Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My Supports

The first support I have in my life is my husband John.  It is because of his support that I am able to pursue a master’s degree at this time.  I work full-time and help my daughter raise her two young children, without the emotional and practical support I receive from John; there is no way I would have the time or energy to do the work required in this program. 

I also have support from coworkers. I have many intelligent, educated people in my agency, that I am able to bounce ideas off and ask questions.  They are always concerned about me and my progress at school.  It is a huge support to have people who believe in your abilities.

I know what it is like to try to go to school while working and raising kids without this support.  Many years ago, I completed an AA degree while working and raising young children. I did not have a supportive husband, or people at work that cared about me. It was incredibly difficult.  I did it, but it took so much energy, both physical and emotional, to just get through the days.

If I imagined that I had a challenge such as a mobility issue, I know that I would need the support of my employer to do my job.  Because I drive to people’s homes every day, and then go into their houses and work with their families, I would need the understanding and acceptance of the families I worked with as well. 

I know that dealing with these types of daily challenges would be emotionally wearing and I would need the emotional support of my family and coworkers.   I work for an amazing agency and I know that if I needed accommodations made, they would find ways to make them.  I am very blessed to have the supportive home and work life that I do.

“Here is the basic rule for winning success. Let's mark it in the mind and remember it. The rule is: Success depends on the support of other people. The only hurdle between you and what you want to be is the support of other people.” David Joseph Schwartz

5 comments:

Janille said...

Stacie,

Wow!I loved reading about your relationship with your co-workers. You truly know what collaboration is!

Janille

Rebekah said...

Enjoyed your post! I didn't mention my co-workers in my blog, but my co-workers are also very supportive!!! Without them and my family, I probably wouldn't complete my master's degree. We are lucky!!

Child at Heart said...

Stacie,
I really liked reading your blog, and your response about your husband, and the fact that with his support, you are able to get your master's reinforces the reality that we all are blessed in our own way by family, friends and environments.

youngchildeducator said...

wow Stacie I so needed to read your post tonight. Without even knowing it you just gave me so much encouragement and validation. I am currently a single mom (my baby is two), full time career and trying to do Grad School. Currently on the verge of breaking! It was refreshing to hear that I am not alone in that struggle. It can be incredibly emotionally and physically draining. I live with my parents, and so it is a huge support, hard nonetheless =) Thank you so much for sharing.

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