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My journey so far...

January 3rd, 2016 at 05:49 am

I had a wonderful life up until 2008. I had a full time government job, a condo that I was paying down as fast as I could, and a paid for car. All of that went belly up in September when I lost my job and the economic meltdown happened. Soon afterwards my husband and I separated, leaving me with no income at all. I had no emergency fund so I had no way to pay my bills. I couldn't find any regular work either, which was extremely frustrating to say the least. Over the course of the next year I wound up literally losing everything. I lost my condo to foreclosure as well as my car (no income meant I couldn't change the oil, so the engine locked up). Long story short I wound up being "couch homeless" and living with friends and family for the next 5 years. I was finally able to get back on my feet when I won my Social Security disability case in 2013. I was also able to find a part time job working at a local restaurant, and I've been there for almost 2 years now.

A line in one of my favorite songs pretty much sums up my life--"When you hit rock bottom you've got two ways to go, straight up or sideways." I've hit rock bottom and have slowly climbed my way out. It can happen to you as well. Don't give up!

2 Responses to “My journey so far...”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    So true, things like this can happen to anyone! Sounds like you refused to give up though because you climbed your way out, good work on staying strong!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Though I never became couch homeless, I had a similar experience, quite a few years earlier than 2008, though! I was divorced in the 1980's, had no job, lost my home, pretty much had to crawl my way back to a normal life. Yes, it can happen to anyone.

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