Dear Friends and Family,
As some/many of you may know, I have accepted my acceptance to do a Masters of Public Health beginning September 17th. I applied to the program to keep my options open, never really intending to do it. Then, when I was actually accepted, I did a LOT of debating, and decided to go for it!
Here are the reasons I decided to do the program:
- I love learning. I want to be educated
- I want to contribute to the world around me in a meaningful way
- A masters degree is empowering
- Feeling of fulfillment, and accomplishment
- If I ever do a Masters, it will be now, or in about 30 years... or, never
- I want to be the best mom I can be, and I really believe educated people make great mothers
- And many other reasons...
Well, I've made the most of my summer and been playing with Ruby like crazy. As we've gotten closer and the reality of school set in, I did some more pondering on what my goals are and how I will get there. Completing this program would be an amazing thing that I likely wouldn't regret, but I have come to realize that I can fulfill my goals (and the reasons listed above) in other ways that won't:
A) Take me away from Ruby and my family time
B) Cost an arm and a leg and
C) Allow me the time and energy to pursue other talents and hobbies that make me happy!
This week, I gave up my spot and bowed out of the program. It feels like the right thing to do. I now feel very relieved and at peace. I am excited to take piano lessons and really start advertising my photography and delving into that world. I plan to start a book club and/or cooking group. I can give everything I have to my calling, and fulfill my scripture study and exercise goals.
Scott has been the ultimate support through this period of self-discovery. I couldn't ask for a better companion who loves me and values me whether I am a Master or not.
Thank you for your support of my decision. I really feel that it is the best thing for me and my family. It took a lot to reach this point, but I know that none of my time or money has been wasted in this pursuit. It has been the cost of me realizing my priorities and committing to achieve them.