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Dream BIG with the 2015 U.Fund Dreams Tour

I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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I don’t know about you, but after the incredibly difficult winter we endured here in Boston, and around the country, I am more than excited for warmer weather and the deliciousness of SUMMER. Yes, it still exists people!! With summer fast approaching (June 21!!!!!) I’m busy finalizing summer camps, vaccinations, and hopefully a vacation! Summer is also a time I think a lot about my daughter’s future and education. The stress that accompanies the end of the school year is a bit scary. Every year she’s another year older, taller, more talkative, and closer to the big 1-8. I encourage my kiddo to fully enjoy her childhood – I have NO idea why she is so eager to grow up. I’ve had to remind her multiple times that being an adult is very, very overrated.

While I encourage her to hold onto her youth for as long as she can, I stay busy thinking about her future and how I can ensure I support her future dreams, whatever they may be. More than anything, I want to ensure that she has the opportunity to be anything and everything she wants to be. That’s why I’m thrilled to once again partner with Fidelity and the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) as they gear up for their 2015 U.Fund Dreams Tour. I was excited to learn about MEFA’s U.Fund, the Massachusetts 529 college savings plan which offers tax- advantaged growth for parents saving for their child’s college education.

Last year I had the opportunity to attend a few of the U.Fund Dreams Tour events in and around greater Boston with my daughter and we LOVED it! What is a dreams tent you ask? A chance for your kids to see their dreams come to life. MEFA wants every kid to reach and imagine themselves in various occupations while providing parents with the necessary information and resources to ensure they can adequately support their children’s dreams. Considering my daughter calls the man who works in the oval office “Uncle Obama,” I wasn’t surprised when she decided she wanted to be President last summer while visiting a Dreams Tour tent.

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The Dreams Tour set is pretty cool. It has been redesigned this year to provide a whole new engaging experience for the entire family. It will have a GIF booth experience, incorporating illustrations of your child’s dream careers, which can be emailed and printed out for attendees to take home. Because thinking about your child’s future education can be overwhelming and confusing, Fidelity reps will be on site at these the events to answer any and all questions that parents (and kids!) may have. Parents leave with more information and resources, and kids can leave with some goodies and the photo they took.

This weekend we’re headed to the MayFair in Harvard Square to check out the first event of the 2015 U.Fund Dreams Tour! Be sure to check the MEFA website for updates on where the Dreams Tour tent will be over the summer and Fall. While not all of the events are free to enter, the U.Fund Dreams Tour Tent is open to all attendees who gain entrance to each event. Seriously, so cool!!



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[Lessons From A Student Mama] The Mistake Of Trying To Do Too Much While Balancing School And Family

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For years before I graduated from college in 2011 I imagined my graduation day.

I’d wrap myself in a long gown, and attempt to fight back tears, tears of years of sacrifice and struggle. Trying to steady myself on the seemingly long walk to the stage to accept my diploma I’d search in the crowd for my loved ones and my daughter waving frantically wanting to ensure her Mommy saw her. I’d close my eyes, hear my name and slowly walk on the stage, praying I wouldn’t fall. With a frantically beating heart I’d smile wide all while thinking I did it. I did it. I finally did it.

My graduation day was a dream I had ever since I re-enrolled in college two years after my daughter was born.

Every student dreams about their Graduation day, a day of celebration and excitement. It can seem out of your reach when you’re in the midst of studying for exams and burning the midnight oil. And for those who juggle parenthood and employment alongside being a student the journey to securing a degree can at times seem daunting. That image of walking across the stage to accept my college diploma was, at times, the only thing that kept me from walking away from pursuing a higher education.

As I look back at the five total years I spent being a student, I’m in complete awe that I was able to prioritize my education. Though I had two older siblings that were in college, it wasn’t something that was ever pushed on me or encouraged. I figured I should go because I didn’t want to be stuck in my small town forever, but I didn’t take it seriously. It wasn’t until after I had my daughter that I realized having a degree would open more doors and could help me provide a brighter future for us.

 

Read the rest of [Lessons From A Student Mama] The Mistake Of Trying To Do Too Much While Balancing School And Family over on The Young Mommy Life.



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Finding Balance One Step at a Time

I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Totem Cirque Du Soleil show last week at the Boston Marine Industrial Park. The show was…jaw-dropping-unbelievable-mind shattering-amazing. Like I’m ready to quit my job to train to become an acrobat! The way they moved, their gracefulness, their dedication, their balance. While staying calm they displayed an incredible sense of balance as they flipped here and there and walked juggled numerous hula hoops. I was in awe.

The show got me thinking about how I find balance in my life. Is it possible? Will I ever attain it? I’ve been really hoping my zodiac sign would kick in and give me some balance….still waiting. When I graduated college last Fall I was sure that life would slow down, allowing me to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I wasn’t ready for it to speed up. Suddenly I was trying to play catch up from months crammed at home studying and writing papers. I was ready to sky rocket my career and re-haul my blog, I was going – fast, and haven’t stopped. Every now and again I get envious of friends who are out and about to this party and that, sipping fruity cocktails, jet-setting to here and there posting every step of their journey on instagram. I learned a long time ago that wouldn’t be my life, and instead I find smaller ways to try and breathe and take care of me.

Seven years into being a parent and I am starting to unfold the story behind taking care of yourself. It’s incredibly difficult to manage all the various responsibilities in my life without a strong village behind me. So instead I take quick breaks to gain some stability and balance, often times including my daughter. Last weekend we had an impromptu dance party once the sun went down. Instant stress reliever. On Monday I started reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Mood relaxer. It’s about finding something that works for you and your time, and doesn’t have to be extravagant. I’m most relaxed when I’m home, with my hair up, in some comfy clothes, with a clean face. Yes, that is my idea of a good time. And yes, I’m 26!

How do you keep balance in an otherwise unbalanced world?

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