So, she filed for bankruptcy

Ivette Cabreja grew up in the Bronx, New York. The neighborhood, Ivette describes as a communal, everyone looking out for each other, but poor and at times susceptible to violence and crime. As a student, she was goal-oriented, driven and started working while in high school. Her dedication out of high school led to a job working for American Express in the World Trade Center. 

September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was the target of a terrorist attack. Ivette was scheduled to work, but had called out of work for a job interview. Shortly after, she decided to leave New York and move to Florida to start a new life. 

Florida would prove challenging as the pay rate was dramatically less than her pay in New York, and she would end sleeping on the floor of a friend's home. Public Transportation in Florida is also vastly different from New Ivette was walking two hours to work or waking up at 4:30 am to get to work by 10:00 am.

Moving to Florida was no fairytale...and after a series of financial challenges, Ivette ended up filing for bankruptcy. Adults all have challenges with finances, but we tend to be secretive, which only causes more stress. No more shaming adults for how they handle money. Let's give solutions, not shame.

 There is more to the story, but we don't want to spoil it ;-). Her story continues over two episodes so be sure to hear the WHOLE tale on Tuesday & Thursday.

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