It’s still cooking outside, but it’s not hell’s basement anymore. Yay! I spent the evening on the beach, gazing at the sunset and listening to the waves (what a shitty life!). Emma, my rescue border collie slash ten different breeds decided to rub up against a dead seal and now smells like, well, dead seal.
The last two years have been life changing for me. I finally figured out that what was causing my erratic moods, concentration issues, coordination issues, forgetfulness and many more, was a severe hormone deficiency called PMDD, but more about that in another diary entry. The other thing I wanted to talk about is the sense of accomplishment I felt when completing my advanced diploma in Holistic Life Coaching.
So there I was, at 36, working full time and being a single mom half of the time (my son is with his father every other week, so we are both half-single-parents, if that is a thing?). I had discovered that what I wanted to do with my life was to serve others by helping them improve the quality of their lives by means of being a coach. This is what I knew for sure.
Next came tedious task of finding a suitable course. Now, it seems like nowadays one is able to become a neurosurgeon in 3 weeks with a certificate to boot! I spent hours upon hours sifting through course after course, considering course content and pricing. After a while, I became so frustrated that I put a stop to the search. Then, I realized that I was offering resistance to the universe and blocking my own progress, so I decided to surrender my wishes and I allowed guidance to take place.
Long story short (we will talk all things “manifestation” in future diary entries), I found THE ONE. I did not have the funds available for the diploma, so I took the leap and applied for a loan. Less than two weeks later, I was to embark on one of the most rewarding and tough experiences ever.
My diploma took me 14 months to complete. I worked during the day and studied in the evening. The weeks in which I had my son, I planted my ass at my desk right after he went to bed at night. Now, let me tell you, it was not always pretty. Those tired and sluggish moments had me wondering whether I would be able to cross the finish line. With most online courses, you are free to complete your course in your own time. Mine had a deadline, which was still very generous, but there is no one looking over your shoulder reminding you about your course fees. No one to give you a kick in the rear. It’s all on you.
The day I finally graduated was probably one of the highlights of my life. I knew I had changed my own life forever. Now the reason I am mentioning this is because here is the thing with Short courses, Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees etc. If you DON”T enroll, the time is going to pass anyway. In one year you will still be one year older. In three years, you will be three years older (super great math skills I have). So why not be a little older with a qualification in something you are passionate about?
What did I miss? Nothing. Netflix? Guess what. Netflix is not going to spontaneously combust overnight. Your series and movies will still be there when you get back, and there will be ample time to catch up on some of them during some weeks. I was probably half as social as I normally am, and guess what, my friends are still around. By the way, if you have friends who make you feel guilty for studying and not joining in on each and every event or night out, then you probably should not be friends with those folk.
The sense of accomplishment is overwhelming. I am not telling you to do a degree. Of course, if that is what you want to do, know that you CAN do it. We live in an age where we have so much available to us. There are amazing short courses out there that don’t cost an arm and a leg. You could do something that applies to your current job (if you mean to stay in that industry) or you can pick something that you would like to transition into in the near future. If the time you have available during the day is limited, then start small.
Make sure to do your research about the training provider. It is worth paying a few bucks more for a quality course. Before you know it, you’ll be done, and when the day comes where you are ready to apply for that new job, start your own business or be considered for that promotion, you will be forever grateful and look back those late nights and early mornings with appreciation.
My wish for you is to find those things that set your soul on fire and the energy to keep fanning the flame.