Chasing Dreams

For years, I have had this dream of opening up my own daycare center to which, once established, I would add grades until it became an elementary school. I had always thought of this dream as being something far off – something that I couldn’t do until I had accomplished other things in life – but I am beginning to wonder if the time to get the ball rolling on this thing is now.

When we first moved to our new state, I was in the first trimester and too tired even to do the dishes – let alone look for a job. I was content to stay home and rest until my online summer courses began. Once I began school, I didn’t think it would be wise for me to work through school and severe pregnancy fatigue, especially since I had been bleeding for weeks and was diagnosed with a threatened miscarriage.

By the time school ended, I was feeling (and doing) much better – so I decided to start looking for work. That search has proven futile. What seems to be happening over and over again is that I am getting offers for interviews or being told all these wonderful things about myself – and then being dropped like hot metal as soon as they find out that I am pregnant.

At first, I saw this rejection as a sign to enjoy the time that I have to rest. These last few months pre-baby are, Godwilling, the very last months in which my time is completely my own for a very long time. But, I am not good at long-term resting and we aren’t exactly “rolling in the dough.” It would be great to be able to find a job that allows me to enjoy working in a field that I am passionate about while also making a little extra money to set aside for upcoming needs and financial obligations.

It would be even greater to have a job that would allow me to do the aforementioned, while staying with my son during his first years of life.

So, I started doing some research (with all this extra time on my hands), and it turns out that I don’t need half as much as I thought I did in order to get started. We have extra space in our home and my immediate neighborhood is swarming with children. I figure I can spend these next few months prepping our home for registration and licensure, and by the time baby gets here I may be ready to open for official business. I located contact information for someone in my state who is in charge of making sure that child care providers are compliant with state laws, and I am planning to contact her first thing in the morning. And, after chatting with an educator friend who gave some great advice – I feel pretty optimistic about getting this process started.

Here’s to hoping!

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5 comments

  1. Sounds like a great plan! I’ll be praying for you!

  2. I have the same dream! I would love to open up a daycare of my own. Would love to chat with you about how you’re doing it and maybe talking about ideas. Thanks!

    1. Hey nanny!! I would love to collaborate! My apologies for taking so long to respond!

      1. Yay! That’s great. If you’re comfortable emailing me, that could work. Let me know and we’ll swap info 🙂

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