I dreamed of becoming a teacher. I knew from the time I was a little girl I would be in a classroom. I would sit at my desk in elementary school watching some of my teachers and knowing I wanted to be like them someday. The answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” never changed for me, I would be a teacher.
But, life happened. I was 18 when I graduated from high school, I started college a few months later, got married by 21, had a baby at 22 and then life smacked me in the face and reality sat in. I was 22 with a baby. From that second forward my life was lived for her.
My dreams and goals were put on hold and MY life took a halt. I made choices that veered my life a little off track. I continued to go to college and rack up hours here and there but life, it happened. I got divorced just a little while later, I was a single mom providing for my child.
I soon started a job that I loved and life continued. A few years later I got remarried to the man of my dreams, we had 2 more babies, I became a stay at home mom, our family dealt with many medical issues, our life was full of soccer games, ballet recitals, mouths to feed and so much more.
My life was now theirs. My life was being lived for my family.
Moms, I am sure that some of you can relate. I settled into a routine of this is my life. I was happy and proud of where I was. Good grief, look at all that God had carried me through. How could I not be happy?
But, the nagging was there. The uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach, the unsettled feeling of there has to be more rested in my heart.
I ignored it time and time again. I made choices that put me here and this is just what it would be. I had almost succumbed myself to believe that I didn’t deserve for there to be more for me. I had the time to live out my dreams and it didn’t happen.
Small problem though. God’s plans for me didn’t disappear because I now had a “life” and kids.
His plan looked different than what I imagined but….His plans for me remained. His faithfulness remained. Who He created me to be, remained.
A desire to be a teacher remained.
So…..I am going back to school! SO EXCITING!
That’s right friends. I am jumping right back in. I am scared, nervous, anxious, excited, overwhelmed and everything in between but IT IS happening.
I am going back to school.
This Mom is going to live her dreams and I could not be more grateful. I am going to show my girls what it is to realize that I am worth it. They are worth it.
Fellow Moms with dreams, you are worth it. You were created with a purpose. Your purpose may be to cure cancer, be a stay at home mom, an engineer, a writer, an entrepreneur, a photographer or a teacher. Do not ignore the nagging in your heart. Be all that you were created to be on top of being an amazing Mom.
Do not put you on hold. Heck, it’s time now more than ever to step into who and what God is calling you to be. Your children will thank you!
There is no time like the present to step into your dreams!
Meg O. says
You are so awesome, Channing. So proud of you pursuing your dreams! In the end, it is going to be the right thing for everyone! Congratulations 🙂
Thank you friend! I am super excited!
Yes! I love this! SO happy for you! Go momma!
Thank you Elly!
Amy Toland says
You will be and already are an amazing teacher!! Man… I would love to work with you!!!!!
That would be awesome! We would have so much fun!