Growing up I had dreams. Big dreams. I imagined the cute little house with the white picket fence. I dreamt about a house full of children, a handsome husband and living on love. It was a beautiful dream and I hoped to some day achieve it.
I married young. I was 18, oblivious and over the moon in love. We were poor… v e r y poor. Our first year together we made a whopping $6k combined… but we were happy. We were both determined to not stay in this financial condition and hit the books… hard. I didn’t have my house with the picket fence (yet), but I still envisioned it often.
My husband graduated a year and a half before I did and was able to obtain a decent beginning job in his field. We were still struggling, but living a little less stressed financially. Our first baby came along and I added my first chapter to my dream.
I graduated, we bought our first house, I taught my first year and soon realized that for us to obtain our dreams we would have to sacrifice a little in other areas. We decided that I would become a stay at home mom and we would budget and live within our means.
My second child came along soon after and life was grand. We both worked hard at what we do to achieve our dreams and have since decided that settling for less would be cheating ourselves and our children. We’ve had several bumps in the road but with determination and our “never settle for less” attitude we have overcome those obstacles and are stronger.
We now own a cute house full of children (four), I have a handsome husband and we live on love daily. Because we didn’t settle into a woe is me attitude and assume we would never have more… we didn’t/don’t. We worked hard, nose to the grindstone and sacrificed where we could.
Keep your dreams in your sites… work hard where you are… never settle for less.
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