Anyone who knows me well knows that I have been attending college for the past four years. It has been challenging and often maddening, but I made it through.

It really doesn’t matter what I majored in or what my career plans are. I am a middle-aged woman who is embarking on a third career path. I am proud of myself for many reasons.

First of all, I did what a lot of people didn’t believe I could do. In fact, most of my family and close friends thought it was just a little game. Surely, I wasn’t serious, right? Well, I am sitting here at my computer today laughing at the naysayers.

I was more than serious. In fact, I was so serious that I pursued a double major – Journalism/Mass Communication and Political Science/Government. In fact, I was so serious that I finished with a 4.0 GPA and am graduating with honors. Yeah, I wasn’t serious at all!

So, today I sit here for the first time in four years not looking at the next class syllabus, not looking at the week’s overview of assignments due, not looking ahead at the textbook for a hint of what is in store for me for the next five weeks.

No, I sit here realizing that I can now pursue my full time writing career. I can say I have a BS in Political Science and a BA in Journalism. I have credentials. Haha! That sounds so surreal to me, and just a little humorous.

Now, I wonder what I’m going to do with my time. Well, write more, paint more, play more, love more.

I have a life again that does not include homework or assignments. I have a life again that is not consumed with GPA worries.

And …. I’m thinking of going for a Master’s Degree in January. I may be a little crazy, but I figure –

“What the hell? I might as well!”

Here’s my second point in this personal blog post for

Don’t ever short change yourself when it comes to your dreams. I put mine off for a very long time.

For as long as I can remember, I shelved my dreams out of fear. Until four years ago, I stepped through a huge fear and went for a degree.

Oh, I still have fears that I’m dealing with, but it’s a step. A huge step! Instead of one degree, I have two. Instead of believing what others said that I would never do it, I did!

Maybe, just maybe, I can pull through the next fear and move into that place of pushing through what holds me back from becoming the best self I can be.

Maybe, just maybe, I really am that amazing woman the man that I love says I am!