This weekend, Teacher's Pay Teachers had their very first TPT conference. What an honor it was to be a part of this experience. The energy in the room during the keynote was electrifying!
To hear Paul than 800 people at the conference)! Let me tell you, Paul's hug was the best hug ever... not one of those half-hearted side hugs! My friend Jenn from TPT, speak of his journey was inspiring. This guy is the most humble person you could ever meet. He took the time to meet all the teachers; popped his head into all the conference sessions that were taking place; and even kept his promise to hug each and every one of us (there were moreThe Teacher Next Door was laughing that my hug was a bit long... uh... I couldn't help it.. I see a genius, and I want to squeeze him tight in hopes of maybe having some of that brilliance travel onto me by osmosis. I think it worked! I felt a bit changed after that moment!
I also got to meet some people I've admired since I started my journey with TPT: Deanna Jump, Amy Lemons, and Rachel Lynette.
Amy Lemons' blog, Step Into Second Grade, is one of my favorite teaching blogs... so I was pretty excited when I got to meet her! When I decided to start blogging, I never imagined that my first post would include an awesome pic with my blogging guru! Pretty darn sweet! What a great way to start my blogging journey!
Deanna Jump is such a ray of sunshine. She was one of the keynote speakers...and after hearing her speech, I couldn't help but start to speak in a Georgian accent myself. Um, it's actually kind of coming out as I speak in my head right now y'all.
RACHEL LYNETTE! I loved every single person I met at the conference, I really did... BUT Rachel Lynette just blew me away. I could have listened to her speak ALL day. The whole time she did her presentation I just kept thinking: Wow, what an honor... I am getting to hear all of her wisdom and insight first hand! Her presentation was funny and engaging... and her presence... let me tell you, she might be small, but her presence is anything but! After listening to her speak I just wanted to go straight back into my hotel room to put everything into action. I think we all did. I love you Rachel Lynette! You are awesome!
At the end of the conference, Rachel presented this beautiful collage to Paul. I feel pretty stoked to have my lil Cinnamon on here.
Can you find me? That's my logo in its earliest form!
The night before the conference I got to hang out with some amazing teachers I've been collaborating with over the past few months.
These teacherpreneurs are incredible!
I convinced the girls that as scary as it looked, we should face our fears and go on the High Roller ferris wheel. There is a reason you can't see it in this pic... it's only the highest ferris wheel in the world! This is our scared face (oops.. I guess the pose message didn't quite make it to Pam and Jenn on the right!).
image from this site.
I stayed in Vegas for a couple of days after the conference.
Dynelle Dunn is the funniest girl ever! She had me in stitches every time we hung out. Although standing in a massively long line up is not my idea of fun (we were lined up at Carlo's Bake Shop), doing it with Dynelle was a different story. At one point she had me laughing so hard that I was crying. She is a little comedian, this one.
And last but DEFINITELY not least.. here's me with my girl Kristin from One Stop Teacher Shop. I love this girl. Before I met her, I had been secretly admiring her teacherpreneurship skills as well as her amazing teaching resources, for a while... and I'm in awe at how the universe works. If you believe in the power of putting things out there in the universe and trusting that events can align to make your wishes a reality - then you can appreciate that I really believe my friendship with Kristin is a result of this cosmic phenomena. (The whole story could be its own blog post, I think!)
We took this pic in her hotel room. (In a year, I will explain why we did! I know this sounds mysterious, but trust me, it's better I wait).
I LOVE this quote. This is exactly how I feel right now! It explains why, two ladies in Vegas would rather spend their time working away on their laptops instead of roaming casinos and Vegas hot spots. This is called finding your passion, having a vision, and not being distracted even in the most stimulating place on the planet!
First blog post: done! Gosh, I never realized I had so much to say. I think I just might be able to do this whole bloggin' thing after all. Thanks for listening to me yap away... and if you made it to the end... wow, I'm flattered!