it by golly!
This blog will continue to be my link to education. Even though I will not be in the classroom, I will always be a teacher at heart.