I’ve been experimenting with cooking a little more to save the costs related to eating out.  It’s not necessarily “experimenting” since I know how to cook the meals.  I’m a bit surprised and amazed with how much my Mom taught me at such a young age.  It almost comes instinctively and naturally.  I know when there are herbs and supplements missing.  Whenever I want a home cooked ethnic meal, I can just make it for myself without asking for the process.  My Mom and I have a lot of differences, we rarely see eye to eye, but I am very grateful she taught me the life skills to cook for my family forever and ever. I also know that my husband appreciates it too (lol).

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” – Laurie Colwin

So I’ve been pretty busy the last three weeks.  As you know, I was accepted to the schools I applied to.  I never imagined, in my life, I would have so many choices and so early on in the application process.  I am really only waiting on one school now, but I have pretty much made up my mind unless a new school offers me a better scholarship package.  I’ve been calculating the expected costs related to moving and will spend the next year applying for scholarships and saving up.

So… what did hard work look like?  In Fall 2018

  • I woke up at 6 AM, worked until 4:30PM.
  • Commuted from 4:30PM – 5:30PM
  • Program Director Duties from 5:30PM – 7:30PM
  • Took online courses FT (HW and dinner from 7:30-10:30PM
  • Got married.

In Spring 2019:

  • I woke up at 4AM.
  • Class from 6AM-11AM.
  • Worked from 12PM-6PM
  • Program Director Duties from 6PM-8PM
  • 8PM-10PM night classes, dinner and HW

Summer 2019:

  • Resigned as Program Director
  • Took a break from classes
  • Started applying to graduate schools
  • Continued working FT

Fall 2019:

  • Tu/Th up at 4AM. Class ends at 9:30AM
  • Work FT
  • School FT
  • Cook, Clean, Dinner, Hustle.

My journey has taken longer then most for one reason, and one reason alone:  I paid my own way through this process.  I did not receive any fiscal help, not even from my now-husband.  As you know, we went through a financial hardship at the beginning of the year, after he lost his job.  All of our savings were depleted during that time and so I worked really hard to make sure I had the funds to apply to graduate school. It has been a hard and grueling year… but I am so blessed by God and his unconditional love.

God has truly blessed me, in ways that I can not even explain because he has given me a path.  Needless to say, there is still a lot of work I need to do to get to that goal and dream, particularly with applying to scholarships to help alleviate school debt and costs.  Fingers crossed that I am able to effectively apply and be awarded something.


How have you all been lately?  Has the cooler weather led to food that warms your soul?

Love and light,



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