During this holiday season, it is important to remember to be thankful for what we have. Our lives are stressful and overwhelming. Sometimes it is hard to see the end of a rainbow. But remembering where we came from and have overcome can make us happier just thinking about it.
This blog post is all about being thankful for what I have and what I have accomplished in the last year. As I look over the last year, I realize that much has happened for me to be thankful for. Here are 10 of them:
1. My education and ability to learn
2. Family, friends, and supporters
3. Clients: Past, Present, and Future
4. Accomplishments so far
5. Curriculum I use
6. Ultimate Support Group for Online Tutors
7. Blogging Mastermind Group
8. Hobbies-cross stitching, sewing
9. Faith in God
10. Good Health
My education and ability to learn
I am thankful for my education and ability to learn. In the last year, I have learned more than I ever thought I would about blogging, email list series, interacting with websites, and search engine optimization. When I was growing up, I wanted to teach in a school. Learning about how to reach students online has taken my tutoring business to a new level. I have also learned how to tutor online instead of in person. Students seem more at ease when they are on the computer than in person especially when we meet in public where their friends can see them.
Family, Friends, and supporters
I want to thank my family, friends, and supporters as I teach students how to ACE the ACT. Without their support, I would never be able to transition from teaching in a classroom to online. My husband is my biggest supporter as I have made many changes over the last year to make tutoring online work with our family. My friend Caroline and her family have been great supporters of my tutoring online. She has given me many tips to make my business better.
Clients Past, Present, and Future
I would like to thank my clients that I have had in the past, have now and will have in the future. Without you, I wouldn't have a reason to teach. Each of you has taught me something that I can use for future clients. For example, one of my students taught me that 9th grade is a great year to learn how to take the ACT.
Accomplishments so Far
I am thankful for my accomplishments so far. I started tutoring on my own over three years ago. Since I started tutoring, I have gone from teaching only in the summer to teaching all year round. I have changed from tutoring elementary and middle school students to teaching ACT test prep. I went from blogging once in a while to 1x weekly. I never knew what a tweet was to having following.
Curriculum I use
I am thankful for the curriculum that I use. With this curriculum, I am able to reach most of my students that I tutor ACT prep. These books are comprehensive and teach students how to apply the ACT strategies to their everyday homework. They come with tests that analyze where each student's strengths and weaknesses are so I can create personalized programs. If you would like more information about these books, check out my review of materials I use.
Ultimate Support Group for Online Tutors
I am thankful for the Ultimate Support Group for Online Tutors. This is a group I belong to that comprises of many people who tutor students all over the world in many areas of education from math to reading to science to managing money. I am thankful for this group because they support me and help me with my journey to move to the online world. When you are an entrepreneur it is hard to get started and keep going especially in hard times. This group gives me inspiration when I need it and helps me move in the right direction. Every time I meet with them, I become inspired to do more than I thought was possible.
Blogging Mastermind Group
I am thankful for the online group that I created called the Blogging Mastermind Group. This is a group of online tutors who are trying to figure out ideas to blog about. This group is a small group that has a range of abilities in blogging. We get together to help each other come up with ideas to blog about and how to promote our blogs to tell the public.
I am thankful for my hobbies of cross stitching and sewing. Last year I decided to cross stitch Christmas towels for gifts for my family. After that, a neighbor had a baby, so I decided to cross stitch baby bibs. I work for a homeschool assistance program in Iowa and we taught the students how to make pillows. I decided to take it a step further and make throw pillows that were unique for my living room.
Faith in God
I am thankful for my faith in God. Without my faith, I think it would have been hard to keep hoping for something better. Believing in something higher than myself helps me keep working hard at being better by learning something new every day.
I am thankful for good health. I have a thyroid condition, so sometimes it is hard to concentrate on things in general. My doctor listens to how I feel and works with me in trying new things. Right now I am on a great medication that helps me focus 95% of the time. If you would like to know more about how I overcame my illness this year visit my website
I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. If you are feeling down, think about what you have accomplished so far this 2017. Even a little progress is still better than nothing. What are you thankful for this year? Let me know in a comment below.
My name is Stena Schmitt.