Yes, that’s a proof LOL!! I don’t know why I never ordered pics. I should have ordered a few of them because my journey was one that I’ll never forget……
I graduated in 2007. Gosh that was a long time ago 😂😂😂…but I remember it like it was yesterday. The month after graduation, I left home. I cried all the way from Millry to Hattiesburg, because I wasn’t ready to leave home. I was terrified to be moving out on my own. I left home with $20, a prepaid cell phone, and my clothes. My car didn’t even go in reverse LOL!! The transmission was messed up. Now that I think about it, I think I had a print out from Mapquest with turn-by-turn directions….God I feel old.
I moved to a 4 person apartment with 3 other girls that I didn’t know. When I got there no one was in the apartment, so I picked my room, and set-up all of my stuff. I stayed in that room for 2 weeks. TWO WEEKS!!! I ate chips and dip, and drank Hawaiian Punch 😂😂. I didn’t have any minutes on my phone, so I couldn’t even call home. After that second week, my roommate came and knocked on my door. No one even knew I was in there because I was so quiet. My mom had called my roommate and they freaked out after they hadn’t seen me go in or out. (I still can’t believe I did that🤦🏾♀️.)
There I was in a a new city…no job…no money…no friends. My boyfriend was still in Alabama, but he was working, and he paid my rent at the apartment. I started school in August, and I was 100% sure that I was going to be a Radiologic Technologist. I started off really strong, and ended up getting an early acceptance to Nursing School, so I ditched the Radiologic Tech dream. Everything was going great until around the 8 month mark. I found out that my ex had gotten a girl pregnant.
There are no words to describe the pain that I felt. I was turning guys down left and right. I loved him so much. My first love….and he made a baby with somebody else. I completely lost myself once I found out. I planned to finish nursing school and we’d get married, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t going to happen that way.
We ended the relationship, and before I could hang up the phone, depression sank in. I couldn’t afford my rent, because I really didn’t make much money, and all I did was cry, so I ended up leaving nursing school and getting a full time job. I started working at a call center for Walmart, which lasted throughout the holiday season until I was laid off.
Thankfully, my brother helped me get a job at Lenny’s Sub Shop. That place will forever feel like home to me. I worked there for two years, and during that time, I transferred to Southern Miss. I changed my major THREE TIMES before I realized that I was basically starting from scratch every time I changed it.
Along the way, I moved into my own apartment, and after a few years and two job changes later, I had lost my job. Again. So I had to pack my stuff and move back to Alabama. Whew!! I felt like a complete failure!! I had to move back home with no job and no degree. I stayed in a funk for about two weeks, until my mom came in my room and told me that I had to get up and do something.
I applied for two jobs in Mobile. And I got offers from both. I was so broke that I accepted both job offers. I worked a full time day job at a bank, and a full time night job as a Night Auditor. I was also in my last semester of school, so it was do or die. That semester was it for me. I HAD to finish because I wasn’t sure how many more failures I had in me before I just gave up. For 5 months, I slept around 2 hours a day.
Two weeks before graduation, I received an opportunity of a lifetime. Well, to me it was. I was offered my first “corporate style” job at one of the biggest employers in Mobile. I was thrilled!! I worked there for almost 6 years, and I left for a job at a bigger company, for a little less pay. Dumb, I know, but it was a power move. I stayed in that position for 6 months, and I received an offer to work as a contractor at NASA……yep NASA!!!!
Some days, it still feels like a dream. Am I really working at NASA? Am I really making this much every week? It has been an amazing experience, and I hope to work there for many years to come.
I decided to tell my story tonight because sometimes, it can appear that it was easy. I’m here to tell you that it’s hard to navigate through life without experiencing any types of failures or hardships. There were days that I didn’t know where my next meal was coming from. I rode to work on gas fumes so many times. I failed so many times, but every time I failed, I came back stronger. If anyone is reading this, just know that there is no shortcut to success. In order to succeed, sometimes you have to SACRIFICE….whether its time, money, friends, relationships. There is no gain without pain.