DOZ Issue 37 November 2018 - Page 24

free, I feel like I can be who I’m meant to be. I’m an awesome role model for my daughter. You know, I don’t know that I can really find any negative situation or any negative element, component if you will, out of this other than that eight-month time frame when I felt so alone and so ashamed of who I was, even though now I know that I needed to go through that. Other than that I don’t see anything negative out of the situation now, whereas, in the moment I didn’t think I could go on, I didn’t know how I would go on. Amazing! Leia, following your divorce, you went to get a master’s degree, which was something that you had always wanted and then you landed this job that you have now as Public Information Officer at Douglas County Nebraska. If your marriage had not come to an end, is this the path that you had planned, or did you have a different path planned? can find something good out of it because that’s what’s going to keep you going when you know there’s still some good, there’s still some positive that can come out of this, and that mindset really helped me and now helps me more even today. Everything I go through still, I’m just a different person, so I’ve learnt so much about who I am because of my divorce and the hardships that it brought. And had I not gone through that I don’t know DOZ Magazine | November 2018 that I would ever have that mental toughness or the ability to not get upset over something so minor. My mum always says don’t sweat the small stuff. Before I would never do that, now, it’s like I’ve experienced so much and so many difficult, really difficult, moments in my life that now I don’t worry so much as I used to. So, everything has worked together for your good. Yes, definitely, I’m happier I feel 24 It’s definitely the path that I had planned. I always wanted to go back to grad school to get my master’s degree. It was always a dream of mine, but I know that I definitely wouldn’t have been able to accomplish that if I were still married and not that it can’t be done, I mean any woman who’s married can definitely go get her master’s degree but in my situation, I could not. And that’s because there was too much going on in my life when I was married that my educational goals could not be a priority for me. And mainly because I was in such an unhealthy marriage that my focus had to be elsewhere, I was trying to figure out how to make a broken marriage work that the last thing I could think about was racking up student loans and going to grad school. You know it wasn’t reachable for