So far the beginning of this year has been more stressful than I would have liked. My car needed work that cost more money than I had or could get on my own. One income just does not cover the extra financial needs that life throws at you. Luckily I was able to utilize my natural supports to help in that area. However, knowing that I am unable to provide that for myself, by myself, has been defeating to my spirit. Trying to make the choice that a single parent often finds themselves in of having to choose between a second full-time job to make ends meet, which will inevitably take away any time with your child, or being stuck in a financial rut unable to become financially stable yet being able to keep the connection with your child, has been keeping me up many nights.