You have permission to tell your story and your story only. Your story will inspire people that can relate to your trials and your triumphs.
Moment of transparency: I know that my books are not for everyone one. Everyone does not need what I have to offer nor want to read what I have to say. However, my personal journey into teaching was my opportunity to shed some light on the highs and obstacles of teaching. I talk about my first few years often because whew child, #theghetto.
Seriously though, all jokes aside my first three years in the trenches were difficult but I learned a lot about myself and the population of students I served and I loved my kids.
So I said all of this to say that my experience as a teacher is part of my story. Those lessons, those transitions, and those realizations happened. I learned how to support other teachers due to the support I received.
Mothers, authors, teachers need each other. We can not do our jobs alone because a lot of times, or specifically in my case, these are my three jobs.
Perfection is achieved when you feel whole; not when there is nothing else to take away. Success nor failure are final. Your determination and progress is what counts. Define yourself and create the life you want to live.
The goal is to outdo me daily. So I challenge you to do the one thing that scares you and get on the path to design your life. You’re already qualified.
Okay so I thought that blogging and “vanity” self-publishing would be easy but boy was I wrong. I wrote a blog a long time ago titled “What No One Tells You About Blogging” but I left out an essential part to becoming a brand and standing out in a saturated market. Getting into the business behind books and digital products is possible, especially when you niche down. So I thought my niche was education and personal development. I had the bright idea that I wanted to help new teachers balance work and home life but I find at times that even that niche is too broad. But then I ask myself do I want to concentrated on working moms or just women in general, so it was at that moment I realized I needed to get to the bottom of my business and flush out what I want to do, who I want to reach, and what I want to create.
Creating and selling products online in my opinion is at an all time high and as an educator myself, with a passion for writing and being creative I decided an online business would be beneficial to me for three reasons: (1) I want to supplement my teacher salary because even though I love teaching, getting paid once a month gets tough at times. (2) I want to build a business that will create a legacy for me to leave behind to my sons and (3) Create residual and passive income to obtain financial stability. Reevaluating yourself and identifying your why is important because it helps me establish my vision and put my productivity of lack of productivity into perspective.
My Business, What Will It Be?
I derive to a point often of how can I get more followers on my business/blog/author social media? How can I convert followers into buyers? How do grow to a point of being a full-time entrepreneur and truly live out my dreams. To answer all of that, I realized that I needed a business plan so I revamped and simplified ideas, niched down and uncovered my purpose. Since writing my first book, growth has been a struggle and launching has not been as successful as I hoped, so I admit, I needed some help.
So exactly what do I needhelp with?
As anauthor with plenty of stories to tell about life inside of the classroom, Iknow I take a much lighter approach to teaching than I did in the first coupleof years into the profession.
~On one hand I want to help new or even burnedout educators/teachers who want to revive their passion for teaching.
~On the other hand, since I am asked so manyquestions on a regular basis I want to help people reach success by aligningtheir goals with their passions and create the life they want to live.
Eventually I know that getting started here will lead into other things, but now I just have to promote myself unapologetically.
Studying the Industry
The gurus and the experts have laid the plans and while my content is not to be compared it definitely gives me something to work harder at creating consistently. With the right systems in place I know that I’m tapping into my purpose and dreams. Finding balance for myself is essential to drive that is why when I think of my mission each day in the classroom and personal life I know I have the tools to help other people get through as well. I want to help mothers (working moms, teacher moms) find balance in their work and home life, gain clarity while in the work environment, and discover their self worth through personal development.
The promise and value must sold with any product and while I think I may be sitting on a gold mine, one thing I’ve definitely noticed is that when you identify a solid problem, a promise to deliver clarity and results must follow. Setting true and attainable goals, three to six months out keeps you focused because after all the goal is to grow. I’m sticking to personal development in a sense because let’s get real, everybody wants to improve something in their lives.
I know that I have great ideas and while I study the field, I am not sleeping on the free tips and jewels that are dropped from time to time. I’m pushing out content and feeling good about the “looks” I’m gaining. They say faith without works is dead. I’m just going to continue putting in this work.
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“Closer to Purpose Than You Think” (2019) is my 30 day self-paced success guide designed to help you recognize your self-worth, prioritize your goals, and speak life into your dreams. In this book I share ways to create clarity in your daily to day life that leads to productivity and celebration of self. You’ll learn how to command your life with authority and live as the person you were wonderfully made to be.
In 12 Ways to Survive (2019) new teachers can learn how to navigatethrough their experiences to find what works in their instructional setting,read and understand that they are not alone in their journey because evenveteran teachers have periods of adjustments as well, and trust the process andlearn that being a teacher is about the students and once they trust you thereal education begins.
My Fourth Year in Middle School: The Truth About Teaching (2016) is the author’s journey on transitioning careers and becoming an effective teacher to the students she serves. This book provides insight on how to cope as a new teacher adjusting to a new working environment. It richly recalls the obstacles faced teaching at-risk, African-American youth at a southern middle school for eight years. The author centers the book around her experiences and lessons learned as a classroom teacher while balancing life.
My success depends on my consistency. I want to be able to run a business, online and become my own boss. I want to create content that is enjoyed and embraced which will lead to other things in my career. Financial freedom and stability are at the top of the list because balancing my workload and house hold is a battle I’m determined to win. I wrote about what I have experienced and want working mothers and educators to know that it is possible to have a career and family. It’s in the stars from here. It’s above me now.
