An Unconventional Way to Fund Education for Yourself Later in Life

Mariela Garcia
3 min readSep 19, 2022

It’s a VERY unpopular way to go about it, but I won’t be in debt when all is said and done.

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Thanks to great teachers, I consider myself to be a lifelong learner. In fact, one of the things I miss about working at my 9–5 is the professional development opportunities.

In the past year, I have invested in my own learning out of pocket. I invested in two certifications while I was still working knowing that I was going to quit to start my new career.

More recently after further reflection, I decided to go back to college. I am 44. I should be focused on saving for my kid's education not worried about how I will pay for my own schooling.

No, that is how I used to think. As long as I am alive, I can change my mind about what I want to do with my life.

I still want to focus on financial well-being, but I also want to further my growth in Elementary Education.

As a substitute teacher and financial coach, people depend on me to add value to their lives. I take that responsibility very seriously.

Last year I focused on one dream, starting my own business. I took the steps to prepare myself professionally, which contributed to my success. This year I am pursuing a childhood dream of becoming…



Mariela Garcia

Happy person. I have a Masters in Public Administration and have certifications in finance, and life coaching. Currently pursuing my teaching credential.