INVEST IN YOURSELF BA F C

Invest in Yourself

I felt like Cinderella in that moment, but as a black woman I also knew that there was no prince charming coming to my rescue and no fairy godmother in this plot. They didn’t even ask if I wanted to go. Looking back at it, that was when decided that I would “Change My Life for Me.”

I spent the first 5 years of my career in healthcare just working off the knowledge I had coming into the job, which was not much considering my background until then was in Higher Education and Technology. Of course, I would read up on things here and there, i.e., studying hospital standards.  My department was not even pretending like they cared about trying to send me to conferences (pre-COVID). Five years in, I felt that I had earned my seat at the table, but I couldn’t even get the table scraps. I felt like Cinderella in that moment, but as a black woman I also knew that there was no prince charming and no fairy godmother in this plot. They didn’t even ask if I wanted to go. Looking back at it, that was when decided that I would “Change My Life for Me.”

What I learned from that experience was that investing in yourself is 100% necessary. I was not satisfied with being the corner of broke, busted, and disgusted. My family was struggling to make ends meet. I had potential and desires to be more than what I was in that moment. You can have a lot of excuses, but I rather you have a plan. I didn’t have the support system I needed to do everything I needed to do. Like extra time on my hands to take a class, not with four kids at home. It seemed impossible at the time, but I did it and so can you.

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