Christmas miracle {my big surprise announcement!}

You know the song “Lose Yourself” by Eminem? I’m sure you do. Anyways, there is a line in it that goes “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” Ok it’s more than one line, humor me. For the longest time I thought that was true, that you only had one shot at getting what you wanted. Not 2, not 3. Just one. I’ve now been proved wrong.

I’m getting that second chance.

I’ve been hinting for a bit now, that something was happening. I’m sure many of you have an idea about what I am going to say.

I’m going back to Scotland! I’m going to get a second chance to get my PhD.

Now some of you may be thrilled for me. Some of you may be concerned or disappointed. Some of you may be wondering why the heck I’m doing this. Just know this. I want this. I want this a lot. It means a lot to me to be able to do this and do it right this time, since I know what I am getting into. There won’t be the culture shock or confusion about where to go and how to get there, because I already know.

This was not a decision that was made lightly. There were lots of talks and arguments and hopes that went into this decision. I am VERY lucky that I was able to make this work. And the reason for the secrecy was because I didn’t want to say anything until I was 100% sure. Today I can make that statement. The offer letter and acceptance have been in for some time. The loans are processing. I have my Visa appointment next week.

I hope you can all be happy for me.


  1. Cyn
    02/12/2011 / 18:36

    Why in the world would anyone NOT be happy for you? This is wonderful news, Cindy! Congratulations!

    • 02/12/2011 / 22:48

      Thank you! I was just worried that people I care about and who care about me wouldn’t take the news that way, but everyone has been so supportive.

    • 09/12/2011 / 00:41

      Thanks! I am so excited. I just felt that in light of my life situation over the past, that people would think I was shirking my responsibilities. If I felt I was able to do the same thing here and or find a job opportunity I would do it.

  2. Bridget
    02/12/2011 / 19:21

    Such wonderful news, Cindy! Couldn’t be more pleased for you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 02/12/2011 / 22:48

      Thank you Bridget! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. jessiclese
    02/12/2011 / 23:37

    holy crap, congratulations! that’s amazing and so so so so very awesome.

    • 09/12/2011 / 00:41

      ๐Ÿ™‚ I am thrilled and still want to jump up and down!

  4. Chris
    03/12/2011 / 01:22

    That’s absolutely stellar! I’m not sure I have details on how things went south last time … but how did you get them to … er … go north again? (North? east?)

    • 09/12/2011 / 00:43

      My dad thought it over and decided he would cosign the loan. In the long run it makes most sense, and it allows the household to go back to “normal.”

  5. Autumn
    03/12/2011 / 01:24

    I can understand people being concerned- if only for the money aspect of things, but if you are all set and have enough to live on, pay tuition and have some set aside for emergencies… then there shouldn’t be the concern. And concern shouldn’t keep someone from being excited and happy for you that you are getting a chance at going back.

    I’d also say that anyone who is disappointed in your decision if you feel you are all set financially… well, I’d say they weren’t much of a friend to begin with.

    Congratulations by the way!

    • 09/12/2011 / 00:42

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ You said it perfectly. I just want to be happy.

  6. Tex
    03/12/2011 / 16:19

    Why in Tarnation wouldn’t I be hapPy???? For you and maybe more opportunity for peeps to come visit

    • 09/12/2011 / 00:43

      ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks Donna!

  7. Jennifer
    04/12/2011 / 17:12

    I have no idea how I found your blog but congrats! Studying in a foreign country sounds like a great idea (as long as you know the language!) Can’t wait to read about your adventures. When do you leave? ::Adds blog to blog reader::

  8. 09/12/2011 / 00:44

    I was there for a year, and I’ve been home since the end of August. I hope to be back in Scotland by the end of the month! Thanks for reading!

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