20151220_171106-1Having a cheering section has been crucial. My daughters, Ashley (20) and Audrey (16), have never complained about the sacrifices they have had to make for me to go to college. I appreciate their roll-with-the-punches attitude and not resenting my decision to get a college degree while they were young. I could’ve waited until they were grown, but I knew when I thought about going that if I didn’t go then, I never would. I know they are proud, and would never want to take this away from me.

My oldest sister, Ronnetta, has kept up with my college. She asks all the time how I’m doing, always telling me how proud she is, and reminding me that our mom would be very proud as well if she was here to see me. I have another sister, Ellen, that tells me she’s proud of me at times, but she still has a young daughter at home, and stays pretty busy with her own life. Just saying, I don’t go asking my family if they are proud of me, they just randomly tell me. I also have a best friend, Kristi. She is the kind of friend that if I need her, she makes herself available. She is married and stays pretty busy with her own family, but even though we rarely talk, I know she’s always¬†in my corner.

With that being said, I would like to say thank you. Thank you, Ashley, for being more than a daughter, but being a friend. You are always someone I know will tell me the honest truth, even when you know it’s not what I want to hear. Thank you, Audrey, for writing along beside me, keeping me focused because I don’t want to disappoint you. Thank you, Ronnetta, for reminding me I can do it! Always cheering me on. You will never know how many times your words were the ones that made me get back up and keep going to class each semester. Thank you, Kristi, for being the friend everyone needs, for being the one to remind me that dreams are not to be tossed aside, that I should keep dreaming.

One last thank you goes to Jeff Goins. Without his book, his webinar, constant emails and Facebook posts, I would not have had the courage or know-how to get a website up and going.