We’re approaching mid August, which for the past several years has meant that it is time to start prepping my classroom for the upcoming school year.  Usually at this time my head is filled with thoughts of classroom decorations, art supply orders, and getting back into routine.  But, this year things have changed a little bit.  Earlier this summer I decided that I’m not going back into the classroom this fall, and I am going to focus full time on letterpress.  Yep, you heard me right, I quit my job!  Yikes.

It has definitely been a dream for us, to be able to do what we love full time, but I didn’t think it would happen this fast.  Being a part of the National Stationery Show this year was really eye-opening for us.  We came home feeling very encouraged about the work that we have done so far, and with a real sense of direction as to where we want to go with our business.   Initially I thought I would teach part time this school year,  but after a lot of deliberation I finally decided to just take the leap and devote all my time to 1canoe2.  Why not, right?  Now that Karen has become a partner, and Beth’s schedule is a little more flexible, we are all really excited about putting more energy into working toward reaching our goals.

In the past week many of my friends have been getting their classrooms ready and attending faculty meetings, which has made the reality of my decision start to sink in.  It is pretty great!

I do love teaching, and there are a lot of things that I am really going to miss.  Mostly I’m going to miss seeing all of my awesome co-workers/friends every day.  Hopefully I’ll still be invited to their after school gatherings!  Of course, I’m going to miss the kids, and all the funny stories that come with working in an elementary school.  I’m going to miss getting notes like this:

And, I’m going to miss spending time in this colorful room:

I’m not going to mention the things that I won’t miss, but there are a few.

It is one of those times when I can look back on all the wonderful things that happened over the past few years, and be thankful, and then look ahead and be excited about what is to come.  I might still have to go out and buy some shiny new shoes and stock up on crayons.  That’s just what you do at this time of year, isn’t it?

:: Carrie ::