Thursday, May 31, 2018

I made a list and I've checked it twice....

Yesterday we shifted out of our house and today I went back to get the last few things
and pay the cleaning company. When I looked in the letterbox, there was my
graduation certificate. It was so bittersweet to get it.
It was great to be able to tick something off my list but
I could never have imagined when I decided to start studying what my life would look like now.
I could never in a thousand years have imagined me living my single life,
working hard and managing the children.

(I would probably have run for the hills!!)

But I did do this hard hard thing. I always admired people who follow their dreams,
but I didn't think that applied to me. When my sister suggested I go to university,
i really didn't think I had the brains for it.

But I decided to give it ago. Remember how I didn't know if I could do it or how I could fit it in?? I decided the best thing to do was to give up sleep. I chose one paper through Massey
and got up every morning at 5am for a semester. I passed that paper with an A
and that gave me the confidence to apply to Canterbury University.

And now here I am with a shiny new certificate,
a house I just sold and a contract on another one.
Today I also received an invitation for an interview in relation to my
application to do my Master's in Social Work.

I celebrated with a cry in the car,
half a donut and a coffee with a good friend
and a fresh intention to keep on moving forward.

I'm still following my dreams.


  1. Oh Deb!!! You will be a lovely social worker - so compassionate and proactive I think you are made for this role. After following your journey for so many years I know you can do this. I know it’s hard - there are plenty of days when I could just lay on the floor and cry. And sometimes I do and know you do too. And that doesn’t mean we can’t do hard things. It means we are empathetic and thoughtful and conscientious. To quote my favourite nun and educator of girls - you will do good and do it well!!!

  2. Wow, Awesome Deb.Congratulations You!
    I'm very impressed and inspired by your courage and hard work!%5am seriously!!? Thinking of you, Love Heidi

  3. That is amazing! Such good news! How wonderful that you didn't miss out on receiving the certificate. Perfect timing!!

  4. You are amazing! You are inspiring and you are capable and clever. Yay for a sister who saw what you couldn't see. xxx

  5. Oh yay, good for you! but maybe you could splurge and get a whole donut instead! I hope you house move has gone smoothly & that you settle in well there.

  6. Congratulations Deb, you worked so hard for this. I have followed your inspirational journey for years. You steadily tick off clear goals, an amazing role model to your children. You are such a determined resilient woman. I find, upon reflection,challenging experiences build strength. I love the way you celebrate humbly. Enjoy the next season, new home, new studies, growing children. I look forward to reading more.

  7. I’m a lurker coming out to say Congratulations!

  8. The best social workers are those who have lived a life and "get it" whatever IT is . You have achieved be proud

  9. Congratulations on that shiny degree! Enjoy all that is coming your way...and so well deserved! You are remarkable...a true wonder woman.

  10. So happy for you, and love that you write about that bittersweet moment, briefly tallying up what you've lost and what you've gained. Hopefully you've gained so much more that you ever thought. Congratulations!!

  11. Congratulations! So happy to learn that you have got your very well earned certificate. What an amazing amount you have achieved in the past few years! 💐💐💐

  12. Congratulations!!!! Fantastic news.


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