On February 5th I moved out of Hearth Homes and into my first apartment, I have long-awaited this moment and worked so hard to get here. It feels good to have my own place and gives me a greater sense of fulfillment. The time I spent at Hearth Homes was all about preparing myself for this step. I have worked on routine, meal planning, budgeting, and time management. I also completed a responsible renter’s course in which I learned the fundamentals of apartment tenancy.
Now that I'm in my own apartment I am still engaged in services at Hearth Homes. I come for life skills class, case management, and goal setting. Most recently we have been doing parenting classes called the Circle of Security. In this class I learned how to be with my child in their times of need, and about organizing their feeling for them because they do not know how to do it on their own. I also learned that by being with my child and soothing them they are learning how to sooth themselves.
The immediate goals I have been working on are school and completing my GED. I have taken and passed my GED Science test this past week and only have math left! This gives me a greater sense of fulfillment and purpose. I work with kind teachers and have found that when I have fun learning in a good environment I am more able to retain the information I receive.
Although I have been doing well on my own, there have been some struggles, such as budgeting and time management. I pay all of my bills on time, but before I set aside money for laundry I seem to have already spent the money on other less important things. Bedtime and mornings are also a challenge because I do not have the same kind of accountability requirements as I did when I was at Hearth Homes.
When I get off track one week I simply work to get back on track the next and keep pushing through my laziness and periodic lags of ambition. Moving on to becoming an employable and productive member of society is the force the drives me. Writing this blog helps and talking about it helps. If you have any questions you would like answered please leave them below in the comments and I will be sure to answer them in my next segment. Thanks for reading!