If there is anyone out there that actually reads or follows my blog, you’ve probably noticed that I am not very good at publishing content. COVID was quite productive for us in some ways and in others, it completely changed our lives.
We found about a month ago that Chris’ job had been terminated thus leaving us unemployed. In the past, he’s never really worried too much about finding another job but this is the age of COVID. Everything has changed and there are many uncertainties from it. So, when I offered, like I always do, to find ways to make money he didn’t tell me no. Gulp!!
So, I did what any self respecting stay-at-home homeschooling mom would do, I got busy trying to fix things. I have a skill set that is marketable but only if I’m willing to be in a classroom. I’m not. Ah, but COVID has changed other things. That means the way that all children are learning has changed. We’re in the age of Virtual Learning, so I’ve gone virtual.
There are more and more people, at least right now, who are homeschooling, They are looking for classes and teachers online to help them get started. I am working on my practicum to become a Dyslexia Specialist so I am tutoring a few kids. Right now, that isn’t producing too much. Enough to pay for supplies for my business. I tutor elementary math as well. I’m learning new ways to teach math in a multi-sensory way so it sticks.
I am also working diligently taking two extra classes to help my business. One of them is a class to learn how to actually running a business. I’m a teacher not a business person. It was necessary. The other thing I am working on certification to IEW Writing With Style and Structure. Both are taking me lots of time to work through.
To add to the load, I have been hired to teach at new online learning platform called YourSchoolhouse.com. I am an independent teacher, Mrs. Kare (in case you want to look for me). They are looking for more teachers and encouraging us to get our classes published so they can start advertising them to students. I have lots of ideas but I am most nervous about this. It’s been forever since I developed my own objectives and lesson plans for a class. I’ll admit, I’m really struggling with this one.
I’m still doing all of this while homeschooling full time. I’m not sure I’m doing any of it well, but I am learning to rest in God’s grace and trust that He’s leading me and help me determine my big rocks.
While I am excited about this new business, it’s taking a long time to get off the ground, I would really like to be making income in the next several months. I was hoping to have my blog up and running so that maybe by some strange chance I could monetize it. I don’t think so!!
That brings me to the something new. I started a YouTube Channel for The Ragamuffin Mom!! I am really excited about it. The more I think about how I communicate best, the more I realize that I have ALWAYS wanted to do some kind of public speaking (or acting, but we won’t go there). I think that was why I wanted my kids to do speech and debate. I could live vicarious through them. HA!!! No, really. I wanted them to be strong communicator because I want to be a strong communicator.
Now, I think my communication skills are pretty mediocre but I see YouTube as an opportunity to improve those skills. And I will be needing that as I teach online more. I am also learning little by little how to edit video, add music, thumbnails, etc. Everything I am learning through playing with YouTube will improve my online teaching as well.
I am seriously praying that my YouTube channel will take off. We need income to be coming in by the end of October. I don’t have any aspirations for my channel to grow like that but God can do just about anything He wants. And if I am finally walking in obedience to Him (because He’s been pushing me for months and months to start blogging and encouraging other women) than maybe He has a plan for it to grow.
I just think it would be fun to have a following. Not because I want to be popular but because I really, really want to encourage other women as they grow in the Lord.
So there is it. My update and my new thing.
Please check up my YouTube Channel, The Ragamuffin Mom. You can search me as Karen Tryon. May i be so bold as to ask you to subscribe to my channel and like my video.
Now my work begins. It’s really easy to talk about myself and my family and talk about what I’m passionate about. It a whole other thing to product content that will be appreciated. I would covet your prayer for me.