I've taught piano lessons for the last fifteen years, beginning as a teacher in a Christian school, and then moving to teaching lessons from my home. By my figures, I've taught over 10,000 lessons in that time. Obviously the role of piano teacher has been a major facet of my identity, and I've spent a great deal of my life in that role — almost 43% of my life to be exact.
For many years the hours between 3 and 6 PM have found me in my music room, sequestered with students, teaching them theory and how to play. It's definitely been fulfilling, watching my students advance and seeing them enjoy the process of learning the instrument. But I've missed many opportunities to make dinner for my family, I've had to cut short homeschool lessons on many occasions, and my children have had to forego a number of outside activities because of my schedule.
But I taught my very last piano lesson last week; I'm no longer a piano teacher.
So why did I quit?
Well, it's just another change in a long list of changes our family has made in the past few months, all with the goal of prioritizing our life, putting God and our family first.
Since February of this year, we have become Dave Ramsey followers, and we're earnestly working on getting rid of our debt, paying off almost 20% of our debt in the last four and a half months. We've also started recycling and using reusable grocery bags (trying to be being better stewards of the planet), eating healthier, getting rid of preservatives and dyes in our diet, working out on a daily basis, and reading and discussing the Bible together as a family every evening.
By quitting teaching, I'll be able to focus more on homeschooling my kids and spend more time with my family. My design business, which has been a tremendous blessing to us in helping us pay off our debts, has much more flexible hours. So I'll be able to work in the late evenings, after my kids go to bed.
The decision to quit teaching was a very difficult one to make. But I know it was the right decision, for both me and my family.
And now on to the next chapter in my life — one that is completely new to me!