STRESSED –LESS is my goal in life!  Who wouldn’t want that?!?!?  But taking this journey is both scary and exciting at the same time.  But more than anything, the timing of this study, couldn’t be more perfect because of this year, I have had some doubts with my professional life and just after reading chapter 1, I feel this book is speaking to me in a tremendous way!

My Story:  I am a public school teacher by profession – teaching first grade, special education, and most recently a reading specialist.  Over the 10 years I spent in public education, I was stressed. Plain and simple.  Could never get it all done and the looming stress of testing would keep me up at night!   I would use the phrase “If only I had….” (ironic that was one of the reflection questions) I felt validated by working towards degree after degree thinking that is what I needed to get the answers for how to get it done.  WRONG!  I loved the challenges and the learning, but in reflection, I realize that this was my way of validating my lack of “getting it all done” – one more degree or class and I would have the knowledge, right?!?!?  Hence, the biggest realization – this constant running or challenges were creating gaps between my family and more importantly, a gap between me and God.  So, a year and a half ago, I decided something HAD to change.  I could not go on trying to wear too many hats and keep it all going, plus keep my sanity while doing it!  I felt the push to start a new mission with my church that involved preschoolers and a tutoring program.  Since the inception of Busy Bees Learning Center, I have had too many doubts/stressors to list – ranging from not enough kids enrolled, to the paychecks being less than half of my previous salary, to most recently (due to GROWTH) who to hire to help with the overflow! Fast forward to today, God’s is great!  This was the best thing I could have ever done and I am reaping the rewards by being able to focus on Him each day, all the while sharing the word with children and families that may not have ever had the chance to learn about God. 

So, now that you know more about me, my goal is simple:  To continue on my trek for a stress-less life, one step at a time.  I feel that I am on the path with my professional life by putting God first, now it’s time to take charge of the rest of my life.  I am confident – more than ever – that allowing God to take the stressors from me and focus on His word, I can do this!