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My Why

What is your WHY?

Why you do what you do?  Every single day?

Why do you go to a job that you really don’t love, but you work your hardest, and show your employer you are a good solid employee?

Why do you spend hours up late at night, working on homework, going to school, trying to get a degree?

We all have a WHY.  And maybe it’s the same for many of us.  Maybe it’s not.

Here is my why:

Why I write a blog

Why I stay up late (stupidly late) to improve my website

Why I bug all my friends trying to promote Senegence Lipsense®?  (other than it being amazing!)

Why I keep advertising my cake business

My husband and I made a decision early on in our marriage that I wouldn’t work outside the home.  That I would be home to raise the kids.  And it’s always managed to work out.  Or, we have just made it work.

Several years ago, while my husband was in school he decided he wanted to become an Elementary Education Teacher.  Something not a lot of men do.  But something that is sought after in schools.  A male elementary teacher.  Along the way, we decided to have a large family, and tried our hardest to make it work so that he could teach when he finished school.  But in 2010, after 2 years of searching for a job to provide for our family, he landed a job with Nestle.  That job would change our future.  But it hasn’t changed his dream.

Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning

He worked at Nestle in Boise, Idaho for 5 years.  Until they were bought out, and the plant was shut down.  In our minds, this was GREAT!  He could student teach, and then begin teaching.  He would find summer jobs to make ends meet for a family of now 8.  But it wasn’t falling into place.  Things just didn’t feel right.

Shortly after the plant was shut down, in June 2015, my husband and I realize teaching isn’t working out because it’s not what we’re supposed to be doing right now.  So job hunting he goes.  The very next month, my husband is flown to Michigan for an interview with Nestle.  He gets the job, we sell our home, and move our large family across the country.

Thinking it will be just like it was in Idaho we were excited.  What we were not prepared for?  Nestle in Michigan is very different from Nestle in Idaho.  That’s not to say Nestle is a bad company, on the contrary.  They have pretty good benefits, pay well, and it’s stable.  However, I would be lying if I told you he liked his job.  He doesn’t.

Therefore, we’ve made a goal to change our future.  Instead of spending the rest of his career with Nestle, he wants to teach.  I want him to teach.  He is an amazing teacher, and would be a great example for those young impressionable kids.


Why do I write a blog?

Why do I stay up late (stupidly late) to improve my website?

Why do I bug all my friends trying to promote Senegence Lipsense®?  (other than it being amazing!)

Why do I keep advertising my cake business?

Because I love my family.  Because I want our kids to know it’s ok to go after your dreams.  I want them to reach high!  And because I value my husbands ability to teach, and His dream to be a teacher.  Our kids deserve to see their Dad happy, proud of his job, and working so hard to instill a love of learning in kids.  Our kids see the long awful hours he works now, knowing he does it for them, but doesn’t love it.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Not if I can help it.  Not if WE can help it.

So I’m going to continue what I’m doing.  Busting my tail, to try to make any or all of these things work.


Because my husband should be a teacher. Because my husband wants to be a teacher. And because teachers get paid crap salaries.  Crappy enough it’s near impossible for a family of 8 to live off of.  But, that doesn’t stop someone who truly wants to teach.  They get creative, they take side jobs or summer jobs or both.  They do what they do because they truly love what they do.  And that’s the kind of teacher Ryan, my husband, wants to be.  And doggone it he should be able to live his dream.

What is your why?

What is your why?

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    December 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    This is a great post. I admire and can relate to your current situation. Having a happy family, happy husband and Happy Mama is more valuable then people realize. Thank you sharing your story.
    xoxo- http://www.warmnfuzzie.com

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      December 12, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Thank you! It truly is valuable❤️

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    Anne @onedeterminedlife
    December 12, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Knowing why you whatyou do is key. If we don’t know why, then it can be easy to give up or move on. I do what I do because I love The Lord, my husband, my children, and I love to write and be creative.

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      December 12, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you. It really can be tempting to give up if you don’t know why you are doing what you do. I love your “why”. Excellent reasons!

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    Hanna Ben
    December 13, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Wow, loved this post! I really admire your efforts for making your (his) dreams come true.
    My why, why I blog, is because I want to work from home. To be able to earn enough money to give my family what we need and the freedom to control myself. And to show my kids that no matter what, you should always go after your dreams!

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      December 13, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you, I love your “why”! Go after your dreams, and your kids will see they have endless possibilities to achieve their dreams as well!

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    December 13, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Knowing your why is so important! I love how you want to support your family. For me I am working on webiste and posts for me. To become as independent as I can get. I also want to support my family when they are in need. I want to live a stressfree life by working from home.

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      December 13, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Would be wonderful to live a stress free life working from home!

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    December 14, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    What a wonderful post <3 And so full of love. It's really so admirable that you would do anything to help your husband achieve the career of his dreams… and you're absolutely right. The money isn't everything. Happiness comes above all else, and when you're happy in your job and it's something you were MEANT TO DO, things fall into place. I hope your hubby is able to return to teaching–you are both setting wonderful examples for your kiddos! (and how sweet to have such a large family. It's always been my dream!).

    Stopping in from Blog Loft today, and so glad that I did!

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    December 15, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Love this. Your post is close to my heart! Love that you know your true north and are headed in the right direction!. My why is to help mid-career professionals find and live their own why. I’ve put up my blog, website and business around that and am loving it 🙂

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