I mentioned a month or so ago that I loaned Beauty the money to purchase her car, well, part of it. I am pleased to tell you that while we had a couple of bumps along the way, she has paid back the loan in its entirety as of this week.
She is 18 years old. Has had a volatile childhood to say the least. Has not had good financial decisions modeled up to this point. But she has CHOSEN to be responsible, seek good counsel and now owns a pretty decent car outright, in her own name that she paid for 100% by herself.
I could not be more proud of her! I want to shout that from the rooftop.
What’s Next for this Beauty
She has registered for full time college next month at the local community college and right now she will either stay here or live in the dorms. (I love that our local community college has dorms and I’m hoping she takes that step.) Between the Georgia HOPE grant and her need based Pell Grant money, almost 100% of her tuition, supplies and housing will be covered.
She is pursuing an Associates Degree in Cosmetology, a program she started while in high school. We are not sure how long it will take as she still has to take a “placement” test and get her projects/hours documented from her high school program.
I wanted to write this, not just because I am very proud of her, but also as an example, that fostering older kids…well, it really can make a big difference in their lives. Even when it’s just the last year of their high school career.
Hope is a digital marketing manager and foster/adoptive single mom to five kids. She has run her own consulting company for over 15 years and took a leap of faith returning to the corporate world in 2021 to a job and team she loves! Hope began sharing her journey with the BAD community in the Spring of 2015 and feels like she has finally mastered the balance between family first and wise financial decisions.