Valentines 2015

Valentines 2015

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mommy, you graduated from homework!

I spent the last 3 years of my life pursuing my Master's degree.  I figured that I should probably decide what I wanted to be when I grew up, and for the first time in my life I actually thought that working in management for the rest of my life sounded good.  Really?  Who says that?!  So, I set to work pursuing my degree in Healthcare Operations Management.  I am thrilled to have finally met my goal!

Now that I'm done I have absolutely no idea how I found the time to work on my Masters with 3 young children in the house.  Late nights, busy nap-times, and 11:55 PM deadlines were the norm. I wondered if the kids would even remember that I went to school when they were little.  As graduation loomed near I learned that my going to school left a profound impression on the kids. First, it taught them perseverance - things may get hard and you may want to give up - but you have to keep pushing through. That have since applied this to their violin lessons.  Sweet! Second, it taught them humility, they couldn't always be #1 and sometimes Mom's needs had to go above theirs.  This is very difficult for children to understand.  And finally it taught them the importance of education- a degree/education is something no one can take away from you.

I never would have been able to complete my degree without the sacrifice and commitment from my family. Si has been nothing short of amazing over the past three years. You need to study?  No problem, take the time you need. You need to go meet up with classmates to figure out how to get through Data Analytics or Turning Data Into Information and be gone for 5 hours?  I'm happy to support you.  AMAZING.  I love this man to pieces.
I spent at least 4 nights a week, after the kids went to bed or while they were napping, studying and completing papers and homework.  Clearly the kids noticed.  When they came to graduation and saw me get my degree Bri said "Mommy, you just graduated from homework didn't you?".  Why yes sweet child, I did.
Check that off the bucket list.
On to the next!

Until next time~