Once I got over the initial shock of being a Mother and all of the realisations that came with it, something inside of me must have kicked in because I was determined to give my son the best life possible.
With support from my Mam I was able to start finding work to help make a better life for Jordan and I. My first ever job was working as an assistant in a local store. I later took a job working as a barmaid, which allowed me to earn tips as well as a fixed salary. I hated every minute of it and constantly looked to improve not only my earnings but also find a job where the hours were better suited to spending quality time with my son.
Eventually I settled on working as a taxi dispatch clerk because the hours helped me to be with my son more often.
I realised that whilst this kind of work was better than none at all, I would have to come up with something better if I wanted our lives to improve.