Monday, October 13, 2008


As I sit here at my computer and look out the window, the sunshine helps ease the painful fact that I am very behind. I have also realized that I do not know enough about the computer to make my blog site "pretty," so for anyone reading this entry, please know that my site will soon look better. I have acquired the help of a tutor, and he is going to help me dress up this site! I am also working to get caught up on the blogs in which I have missed out.

Today, I understand that we are supposed to be talking about dreams. I have interpretted this to mean our dreams, as in goals and lifetime dreams. I have had many fantasies and daydreams about the future, but one common thread exists; they have always included helping people and doing something with communication. I graduated in 1987 from SMSU with an Organizational Communication degree, and I spent about 18 years out in the workforce. My background has been in development and fund raising, and that was my first real taste of helping people. I was at Hospice of Southwest Missouri for quite a long time, and that was really a wonderful organization to assist. I experienced burn out, though, and after working with Senior Citizens and even college development, I realized that what I really wanted was to get my Master's and broaden my ability to help people.

So, slowly but surely I returned to school a couple of years ago. I am almost finished, and what I will leave MSU with is an MA in Communication, with an emphasis is Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution. I am very interested in doing mediation and negotiation, especially for the court system. It would be an absolute dream come true to be able to help people with disuptes they have basically given up on resolving. I have that effect on people, and my family and friends tell me that this is the path I was always meant to follow. I guess just having a support system like that is a dream come true in itself, though!

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