It starts with such hope and the Golden Circle…

every Monday does.

Let me paint a picture for you.

On Monday I read through each of my four classes lists of assignments to get a mental picture of what my week will look like. Some classes have assignments due throughout the week, some classes have all assignments due by Saturday at midnight.

I try to be completely finished with all of my assignments by Friday but sometimes they bleed into Saturday. I am grateful for that sixth day. Some weeks are so reading intensive. Because I have four classes on different aspects of digital marketing the information often bleeds into each class.

The pro of this is I get to learn and understand in a little more detail different aspects like key performance indicators and customer personas. The con is that sometimes information repeats, but I really do need to comb through each article to make sure I’m not missing anything.

It’s a strange thing to attend school in my mid-forties with a family depending on me, when last I went I was 21 and fancy free. I had no “why” back then.

I learned about the Golden Circle this semester, a concept created by Simon Sinek. He decided that the reason certain companies do so well is they are driven by a why, and not a what.

We can certainly apply this to ourselves. When I was in my twenties I had a fantastic corporate job that I landed because I spot a little French. Side note: French Canadian is very different than France’s French. Pardon Moi. S’il vous plait.

My “why” for going to school was just to complete it because it sounded like a good idea. I actually really love to learn. My job was full time, my fun was certainly full time. School was part time and I failed pretty miserably except for my English classes thank you very much. So it wasn’t really a “why,” but more of a “what,” I wanted a degree just because.

Life has taught me grit.

I also have my family’s eyes upon me.

I have been waiting throughout my children’s young lives to be able to contribute monetarily to our family needs. We have sacrificed much being a one income family but we have also thrived.

I have determination right now that really has to see me through when times get tough. I realize this is a long game.

So every Monday I open my assignments for each class, I read material, I drive the kids to their various activities, I bribe one to make dinner, and I delve into the unknown again and again. It’s a bit like Groundhog’s Day, the 1993 film starring Bill Murray in which he relives the same day over and over again.

My goal every week is to remain positive, to avoid the fetal position crying jags, to have perspective about these blips in my whole school experience. Some assignments are going to be a lot of fun, some will be mundane, and some will be downright pits of hell but I will try equally in all of them.

You can be sure I will keep posting about what each day holds.


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