July became my month of yes and I took a huge leap into something that I was not sure I was ready for. The internet is full of copycat ideas and recycled presentations so I’m sticking with what I know…I’mma just DO ME!
When I log into my social media and I see ads for “FREE” this and “FREE” that I’m slightly intrigued. I click, I enroll, I listen, then I receive countless emails. There are a few people that I pay close attention to because they consistently push the message of authenticity. So I’ll continue to be authentic and transparent in my approach because that’s all that I know how to do.
I had to gather my thoughts for this post because I have taken a lot in over these few weeks for summer break and I just wanted to be clear in what I was saying before I posted my thoughts about anything.
Business|I was obsessing about book ideas and then I was struck with one that I cannot abandon. I find it ironic that as fictitious characters speak to authors, my real life thought processes urge me to write in that discipline…EXPERIENCES from my classroom mixed with life lessons. Sure other educational experts focus on the needs of our students but I like the approach I’m taking with my writing. I’m focusing on ways to help teachers because honestly so many times in my career I felt alone and misunderstood.
So I’m turning that around to pour into my writing and helping other teachers as well on their academic journeys. Once I got my services in order I began to see how I help more teachers than others would have probably thought possible when I first began teaching. I had to BOSS UP just a little bit and be unafraid. For every one thing about me that was misunderstood, I’ve taken back control of my business and writing and I’m pushing the envelope.
I’ve stepped into my purpose and I knew that things would take time. I have even tapped into my entrepreneurial spirit and realized that in order to live the life that I want to live, I must pave my path and create in my own lane. Books and business are only the beginning and I’m staying the course because I have two precious boys (no matter how badly they drive me crazy) that are paying attention to my every move.
Career|This summer went by in a flash. It seems like we were just getting out in May, and we return tomorrow. I had the wonderful experience of attending the Model Schools Conference in June. I felt inspired to keep writing in my discipline of teacher mentorship and set a personal goal that I will be speaking at the conference in June 2020! I have to speak things into existence because I feel strongly about these next few years of teaching. Putting things into perspective, my oldest is going to be a Freshman in high school, and my baby boy is going to 7th grade. Entering my 11th year in the classroom, my career clock is ticking and I’m feeling like I just might be done anywhere between the next three to six years.
See I’m 3 1/2 years from 40 and with my new business venture (started my own health and wellness business) I’d like to create wealth in that, continue to write, speak~guest speak~facilitate~or host workshops in the future. I’m not a radical voice, but I’m dedicated to newer teachers because experience has taught me. Entering the field of education is political, but new teachers and I mean those that have been in the classroom less than three years need SUPPORT. I know I did which is why I wrote my first book.
I have been asked about leadership and if I have thought about transitioning into that level and to be honest…NO! After being passed over to become an academic coach because the other candidate “looked better on paper” I realized that maybe it was not for me. I was not deterred, but like I told another administrator, “You never know what someone is capable of doing until they are given the opportunity to show their leadership skills.” My candor is a gift and a curse and I am not compromising that for anyone. I’ll practice my delivery, but the reality is that people hear what they want to hear. When you think outside of the box like I do most of the time, you will face rejection and scrutiny from some, but encouragement and support from others.
In teaching I have had to adjust and not let my feelings be stronger than my mind. I’m not saying that I’m unemotional, I’ve just learned how to manage my feelings better while teaching. In a roundabout way, I’m desensitized and situations that would get me upset before, really don’t now going into this 11th year. The only thing I don’t take kindly to is anyone discrediting my teaching and attacking my career. That’s a big NO-NO in my book. But I’ve realized people don’t like my style because of how I disturb their approach. What happens in my classroom is just that! I’m in control of my content!
LOVE|I have not ventured into this topic in a while and it was with GREAT intention not too. And it’s not because I’ve been unhappy in love, I was just on hiatus from dating and putting all of my eggs in one basket. See I dated an older guy for a while. He was GOOD to me but he had some extra baggage that held him back from dating/getting to know someone/trusting ONE woman exclusively. He started off saying I’m only interested in getting to know you, then ALL of that changed. We began to see each other less frequently and it was hard at first because we SPENT a lot of time together initially. He’s still a decent guy but we are just FRIENDS and we both are okay with that…NO PRESSURE!
When I walked away from that, not exactly a clean walk away, but when I took a step back to focus on BETTERING ME and my VIBRATIONAL PATTERN, I saw the beauty is organic chemistry. There are familiar strangers all around, and you’d be surprised at who would treat you right if ever given the opportunity. People make a big deal about commitment and dating to the point of it being exhausting. I for a fact don’t look at each person I date as marriage material. I mean after a couple of dates you know if you want to be around someone and enjoy their company without the complications… I NEVER have been nor will I EVER be the, “So what are we doing girl?” LOL…
Then I met HIM and all of that has changed. Solidifying the FRIENDSHIP! I’m renewed in LOVE because I’ve always believed in the possibility of genuine and organic connections. Hmmm…when BAE said, “I pray for you, and I pray for US.” That changed the trajectory of EVERYTHING.
I’m fully aware that my business, career, and love won’t look like anyone else’s; I’m okay with that. I’m staying true to what I know and believe. So what is for me, is for me!
Being self-published and trusting the process takes an extreme amount of clarity, patience, and sacrifice. I have realized that my “target audience” is not based in my personal relationships but people that actually follow my work in hopes that I inspire them. If you believe in the LaTilya Rashon brand…purchase your logo series shirt today. Thank you in advance!