The saying goes, “There’s nothing so stable as change.” But that doesn’t mean I’m a fan of it. In fact, I really don’t like it. However, no matter how hard we try, change is always around the corner.
As many of you know, I started this blog nearly three years ago. It began as simply a hobby. The Teacher Diva was merely a creative outlet to share thoughts and moments in my life with my family and friends. I wanted my content to focus on my life with Austin, our traveling adventures, fun hair and beauty tips, and the occasional outfit post. From the beginning, I wanted this blog to be a place to share my daily inspiration with the world and to serve as a creative outlet.
Never did I think this site would provide such amazing opportunities. Over the past three years, I’ve had the chance to work with some of my favorite brands, travel to new places and meet some truly inspirational people. It has been an incredible (and scary) journey, but something I have loved every minute of. Each day, I look forward to sharing my new post with you.
But the journey hasn’t been easy. As my name suggests, I have also been teaching full-time while blogging part-time. Since I was eight years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Whenever someone would ask what I wanted to be when I grow up, my answer was “teacher” without a second thought. As I made my way through college, receiving my Bachelor and Master of Education degrees, my love for education only grew.
I’ve continued to love teaching more and more and I still get butterflies thinking about how I’ve had the opportunity to grow the minds of some really amazing kids over the past six years. I’ve always encouraged my students to reach for the sky and go after their passions.
In fact, for my birthday last year, my sister-in-law Megan gave me this print that said, “The World is Your Oyster.” I love that print. I even had it sitting on my classroom desk. It was a great reminder to my students.
I’ve always stressed to my students that they could do anything and be anything they want to be. And one day, I realized I had to take my own advice. After a lot of hard work, The Teacher Diva has really grown and exciting opportunities are happening.
As my new passion grew, I realized I had to give this a real shot. If I didn’t fully give this my all and shoot for the moon, I would always wonder “what if.” With the support of my family, friends, co-workers and boss, I decided to take that chance.
The simple truth is that I cannot dedicate my best self to both jobs. Managing a successful classroom takes a lot of work. And maintaining a professional career as a teacher while trying to successfully run my own business was nearly impossible.
So after much prayer, hours of thoughtful planning and discussions with friends and family, I have decided to dedicate myself to this site full-time. Last March, I informed my principal that it would be my final year. Even as I write this, my eyes are tearing up. As excited as I am to start this new beginning, my heart is sad by the thought of not being in the classroom. I love my coworkers and I love being able to encourage and educate students.
I am truly amazed at the support from each and every one of you. Seriously. From each email to comment, you guys keep me inspired, excited and motivated. Starting this full-time is something that I take seriously and I cannot wait to share the new and exciting changes I have in store for this year!