Date Day

Today my husband and I had a day out together.  Life gets to be so busy sometimes, and it seems like the first thing to suffer when it’s busy is alone time with each other.  We have been married for nearly 24 years.  (That in and of itself is an amazing fact to me!)  In that time period we have been through some pretty good stuff…but  we have also been through some pretty yucky stuff.  One thing I have learned in all of it is this….The most important thing that my husband and I can do is have alone time, have time going out for the day, or time going out for a glass of wine or cup of coffee together.  Time to connect, to laugh, to learn more about each other (it amazes me how much there still is to learn after so many years together) and to dream together.  All things that we did when we were dating, but  all so very important to keeping a marriage healthy and growing.  I can look back on the yucky times in our marriage, and I know that they all stemmed from us not connecting, not dreaming, not making our relationship a priority.  We had to learn the hard way that relationships not only take work, they take a commitment to togetherness and days out.  Today we went to a museum in the mansion of a local family and did a tour and had lunch together.  We talked and laughed and amazingly, we did not talk about work or the kids!  We just enjoyed each other!

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Registered for my Final Two Classes Today……

I remember sitting down at my computer blogging about my decision to go back to school.  I had been out of school for around 20 year., and a lot has happened in my life since I had last been a student.  In December 2015 I graduated summa cum laude with my B. S. in Psychology.  I began grad school right away, and I also blogged about my decision to pursue Gerontology.

Today I am sitting here blogging about registering for my final two graduate classes.  By December of this year, I will hold a master’s degree in Gerontological Services from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

This journey has taken me through five years, two moves, both of my children graduating high school, health concerns and surgeries, the death of a grandparent, and multiple other life changes.  It was very difficult at times, and I even spent some time in tears and ready to give up.  I kept going, though, and here I am!

I am working to find a job and begin to build upon my education and truly make a difference to the people who I work with.  I am looking at research ideas, and beginning the process of developing them.  I am still a wife and a mom, and these roles are the ones I still identify with most closely because these roles mean the world to me.  I am also someone who is passionate about my chosen field and the individuals that I work with.  In some ways. I am the same person I have always been.  In others, I have changed and grown.

My husband and my kids have given me their love and support, their proofreading skills and their shoulder, their understanding and their cheering section to get me through.  I could not have gotten here without them!

So here I am getting ready to tackle my final semester of school.  I am excited to see where I land as I apply for and interview for positions in my field.  I am excited to see what the next chapter of my life holds as I am stepping out as a confident, educated and capable woman.