Name: Winnetka Davis Occupation: Accounting Coordinator # of Children: 4 Program of Study: Bachelors of Art Human Resources Management Graduation Date: May 1, 2016
Why should you be Momploydent of the Month: I feel as though I should be Momploydent of the month because I have somehow managed to balance home, work and school since February 2013. Making the decision to return to school to obtain my degree is something I thought about for two years before finally enrolling. I thought about it for so long because I wanted to make sure it was the right time not only for me, but for my family as well. At the time I started school my youngest was 5 years old and I just didn’t know how I was going to manage school, and still be their mommy all at the same time. Being a mom is definitely my first priority in life. Being an educated mom is even better. My days while in school were very challenging. Early mornings and late nights describe it to the tee. My days started with drop-off of the kids at school (at one point I was dropping kids off to three different schools), off to work for mommy Monday through Friday 8-5, pickup kids, practices for the kids (football, basketball, soccer and cheerleading), home for homework, dinner, baths and then bed for my children. Oh and we can’t forget church. So add a bible study, choir rehearsal and praise dance rehearsal in there as well for the week. After all of this, my school day would then begin. Most days I probably wouldn’t begin my homework until 9 o’clock at night, sometimes later. Then repeat these same steps the next day. There were definitely days I felt like giving up. I remember thinking this is just too much. There’s just never enough hours in the day. Can I just get 5 hours of sleep please? I said these things so many times, but always remembered that it wouldn’t be like this forever. I needed to just keep swimming a little bit further, a little bit harder and I’d make it to the shore of success. Low in behold 3 years went by really fast, all of my children still intact and I made it!
What's your motto? Just keep swimming!! This comes from my favorite movie, Finding Nemo. The way I see it, often times as a working mom it seems as though you are stuck in this big ole ocean trying to make it to the shore. However with children, a job, family, church, and everything else you have going on in life the shore just seems too far away to reach. It is in these times you must keep swimming because with each stroke you will find yourself closer and closer to the shore, one day finally reaching it.
What is motivating you to pursue your education? Being that I completed my studies this year my biggest motivation was my four children. I wanted to be an example to them showing that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I also wanted to show them that it is never too late. I decorated my cap to say “13 years, 10 months and 17 days later…But God! I made it!! Philippians 4:13”. At the end of the day I just wanted my children to know that they must take accountability for the things they want in life. Did I want to take 13 years to finally obtain my degree? Absolutely not! However with the choices I made, this is the journey I was on. Choose wisely.
What would you say is the key to your success? The key to my success was having the mindset to succeed, and the ability to encourage myself. Success doesn’t come easy, and at times there may not be anyone there along the way to provide encouragement when needed. Things tend to get thrown in your way (especially being a mom) when you are trying to accomplish your goals, but you cannot let those things get you off course. Having a strong mindset to stay on course even when the hurdles come, is powerful. Being mentally prepared and having the ability to encourage yourself along the way, is even more powerful. Encourage yourself.
If you could give another Momploydent advice, what would it be? My advice to all Momploydents would be to remember the WHY/ULTIMATE GOAL. What I mean by this is that, it’s definitely going to be overwhelming at times. However, it is in these moments that we must remember WHY we started this journey in the first place. What was that GOAL you set forth to accomplish? Why was it so important? What made you take a crack at accomplishing such goals? These are all things that for some reason became important enough to you to say I’m going to do this! So do it! Hold true to your word to yourself, and get it done!