Well, I finally launched! It has been 25 years since I graduated from Southern Nazarene University as a Teacher. And thirteen years since I graced a classroom in that capacity. My daughters earned their Masters degree at the University of Texas of the Premium Basin in Odessa, through the internet. I thought why not keep it in the family. This August I began my degree plan to become a Diagnostician for Special Education. There was a lot of backlash from my daughters and mentor– they don’t feel that is a good fit for me. My mentor wants me to teach again, my daughters do not. My mom doesn’t understand why I want more education. My husband is supportive of anything I do. So, I am in limbo.
I thought about switching to get a Certified Public Accountant degree in accounting because I am good at bookkeeping. But, what I would really like to do, in my heart of hearts and dreams of dreams is to become an effective writer. To support my husband and me in the future I would love to write. Textbooks, Poetry, Gift Cards, Publicity Media, Technical Manuals, you name it I may want to write about it. I even have a rough draft of a novel sitting on my computer banks. Currently, I have been writing the welcome cards to visitors at our church and started the Loving Embrace Ministry, which is a card ministry. I have created handmade cards for grief and get well sentiments enclosed with a prayer request card and bookmark.
The trick to this higher education is finding a market niche then pursuing the additional training. I would like to find myself in a dream career while earning a Ph.D. I would feel more accomplished than I already do. I changed the tide in my family circle. I was the first to get a General Education Diploma. The first to go to college and earn a Bachelors Degree. The first to bring child abuse in my family to the forefront and get it stopped. The first to talk about mental illness and its effect on our family members. But, I am not the last in getting an education.
On my sister’s side of the family. My great-nephew and great-nieces are in college pursuing their dreams. Two are wanting to become Teachers, one is in Video/Electronics for Movies area- he has been co-shooting and co-editing football games for his local college team that is aired weekly. Another great-niece is taking general studies until she decides what career track she wants to take; which is smart of her. On my brother’s side of the family. I have one niece that has pursued her Associates Degree in Childcare Development. She now operates a daycare from her home. I am proud of her because she stepped out of her comfort zone (no schooling) to pursue a dream career, that takes guts and tenacity.