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My Empowering Moment

It was a roller coaster ride, Divorce, moving, court dates, child

support, the fighting. I was D-O-N-E, done. Life had been unsettled for several years.

Going through a divorce is never easy especially with young children and I was just coming to the realization that I could manage on my own. I hadn't realized that for a long time which is why I stayed in a relationship that was not healthy for me or for the children. Once I began to believe in myself I became stronger.

I eventually met and married the man who has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. We moved to Zachary in 2014.

We built a life in Zachary while navigating many rough seas. Things such as adjustments to school, medical diagnosis, temper tantrums, making new friends, buying a house, adjusting our daily schedules were all challenges we hadn't faced all at once.

Fast forward and I find myself in a court room sitting next to my ex-husband. It was another hearing to reduce his once over $900 a month child support order to a measly $167 per month. I began to panic.

Our family relied on the money. Summer was coming up and decent summer care was over $100 a week or more. I tried to stay strong and knew something had to change. I didn't want to sell my house and the other bills we had were not very flexible. Even though I was married and had the support of a wonderful man I wanted to feel like our family could have fun and not stress over money with this recent change.

About two weeks later I was driving home and noticed a sign in the front of Keller Williams on Old Scenic Hwy announcing a Career Night. It was a Wednesday at about 4:45pm. I had a rough day and was tired and being a Wednesday, I was in casual clothing. By the time I reached the red light at Church Street I was on the phone with the Keller Williams office. I found out the time and picked up the kids and settled them at home. I told my husband my plans to attend the Career Night which was starting very soon by that time. I rushed to get ready- change clothes and take out my pony tail. As I was getting dressed I thought, maybe this was the answer. I had always loved real estate - the buying and selling process, and even did a few house flips which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I arrived at the building nervous but confident. After the presentation was over, so many thoughts went through my head, where do I get the $595 to sign up, should I talk to my husband about this decision, when will I have the time to study and still work full time, how will I transition from my current 13 year career with steady income to real estate which has no guaranteed income. I did not have all the answers but what I did know was I had to do something different if I wanted something different. I had lived so long worried about if I was going to get child support and when would be the next reduction that this was my moment. I signed up for the class that night.