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Next Exit: Brighter Days Ahead in 14 miles

So far the experience of starting over has been an emotional roller coaster, but things are looking up! 


In the beginning, I was feeling down about the overwhelming “blur” of the future, but now I am totally optimistic about the changes. I have been extremely humbled in that I have accepted starting from the bottom and working my way up. 

Because I was a stay at home mom, the goal now is to get employed while still maintaining school and being mom. Going back to what I said about this whole experience humbling me, I am at a point mentally where I look at minimum wage as a stepping stone. I could remember a time, not too long ago, that I would shun the idea of taking a job with so little pay. I would immediately deem it as “a waste of time” and look for something that pays more like $10/hour instead. My whole mentality on that has changed. That $7.25/hour job is more than what I have now being unemployed. That minimum wage, $7.25/hour, can be my first step into financial stability. As I am living at my parent’s house, that minimum wage job can allow me to pay a small car note, pay my cell phone bill, save money to move, provide for myself and my children, and obtain state assisted child-care for my two babies. I look at that minimum wage as a means to get back on my feet. Minimum wage certainly beats being broke and being financially controlled. 

My outlook on life has changed drastically. Every lemon thrown my way is being saved to create my lemonade stand. Through every turn in this journey, I am gaining certain qualities back. I told you guys how much of a hustler I was since the age of 16 and how my work ethic was impeccable. I feel that ambitious hustler coming back. I feel that girl that handled her business coming back. I feel her coming back as a grown woman, wiser, stronger, and overall better. I literally have tunnel vision on my goals.

I make sure to remind myself that I can do whatever it is I put my mind to. I encourage you to do the same. No matter what seems to be blocking your path to your first or next successful checkpoint, push through! When you make the decision to not run, face your challenges, and take them head on, you will see that things unimaginable will happen for you. The only person stopping our success is ourselves.

Peace & Love,

Lindsey

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