I decided I am going back to school. this may be the most insane plan I have ever had. But it feels better than no plan and all roads lead to poverty....but only one leads back out....so. As much as I love serving coffee to people with more money and free time than me I think it is time to take the future by force.
here is my plan, tell me what you think (by the way this is the really really really rough draft of the plan).
Get my poop in a group. pay off my car and as much of my credit card as possible. I loose alimony in October. $500 a month. Either way this has to get done.
Apply for financial aid and gather as many grants and what not as possible. I have to move now and move fast in hopes of being ready by fall.
Then after fall quit my job (ok fine, drop down to part time at any other job) and jump into J term. File my taxes as fast as I can and finish paying off debt with return. also with new lower income file for better financial aid.
then step off the edge of the world into the abyss and be a full time unemployed student living primarily off financial aid. i would like to do this debt free but i do not see how I will ever be in a place where I can do that. i will have some income, rent money and child support. That's enough to pay for clothes, house, utilities, gas and insurance. Hopefully I would qualify for food stamps.
Then power through all the way to the end. 6 years of busting my butt. maybe I could squeeze it into 5 (I mean really, full time student sounds like a breezy ride compared to my life now. there is no reason I wouldn't be able to take a heavy load every year and summers and stuff. why do kids take this crap off if they are not working?) But six years would have me entering the job market at 44. Ouch!
So the end goal:
Clinical Social Work. I want to do crisis counseling with an emphasis on practical help towards getting your feet back on the ground. Here is what I am envisioning...A woman comes in having just found out her husband is cheating douche bag. she has been a stay at home mom for 12 years , has three kids, no education, no income.....She is paralyzed by the hugeness of her situation. She has all the emotional issues and the grief, but she also needs someone to hold her hand for the practical things like where do you even begin with public assistance, how will I get a job, who can help. So in comes counselor plus. I listen, do the counseling thing and help her heal. I also help her organize paperwork and give her a primer on navigating social services and job interview skills. I help her deal with the grief and humiliation of her marriage falling apart, grief over having to enroll her kids in school and the pain.
Is this the worst plan ever?