Proud of you Ms. Henderson. Doing the right thing for your parents helps them and helps you do better in the long run. It’s a confusing time for working age people. I am retired, saved enough and currently spend less than I earn. My focus is learning new things and staying relevant. I am an engineer and there is no limit on resources to broaden my knowledge.
As you already figured out hard work will get you where you want to be. You no longer need to learn on the job OJT (on the job training) to advance. Almost everything you need to learn is available online. Universities can’t possibly upgrade their curriculum in time to keep up with tools available to make money. The downside is you have to compete with every smart person on Earth with a computer and a internet connection. Your advantage is/are your language skills.
It’s a good time to be alive. So many choices to make a living. Too many choices some may say. Focus is the key and and lack of focus is your biggest enemy. The table is set, the banquet is waiting. Choose wisely, Joanna.