college dropout

‘Hands trembling, I wrote an email to my father: ‘I’m pregnant. Don’t worry. I have a plan.’: Teen mom turned 6-figure business owner urges ‘young parenthood doesn’t need to be a curse’

“‘You need to get an abortion. You’re only 19, just think about your body. It’ll be ruined forever…and so will your life.’ There I went, across the world, to a Third World Country where I didn’t speak the language or know the customs… to start a new life, baby in tow. We were young, naïve, and so in love.”

‘If I drink beer, maybe they’ll like me.’ ‘Maybe if I smoke this.’ Their words cut deep. I was desperate for acceptance. When it wasn’t enough, I stopped going to class and flunked with all F’s.’

“I thought the bullying would stop when my mom died of cancer, but it returned full force. I remember being yanked off my feet by my ponytail, blood running down my leg. I still wasn’t good enough, so I dropped out. When I returned to school at 31, a mother of 3 kids, I thought the same failure awaited me again. I was absolutely terrified.”

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