You must dream bigger and have stronger faith. I wrote those words down in my journal a few days before making the sound decision that I was going to continue with finishing my associate degree in social science from my local community college. 

As I look back on my choice to go back to school as a mom, it was in 2019. During 2019, I knew that I was ready to take on the challenge of motherhood right along with obtaining a higher education. I took 3 and a half years off from college in my twenties to work 9 to 5’s and find myself. 

I started college in 2015 and hardly made it through. As I reflect on my life in my early twenties to now, being in my late twenties, I have a much better mindset and approach to achieving my goals. It may or may not be the same way for you. I have a better appreciation for life, my purpose, and now setting goals that I do not have to constantly procrastinate about making a reality. Growing is much bigger than me. I am growing in so many ways for my children and the union I have built with my husband.

Coming from my immediate family, I was the first to graduate from high school and be the first to graduate from college. When my husband and I found I was expecting our second child, I thought about taking a semester off from college to be more attentive to my family. Then about a week ago into my last trimester of pregnancy, I spoke over myself about my capabilities. I knew in my heart that I can still maintain motherhood, my sanity and finish my last classes at my college. There was no need for me to put off a semester of college when I know that God will make way for me.

I’ve been sitting still for a few years, waiting for the right time to do certain things that will stimulate my growth during my twenties out of fear and uncertainty. Going back to college as a mother to my three-and-a-half-year-old and newborn daughter will motivate me to not give up. I am not in this alone, and I do have my husband. 

I also understand that there will be many restless nights and busy mornings. This time around, there will not be a soul to talk me out of making my way towards this one finish line because I have other races to win in life towards my dreams. This mama will hustle and respect her own progress no matter how it may seem to others.

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