I wrote this blog yesterday, in its entirety and with one click, lost the whole thing. That's super fun. Anyway, as school is starting for many kids, including mine, I thought I would share some insight on what it takes to live on your own. If you want to get away from your parents, or crappy partner you're going to need to support yourself financially. I know, this isn't ground breaking information, but I think it bears repeating.
If you want to live without your parents or partners influence on your life then you will need to be financially independent. There is nothing like money to keep you tied to a family or person when you don't want to be. Also there's the whole self esteem issue of being dependent on your family or another person because they have money and support you.
I saw some of this with my parents. I think my mom stayed because it would have been financially very difficult to raise 4 children on her salary. My mom did work and earned a good living, but not enough to support 4 kids. (Key point which warrants repeating, don't have kids you can't afford to feed! I know, no brainer, but this still occurs way too often!)
I never wanted to be financially dependent on someone and I never have been. I went to college and got a degree in something I thought I would like and something I thought would pay me decent money. I was a public relations major and marketing minor. I still work in marketing today and it pays for the upkeep of this website : )
Education doesn't always have to be some college degree, but you do need some type of training or skill beyond your high school education to support yourself well in life.
I haven't blogged in a bit because I recently started a new job and it's kept me way busy. If you've missed my blogs, please let me know. As always, I share my experiences with the hope it helps someone else.