How did I get here? And, where am I going? This will be a long, much needed introduction.
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|Sat, 11-26-2011 - 9:58pm|
Hello all, this will be my first foray into online message boards since I was.. 13? I am 26 now, and that feels like forever ago, so bear with me.
Where to start...
I am a teacher, and if you know anything about teaching, you will know that the payscale does not match the schooling or level of professionalism required of my job. I am not about to gripe about being underpaid, I enjoy my summers off, and that accounts for my smaller salary, and I know this. I have chosen to pursue a Graduate degree because that is one of the ways that I can push myself up the payscale a bit faster. All was going well, and things were under control, and then I got pregnant. Any of you with babies and young children know (or likely remember) how expensive babies can be. That point is where the credit card debt started (along with student loans, which are still building as I am still in school). Long story short, my soon to be ex husband is not the father of my now 1 year-old daughter. We are getting a divorce, and my boyfriend (and my daughter's father) is living with me, and has been in the picture in a big way since she was born (my ex did not like the idea of being a father even before we found out she wasn't his). So, filing for divorce costs money that I didn't have as I am supporting my house *almost* single-handedly as my soon-to-be-ex moved out of the house this past June, and has paid nothing for utilities, mortgage, etc from that point (which is fine, I wouldn't expect him to support me).