I am an only child to a single mother.
I literally wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. My mom is my best-friend. We argue like sisters…we have had knock-out drag-out fights but we know at the end of the day we are each others biggest fans. She believes in me with her whole heart and that is the greatest feeling in the world. Growing up my mother struggled financially to keep her head above water and I watched, I learned, and she taught me how to turn that around for myself. As you can imagine this played a huge part in me growing up much quicker than my peers. She refused to let anyone think I was dumb so she was always sitting me down asking if I knew this or that and if I didn’t she would teach me. She didn’t have a SO so I was the one that she leaned on when we were struggling. I remember sitting on the couch as she would be going through bills calling companies to see if we could get an extension on our due date. Trying to get a decent car and always being denied as her credit wasn’t high enough. I didn’t understand how we couldn’t afford our bills and at a very young age I started making a budget to see where we were financially. Not being able to help her was HARD. I knew that I didn’t want to grow up and live paycheck to paycheck unsure of how I was going to pay for everything, so I worked very hard to learn and prepare myself for the big world out there.
I started college at the age of 14.
This has EVERYTHING to do with #1. I knew at a young age I needed to accomplish BIG things if I wasn’t going to struggle financially, so I enrolled in college my freshmen year of high-school. I would go to high-school during the day and then to night classes at a local community college in the evenings. On top of this I was in basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading. By the time I was 18 I had all of my prerequisite for nursing school (approx 65 credit hours) and was accepted into the program immediately following high-school. I was busy but driven to accomplish it to get ahead.
I moved to Dallas, Tx just because I wanted to live in a big city.
Since I was little, big cities did something to my soul. Maybe because I always associated them with BIG goals, money, and shopping. I guess that’s what happens when you grow up in a really small town in Kansas and the closest mall is 2 hours away (yes I know, I cringe too). I had visited Texas a few times as a teenager and every visit made me feel like I was really doing something with my life. Dallas/Ft.Worth was massive so it caught my eye and became my DREAM city! I imagined moving there, living in a cookie cutter neighborhood with cool neighbors that brought cookies over on a Saturday, and doing badass things with my life. Minus the cookie part, that’s now my reality which is mind blowing AF!! Dream Big people, I had a clear vision where I could see myself living in this big city and it came to life.
I slept on an air mattress for a good two months.
Okay so contrary to #3, when i got my very first apartment here in Dallas, I literally had what would fit in my car. No furniture just me, the dachshund, and a car full of clothes and kitchen items. The whole cookie cutter neighborhood was a little farther down the road. I had no idea what i was actually doing, I just knew I had a badass apartment where I was going to find super cool friends and hangout by the pool drinking wine in my spare time. I didn’t think of actually needing a bed to sleep on…thank gosh my air mattress made the cut and fit in my car because for the first two month in my apartment I slept on that bad boy. Looking back, I’m like WTF? Why didn’t you just go buy one? I have no clue, y’all. I guess to be conservative on money! The best part is that I got a foam mattress topper for it to make it slightly more luxury! #dead
I traveled to 5 different countries by the age of 21.
At the age 15 my mom and I went to China on a mission trip…experience of a freaking lifetime. Getting to stand on the great wall, dive deep into the culture, and help build a church with my bare hands. Can’t say that I have traveled anywhere that was as fascinating or culture shocking since.This is where my wanderlust heart began! Shortly after turning 19 I went to the Dominican Republic for an all expenses paid vacay in Punta Cana. LOVED it…so beautiful. I highly recommend! At age 20 I traveled to Jamaica, Bahamas, and Haiti again all expenses paid. Then at age 21 the hubs and I went to Mexico again thanks to coaching all the expenses were paid and they treated us like royalty! I am grateful AF but also I worked very hard to be there and achieve what I did at such a young age!
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