Tooting My Own Horn by Delina Hill-Brooker

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Where do I begin? It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but there has been sooooo much going on in my little bubble. For starters, two years ago I started on a journey that I never in a million years thought that I would do. I signed up for some college courses at a local technical college. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, or if I’d be able to keep up or even finish, but I felt the urge to do something more with my life.

I’ve had several opportunities to go to college, most of them being paid, but none of them were anything that I could actually see myself doing for the rest of my life. So I left those opportunities there. I did a self-inventory. What am I naturally good at? What would I enjoy doing in any setting? What am I passionate about? The thing that rang true for all of my questions was management. With all of my other talents and gifts, this is who I am at my core. I am always making sure that all of the dots connect and that every part of every task is completed. With that realization I signed up to be a Business Management major.

Now I’ll admit although I know I’m pretty smart, I wasn’t sure how I would do in this type of setting. Especially when the majority of my classmates were my son’s age. BUT I had something that they didn’t have…life experience from a wide variety of different circumstances. I’ve worked in food chains, daycare centers, in the music industry, clothing stores, accounting firms, family owned businesses, large corporations as well as owning my own business. grad 2

I gained full confidence in myself after my first semester. I went in giving 110% (like I do with anything that I’m involved in). The next thing I know, I’m on the Dean’s list, being nominated for state wide academic awards, a member of the National Honors Society and graduating with honors. When I did my evaluation with my advisor before my last semester I learned that I had already completed enough courses to receive my certification as an Human Resource Specialist as well as being on track to earning my Associates Degree in Business Management.

It’s funny how things work, one of my teachers was talking to me about my next step and encouraged me to continue to get my Bachelor’s Degree at a particular school. That’s my current plan along with some other things.

Outside of all of this, the thing that really stood out to me in the past two years is that my children saw me do it. I would pick the two youngest ones from the bus and we’d all sit around the table, do our homework and talk about our day. My oldest was starting his freshman year in college when I was in my second year. I could relate to him because I was going through exactly what he was. My children, husband, family and close friends supported me all of the way. Looking back, I can’t imagine doing it any other way. This came at the perfect time and in the perfect way for me.  Just like some of the young “kids” in my classes, if I would’ve done it before, I wouldn’t appreciate it the way that I do now. I think that I gained more because of my past experiences and was able to look at it from an eagle’s eye point of view.

grad 3I am completing one phase of a journey in my life and I am about to begin another. I’m excited about life and all its possibilities and I know that God had a reason for setting things up the exact way that He did and I can understand parts of it. I am grateful for the journey, and I’m equally grateful to be able to complete this task.

I hope this blog doesn’t come off as sounding like I’m bragging, but my husband told me that it’s okay for me to toot my own horn. So Toot-Toot LOL grad 5


4 comments so far

  1. crystal on

    Delina,from the first time we met you I knew you was a go-getter, I bet everyone that knows you is very proud to know you. Keep up the good work sis n law.Love You

  2. Jacki on

    Delina I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. Keep up the great work, many are seeing you do so well. Keep being an inspiration.

  3. Rae on

    Delina I so understand and agree with your post, well said. I am actually in the same situation and doing the same thing. I can’t wait til the day come and show my degree. I have been trying to finish since 2006, yes 2006. But you know what….I will finish and yes I will be tooting my horn! Congrats to you mama, CONGRATS…TOOT TOOT

    • Lioness Vizions on

      Keep going, don’t stop Rae! You’ll feel so proud and happy when you finish. I put it off for such a long time. So I understand! 🙂

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