“Black and white shot of a woman sitting alone in the seashore watching the still ocean” by Jean Gerber on Unsplash

I left my husband in 2011. We had been married six years. We had two small children. People told me it was a mistake.

A few loyal friends supported me as I took steps to create a new life for myself and my children.

I had no money. I was working two part-time jobs and living on credit cards. I had a rented room and a five year old minivan.