Struggle I Overcame in 2013 (#InspireMe2014)

Inspire Me 2014

I got behind on my daily posts for the Inspire Me 2014 Writing Prompt . If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know why: two courses starting AND creating a “girl cave” (woohoo!). So, I’m just going to jump right in with today’s Inspire Me 2014 Writing Prompt : Write about a struggle you overcame in 2013.

It’s no secret to anyone who reads my blog that a big struggle I faced and overcame (with a final grade of 81%!) was returning to school. It was exciting, scary, exhilarating, overwhelming, but overall, it’s been a great experience.

I haven’t felt so old as I did on my first day in September when the professor was describing online resources and I couldn’t write fast enough with where he was clicking on the projector screen. The last time I went to university, email was just starting to be available to us regular people. The last time I went to college, we couldn’t submit assignments via email as our assignments would have required the use of scanners…which weren’t financially available to most people. Now, there’s this thing called a “dropbox”. Silly me asked where the dropbox was, getting pen and paper ready to write down a room number…only to be told to log into our course online and there was a button there to submit our assignments through the dropbox. Sigh.

It’s been a huge learning curve but I did well taking one course. This semester, I’m venturing forward with taking two courses – one in class, and one purely online. Talk about ANOTHER learning curve! I spent the morning today creating a calendar for all the assignments, reading requirements, youtube videos to watch, timelines, etc for both of these courses. Needless to say, it’s going to be a busy semester…

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Birthday (#InspireMe2014Challenge)

Inspire Me 2014

Today’s Inspire Me 2014 Writing Prompt is: When is your birthday?! We’d all like to send some wishes.

My birthday is October 10, which usually falls on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend so there’s always lots of pumpkin pie, which is just fine by me! In 2013, it was in the middle of the week. This year, it’s the Friday of the Thanksgiving weekend. Interestingly, I share my birthday with my mom…but no, I wasn’t “mean” and forced her to be in labour on her birthday. I’m adopted. My dad wanted a redhead and my mom and I have the same birthday – match made!

When is your birthday?

What Changes I Made in 2013 to Better Myself (#InspireMe2014Challenge)

Today’s Inspire Me 2014 Blog Challenge writing prompt: What changes were made in 2013 to better yourself, or what changes will you make in 2014 to better yourself?

Return to school

The biggest change I made was returning to school for a Social Service Worker diploma. I made it through my first course, with a final grade of 81%, which was quite motivating! Will take one course for sure this coming semester (starts in two weeks) and am looking at taking a second one. Discussions to be had with the powers at be at school to determine the best way for me to move forward.