“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney
Friday (May 28th) marked a day I was not sure would happen…it would be my last day teaching with my lead teacher at a preschool with 25 little three-year-olds. This job was not something I had expected as when my husband and I moved to North Carolina four years ago I decided to apply as a substitute teacher in the schools. I was hired as a sub at a private Christian School, and later became a teacher’s assistant for a lady who would become more than a co-worker.
A lot of people throughout the last few years would make the same statement, “I don’t know how you can work with 25 three-year-olds as I could never do it.” My answer was always, I love it. Each child that has come into my life holds a special place in my heart. I am not going to say that each and everyday was like rainbows and butterflies because in all actuality there were trying days. The days when those sweet voices went an octave higher, toys were not shared, or unkindness was shown to a friend. However, those trying days outweighed all the good. To watch a child, grow from day one and blossom by the end of the school year is a sight to watch. Their achievements no matter how small or big were the moments that made me the proudest to be a part of their lives for a short time.
As much as I loved working at the school there was a part of me yearning for something else. I wanted to figure out how to take my passion of photography and make it into a career. I also, had this need to spend more time with my grandchildren. I didn’t want to keep missing out on things as they are growing and becoming in involved with sports and school activities.
I struggled for a year an a half trying to decide what to do. Part of me did not want to leave my lead teacher, Mrs. Louise. She had become such a big part of my life and we worked so well together in the class room. She had become someone I admired both professionally and personally. I often told myself I could not leave her. I was so torn inside.
One day out of the blue an old friend messaged and asked how things were going and we scheduled a time to video chat. We learned we both had dreams and needed some accountability to stay on task with our goals. After a lot of prayer I was finally at peace to resign from the school. As much as I was going to miss working in the classroom with Mrs. Louise it was the right decision for me. I can now fully pursue my dreams and I will have the time to devote to my photography full-time and be a part of my grandchildren’s lives with more ease.
I’m looking forward to you following me on this journey. Be sure to stay tuned to my Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/csphotography_tc/) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/csphotographyNC) as there will be some cute and silly pictures of our grandchildren this summer.