Teaching Through Example – Why I’m Going Back to School

It’s funny how having a child changes your perspective. Suddenly, I consider the impact everything I do has on my daughter. I think about what she will think of me, if she will be proud of me, if I can teach her positive lessons through my actions. 

I don’t know if you figured this out through the fact that I enjoy writing my blog, but I love writing. I always have. In elementary school I wrote a story about my adoption just for fun. In high school I wrote for my school newspaper and quickly became the co-Editor in Chief and the Editor of the sports section. Writing has always intrigued me and sparked my imagination. The endless possibilities of language to create, inspire, inform, and educate others is a mighty powerful matter. 

I’ve been thinking about going back to school for a while now, but I never felt entirely ready. Now that I have my baby girl, suddenly it all matters that much more. It makes sense now; I feel ready. I’m no longer doing this for myself, but for my family. I want my daughter to be raised to understand that hard work and dedication matter, that doing things right is more importand than doing things easy, and to know that daddy applied himself to doing what he loved. 

So, here I go. I’m jumping head first into another chapter of life by going back to school online while working full time, all while raising our first child. I must be nuts but I’m truly excited for the experience. I have the opportunity to teach my daughter through my actions and to come out the other side with a degree I can apply towards a career where I can use language and the written word creatively on a daily basis. 

I get to do what I love while setting a positive example for my family. What more can I ask for?


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