Leave the Nest, Rocio…


I am so happy to have Rocio from Sweet Aprils as my Leave the Nest Guest PostHer today!


Rocio is a Stay-at-home-Mother of 2 young beautiful girls and the wife of a very supportive, firefighter, husband.


She was recently accepted into nursing school and created her blog to share her journey and new experiences as a nursing student.


If you are a Stay-at-Home-Mom, a Mom-to-Be, a Mom-Going-Back-to-School or a Working-Mom, Rocio’s wish is for her blog (or her) to inspire you and to make you realize that life is too short not to take risks and that it is never too late to follow your dreams!
I found Rocio when I read her post on Blogher about going back to school and leaving her nest. I approached her and asked her to write a bit about her story about being a mom and becoming a student again.


I asked her to tell us a bit about herself. Rocio, I also like margaritas on the rocks!

-What is your favourite post you have written?

Every post is special to me. I have written so many about school but my favorite is the one I share a very motivational message I got from a reader http://www.sweetaprils.com/2011/08/motivational-monday-letter-from-that.html every time I read her message it gives me the chills…:)

-Wine or beer or martinis? Other?

I don’t really drink but my first choice is always a Margarita (on the rocks)

-What do you want to be when you grow up?  

Successful and happy

-How did you start blogging?

I worked so hard to get into nursing school so I figured it would be a good thing to document my journey through nursing school hoping I can motivate others.

-Name the last time you laughed your ass off.

Hmmm I can’t remember but there is always something funny my 4 and 5 year old say that makes me laugh.

-If you could meet one famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?

Jesus of course 😉 and Oprah 

Please help me welcome Rocio to my little corner of the blogosphere!



I was very excited when Theresa asked me to do a guest post on her blog, but I was also scared. As a new blogger you wonder if people are going to like what you write or the way you write.

But I want to thank Theresa for the opportunity.

I am sure somewhere out there I will motivate someone, not everyone, but someone, and at the end that is all that matters.

The time had come, it was 2009. My daughters were almost 3 and 4 years old. It was time to worry about going back to work. My girls were about to start pre-k and so on.

What else could I do, right??

But, is that what I wanted to do?

I had no career, so that meant getting a dead end job. After doing a lot of thinking I decided it was time to work on my future. I wanted to be a nurse. I decided I was going back to school and what a crazy feeling that was. School had never been an option for me. I was almost 30! I thought I was too old for school but my husband proved me wrong. I started taking a few classes online in order to be able to apply to the nursing program. By taking online classes I was able to stay home with my little girls. Then 2011 came. I was finished with the pre-requisites and I got accepted into Nursing School at the age of 32! Oh and what a great feeling that was!

But first, let me tell you a little about my background: I was originally born in Lima, Peru. I came to the United States with my Mom and siblings when I was 15…things didn’t workout the way we had wanted. My mom had to take a job as a cleaning lady. My Dad was working hard in Lima to be able to send us money too, but that wasn’t enough for us to live the “American Dream”.

After 5 months we went back to Peru. A year later, as soon as I finished high school, my mother and I returned to the United States. We decided to go where my oldest sister was and moved in with her. I got a job at Burger King. I couldn’t speak English by the way, but I got the job because my sister would take me back to Burger King every single day to talk to the manager. I think he got tired of me and gave up! But I think he actually believed in me, I know he did. I had a lot of bad days working there though. The drive-thru became very interesting for someone like me that couldn’t speak much English! After a year working there and mastering the drive-thru line I moved up to a cashier at a grocery store.

The rest of my family moved to the United States. 7 months later I applied for a teller position at a local bank and got the job! From a teller, I very quickly moved up to assistant manager of that branch. I stayed there for 7 years. And again, my manager at that bank believed in me too and she knew I was capable of doing much more. She trusted me.

In the middle of all of these events, I met the love of my dreams, got married, and after almost 5 years of marriage we finally were expecting our first baby. That is when I became a SAHM.

BUT why am I telling you all of this??

Because this is proof that anyone is capable of doing more…anyone has a chance to follow their dreams. It just takes perseverance, dedication and motivation. When I came to the United States I couldn’t speak English. I had to leave many tears behind and be a strong young woman. But because of my demeanor there were a lot of people that believed in me…they saw the good in me and gave me a chance. My only obstacle was the language but I had the opportunity to show them what I was capable of doing and I succeeded.

Now back to nursing school….My oldest daughter started kindergarten August 22, 2011 and my little one started Pre-k August 29, 2011. Yes they are only 1 year apart (12 months and 11 days to be exact).   I am so used to being with them every single day…now they are gone for 6 hours each day! It is all good though. I think this is my time to show them that it doesn’t matter how old you are…I am 32 by the way. It is never too late to go back to school. I want a better and brighter future for my family. I have a wonderful husband. He is a lieutenant for a Fire Rescue near my home. We also have a carpet cleaning business on the side. He supports me 100% about finishing school. He is a hard working man and great supporter. I couldn’t have done all of these without him.

Am I scared? Absolutely! I am terrified about our new routine, me being away in school full time, not being able to pick up my daughters from school, not being able to just do nothing with them because of homework or studying for exams I will have to do…but one thing for sure is that this won’t last forever. These sacrifices I am making will have an end. 2 years will be gone before I know it. In 2 years I will have the honor to have my family at my graduation day…in 2 years I will have a rewarding job (besides motherhood), in 2 years we will be able to leave our 2 bedroom rental and buy a house…in 2 years I will be able to sit back and say I AM GLAD I DID IT AND I DID IT FOR MY GIRLS, FOR MYSELF AND FOR MY FAMILY.

Please take the time to read this post I posted on my blog from someone that really made my day http://www.sweetaprils.com/2011/08/motivational-monday-letter-from-that.html. I can’t write the way she does (I wish). Her message is a message all of us SAHM’s going back to school should read. It is just perfect. I hope her message motivates you or helps you in some way and I hope I did the same with my story.

Thank you!



Wow, Rocio, you have had quite a journey! I think it is just amazing that you have done so much, have a such a great attitude, and are going back to school in your 30’s. Good luck in nursing school, it sounds like you will rock it just like you have the rest of your life!

Thanks so much for participating in my Leave the Nest Momma series. It is so great to hear from different women about how, why, and when they left the nest.

Check back next Monday for a guest post from Kristy from the fantastic Pampers & Pinot.

I am linking up with Rachel at Life with Baby Donut for Life’s Lessons. I think this certainly applies!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Life With Baby Donut



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