Hey friends. It’s Friday, which means its time for another story from a “Real Life Dreamer”. Today our story is from a blogging friend of mine Liz, who blogs over at Behind the Scenes. I hope you really enjoy what she has to share about chasing her big dreams!
Hi friends! My name is Liz & I blog over at Behind the Scenes. I am so grateful to have met Heather! She is a true inspiration & I am super excited to be part of her “Real Life Dreamers” series!
My dreams have changed over my short life. I have wanted to be a crime scene investigator, a fashion designer, an ice skater; the list could go on for awhile.
The dream I settled on when I entered college was to become an elementary teacher. I had grand plans of impacting the lives of young minds. Molding them into wonderful people who grow up & always remember me as being an influential piece of their history.
I graduated college & was quickly awakened to a weakening education economy. I spent a year nannying for a teacher, until that job offer came knocking.
I was finally going to attain my dream. I would spend the rest of my days working in the classroom.
Or so I thought.
After 1 very short year, I was let go.
Time for a new dream.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely still want to be in the classroom, but it’s not an end all decision anymore.
The Lord has done a work on my heart, for sure. I never thought I would utter the following sentence.
I want to be a stay at home mama.I want to run my own business. One that I can decide the hours and time I devote to it. I want to work my job around my family. Not the other way around.
It’s not the craziest dream, I’m sure. But it’s my dream.
God has a master plan. He knows what’s in store for me. He knew that the environment I was in last year teaching was not right. I wasn’t growing spiritually, I was actually taking a few steps back if I’m completely honest. I was struggling. Not because of my students. And not because I was working.
But because I was surrounding myself with negativity. With people who were not interested in walking with the Lord.Over the past months, since I found out about losing my job, I have become friends with some very strong Christian women. Many of who, are fellow bloggers. They have encouraged me and lifted me up. They have spoken sweet words that make me smile when smiling seems impossible. They have reminded me that God is, and always has been, in control of my plans.
Although I’d love to say that I have obtained my dream of being a stay at home mom, I can’t. Mainly because I have no babies!! Soon, really soon I pray we’ll be blessed with those. For now, though we are in a transition phase. We are learning what it means to depend on others. To rely on God to sustain us. Perhaps it’s helping make our dream be so much more rewarding when it actually comes true. We are taking steps, baby steps. Learning to live on one income, which at the moment is totally not working out very well for us. I am still substituting and I am an independent consultant for Thirty-One Gifts. We are also hoping that our little canvas art business will take off, if we can only get it launched.
There’s no stay at home wife happening right now.
And I’m ok with that.
God is working everything out for us.
In His time, our dream will become a reality.