Monday, January 18, 2016

Happy Birthday Fourth and Ten Giveaway

Four years ago, I sat down at my computer and started a blog.  At the time, it was called "Stories From Second" and my journey as a blogger and a Teachers Pay Teachers seller began.  

Four years ago, I was teaching second grade.  Something I wasn't happy about.  At all.  A week before school began that year,  I was taken out of my teacher heaven, third grade, and was forced to change schools as well due to budgetary reasons.  For the first few months, I really struggled.  It wasn't that the ladies I taught with weren't nice, they were, but I was the youngest in my grade level by twenty years and our teaching styles and philosophies didn't always match up.  That October, I signed up for Pinterest, and soon after discovered teaching blogs and Teachers Pay Teachers.  

Suddenly, I went from feeling discouraged every day, to being inspired.  I couldn't wait to get to school to try out a great resource or idea that I found the night before.  Blogs and TpT breathed life into a pretty crummy situation, and I found my joy in teaching again.  My husband encouraged me late one night to start my own blog and store, and so I did and what a ride it has been! Thanks to a super supportive boss, I got to move up to fourth grade a few years ago, and I've been SO much happier! Bigger, but not too big, kids are definitely more my forte! 

Starting my blog and Teachers Pay Teachers store four years ago has blessed me beyond measure.  Yes, the extra financial security it brings my family is nice, but it's so much more than that. Blogging and creating materials has caused me to grow SO much professionally.  It has forced me to reevaluate certain parts of my teaching philosophy, and make changes that impact my students for the better.  This journey has also allowed me to cultivate lasting friendships with like minded educators across the country.  Of course, I'm super lucky that most of them are just a forty minute drive at the most.  #soblessed

Of course, I still have a lot to learn when it comes to this blogging/TpT gig.  This current era of professional photo shoots of products, developing a specific "brand" look, and using real life images in posts/products is taking some getting used to, but it's forcing me to learn something new every single day. Which in turn, makes me a better teacher.  

As a way to thank all of you for your support, love, and encouragement over the past four years, I have a little giveaway planned for you.  :)  Below you will have the chance to win four gift cards to four of my favorite places, to celebrate my little blog and store turing FOUR.  :)  

Again, thank you for visiting my blog, and trusting me to help educate your students by using my materials in your classrooms.  It's an incredible honor.  
With Love,

Fourth and Ten Favorite Things Giveaway
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