Well, the piece of paper arrived in the mail today so it’s officially official: the Leadership & Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector certificate is mine! HOORAY!!
Moms go back to school every day, and I would like to applaud us all because that was a really tough thing to do. That was 180 hours that I spent in the classroom and not with my family, not to mention the numerous hours spent at Starbucks completing assignments and studying for exams. I wouldn’t have this certificate now if it weren’t for my husband and kids. They left me alone when I needed to get my work done and snuggled me senseless when it was all getting to be too much for me to handle.
Attending those weekly classes was sometimes a scheduling nightmare – a husband working shifts means that every other week I had to find someone else to watch the kids. In most cases, it was my mom. I wouldn’t have this certificate now if it weren’t for her. Her easy response of “of course” every time I asked her to come over and sit with the kids ensured that I went to school without worry, knowing my kids were being tucked in by Nana.
Like I said, I know many moms (and dads!) have done this before me and I know I didn’t exactly get my degree in rocket science or find a cure for cancer, but I am so super proud of myself. I worked hard, I came one step closer to mastering my craft and for the first time in my adult life, I actually finished something. And that feels damn good.