Finding peace with myself and closure

Firstly, I want to apologize for being all over the place sometimes when I’m posting. I’ve always been a sporadic person. I like to be free and do my own thing. I don’t always have a set schedule and I like living my life this way. When I’m posting blog content on this blog, I’m not always consistently sticking with a schedule. I enjoy the freedom of posting when I want and what I want. My blog is my place to enjoy writing, and that will never change.

Lately, I have been feeling locked inside my own mind. I overthink everything and it’s not good to overthink. Life is filled with so many things. If you obsess over each and every detail in your life, you will never be happy. I planned to write a blog post about my life stories where I felt I was wronged, but after watching Damon Dominque’s YouTube channel, I don’t think I’m going to anymore. Instead of dwelling on the past, I want to begin writing about the future. I hope that my blog inspires people to look into the future and to be hopeful about all of the good things that are going to happen. Invest in your own happiness because you deserve to be happy. Staying in negativity will only bring more negativity.

Life is filled with many beautiful things and you won’t notice them until you stop looking at all of the negativity.

As always, I hope you are having a wonderful day and a great start to the week. Stay on the lookout for more of my blog posts. Thank you so much for reading!

How to be productive as a teacher // What a day in the life of a teacher looks like

Hi everyone! I absolutely love writing about being a teacher because it’s what I do every day. I enjoy teaching and it has been my life for the past seven years. I hope that I can help other teachers or aspiring teachers become better at their craft.

The best way to be productive as a teacher is to work on the tasks that you don’t want to do. All of us have tasks that we dread doing because they are either time-consuming or unappealing. These are the tasks that I would recommend trying to accomplish first. For example, I have to work on recording video lessons for my piano course. It’s something that I dread doing because it’s time-consuming. I eventually tackled completing this task and it changed my productivity level for the rest of the day. I immediately began working on completing other tasks and now, I have completed multiple tasks that I needed to accomplish.

Another way to be productive as a teacher is to set a routine. For the past couple of years, I have established a routine that I am absolutely in love with. Routines are important because they allow you to set a good start to the day. I have a morning routine that has been the same for many years. When I wake up, I know exactly what I need to do to have a good morning. I don’t have to think twice about what I need to do. Right when I get up in the morning, I already know. It has made life much more easier. If you have a routine that works for you, either in the morning or night, stick with it. You will feel your best and you will have a more productive day when you have an established routine.

The last tip I have for being a more productive teacher is to treat yourself often when you accomplish tasks. I know that teachers have a lot of things that they need to do. Some of these tasks I absolutely dread doing sometimes. For example, I have been horrible at answering my text messages lately. I dread answering work messages. Day after day, my messages pile up in my inbox. When I finally answer all of my messages, I treat myself to something I like. As i’m mentioning this in this blog post, i’m going to do this exact step. After i’m done writing, i’m going to answer all of my work messages. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself when you have bad days. Being a productive teacher is difficult.

A day in the life for me is atypical. Since I work for myself, I have the privilege of choosing how I spend my day. Most recently, I wasn’t feeling well and I took two week off of work. I understand that most people are not able to take that much time off of work, but my line of work allows me to do so. I am lucky and I don’t take it for granted. I spend my mornings trying to figure out how my lessons will go for the day. It takes a lot of planning because I have to make sure I can be there for the lessons and I have to make sure that there is enough time to commute to the next lesson. After previewing my schedule for the day, I plan my lunch/day around my lessons. Therefore, I am able to see when I can have lunch and my breaks. On some days that I don’t have a lot of lessons, I try to record videos of myself playing the piano or work on promotional stuff for my business. Each work day is different, but I am always teaching lessons. Teaching lessons is the consistent factor in every work day of mine.

Update on my Fiverr journey, Pocketfuloflearning, and my life recently

My life has changed a lot since the last time i’ve really sat down and written a proper blog post. I feel like i’ve been through a rollercoaster of emotions. There are days when I feel happy and there are days when I feel terrible. Today is one of those days. I honestly don’t feel well at all. I’m feeling horrible both physically and mentally. Even though I feel all of these things, i’m not going to let it get me down. I want to make something out of my bad times because time is too precious to waste. I’m also hoping to turn something terrible into something good. I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but I can only hope.

