This post is sponsored by Brightwood College but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Life is hard. (who starts a blog post like this?) but let’s face it. It can truly be hard sometimes. We get thrown a ton of curve balls headed our way and striking out happens. However, getting back on the horse is always possible. Or I should say hitting a home run is always possible?
Looking back, I couldn’t be prouder of myself for finishing school. I got pregnant with my first born during my last year of college. I was faced with a decision to either quit or continue to pursue my passions. After having him I had three classes left. I could have just stayed home and decided to throw school out the window but that would have been going against something I feel strongly about.
But let’s not talk about me. Today I want to brag about my sister, Cherry. She has inspired me even more than I already was about furthering one’s education.
It all started last year when The Husband and I went on vacation to see her. We took an unexpected road trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. There were six of us in an SUV comprised of family and close friends. We only get to see The Husband’s brother once, maybe twice a year so we make it a point to spend some time with them out in California. Most of the time we spend together is spent in conversation. On the way to Las Vegas, in the car, Cherry was doing school work. She didn’t let life get in her way. She didn’t let her circumstances stop her. So, what was supposed to be a 4-hour trip, it actually ended up taking close to 8 hours. I sat in amazement. In awe of her determination, her drive to do what she needed to do to further her education.
Instagram picture from our trip to Vegas.
Fast forward a year or so, Cherry graduated. I have to say, seeing her, with her cap and gown on and holding her newborn son with her husband of 7 years, she gave many other moms, daughters, husbands, and sons a perfect example of what hard work can get you.
Even though our stories are completely different, persistence and determination to achieve the goals we set for ourselves were the key. We never made any excuses and we never took “No” for an answer.
Having a college education has changed many people’s life. It has changed my life, it has changed Cherry’s life and it can change your life.