TpT Conference Orlando 2016... The Best Lesson I Learned

Monday, July 18, 2016
Last year when I found out that the Teachers Pay Teachers conference was going to be in Orlando this year, I was beyond excited. TpT has been a huge part of my life the last 3 years. There was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to learn from some of TpT's greatest teacher authors when they were practically in my own backyard.
I would have to say my favorite part of the conference was getting to be with some of my most favorite people in the world, my SLP blogging tribe. I love these girls more than I can express. We are spread out all over the country but these ladies have helped motivate me and have molded me into the therapist I am today.
 If I were to write a blog post about all the amazing things I learned at the conference, this post would be 500 pages long. But there was one thing that a certain speaker said that really spoke to me. I was sitting in Shelly Rees presentation about product planning. She shared a personal story about her TpT journey and her success. But then she added... "This was my season. Today isn't everybody's season." Amen. Isn't that the truth? I am constantly trying to keep up with crazy successful sellers. I feel guilty when I only blog once a month (If I am lucky!) But I have two small children at home. I work. I mentor. I am a soccer mom. A dance mom. A baseball mom. I have a full plate. I absolutely love every part of my life, but maybe this time isn't my season on TpT. So I decided to stop pressuring myself to be one of the best (I think perfectionism comes with an SLPs personality type!) My time will come. I think this is something we can all carry into our lives. Don't compare yourself to your coworkers, other moms, etc. We all have our own story and our own busy lives. Embrace what's going on in your life right now and be the best at that. The rest will come later.

...and on the note, the baby is up from his nap. I'm coming Kameron! :)
Psst... one more thing. I am still on a conference high and want to share the love. I am giving away $10 TpT gift cards on my Instagram (@simply_speech) right now. Go enter, winners will be announced Tuesday!


  1. Love this message! You have to have balance and family comes first :)

  2. So glad that the speaker touched your heart and gave you a powerful reminder. We have many years as SLPs, but our children are with us in our homes for a very short time. (Can you tell I'm not a jump-for-joy empty nester?) We are blessed with our family, and that love and time is definitely the priority. Sharing that message is something we can all be thankful for and gaining a positive perspective.

  3. I loved reading this! You so spoke to where I am at. I LOVED blogging and creating on TPT. Then life picked up the pace on me...all great, wonderful things...but I wasn't able to dedicate myself to my blog and creating on TPT and I was getting down on myself. I recently started blogging again and I am so happy to start up again. Maybe a restart with TPT is in my future....we shall see.
    I actually just changed jobs to work less in order to be home more with my little guy. It was conflicting at first because I love what I do (we SLPs have the best job), but my little guy is only little once. I then had a coworker who said that...and literally used these words "This is your season to focus on being a mommy to your little one."

  4. Love this so much, Kristin! This is exactly me-I feel lucky some days to shower! I'm not going to lie-it IS hard not to constantly push for more but, like you said, there are seasons. And this season with my little ones is going WAY to fast!


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