Day 3 – “Faith” #SteeleThankful Challenge (30 days of Thanks)
Okay, so I’m starting to have fun with this challenge. Then a part of me thought, “Can you commit to 30 days of this?”
The answer is Yes! I have a lot to be thankful for. When I graduated college there were no opportunities in my field, well at least on the local level. I had experience as a Certified Nurse Assistant, so if I wanted to move home and make money that’s what I had to do. I was at work one day and thought, “what am I doing?” My former professor had a conversation with me about Grad School, and I thought the idea was so far fetched cause the only thing I cared about in college was my History courses. No, other class mattered.
My brother was living in North Carolina at the time, and I was able to visit the school that professor spoke so highly of. I decided that day, that I was going to move. I had less than 90 days to make it happen.
I cashed in my PTO and began to plan my escape. Just one problem, I didn’t have any money saved. None, whatsoever, and purchased a new car a few months prior, and I was planning to move July 26, 2008.
Here it was, day of departure, and I had $100 to my name. Rent would be due within 2 weeks of me arriving, and I had no job. My sister took the ride with me from Michigan to North Carolina. She had my back! Once, I got settled with my clothes, and an air mattress until I could purchase some furniture, I went to the temp agencies. Boom! Offered a position that started the following Monday.
Unfortunately, Grad school had to wait until the next year, because I refused to pay out of state costs. I decided to work for a year, establish in state residency, and go from there. So, you see, I had to exercise my faith, remember that I had a mustard seed, and put in some work. I’m not saying the journey was smooth or easy, but it was definitely worth it. Having a little faith can take you a long way!