Sunday morning I will be walking across that stage to receive my diploma. Six years ago I set out to get my degree somewhat expecting it to be a straight and narrow path. HA! Who was I kidding? Nothing worth having comes easy.
I originally didn't have any desire to go to college after high school. It wasn't until a friend of mine who was applying to schools convinced me that I wanted to go and got me an interview for a financial assistance program at the school she was planning to attend.
I applied and got accepted.
I went away to live at tschool at first, had stupid boy problems, friendship issues with the first year at school, my good friend was in a bad car accident, and so on and I ultimately moved home. That was just the first of changes to come. I went back and forth from living on campus at a nearby school to living at home with my mom, to living in Las Vegas with my aunt, to living with my grandmom, then back to school, and ultimately living with my boyfriend. In the midst of my college career, my father suddenly passed away at the young age of 43. I was devastated. I didn't know how I was going to continue to function. I had to drop a class because I couldn't take the work load along with everything going on. I thought about dropping out but I knew that
1) I had come too far and
2) My daddy would be dissapointed if I dropped out so I kept on pushing.
A month later, I found out I was pregnant with my beautiful baby girl. I continued to go to school throughout my entire pregnancy however since I still needed an internship in the major I was in, I had to switch majors for what was now the third time. I finished that school year and at eight months pregnant, moved all my belongings again into my new apartment with my boyfriend. I took a semester off to be home with my baby girl then went back to school part-time last year.
Since then I have worn so many hats in one day. I've raised my now two year old daughter, built an incredibly strong relationship with my honey, worked full time, went to school, AND lost 100+lbs and became "skinny jeans dreams", became a fitness addict, and recently became a Weight Watchers employee part-time.
Back in 2006, I never would have imagined that I would be graduating
1) Without my daddy being physically present,
2) Having a two year old and
3) 100 pounds lighter.
You never know what God has in store for you. All I know is that, like my friend Daphne said this morning, I've worn many caps lately but the cap I will wear Sunday will be the finest of them all!!
I can't wait to post pictures!!
***Last weekend I worked on living life as a "healthy" person and not just a person on Weight Watchers. It worked!! I lost 1.4lbs this week and am back to -101.6. I hope that I can do the same this weekend and this week! However, I'd be lying if I said I didn't plan to let my hair (or lack there of) down this weekend to celebrate six years in the making!!!***