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Many years ago in the late 70’s, I won a Nursing Bursary, which meant I was automatically into the School of Nursing in Bendigo, Victoria. But, I had to complete year 12, then the August after I finished school, I had to wait until August. It was a long time to wait, but i completed year 12. I didn’t have to pass, just do it, so at that age, my heart wasn’t into it.

I got through Year 12, then moved to Melbourne to be closer to my family. They had 2 small boys, but my step mum was wonderful. I first got a job in Footscray, in a Greek Fried Chicken place, but I had to lose some weight, so I got a job in North Melbourne at the Staedtler factory, it was great. I would then catch the train to St Albans, go to the gym then job home. My special dinner would be ready for me when I walked in the door. I nursed for a few years and left. I then had no job prospects. I graduated as an Enrolled Nurse, but when I injured myself years later, so I had nothing.

We moved to Ipswich when our youngest was ready for school, hubby and I were both working so I decided to go to uni to do a Bachelor of Commerce.. I worked hard, and my achievements were great. I felt like my chest was out so far due to pride. I was lucky, my work paid for my books, and alllowed time off for exams and to study. But my dad passed away, and after alot of serious thought our family moved from Queensland to Victoria, then I lost interest. It is hard to explain, but my dad and I were very close, he wasn’t around to be proud of me, as well as the move was hard on us all.
After a few years in Victoria, we moved to Tasmania, and the kids started to leave home so I felt it was the right time to go back and finish my course. So I applied to Deakin University, was given credit for what I had done, and studied hard again. This time I did it for me. It was great to feel so pride for myself.

Over the years, I have been using the experience I have learnt and we have had our own businesses. They have been successful, and now I am in the process of opening my own online store. It will be called “All Bargains and Discounts”, and I will have special Deals on the Home Page, as well as throughout the site. I am very exciting, I am using all my life experiences which have been great.

The moral of this story is, you may not do real well at school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful in your older years. All you need is a bit of intestinal fortitude to take the risk. It may work, it may not, but you can try. there are so many sites where you can get free websites. Good luck for the future, if you feel you need something in your life, then why not do a blog, you can talk about anything you want, things you cook, your children, anything. You can work on it while the kids are having an afternoon sleep, or whilst they are at school.
All the best to those mums out there who feel like they can do anything when they put their mind to it.
xxx Dee


Posted by dee lindsay, 28th April 2014


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  • Good on you! What a lovely story and message!

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  • Thanks for sharing your story with other Mom’s.

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  • You’ve certainly had some challenges over the years, and you should be so incredibly proud of yourself and your achievements. You’ve had the courage to step outside of your comfort zone, and it seems that when you’ve done it for yourself, and not for other reasons, you’ve done really well. Congratulations, and may the future bring you much success & happiness.

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  • Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. It never is too late to start something new.

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  • Thanks for sharing your. Story, it is very inspirational and encouraging. All the best with your business.

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  • what a fantastic inspiration you are for others

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  • Great read Dee, congratulations on your achievements

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  • that is a great achievement – congrats

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  • I’ve thought about starting a blog many times

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  • Well done Dee. Congratulations! I love the idea of your All Bargains and Discounts site and I’ll be keeping an eye out for it (I’m sure it will be a great success). I love that you are doing something for you and you seem so passionate about it. You must feel very proud (and I’m sure your family are proud of you too).

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  • Good luck for your online store. You’re never too old to try something new.

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  • this story has been posted twice??

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  • Good on you for your persistence & achieving your goals. Will keep an eye out for your store. Good luck with your new venture!

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