I really wanted to start this post with balloons, noise makers and cheerful goodness because that's what makes people happy and excited!So, here I am, chasing the dream. The dream of one day making it big. The dream of creating a profitable business.Building a business from my own two hands, literally. You see, I am a jewelry maker. I fold and hammer metal until it is a piece of wearable art. It's rustic. It's edgy. It's beauty.


Sound good?

The reality is, I am a full-time teacher. Yes, that's right. As much as I would like the jewelry to be my full-time job, it isn't. My day consists of waking up at 5:00 a.m. and rushing out the door to get to work. Even though school doesn't start that early, I need to be there to get work ready for the 31 students I have this year. After a full day at school (9+ hours), I come home. That's when the business end starts.I'm creating or finishing pieces, marketing, using social media, planning, etc... so I am ready for the shows. This month I have a show every weekend until Christmas. Did I mention I'm also doing lesson plans, running errands and taking care of my aging parents? This is my reality.

 I work hard. I work hard at teaching my kiddos. They depend on me to be there for them. Whether it's teaching them math or how to read. Or something as simple as a band aid and a hug. And, I work equally as hard at truly trying to get my business off the ground.It has not been easy. Recently, we walked away from a crumbling house. Both my husband and I work, but we still live paycheck to paycheck. Did you know 3 out of 4 households live paycheck to paycheck? Not much of a savings in the bank. It's a definite stressor and why I keep my head high chasing my dream.Can you relate? Are you also living pay check to pay check? Are you working towards your dream?I challenge you. I challenge you to wake up every morning and tell yourself or someone you love what steps you are going to take to get to your dream. Remind yourself of what your dream really is.

I believe in me. I believe in you. I believe in chasing dreams. We've got this!