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Monday, March 05, 2007

One life goal down... BOoYah!

My husband and I met in high school. When I graduated, my mind was not on my education, but on other things. I had a 3.9 GPA, scholarships aplenty, and enough acceptance letters to go where ever I wanted. I managed to finish a year of college and then found myself married, working full-time, and shortly after - pregnant.

I love my husband and my children. I have no regrets and I thank the powers that be everyday that I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful family.

Not having that degree though... that was a burr in my saddle. As I matured and as my children went off to school the annoyance became a fever. In 2004, I signed up for University of Phoenix online campus. Today I am finished. Yes!

I am raising two children, maintaining a solid - loving relationship with my husband, working a full-time career which often requires 50 or more hours a week of my time, blogging, writing a book, trying to keep a house clean... and I spent the last two and a half years in accelerated college courses writing at least one (usually two) papers a week - every week. (Which is, of course, why my house is often a mess and I'm only a third of the way into my first draft!)

Life goals 1 & 2:

1. Complete my bachelor's degree: Is officially taken care of.
Now I can focus on 2. Complete a novel.

You are never too old to finish something you started - or start on a completely new path for your life. No matter who you are or where you happen to be, never give up your dreams or your goals. No matter how unattainable they may seem to be. No matter how many obstacles you think you face. With determination and dedication anything is possible.



Blogger heather said...


9:22 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Congratulations!!! That is a wonderful accomplishment and you should be very proud. Going to school while you have a busy personal life is such a hard thing to do.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Undercover Angel said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful. And thank you for your words of wisdom about never being too old or it never being too late to start something new or to finish something you've already started.

12:35 PM  
Blogger December Quinn said...

Congratulations! That's awesome, that's so awesome!!!

1:22 PM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

You rock, sisterfriend. Congrats. When's the party to celebrate?

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Laughing Muse said...


Break out the champagne, chocolate-covered pears, and pleasant-looking lads to serve it!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Joely Sue Burkhart said...

What a *terrific* story! Huge congratulations!! Now get cracking on that book because people like me want to read it. :-)

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Mike Berta said...

Saw your accomplishment on my Technorati watchlist. Congrats from another UOP alum and current student (again)

8:35 PM  
Blogger Wylie Kinson said...

Sending you virtual champagne to celebrate your amazing accomplishment.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Angela/SciFiChick said...


9:44 AM  
Blogger Sabrina said...

Happy graduation!

My dad also went back to school a few years ago (the University of Phoenix has a campus near our house). He did the 18-month or 2-year BA, too. It wasn't easy, but he did it and graduated. Congratulations.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Amy Ruttan said...

Congratulations, that's something on my list of life goals.

Very happy for you!

6:09 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Congratulations. In 1995 I thought I would be the first person on my family to graduate from college (U of A, Tucson). My 52-year old mother beat me to the finish line by six months. You truly are never too old to do anything.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

Congratulations! What a great achievement. I really admire your determination.

11:30 AM  
Blogger domestika said...

I can't believe that you manage to juggle so many proverbial plates at one time and keep them all in the air! Congratulations on achieving your bachelor's degree: no doubt the gratification is all the sweeter for being delayed. You are my new hero.
~ Jen

12:12 PM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

Congratulations! I can't believe you managed to juggle so much! That is truly an accomplishment.

Big congratulations!

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Joy T. said...

Wow HUGE congratulations! What an accomplishment and with so much else going on. A true hero for so many women. I think I'm going to send my daughters over here to read this :o)

8:09 PM  
Anonymous writersgroupblog said...

Yeah to you! It really feels great to reach one's goals. Much congrats!

8:55 PM  

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