Nancy E.'s Open Road


These Is My Words

“It’s important to never give up looking and never think that there’s only one way. Don’t be surprised if what you end up finding isn’t what you were looking for. ”


Education Writing


Inspiration Passion Education Opportunity Societal Pressures Chance Determination Fear Courage Perseverance Confidence Experience


Communicating / Sharing Stories


  • In high school, she says she had dreamy notions about getting married, living in a house with a white picket fence, and living happily ever after.
  • After her family struggled financially for several years, she decided to start job hunting, but found that her lack of a college degree limited her opportunities.
  • Made a vow to herself that, if she was ever in a position to afford it, she would go to college—the day her husband got promoted, she enrolled in community college.
  • Starting college at 40 years old was a terrifying experience for her; she constantly feared that she would fail or get kicked out, but says that she was determined not to quit.
  • Had always had an interest in art and music, specifically the piano—had aspirations of pursuing music professionally.
  • A serious medical diagnosis derailed her plans for pursuing music, but opened her up to a new passion: writing.
  • Says she found a healing power in the process of writing; “The more I wrote, the healthier I felt.”
  • Believes that having her ability to play the piano taken away from her was the best thing that could have happened—encourages people to surrender expectations and be open to opportunities.

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