Surrender and Move On

Hello there, I know its been a while since I last posted.  That sweet baby of mine demands a lot of attention.  I can’t believe she’s over 8 months old already!  She is truly a delightful addition to our family especially when she decides to sleep through the night.  Even when she doesn’t, I love her any way.  Who couldn’t love this sweet face!

A couple of weeks ago I was faced with a major decision that would impact me and my family for the foreseeable future.  In early March, I received a certified letter in the mail from my school system.  The day had come when I had to decide whether I would go back to work or stay at home.  I have been extremely lucky to be able to stay at home with my sweet girl since she was born last July and I wouldn’t trade the time we have had together for anything.  However, with letter in hand, I felt myself overcome with fear and anxiety about making the final decision to resign the teaching position I held for 11 years.   My tremendously supportive husband and I had talked about it at length before the letter arrived and we agreed that I could and would resign.  But, holding that letter had me second guessing my decision to stay home with my daughter and follow my dream of being a working artist.

I’ve always worked.  Whether it was babysitting, summer employment, or full time through college.  I’ve always had a job and stellar work ethic thanks to my Mom insisting on it. But what would I do without a job? Am I lazy if I don’t go back? Can we really make it with one income? Who would I be if I left my art teaching career behind? Who am I if i’m not employed?

I am a wife. I am a Mom. I am a role model and teacher to my sweet baby girl. I am an artist. I am creative. I am an entrepreneur.  I am a creator of beautiful things.  I am determined. I am resourceful. I am an organizer of my home.  I am a friend. I am intelligent. I am talented. I am valuable.  I am strong. I am a risk taker. I am a dreamer. I am enough.

I am not defined by a job.  So as of March 23, I surrendered my teaching career, so that I may move on and see what the future holds for me and my family.  Going forward, my goals are to focus on my family and create an action plan to turn my love of creating into a thriving business!


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