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“Make it work”

It’s down to the wire. I’m three months from the deadline to finish my certificate. This is where doubt starts to worm its way in. Nasty, debilitating doubt. Can I pull this off? Do I have the talent to make this final line cohesive and interesting?

Five years ago, I quit my job to return to school, fully confident that I could complete the certificate course in two years. I lived and breathed school, freelancing on the side to cover bills. About a year in, I realized that it just wasn’t going to be possible continue to squeaking by on my freelance income and still feed my kids. I needed to go back to full-time work, which also meant it would take me longer to finish school. I made it work until March 2020 when the pandemic struck. I switched to remote work, and things got really tough trying to manage remote schooling for the kids and myself. There was no separation between work life and home life and I was always “on call”. Getting an hour to do anything uninterrupted was impossible.

Once I complete my certificate, it will have taken me five years, not exactly the two years I had planned on, but I can’t give up now. I’m so close.

Time to channel Tim Gunn and his famous words, I need to “make it work”. And so I will. Wish me luck.

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