Wednesday, July 19, 2017

college, take two

A few days ago I announced on my social media that I am officially a Southern New Hampshire University student in Creative Writing and English! 

I’ve had so many questions thrown at me, so I’m throwing all of them back into a blog post to hopefully answer them.

No, we are not moving to New Hampshire. :) All of my classes are through their online university. 

That is the plan for now. Unless I find a job in my field or something along those lines that I’m led to take, I’ll be staying at home with Lilli, and blogging/writing in the mean time until I finish my degree/find that said job.

For those of you that don’t know, I was in school completing an undergrad in Criminal Justice with a focus in family law and planned to go to law school afterward. I had to take a leave of absence when I got sick, and then I continued that leave when I became pregnant with Lilli. Even though I only have about a semester and a half to go to finish my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, Kyle and I have decided that I won’t be pursuing the rest of that degree.
Before I had Lilli, I was 110% set on working in the field of law. I planned on going to law school and becoming a lawyer in family law. That was my plan.
But as we know, our plans are not always God’s plans. During my pregnancy with Lilli, I was unsure if this was the field I wanted to continue to work towards. Law school no longer appealed to me as I felt a baby kick in my belly, and as much as I loved being surrounded by law and all it entails, I know how many hours and hours and hours jobs in this specific field require, and that thought scared me knowing our lives were about to change so drastically with the addition of a baby to our family.
I told myself that I would finish anyway, especially because I was so close, after Lilli was born. After her birth, for one reason or another, I was unable to go back to school. I finally got so close to going back this past January that I had already purchased my books and found a sitter for Lilli - and then Kyle lost his job five days before my first day of classes.
I’ll explain more in my next answer, but I can see now that each time God told me “no”, it was because He was saving this chapter in my life for later in the book. I’m so thankful now that He did.

It’s a big leap from law to writing, isn’t it? Haha. I’ve always loved to write. I wrote my first “book” when I was in the fifth grade, and ever since then, I have just loved to write, no matter what it was about. When I was attending my previous college for Criminal Justice, my favorite part was writing papers and doing research. Weird, right? Most people hate that part of college. But I loved it. I never put two and two together that maybe I should focus more on that passion/talent, and just figured I would love to write legally at some point.
It wasn’t until after Lilli was born that I found out just how much my life focused on writing. I started blogging right after Lilli was born, and I found so much comfort and joy in writing posts - not to gain publicity - but just because I love to write. I started journaling around the same time as a way to combat postpartum anxiety and depression, and it was a lifesaver for me. It’s a way that I connect with God as I journal to Him, and it’s one of the things I look forward most to during my days. I just want to write.
It took me quite a few months to hear what God was trying to tell me - that I was meant to write. I’m not specifically talking about blogging, although that is part of it. I’m not sure what I’ll end up doing, but God directed my path to SNHU for writing, and I’m going to take it one step, and one page, at a time. 

I’m honestly not sure yet. Like I said ^^^ up there, I’m not sure what my plans are for afterwards, because if I’ve learned anything in these past few years, it’s that there’s really no point in taking the time/effort/energy/stress in making my own plans, because God already has “my” plans in the works. I’m choosing to wait on Him and just go where His voice is leading me. That’s the only place I want to be. As I say in my “Meet Me” page, I don’t care what I’m doing, as long as I’m writing.

I already did! I started July 3rd. SNHU works through trimesters, so you’re able to go to school all year round. I’m in my third week of classes.

I’m not sure yet. I’m still waiting for my official transcripts from my previous university, so once those are evaluated, I’ll know exactly when I’ll graduate. The guess is around 2 years if I remain part-time.

I’m so excited for this journey and to see where God leads us. Thank you to all of my friends and family who have already supported me thus far. I’m so thankful for each and every one of you.

(Extra shout out to my husband who has supported me the most, and who has always been my biggest (and best looking) cheerleader. I would have never made it this far without you, and I’m so thankful that you’re letting me chase after my dreams, and changing a few extra diapers in the meantime. I love you bunches!)