Yup it is almost that time! That time, that moment, that day that has kept me going for the past 10 or so years. That moment I have imagined over and over in my head. A moment that has kept me encouraged and fighting toward the end goal. I always laughed and said that I would frame and hang my dissertation on the wall..and each time I said it it was like hah yah years from now. The funny part is my copy should be here any day…..will I frame it and hang it on the wall?
Friday, the day I have been waiting for! Friday I get to enjoy walking the stage one more time as I celebrate the official completion of a degree well done. I look back over the past 12 years…so much has happened these past 12 years. Some of those things include
1. I moved a country
2. I traveled to India
3. I traveled to Central Europe
4. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree
5. I lost my Dad
6. I started graduate school
7. I got engaged
8. I started feeling sick, and no one knew why?
9. I got married
10. I moved cities
11. I started multiple new jobs
12. I was diagnozed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Sjogrens, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (over the past 5 years)
13. I graduated with my master’s degree
14. I started thinking about my future and where God will take me
15. I defened my dissertation on 02/18/2015 and I walk on May 8, 2015
MUCH MUCH MUCH has changed! I have started a business that I love, I have to consider my future and where God will take me. I suffere intense pain almost every day….and yet I am still here fighting for a better future for myself and my family! I ordered my Red Jacket tonight, which for those of you not in Mary Kay…it means that I am moving forward in my business. It means I’m growing my business. NOT because of me, but because I have amazing friends who support me, I have amazing customers who have become true gems to me, and I have found someting I love. I am truly excited to see what life will be like post-graduation. It is scary to think of all that will change, but yes I promise you changes are coming! MANY changes are coming. Some of those changes as you can read…have been tough! But EACH change grown me to the woman, the doctor, the servant-leader that I am today. And for those changes, trials, and challenges, I am ever so grateful!
To the many of you who have followed my journey for the past several years, I am thankful for YOU!. For the hundreds that follow my Facebook page, I am thankful for your words of wisdom. I have met some pretty incredible friends hrough these venue. I am so glad that you found me and I had the courage to take the FIRST step.
If you find yourself tonight, at a crossroads…unsure of the first step…all I can tell you is to take it! It is a risk, it is terrifying..but if I had not done that MANY years ago my life would not be where it is today. I am ever so grateful for the few who have walked this journey with me.
To my dad that will watch me graduate from above, I miss you! I always dreamed that Friday would be a day you would get to see. I did it! I did it and I hope you are proud of the daughter that you raised. You will never get to hold my dissertation, you will never see the dedication page I wrote to you. But I am ever so thankful for the many life lessons that you taught me. On Friday, I will carry you in my heart!
To the future that God provide!