June 22, 2015

Dare to Dream :)

What a school year it was this year!  It was just one of those years ... apparently everyone has one at some point in their teaching careers.  Is that even true?  Oh well.  I loved my sweet 4th graders but spent the year battling some things that seemed overwhelming at times.  I'm thankful for the summer... a time of reflection and rest. 

I'm also thankful for this TPT Sellers Challenge that has renewed my interest in some things that have seemed to take a sideline.  
Week #1 was Makeover Madness, where I was able to perform a much-needed makeover on my Reading Comprehension Bookmarks.  I've used these as a great tool to send home with students to use during their independent reading.  They have questions on them that give parents a guide.  These bookmarks are a great addition to the classroom as well.  I have added new clip art, new fonts, and a nonfiction bookmark.

Click on the picture to access the updated version in my TPT store!

Week #2 was Dare to Dream.  Such a great way to reflect on why I started this TPT store in the first place and what it has become and even more so, what I want it to become!

*Live comfortably: I would love to expand my business so that maybe "paycheck-to-paycheck" wouldn't be a thing? Ya know?  How great would it be to have some "fun money?" or maybe even "Courtney needs a new purse" money? :)

*Pay off debt: Between student loans and a credit card or two, I am in debt.  I would LOVE for that to be gone for good. 

*Travel:  I love to visit places that I haven't visited before... and trust me, there are a LOT!  I want to use my TPT money to pay for some trips for me and my husband.  And that would certainly include the TPT conference in Las Vegas next year!

Well, those are my dreams.  I want to pour into this little business of mine even more this year.  I want these dreams to come true because they are certainly obtainable.  What are your dreams?  I look forward to reading them.

Thanks to the ladies of the following blogs for hosting this challenge!  It has been a blast and I look forward to the next 2 weeks :)

Peppy Zesty Teacherista 
Sparkling in Second 

Until next time.
Smiles and Snapshots,


  1. I would love to life comfortably too. My husband and I are both teachers and I still have student loans so.... I would love also to go to the TpT conference next year. Best of luck to you!!
    Kickin' It With Class

  2. I love the "Courtney needs a new purse dream!" It's fun to be able to buy something unnecessary for ourselves! I right there will ya on paying off debts. That is my TPT dream too!
    Heidi Neels
    Flipping for First

  3. Hi Courtney, I noticed your comment on another blog and that you didn't have your blog hyperlinked. Do you know how to do that? If not I'm happy to share it with you. Email me at pjrbar@charter.net
    2nd Grade Snapshots


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