When I was six years old, I told anyone who would listen that I wanted to be an artist and a teacher. Let me be clear, I didn't want to an art teacher; I wanted to be an artist AND a teacher. I was very clear in my first grade All About Me book that they were two different jobs.
Recently I received some somewhat not kind opinions about the fact that I "only have an Associate's degree". I was also once told that Associate Degrees were "a dime a dozen and would get me nowhere in life". I think these opinions were spoken from an earnest belief in my potential to "do more", I respectfully disagree. While I am extremely proud that I have an associates degree for many many reasons ( a few being that I earned it while being married, paying for college completely by myself, maintaining a 4.0 AND without taking out a single penny in college loans), the most important it has led me to what I want to be when grow up....
I am a Teacher. I used the student teaching of the A.A in Early Childhood to get hired by a prestigious college's Preschool/Kindergarten and teach along some of, in my opinion, the best teachers in the country. Now I am in the roles I know God has shaped me for since my youth. The skills I learned teaching children 2 years old to kindergarten at the preschool has enabled me to contribute immensely to teaching and help shape my church's kid's ministry .I am also a teacher of my children as we home school. While I don't at all think you have to be a "certified teacher" to home school your child, I will praise the Lord in how my training has given me the preparation I personally needed for this challenging call. As an extremely insecure and impatient person, if I had not been given those early opportunities to learn from talented teachers, I would probably have ignored the call to home school.
I am an Artist. My time working with so many great preschoolers led me to know I never wanted to miss a moment of my own children's preschool years. As my twins grew up I found myself framing pictures in my minds eye at every wedding I
attended. I saw possible locations for senior pictures wherever I
drove. Now I run a successful part time photography business that I began when my twins were two years old. Now after almost 4 years in business I have grown leaps and bounds in my abilities and leaning on God for his leading. God brought me to something I never knew I loved, and He knew I needed to seek His glory and not my own to be successful. I have learned so much how He is sufficient as I rely on him to turn His creation into art.
I am Teacher. I am an Artist. I am everything I wanted to be when I was six years old and so much more than I could have ever imagined. And most importantly, I am everything God wants me to be at such a time is this.... I know I have a lot more growing up to do :)