Alhamdulillah my husband passed his MBA today. This officially marks the beginning of the end (?) of this stage of our lives in which we have been living and working (him studying) abroad with our son for the last 1 and a half years.
It hasn’t been an easy period. First he had to wade through the MBA application process which was quite difficult, what with the GMAT exam and essays (even his colleagues had to pitch in and write one).
When he got into his target school, MBS, we had to work out the funding. A lack of interest from sponsors didn’t stop his determination. We ended up having to sell our house and car, withdrew our savings (including ‘borrowing’ our son’s education fund) and using hard-earned bonuses to pay for the program.
We then had to make a decision whether Umar and I should join him in Australia. I had just started at UT for a few months, but stuck my neck out asking for a transfer to a subsidiary which luckily was located in Melbourne. Alhamdulillah and due to the rezeki bestowed by God, I got it, so we all moved.
It’s early days, but I think it has all been worth it. He is tremendously knowledgable on anything in finance and business these days (he challenges my understanding of finance all the time!) which will boost his performance at his next job.
Our son has improved his English and social skills significantly since attending childcare here and has made many friends. And Alhamdulillah I have had an excellent opportunity to work here with a team of colleagues that are like a family to me now.
We are now planning for the next stage of our lives together as a family. I think of it as taking what we have been blessed with and growing it to another level. We are both looking for satisfaction and a sense of contribution in our careers, dream of having an addition (or two) to the family, as well as building over our financial foundation.
For me personally, I would like to develop myself further by solidifying my place in the business world with new challenges and finding skills I don’t yet know I have. I’d like to have more children and spend more time with family members. I’d like to contribute to charities financially and physically. I’d like to pay more attention to my image (which has been neglected!) and have more fun with friends.
I’d like to travel more and perform Haj in the next few years together with hubby. Ideally, we can start implementing the practice of annual vacations – one with whole family, one with hubby only, and one with besties (Yani I’m looking at you!)
Insya Allah. I pray God will guide us all and continue to bless us with more rahmat and rezeki.