I was an overworked, underpaid and undervalued single mother of two children struggling financially to make ends meet.
Ironically, in my mind, I thought I was actually doing really well. I did everything right. I did everything everyone said I should do. Eventually, I also went to college, got the degrees, got the job with a “good company”. Then I built my career climbing the corporate ladder to a management position.
But somehow, I felt empty inside and unaccomplished. I was so ashamed of all the debt I accumulated. I was embarrassed that I was also working from 6 am to 8 pm at night, 6 days per week with no time freedom and definitely without financial freedom.
My kids were practically raising themselves. I found myself teaching my children how to be the quintessential latchkey kids. It was not because I wanted them to be independent and strong, but because I needed them to learn how to live without me. I didn’t know what else to do, everything just felt absolutely wrong.