On Tuesday morning, I set off to attend the 2014 First Annual Teachers Pay Teachers Sellers Conference. It would be the first time that TpT sellers and TpT staff came together as a corporation to celebrate everything this website has accomplished. To say it was “an amazing week” is quite an understatement.
Although I could tell you about what I learned from a business standpoint at the conference this week (and I learned a lot), that’s not what I want to write about. That’s not why I blog. It’s not why you read blogs. So I’m going to write this post from an emotional perspective because that is what is in my heart right now. <3 🙂
Here are some pictures of some of the wonderful TpT friends that I got to meet this week and some of my friends who I got to see and hang out with again!
This piece of art was presented to Paul from all of us at TpT. It contains a thank you message and everyone’s store logos. We also gave a version to the TpT staff. Special thanks to Rachel Lynette from Minds in Bloom and Michelle, The 3am Teacher, for making this gift come to life.
The sheer gratitude that we all felt after the conference was hard to put into words. I am so thankful and so grateful for having this opportunity this week. It made TpT/Blogging REAL to me. We were no longer these little square blog buttons that we talked to over our computer screens. We were friends and family. There were many of us in tears during the keynote speeches. These were tears of happiness and gratitude. From being able to purchase school supplies for our classrooms, to building or buying our first homes, to being able to bring a baby home after an adoption – the stories of gratitude were endless this week. Many of us had met before, but it was a different feeling when we were all in the same room for the same purpose. We came together to celebrate what TpT has done for our students, our schools, our teaching professions, our personal lives, and the many teachers/kids that our products reach.