It was my biggest obstacle. I searched high and low for advice and now I’m bringing the experience to you!
- Where will I find the time? You can find little pockets of time in your day. It might be waking up early before your kiddos, or doing homework after their bedtime. You can even use your lunch hour or take some vacation time.
- Set your own pace. It’s not a race. My program is 24 months, but I am open to taking a summer off if home life must take a front seat. I want to be my best, and no one is watching how fast I get my degree.
- Gather your people. I let my husband know he was going to have to step it up at home since I would have class one night a week and need extra time to study. Done and done.
- Get your employer to pay your way. Many companies offer tuition reimbursement. Consider it a bonus on top of your salary that they are funding your education. No need to worry if it’s worth the investment. It’s free!
- Believe in yourself. It’s not corny, it’s how to be your best self. Every day I am in this program I feel shreds of doubt falling away, and my confidence soaring. I may not have the same background or experience as my cohort, but what I bring matters.
I also made time to fulfill a bucket list dream experience this weekend- going to a football game at legendary Lambeau Field. Hall of Fame Coach Vince Lombardi has coined innumerable inspirations. My favorites right now:
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
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your go-to’s for quick meal throwdowns when you’ve got homework and readings for class. I am sharing my faves that meet the necessary is-it-good-for-them and pass the will-they-actually-eat-it test:
- Spinach Ravioli and Chicken Tortellini: I buy the Organic kind from Costco, and mix up the two (cooks in 4 min!) in organic marinara. A great shortcut if you don’t use up a whole jar is to portion it out in silicone muffin cups and freeze, then store in a bag. Done and done.
- Chicken Quesadilla: Cheese between 2 tortillas plus minced chicken breast and black beans. A dollop of Avocado and some cherry tomatoes. Another tip is to freeze portioned cooked chicken and pull out what you need. I love these silicone storage bags that are safe and zero-waste!
- Breakfast for Dinner: Scrambled eggs with veggies you have on-hand.
- Freezer Muffins: Get your kiddos in on the fun! Mix a batch of muffins and toss in sweet potato or spinach and freeze for hangry tots.
- Sloppy Joes: Just brown the meat and stir in Tomato sauce- I also add shredded carrots and celery or red pepper to hearty it up. I like to make little cups for the boys by scooping out some of the bun.
The key is to mix up the rotation enough so that they aren’t eating the same meal too often. And throw in some organic mac and cheese and hot dogs works fine, too. 🙂
What makes a leader?
Turns out, as a late-thirty-something – thirty-everything – mom, I am smack in the middle of the evening MBA program’s demographic. It’s a lot of working women with under 5’s. I am relieved… but also challenged? I am not the only one, but I am not the only one, so I have to perform at the same level with the same pressures at home.
I am loving my cohort, and have already made some friends. This is a big plus for moms who haven’t had time away from kids in years. There are so many lamentations about the complex world of making mom friends. I finally feel like I’ve swum above the surface after many years of pregnancy-nosleep-nursing-solitary to take a big breath and reintegrate myself, get out and have fun with friends! Wait, where did they go?!
We’ve been eased into the readings and are focusing on applying our coursework right into our daily work. I’m also not the only student who didn’t major in management. So if you are wondering if you can cut it as a mom of littles and no business background, I assure you the right MBA program exists out there for you. And I encourage you to seek out alumni, as they were a first-hand insight in my program.
I’m not in the Ivy league, and I’m not in an online college mill, but I want to share my experience of the local part-time evening MBA student. While I’ve worked in the corporate world in IT for over a decade, I haven’t yet been a manager, so now I’m preparing myself for the next step into leadership.
As I dash between work and school,
I need to know that my kids will be eating something healthy- or just not total junk. When they are with my husband, he will do what is easy and keeps smiles on their faces- or stops the whining.
I am a total proponent of getting littles into the habit of eating and enjoying their veggies in real form, but I will also always go for inconspicuous dishes – because, hey, sometimes I like my spinach hidden, too!
Here are my 6 tips for keeping home stocked with healthy options to grab for the littles, for especially when you can’t be there due to working late or night school:
- Applesauce with Veggies: I blend unsweetened applesauce with sweet potato and toss in a handful of spinach and frozen fruit I have on hand from the freezer: strawberries, tart cherries, blueberries, you got it. I make a batch that lasts all week and refill silicone squeeze pouches- my absolute fave score – get yours here
- Salad with yummy dressing: My kids do love lettuce, I wonder if they are bunnies, but if they are over the plain variety, they seem to come running for it with creamy Avocado Ranch dressing. Dad can just pour it on. Stick to Romaine and Spinach for the best nutrient punch.
- Carrot Sticks: because- easy, add dip- said Ranch or Hummus
- Steamed Green Beans: or whatever stick veggie they are all over, pre-cooked and ready to heat
- Avocado: butter of the gods, all things goodness, my kids eat halves with a spoon and a dash of pink salt
- Grape Tomatoes: I have one kiddo who will pop them like candy, find your fave veggie for yours and keep it available
I hope you find these tips helpful! Drop me your comments and questions below!
Here I am, facing my fear head on, returning to school part time to pursue my MBA. While I work full time in IT. And Raise 2 boys under 5. And keep it all blended together with my husband.
When I was serious about going back to school, I couldn’t find any bloggers in my situation, or ones that hit home with real actionable advice, so I created one in myself.
I want you to know that it was a terrifying decision, and words of wisdom helped me push through:
Fear holds us back from taking opportunities that will be amazing for us!
Our goals in life are on the other side of our fears!
If you are afraid, that means you need to do that the most!
I climbed on the other side of my fears, and here I am.
It’s taking baby steps that make you more confident that you can do this:
- I was admitted to the MBA program- they wanted me!
- My organization supports my growth- they are giving me flexibility and funds!
- It’s not a race, I will take each semester at a time- at my own pace!
I can’t let fear of failure hold me back, because then I would have no story to tell.
Come back next week to hear about my MBA start!