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  • By Katie Westover
  • February 22, 2013

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Katie Westover and her son

Welcome to the second post in our Financial Turning Point series. This week, Katie Westover talks about earning her RN. Enjoy last week’s installment here.

My financial turning point happened when I graduated from nursing school. I had virtually no money, was living on student loans and had a 15-month-old. Being a single parent was not an easy thing to experience, especially while getting my RN.

I met the man who is now my husband around that time, an Army guy. I didn't anticipate falling in love and getting married, but that was what happened merely a month after graduation.

He lived in California for military school and I was in Washington state. We met a total of four times before getting married. It was great and crazy.

He was extremely good with money, and I got an awesome sign-on bonus when I moved to California and started working. In fact, within six months I was able to pay off all my student loans—and my car!

That was my moment. It is so empowering to know that I can be married and still have a family and career where I make a decent amount of money.

At this time, my husband is still in the Army and I continue to work two 12-hour night shifts per week as an Emergency Room Nurse. I love it, my education and career have truly allowed us to have the kind of life we want.

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