Saturday, June 8, 2013

Natalie - Part 2: Ch-ch-change

Change isn't always easy.  Change takes sacrifice, faith and perseverance.   Natalie's journey in returning to college with three young children is inspiring and proves that setting goals and keeping your eyes on the outcome will help you get through the difficult "in-between".  Although it hasn't always been easy, Natalie enjoys the fact that she's working towards a concrete goal, and every class that she takes and every connection along the way is getting her closer and closer to that goal.

"As an introvert and loner by nature, I am glad that I have had the opportunity to get to know people that I can stay connected with when I leave school. I am glad that I am moving on the path to bettering the lives of my own children, as well as the children I will be in contact with in the future. I look forward to being a positive influence in my students’ lives, and can’t wait to be the kind of teacher my students will (hopefully) someday look back on with fondness."

Having such a great support system has also helped Natalie physically and emotionally.  She has a lot of family very close by...they live with her in-laws, and her parents live about one hour away.  Although living with her husband's family has been an adjustment, they have been a huge help in watching her children.  "I cannot imagine having to deal with daycare for the kids.  I would not be able to do this if we didn't have them to help out." 
Natalie's husband Alfredo has always been incredibly supportive, and this past year his work scheduled changed so that he can stay home some days with their kids.  However, this means that Natalie and Alfredo rarely get to see each other because they never have a "day off" together.  "Above and beyond everything else, just having family who I know support me and who are proud of me, makes everything much easier."

Natalie and her husband Alfredo
Natalie, that light is shining brightly at the end of your tunnel!  You are so close to being done with school, and then you will have years and years of spending time with your husband and little monkeys and it will all be worth it :)
What words of encouragement does Natalie have for someone who may be thinking of returning to school?  Someone who might think they are "too old"?
"If you’re waiting for the right time, it‘s never going to happen. Sometimes you just have to take that leap – even if it is just starting slowly, online like I did, or one or two classes here and there. Being too old isn’t an excuse, especially since the longer you wait, the older you’ll get."
So true.  Waiting for the perfect time to make any kind of change in your life is tricky, because the "prefect" time will never arrive.  The time to make a change is when you make up your mind that a change is needed.  Pray, seek wise counsel, set a goal...and go for it!


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