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As this post went up, I officially ended my very LAST Saturday class of my Professional MBA program.

I still have one more meeting in my negotiation class and a final next week (in social media), but as far as I’m concerned, the hard stuff is now completely over.

I have plans this evening to head out and rejoice in the holiday season.

Just kidding. I’m totally hitting the bar and ordering champagne.

But first –

I want to say my sincerest thanks to every single kind word of encouragement that you guys have left on this blog and on my social media channels while getting through this program. You guys are amazing and wonderful and I can’t thank you enough for sticking through all of my whining and slow progress on the house. I am thrilled that I can get back to what I’m most passionate about, that I’ve been in a program that gave me the courage to start my own business, and, most importantly, I am reaching a life goal exactly on the timeline I intended (MBA by 30 was the idea).

Taking a deep, calming breath. I did it!

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  1. One of the best parts of being a parent is watching their children achieve their goals. Self-starting, perseverance, patience, determination, time management, dedication and perspiration—just a few traits you have in spades kid. You have struggled through a grueling schedule but are now ready to reap your rewards. Congratulations on your great accomplishment in achieving your MBA. We wish you the very best as you close one chapter in your life and move on the next. We are so proud of you.

  2. I’m so happy for you! Congrats!!! Big pack on the back over here. I was lucky enough to go through school living at my parents and I wasn’t working. I was always sooo amazed at the working women [and mothers] that juggled it all. It blew my mind and continues to do so- you’re like superwoman!

  3. You rock. As another single, female, homeowning DIYer, you’ve been quite the inspiration over the years that I’ve been reading your blog. Congratulations on achieving your dreams.

    1. Thanks, friend! I’ll be honest, the fact that I still have two more classes (however less stress-inducing) still means the graduation part hasn’t hit me yet. I’ll probably post pics from the grad events next week as the feeling finally fades :)

  4. Congratulations! I always love reading your blog and I’m so happy to hear good things are happening in your life. I know you’ve worked really hard on your MBA too, so start letting off some steam and take some time to really enjoy where you are right now (or are about to be). :D

  5. Woohoo! Congratulations! You’ve earned it. Can’t wait to see your progress at home now that you won’t have a classes to attend.

  6. Congrats! You can be VERY proud of yourself. You have achieved what very few people even attempt.

  7. SO, SO, SO very proud of you and SO very excited (and relieved) for you!!!! The weight that will be lifted off your shoulders…you will not even know what to do with your “free” time! I can only imagine how freeing it must feel. I have mentioned before I took my Masters finals with my second daughter being 6 months old. I finished up a teaching program while my girls were young–and here I am–30K for a degree that I never used. However, I feel those efforts and milestones helped to make me who I am today. Anyway…I can’t tell you how stinkin’ happy I am for you!! Enjoy all that this accomplishment brings you, enjoy your new freedom, and enjoy your wealth of knowledge ;) Yippeeee! Oh, and you look so nice and put together all dressed up!

  8. Congratulations! You’ve done well.

    I did both my Bachelors and Masters going nights and weekends so I know first-hand how much of a slog this can be. And you did this while starting a company and working on your house and raising a wall eating dog.

    Amazing. Simply amazing.

  9. Sarah,
    I am so totally impressed with you! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, we’ve only recently just met, and it’s been really fun to see your progress on your house, while attending school at night, you are an inspiration to women everywhere of what can be achieved w/perseverance and drive!
    Go Girl!!
    Rebecca Dumas

  10. Woohoo! Congratulations! I just finalized all my PhD requirements, so I will also be graduating from the same downtown university next week. Hooray for no more school! (well, now I’m a professor, so I guess for me it is always school, but now I’m no longer the student)

  11. I am so happy for you Sarah! I finished my MA in Counseling in 1998, exactly 10 years after I graduated from high school. My classes were on Friday evenings and all day on Saturdays for 2 years. And I got pregnant, had a baby and worked a full time job the entire way through the program. I was the happiest person ever on the day of graduation. It was so hard, but I was so proud that I did it! So I know how you feel! Congratulations!

  12. I am a long time lurker finally commenting – I love your blog, you rock and are such an inspiration! Congrats on the MBA!!! i completed mine in 2008 while working full time, and raising a family – 3 kids and a hubby, so 4 kids, relocating for work, a diabetes diagnosis for my youngest and all the changes that brought and I actually planned my daughter’s (budget, so much DIY) wedding during my program too – yes she was a child bride (smile) since I am NOT old enough to have grown kids, honest! It is so hard to do a professional Master’s program as an adult and you did it with such style. Enjoy the celebration!