Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sacrifice

I was accepted to complete my doctoral coursework in higher education with Texas Tech University for the Fall 2013 semester!!! YAY!! You would think I'd be on cloud nine. Well this moment is bitter sweet and marks the first of many sacrifices I will likely make for the family I am building. You see- school starts on August 26th and our wedding day is only a few short weeks after on September 20th and I do not want to bite off more that I can chew. Let me tell you something about me......I AM A PERFECTIONIST. Now I know I am not perfect and no matter how hard I try I will never be perfect, but that sure doesn't stop me from trying :) I want to be an excellent doctoral student and most importantly I want to be an excellent wife. So what is a girl to do?!?!? Sit on the beaches of Aruba with her new husband cranking out a 20 page paper on our honeymoon? Well that doesn't sound appealing and I am sure it won't appeal to my new husband. Granted he supports my decision to pursue this degree I just feel a certain kind of way about taking all of this on at the same time. Simply bad timing as I know with a doctoral program comes neglect to your spouse and family no matter how hard you try to balance it all. The resolution= I have decided to postpone and begin my doctoral coursework in Fall 2014. School is not going anywhere and the timing seems to be a better fit for my family so a girl has to do what she has to do :) I know many will disagree with this decision because as women we want to maintain our independence. Trust me, I feel the same way however I do not feel making this sacrifice takes away any sense of my independence. What put it in perspective for me is from a biblical sense and that is Jesus said HE comes first, your spouse second, your children third and everything and everyone else simply has to get in line somewhere after. That is how I sorted my priorities to help me make this tough decision. Who else has experienced a similar sacrifice? How did you handle it?

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