I had a series on my blog about my journey on fiverr. I started a fiverr account I wanted to get more freelance work. Most of my job that I have now is freelance. I felt that fiverr would be a good platform to reach more potential clients and to get more work. I started some gigs based on editing. Editing is one of my passions. I started editing professional documents for law school applicants. I had many clients and I felt confident in the experience I gained to post a gig about editing. I also experimented with posting other gigs. Another gig I posted was about writing blog posts for other bloggers. This gig got a lot of attention. I was happy in the beginning, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. I was essentially working for pennies per hour. The jobs weren’t worth doing because I wasn’t able to price them higher. If I did have higher priced gigs, such as my editing gigs, they got no interest. The gigs that got the most interest were my cheap $5 gigs. I regret making that gig and I have since deleted it. There were bloggers that wanted $5 for 5,000-10,000 words. There were also bloggers that wanted me to write about topics that I didn’t have experience with. Fiverr allows its users to customize their gigs and one of the options was to choose which categories you would feel comfortable writing in. I received a gig about writing about statistics softwares. I don’t even want to mention how much time I lost with that gig. Fast forward to now, I am going to officially stop using fiverr. I have gone back and forth deciding whether or not to continue to use fiverr. It has been both frustrating and a huge loss of my time. I’m trying my best to put it nicely, but the amount of work I invested equaled to very little in rewards. I researched that users have to price their gigs at extremely low rates in order to get more customers. I’m not looking to do that. It is simply not worth it to work 10+ hours and to be paid only $5 for the work. I could say more, but my advice is to not use fiverr. If there were other platforms that helped with marketing and teaching more clientele, I would recommend those. Do not short sell yourself at a lower price. The quality of work and your mental health will definitely drop. My work is worth a lot. If you are compensated well for your work, the quality of your work will greatly improve. You’ll also feel satisfied and not upset like I am. I made the final decision to make my own editing page on Facebook and to price my work at the price that I feel like I deserve. I’ve done well with working on Facebook. Much of my work has been based on Facebook. It has been a great platform for freelance work and I would definitely recommend it to everybody that is looking to be a freelancer.

Another part of this update is to talk about my blog. I absolutely love blogging. Before I expand more about what I want to talk about, I want to start off by saying that I am not going to quit blogging. I started blogging because my friend and I wanted to create something of our own on the internet. I have definitely had that for three years now and I am so happy. Blogging is something that has made my life so much better. I never feel like it’s a chore to do. Instead, it has helped me to become a better person and it has made me happier. I want to ask about ad placements and how to make revenue with ads. I’ve had word ads for almost three years. I took a break with it. Even when I have thousands of views on my blog, I still don’t have money for those views. I’m wondering how to switch to using google Adsense. Is google Adsense better than using word ads? I feel like I am ready to make the switch. My last question is if I am able to have both on my page? I don’t think I can, but I haven’t found any answers on the internet for this particular case.

My last update is on my life. I have been feeling lost for awhile. I’m struggling between deciding how I want to make income. I’ve been teaching piano for years and I want to make the switch to something more flexible. I’ve written tons of blog posts about teaching. Teaching has been my life for so long. I don’t want to let it go. I don’t know if I am confused or just unhappy with where I am in my career. I’ve also noticed that little things upset me more easily. I don’t want to talk about too much because it’s making me upset. I know that I will eventually have to confront the problem and I also know that I’ve been stalling. I hope that I can make a final decision on what career I truly want.

Thank you so much for reading my blog post. I apologize if it is lengthy. I feel like an update has been long overdue for some time. I hope you’re having an amazing day and a great week so far. Thank you for all the support and understanding. I truly appreciate it.

How to start TEACHING at home

Welcome to Pocketful of Learning! If you are new to my blog, I write about all things related to teaching and being a teacher. I began teaching about seven years ago. Teaching has changed my life for the better. I never knew that I would be destined for this path, but there is nothing I would rather be. I love teaching and it is my main career. This blog is dedicated to helping teachers find better resources and to help teachers create a better life through teaching.

