My Top Takeaways from the WNY Meet Up

This past weekend I attended a TpT meet up in Rochester, NY & if you were on social media, you probably noticed the #tptflock16 hashtag. I had an amazing experience, met so many new people, connected with old friends and also learned so much!! Here are the top three things that I am taking away from this weekend.

                
1. Be you!! 
This is so important in so many ways, but each of the speakers at the conference emphasized this in their own way. You cannot be successful trying to be someone else; look within yourself to find what you are best at and success is sure to follow. Each of us is on their own journey and comparing yours to someone else's will only slow you down!! Sometimes I feel like it's hard to be noticed with so many talented teachers creating resources. But every single time I make a sale, I get excited because that is a teacher that finds my resource helpful, that is a teacher and a classroom that I am helping. I can't compare that feeling with anything else!! 

               
2. Support is key!!
The TpT community is THE most supportive community that I've ever been a part of. Everyone celebrates each other's successes and is there to offer help when needed. But, to be able to teach, TpT, be a mom, a dad, a wife, a husband, a friend, a daughter, a son...you need support! Don't spread yourself too thin. Let the people around you know when you need help; ask for a babysitter, get your house cleaned, order out...we can all support each other, but you need support close to home too. I would not be able to TpT if it were not for my husband's support. He sees my passion for creating resources and how it allows me to be creative and connect with other like-minded teachers, and he helps me at home in so many ways! Reach out & find your support and ask for help when you need it!

                
3. Plan your work. Work your plan.
Don't get distracted when it is your "work time." Remember all those hats you're wearing that I mentioned in #2? When you finally have time to work, shut off your phone and get focused! You've figured out what you're best at, you have the support to help you get after it, now it's your time, don't waste it!

It was such a great weekend! TpT is changing the way we teach and it is an amazing thing to be a part of. I'm so grateful for everyone I've met on this journey. Birds of a feather really do flock together and I thank this flock for accepting me & helping me find my courage to fly!

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  1. What an amazing time! I learned so much and only wish I had more time to meet people. Great post!

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    1. I told myself next year I will go a day earlier and be more social!
      Jenn

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    2. I know! The day went by so quickly!

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  2. Rochester was such an inspiration! I love your take aways especially #3 - I didn't hear that one but what a great message!
    Jenn
    Reading in Room 11

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  3. It was an awesome experience. Your take always are mine as well. We have so much to learn from each other! It was lovely meeting you.

    Christina aka Your Planner Twin
    Hanging Around in Primary

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    1. It was so nice meeting you! I learned so much & had such a great time!!

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  4. Love these! What beautiful messages and reminders!

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