What is Momploydent? A Momploydent is a woman that is working hard as a mother, employee and students! This months mominee is another amazing example of someone who is working hard to balance it all and still pursue her educational goals!
Name: Kimberly Bridges
Occupation: Technology Career Specialist
# of Children: I have 2 children, Elysse (22) who is out of the house and Colton (4)
Program of Study: Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2017
Why should you be Momploydent of the Month: I believe I should be Momploydent of the Month because I provide hope for single mothers who are working full time and going to school. For a long time I was embarrassed because it has taken me so long to get through the doctoral program. A friend pointed out to me that it does not matter one bit how long it takes me, it’s just that I do it. That meant the world to me. I am an example, like so many, who has done so much more than “average.” What's your motto? My motto is actually a Bible verse. Ephesians 4:29: Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to others who hear.
What is motivating you to pursue your education? I initially began the doc program because I didn’t have a hobby after I finished the MBA. Then, along came Colton in 2011. I took a couple of years off. Now I am finishing my last class before dissertation! My reasons have changed significantly with my life changes. I want to finish because I want to show my family I can finish this. I also want to prove it to myself. There have been many times when I had no desire at all to finish. One goal is to write a book with my ex husband on how to effectively co-parent. We both agree that me having Dr in front of my name will help it become a best seller;-) Seriously, it does help with credibility. Also, I work with many school districts in my current job, having the Dr in front of my name certainly lends credibility to not just me, but also to my organization.
What would you say is the key to your success? The key to this is to just do some work every day. I am a procrastinator by nature, so this does not happen easily for me. Each day I force myself to do something related to school. I have also found that putting everything aside for an evening helps as well. Often, in the summer, you will find Colton and me at Kauffman Stadium cheering on our Royals! We go to as many weekend games as possible. We are fortunate and can generally get tickets for just a little more than the cost of a movie ticket, here in KC. It’s so nice to sit out there, breathe the fresh air, absorb the atmosphere, and know that I am creating lasting memories with my little guy! I did the same thing when my daughter was growing up. Another sort of escape I have is singing in the church band. I love to sing. This gives me an opportunity to block out everything else and just worship God and hopefully inspire others.
If you could give another Momploydent advice, what would it be? It’s ok to ask for help! I am not good as asking for help, but the truth is, sometimes we all need help. Last month I got a little overwhelmed with work, parenting, church, and school so I evaluated what would help me most. I ended up hiring a friend to clean my house for me. I am a single parent and I commute about 2 hours per day, so my daylight hours are extremely limited. The other thing I have done is hire a lawn service. This was not in my budget, so I cut out eating out several times in order to gain a funding source! This is possibly the best decision I have made over the last year. I like mowing, but there is a whole list of things I like much better!
Join us in celebrating and encouraging this fabulous mom as she gets one step closer to graduation! We are so proud to have her as an example and inspiration for others to follow!