The first step to begin teaching from home is to choose a niche area that you want to teach. For example, I began teaching piano and that has remained one of my niche markets. As I started teaching the piano, I wasn’t very good at it. I would say that my teaching skills were almost non-existent at that time. I had to teach for a couple years in order to build this skill. Don’t let that discourage you. Everything is about learning and I was thankful that I chose a niche that I was familiar with. Teaching, on the other hand, was not something I learned right away. When you are choosing a niche, make sure that you know the topic very well. I wouldn’t teach piano if I only had three years of experience of playing. I waited until I had more than 10+ years of learning the piano in order to feel competent to teach it. Whichever niche you choose, it will be an important part of your teaching experience. Make sure to choose wisely.

The next step is to choose which method of teaching you want to teach with. There are a couple of methods. I currently teach from my home, teaching virtually, or I go to my students’ homes to teach. If you don’t have the time to travel outside to teach, I would recommend virtual or in-person at your home. Eventually, I want to switch to teaching virtually or in my home for all of my lessons. I feel like I am losing energy and this would be the best method for me. I also know that I will be having kids in the future and I want to be able to stay at home to work. Teaching virtually is my favorite method of teaching. When I first began teaching, I never thought that I could teach virtually. Since covid began, everything has changed and teaching virtually has become an option. I have many blog posts about how I teach virtually. You can read more about it on my blog. One thing that I want to share about teaching virtually is that it is the best way to work without interruptions. You don’t have to worry about other people begin too loud in your house. If you are able to hide in a room without distractions, teaching virtually is the easiest/most flexible way of teaching.

When you have decided which method works best for you, the next step is to get students into your roster. I currently have a full roster and a large waiting list. I remember telling my husband that my real estate page and my piano page have inquiries all of the time. I used to have to hustle to get new students/clients. Now, I can relax and I have people inquiring to me. I wrote extensively about how to get new students on my blog, and I hope that it helps you in getting new students. The one thing to remember is to be patient and to continue with advertising for many months. Consistency is the key. You won’t get a bunch of students in one day. You have to put yourself out there and you will have to advertise for awhile.

Now that you have students, the only step left is to tailor the schedule to the hours that you want to teach. Making a schedule is important and you have to make sure that you set up a good system of keeping track of your lessons. When you have the hours that best fit what you want for a work week, then you are finally able to start teaching at home! It’s a great feeling knowing that you don’t have to leave your house to work. I often hear about people trying to work from home and it never works out. I’m here to tell you that working from home is possible! You have to know what you’re doing. It’s something that will take at least a year to set up. Once you have everything set up, then you’re good to go. Make sure to take care of yourself and I look forward to posting more on here for next time! Happy teaching!

Update on my experience with teaching this year

Life has been hectic. I feel like business has been booming, but there has been so much going on that I can’t keep up with. It’s like running on a treadmill on a speed that I can’t handle. I wish that I could gradually make the changes that I need to make in order to handle all the work that I have on my plate.

One experience that I have is trying to justify my pay rate to customers. I’ve raised my prices twice in two years. The reason why I have increased my rate is because I have been working in this field for more than six years. My experience justifies the amount of work and quality of work that I can bring to the table. I am worth the raise. It’s not that I always raise my prices. I haven’t raised my prices at all in the last six years besides recently. I’m afraid of asking for more money, but I have to be stronger. I know how much work and money I deserve. And I am worth it. My advice to any fellow teachers is to not be afraid to ask and to advocate for yourself. This is your business and never let someone tell you how you are worth. You are worth much more.

Besides the hectic busy life of teaching, nothing much else has been going on. I am hoping to go back to the office more often to get my work done. Right now, I am busy scheduling my lessons for the new school year. It’s like playing a puzzle where you have to find the right place for each student. I’ll continue posting updates on here as the year progresses. I hope everyone is having a great day and continue to stay safe/work hard!