When Monica arrived at her first coaching session, she was prepared. She pulled out her phone and ran down a list of goals sorted by order of importance. Needless to say, our financial coach was intrigued.
Despite it being her first session, Monica was on a journey and had already covered substantial ground. Having enduring years of abuse in her marriage, Monica had worked tirelessly to establish financial independence, find stable housing, and support her children. She learned to keep costs low by joining a clothing exchange with other mothers and signing up for free classes at her local community center.
Monica’s goals were forward-thinking:
- Get trained to be a peer counselor
- Start a blog to raise awareness about the long-term effects of abuse on survivors
- Go back to school and one day become an educator
As her children grow, Monica will donate the items that she no longer needs – expensive things like strollers, playpens, and cribs – to survivors in earlier stages of recovery.
Establishing financial independence was just the first step for Monica. Now she’s searching for the tools and resources to save so that she can reach her goal of making a positive impact in the lives of fellow survivors. In other words, Monica is paying it forward.