Hello Spring Semester

Here we go again. I started first day of Spring Semester at CSUN yesterday. I’m taking 2 courses. 1. Poly Science ONLINE and Child development class called Applied Social Development.

Reviewing the syllabus is the worst because it feels overwhelming to see all the work that is required. One of the professors even said to figure out a 1ohr week studying time in order to pass the class.

But I can do this. I just need to take it day by day and focus on finishing one assignment at a time.

I’m trusting God to give me the strength I need to finish strong.

Matthew 6:34

The Message (MSG)

34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

During my last semester, I wasn’t able to commit to going to the gym because that was the only time I could come home from work and focus on my homework while my husband took Emma to the gym for an hour or two.

Since I had a month off from school, I started going to the gym and I’m really liking the way I feel about myself. I notice the change in energy and it just makes me feel good about myself. Even though I haven’t lost any weight, I want to continue going an hour 3 or 4 times a week.

I also want to spend time with my daughter until her bedtime and then focus on schoolwork, probably till midnight or whatever time I may need to stay up.

All I keep day dreaming about is my graduation with hubby and Emma being there with me and celebrating together. They are my inspiration.

 

 

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A Student

After much anxiety, hard work and trying to stay focused, tears and lots and lots of prayers, I successfully completed my Fall Semester with an A in both classes. That was so important for me. Funny thing is, I got the best grades as a mom and a wife than I did when I was single and didn’t have responsibillites.

I’m enrolled in 2 classes for Spring 2013 which begins Jan 22nd.

Please pray for me that God will help me to stay focused.

Thank you in advance,

El

Wrapping Up Fall Semester

Final Exam #1 just happened. I’m fully aware I couldn’t have done this semester in my own strength because most mornings i wanted to hide under my bed and eat hot cheetos and thought WTH was i thinking going back. But God once again supplied me with all that I need and carried me through by His grace and power of His Word reminding me  I can do everything that  I need to do through Christ who strengthens me; regardless of my story, status and situation. To my Heavenly Daddy, I love you and thank you for being with me.

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

phil 4.13

 

Race & Beauty

Yesterday we covered race & beauty in my Race, Ethnicity & Culture Class.

The video below is a documentary of a model trying to make it big in Fashion Week. It’s shocking to me that even this day and age we struggle with racism.

video_the_colour_of_beauty_documentary

 

 

 

There is a misrepresentation of what it means to be fit and healthy. Most girls are aiming for skinny.

What I want for myself is to be in MY best shape. Every one has a size that their comfortable and confident in. Go for that.

There will never be another woman who owns the look, the personality and experience that you do. Those ingredients make up the recipe that defines who you are, and it’s your gift from the Lord—own it. ~ Candace Cameron Bure

 

 

Paperwork

It seems like paperwork doesn’t end no matter which way you go. Being back into school, I’ve already had to complete so many different forms. I think I’m remembering why I hated school so much and it’s because of the paperwork!

This is making me want to revert to my emotional eating habits and have a juicy HABIT veggie burger Ah!

College Books

Note to self: Never order them online. Spend the extra money and go straight to the campus bookstore.

Why?

Because, I’m just finishing week two back into school and I still haven’t received one of my books which I need for the quiz that’s due this Monday!

I went to check the status, the book is still in Chicago on its way to Cali.

yikes!

On a brighter note, I’m really enjoying my Anthropology class. It goes hand in hand with my second class which is Study of Race, Ethnicity & Culture in Development.

I’m so happy, I got the Anthro class online.
I love online classes.

I do really well independently.

 

All things

Today, is my second week back to school.

I think I’m starting to get the hang of things. I was able to get into the swing of things in class today.

I’m certain this power word is going to get me through this season.

Philippians 4:13

Amplified Bible (AMP)

13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [a]infuses inner strength into me; I am [b]self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

Do it Afraid

Over and over again I have come to realize that confident people are people of courage. They go ahead and do things even when they’re afraid. Courage is not the absence of fear but it’s doing it regardless.

Going back to school has been that for me. Leap of Faith. Going against my fears. Things have changed on campus. I’m not a teenager anymore. In a classroom setting there is only one or two other moms other than me. It’s a been intimidating but also empowering.

I’ll I can think about is “I can do whatever I need to do through Christ who strengthens me.”

I’ve been here as a single student, engaged student, married and now a mom. There is an inside joke on campus that I will graduate one day with my kid and it might just become a reality. I’d love for my daughter to attend my graduation. When that day comes, I hope to be able to take her on stage with me.

I’ve never felt this urgency to finish college before.

 

 

 

 

1st Week of Back to College

Wow! Things have changed. It’s been two years since I’ve been in a class room sitting and this week I went back to college as a senior, as a married woman and a mom with 36,000 students on campus and during a time of major budget cuts, decrease in classes and professors and almost no advisors on campus.

I pretty much had to do my planning for the next two semesters.

I walked around campus more this week as a student than I did as an employee here for the last year. I had forgotten how much paper work is required and how much I gotta HUSTLE.

So far I’m enrolled in 2 classes. One of which is ONLINE. I love online classes. I do really well independelty.

I got my chair advisor to sign my graduation form and now I need the Grad evaluator to sign off on it before garduation date becomes offical.