AZ Asks: It has almost been two years since the last time we spoke. At that point, you whole life had been turned upside down and you were going through a divorce. So tell me, what’s in your purse that reflects where you are in life right now?
Ida: Here let me show you. This is my parking pass for my job. During the first year of my divorce, I went back to school and finished my degree. I now have a wonderful position at a bank that I love and I am very good at. Even though I am working very hard, the fact that I am in control of my own finances and budget has made feel much more in control of my life.
AZ Asks: What else do you have in your purse?
Well, here are the keys to my car. It may not be a luxurious foreign car, but it is new, safe and dependable and I can personally afford it which is very important to me. It has given me back my independence. I used to take a lot of things for granted, but during my divorce I actually lost my car because my husband stopped making the car payments. I promised myself that I would never be in that position again. Now I am able to drive the girls to school every day before I head off to work and take them to all of their activities and I have done it all on my own.
AZ Asks: What are you the proudest of in your purse?
That question is very simple to answer…here are pictures of my two daughters! As tough as I had it, they had it even worse. They also had to start over. They lost their father when he became so overwhelmed with our financial situation and just walked away. They then had to leave the only home that they ever knew and move into a condo… not to mention leaving their friends and a lifestyle behind.
I have to say that they got through it all with style and grace! They are growing into wonderful and independent young ladies and I feel that I have helped them become this way. They understand that you have to work for what you have and live within your budget. They are happy and well adjusted and now love their new home. They know I work hard to provide them with a safe and happy environment.
What really makes smile is how truly proud of me they are!