Two years.... and there we go we are done! I can't believe its gone by so fast. I can't believe everything I've learned and all the great people I've met. I remember the first day of class and literally walking into the schools front doors and holding back tears because I was so happy and I KNEW...this was the place for me. I met a lot of fantastic people. There are people in my life that help me keep going. The core people that helped me find my way and made things easier need special mention. Those people are the reason I still walk, the reason I found the ground.
Someone recently told me they were proud of me and all I'd accomplished. What was funny was it didn't hold the value that it might have a few years ago for one big reason. I have confidence in my own self worth. I am confident in my talent and my sense of self. I find the only people that I want or need approval from are my parents. Rightly so they did a good job raising me and I'd do anything to be sure they see my effort is in part for them. Other than that no one else's "opinion" matters that greatly.
Don't get me wrong, there are a list of people who still get big hugs and kudos. Like I said they helped me, they gave me the ground. Lisa and Daren have been my friends for a long time, I blog about them constantly. I think if I said anymore other than I love you and thank you I'd drive the rest of the world crazy with my repetitiveness so I'll stick to that. My family and friends all deserve big thanks while I ran around with my head cut off, especially my kids. But there are people in my college world that I let into my life, which they know was bittersweet. Those are the people I am so glad to know. Every single student I walked along side of is thanked for being themselves, teaching and learning with me and being a friend and support system when we worked like dogs to give the best of ourselves. Every single teacher we had (the good, the bad, and the ugly) taught me something.
As far as thank you's to specific people I encountered who changed things for me in the best way possible I have to say thank you to Erin Barclay, Kristina Brabender, Tim McGhie, Kerry Doyle Brownell, and Mark Johnson. My life was an uphill battle for so many reasons until I met you. You changed everything in the best ways I could have ever imagined. If it weren't for you I don't know where I would be and for that I have to say thank you and I hope to always have you in my life in any way I can. You are truly special people.