Help Me Recover My Life

This has got to be the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I am not use to not being able to take care of things and to ask others for help is not something that is common place for me. I always feel that others are having their trials and tribulations just as I am so how can they help me, so I never decide to ask for help. I take pride in the fact that I have managed to overcome, run through, go around, and hop over some horrible obstacles in my life-time but today I realize that I must be brave. Sometimes the circumstances at hand force us to be braver than we actually are, and so we knock on doors and ask for assistance. Therefore, I prostrate myself before you all to ask for help and assistance.

I have needed help for a couple of months now and finally I am in a situation where I have no choice but to ask for it. Unfortunately, my employment contract ended in April and every since then I have been struggling to maintain my life. I was evicted from my home in June causing me now to be living with a guy friend in their one bedroom apartment; luckily they have a sleeper sofa and have allowed my daughter and I to have the bedroom. I have never been homeless, which I technically am, because I have never been evicted even though I have faced financially difficult times in the past. I may have been able to avoid that situation if I would have sought out help sooner, but I know that others are looking at me as an educated professional thinking that everything is okay. Honestly, I believed that everything in my life was ok and would be more than ok because I have done everything that I was taught is the "right" thing to do. Even without having any income over the past few months (I only qualified for $20 of unemployment benefits because of the length of time at my most recent contract) I have managed to stay focused on the priorities of continuing to provide a happy, stable, safe and stable environment for my daughter while seeking out employment opportunities.

I know many that know me personally or at least have a little view into my world may wonder how an individual with an MBA has found herself in such a predicament, but I experienced 3 years of unemployment after I was laid off in 2009 prior to my last contract so I was already in the "red" in a sense. Even through those 3 years of unemployment (thanks to unemployment benefits and funds while attending grad school) I was able to juggle my finances and manage to stay afloat, but this time with the end of the contract and no true savings established I have found myself without any income since April. I have managed to obtain a new contract to work (as well as continued to apply, network, and interview for career opportunities) however I have not been able to begin working due to all of the formalities that have to be completed prior to that happening.

I was taught that you never judge a person because you never really know what they having going on with them. I am now living this because I know from the outside looking in that there are people that probably cannot fathom that this has been my story, but it is. But this is not going to be the end of my story; it is a part of it that I am asking you to help me through so that I may overcome to continue to press on forward in this life. Anything you can do will help me, and if you are going through your own struggles and feel that you can not support me financially at this time I also appreciate any words of encouragement and comfort; we all can use them at times and I extend the same to you.

I did not want to provide a sob story, and there are so many more details that could be given to show the struggles I have faced over the past few months (actually since my layoff in 2009) but I do not want to bombard you with more. I am a person genuinely in need of some help and I just hope that some where in your heart you find the desire to help. I have a 7 year-old daughter whom is my everything that I am trying to do my best to provide for. My daughter was conceived due to the most unfortunate circumstance that a woman can go through, therefore I am the only parent in her life. Even with my current circumstances there is not many other options for me to rely on for help.

The reason for this fundraiser is because I woke up this morning to the knocks of my friend's neighbor telling me that my car had been towed away. Unfortunately, during my financial difficulties and in an effort to save my home I chose to get a title loan to help me (wish I would have known about GoFundMe then might have helped me to avoid this) and after some investigation I have found that the title loan company took my car due to my not being able to pay my final payment. I borrowed $900 to pay my rent of $935 and I have already paid them nearly $3,000 over the time that I have had the loan. I tried to get them to work with me to avoid this, but I obviously wasn't successful since I am sitting here in dire straits trying to obtain help. I need my vehicle for a variety of reasons, but the most important reason is because I am my daughter's transportation to and from school due to where she attends. I "choiced" my daughter to a better public school outside of the district that we lived in and I do not want to remove her because it is such a great school that she is doing so well at. I have done my best to provide a sense of normalcy and a continuation of life as she is accustomed to through my trials; this is my financial suffering not hers and I do not want her to suffer due to it. My daughter is the most important person in my life and I will do any and everything to make sure she can get the best opportunity to live a full and successful life. While I do not understand how a person who has achieved the educational and professional accomplishments that I have can end up here, I continue to push my daughter to work hard and strive for her education because I know that without the things that I have accomplished I could be worse off. I also need my vehicle in order to begin working (finally will be able to start my new contract work next week) because without working I will not be able to get out of this situation. SO at this time what I am asking is for you to help me in the recovery of my car. As hard as it is to tell this to the "world" these struggles that I am going through I know that my daughter is more important than my pride or anything that anyone could think or say about me seeking help.

So from the bottom of my heart I thank you in advance for helping me to recover. I believe that with your help I will not only be recovering my vehicle but that it will be the first step in recovering my path to my goals. I thank you for helping me to reclaim my life to be able to achieve all that I set out to be as a human being, as a woman, as a scholar, as a marketing professional (seeking permanent career opportunities) but most importantly as a MOTHER. It is for my daughter, Z, that I now lay down my pride and humble myself to finally reach out for help because she is more than worth it.

Would you please help me? We send kisses of thanks to you!
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