The next big chapter. You turn 18, graduate from high school, and say hello to the the real world. No more safe Christian environment. No running to the pillow to cry because someone called you a name. Real life trials will be introducing themselves soon. I am no longer thinking about the day I'll get a key ring, but a diamond ring, no longer wondering how I'll ever get through High School, but how I'll survive college, and I'm no longer thinking about what to major in, but how successful my career will be. Honestly, I don't know what to expect, and that's where you come in handy. :) I want to know some of the following. Feel free to answer whatever questions you want off the list. Many of these pertain to married women, but there are a good portion singles can answer. Hint Hint. ;)
~ What part of college life was the most surprising to you?
~ Did you face any religious persecution, and if so, how did you deal with it?
~ As someone about to start college, what is the best advice you can offer me in regards to ANY aspect of the college life?
~ What did you do as a single that you most loved?
~ Is there anything you miss about being single that you wish you wish you could still do as a married woman? (this sorta goes along with the first)
~ Is there something you regret not doing (or doing) as a single that you could advise me to also take advantage of (or avoid) as a single?
~ Were there any singles ministries you were in that particularly helped you in your walk with God?
~ If marriage ever became an idol for you, how did you deal with accepting singlehood as your lot in life at that particular time?
~ What is the most helpful advice you can give to me as far as beginning a career?
~ For the stay at home moms, what part of the career to full time stay at home mom was the hardest?
~ How is being married and having a career different than being single with a career? (I know this probably sounds like a stupid question, but I want to know! :)
~ Did your parents, family, friends, and husband all support your career? If someone wasn't supportive, how did you deal with it?
~ How long were you married before you had kids? Do you wish you had kids sooner/not as soon?
~ For those who had kids soon after marriage, what was the hardest part about being married for a short time and then having kids?
~ For those who were married awhile before having kids, what are you most thankful for about life as husband and wife for awhile without the responsibility of kids?
~ Did you give up your career as soon as you had kids, or did you continue it even after kids came along?
~ Do you wish you had stuck with a career rather than giving it up for kids?
~ Did anyone make comments directly to you about "wasting" your degree to be a homemaker?
~What part of being a wife, mom, and homemaker most excited you?
~ What parts of marriage did you expect to be easier? Harder?
~ What is your favorite thing about being a wife/mom/homemaker?
~ What advice can you offer on being a wife/mom/homemaker?
~ What was the hardest lesson to learn about not being independent, but being married and under the authority of your husband? Or in other words, what part of married life was the hardest to get used to (giving up time with friends, the freedom to go out whenever you wanted, not having to worry about cleaning for anyone but yourself. etc)
There are several more things I would love to know. But I don't want to overwhelm you with questions. Remember, whatever questions you want to answer would be a blessing. Don't feel you need to answer all of them! I will be tremendously grateful for any answers.