I just submitted electronically my portfolio to the Board for Certification of Genealogists so I’m no longer considered “On the Clock.” My husband had made me this cute magnet when I first submitted my application:
I’m going to miss it!
Although, at times, the workload was challenging it was do-able. The Google group for On the Clockers was helpful in clarifying requirements, offering suggestions and providing general support during a stressful time.
I’m most fortunate that my family was very understanding and supportive. They were facing their own challenges over the past year – daughter relocated back to our area and became board certified in two areas – pediatrics and internal medicine. She just finished an acupuncture course and should be certified in that by the end of the year. Son graduated with another degree and is now working as a chemical engineer. Hubby is writing a book besides his full time job as a counselor. I’m proud of their accomplishments and their ability to overcome the obstacles that life threw in their paths.
I also am thankful for the clients - their ancestors and mine - that I researched. The lives of those individuals was inspiring! Whenever I got stuck, be it writer's block or due to an inaccessible record, I only needed to re-examine their documents for a gentle reminder that my situation was minor. The past certainly put the present in perspective!
I began this blog to follow my journey through the certification process. I’ll continue until I hear – yay or nay – that I’m certified. I’m not quite sure how long that will be. Like the song says, “The waiting is the hardest part…”