I moved into my own apartment with my partner and two children in July 2015, just two months before the Great Recession officially began.
It was a big leap for us.
We’d been married just over a year when we first got married.
We didn’t expect to live in the same place forever, and we weren’t sure how long we’d stay in the house.
But we also didn’t think we’d ever be able to get married again.
As the economy tanked, our monthly payments to our insurance company dropped to a mere $1,500 a month, and the mortgage on our home went into default.
I was living paycheck to paycheck, making less than $30,000 a year.
When we finally started living together, we didn’t feel like we had any time to wait around.
We could get married and be done with our lives.
I told my husband that we were getting married.
It felt like we were making a promise to ourselves, I said.
We wanted to go ahead and make it happen.
We both knew that was the wrong decision at the time, and it would take some time for us to adjust.
But as we worked through it, I started to feel more and more comfortable telling my partner that I was ready to start living independently.
He was nervous about the transition, but he also knew that I knew he’d be ok.
It’s not like I was looking for a big wedding, or a big life-changing event.
My husband knew that we’d have a lot of fun together, and that we would do things together that would be exciting.
But the transition took some getting used to.
He also recognized that we needed to be careful about what we did together.
We didn’t want to overdo things, but I also didn´t want to take risks.
He wanted to keep us on track, but we didn´’t want him to be in any sort of financial jeopardy.
I had a good relationship with my landlord, and my lease gave me an opportunity to help him get through some rough times.
We started to plan our lives together.
I began taking out student loans and paying off some of the house, and he started to get his first real job and start paying bills.
And we started buying things together.
For a while, we kept our lives separate.
But after a while we started getting to know each other.
We began to have a real sense of our lives, and I became a little more confident about what was going on in our lives as a couple.
We went to a lot more parties together, to some of our favorite restaurants and bars, and had fun going to events together.
And I started buying more clothes for my daughter, who was now getting married later this year.
I also made a concerted effort to take care of my mental health.
Our transition was a good one, but it wasn’t a great one.
For one thing, our financial situation was going to be a little challenging.
We had $5,000 in student loans to pay off, and most of the money was from the mortgage we were already paying off.
We were also paying for our daughter’s wedding, which had taken place a few months before.
That was a lot to handle, especially when we were trying to work on our finances together.
Our biggest challenge was that our financial relationship wasn’t going to last.
We weren’t going anywhere.
It wasn’t until we began dating and started making more money together that we started to realize that it wasn´t going to end.
My husband and I started dating in March of 2016.
We decided to live together for a year to make it easier on our financials.
The plan was to be married in the fall of 2019, after we’d moved into our new place.
The first couple of months were tough, but our relationship became a lot stronger than we expected.
We moved into a small apartment together and started living a little bit closer together.
Things seemed to be going well.
We shared a lot about our financial lives.
We also began to plan for our future.
For the first time, we were spending a lot time together.
In the fall, we started planning for our wedding and our child´s wedding, and began talking about the future together.
It became a much bigger part of our life.
And it was an amazing time to be with our family and friends, especially since we were planning for a wedding together.
The financial issues started to disappear.
We realized that we could really be together.
With more money, we also began spending more time with each other and with our children.
And in the summer, we spent more time together, with more friends and activities.
It all became easier for us, and as our financial situations improved, we began to think about our future together and how it would change our lives and how we would be able, in turn, to enjoy our lives