So when I recently discovered that my most popular post to-date is one that has helped countless people organize their lives, I just couldn’t wait to share (again). About two years ago, I created these fun (and free!) printable labels. I had planned to use them on my new spice jars, but then I bought a house, and all-of-a-sudden I didn’t have “labeling spice jars” on my priority list anymore.
Thankfully, someone else did! Lots of you, actually. As my most-pinned post, I love thinking about all of the wonderful places these labels have ended up. I found one lovely blogger who shared beautiful photos of my labels at work. If you’ve found these printable labels useful, let me know, and I would love to feature more!
I like to think I change lives with all of my projects, but I know that isn’t the case.
My nonprofit clients are the ones who do. These are people who have dedicated their life’s work to helping others, and I am thankful for the opportunity to work with them. These organizations deserve all the recognition they can get, and I hope that I have helped them in some small way.
Legacy Humane Society (formerly Collin County Humane Society)
While I love getting paid for my work, I love making other people happy even more.
I have always been on top of things. I meet deadlines, take on additional projects, and make sure everyone’s happy. I get things done.
That all changed when I became a teacher. I quickly learned that in this profession, or in any job where your main focus is on [small] people, you will never get it all done. More importantly, I learned that it’s perfectly okay. People, especially children, are not projects with carefully laid out directions. They are complex and have needs that are constantly changing. I think for many of us who become teachers after being successful in any other field, this can be discouraging. We are used to success as it relates to finishing work, but as a teacher, our work is never actually done.
I once read that teaching is like the planting of a seed. The flower might not bloom until long after you’re gone, but you have to believe that you have made an impact.