Suze Orman

Emmy Award-winning TV host and bestselling author, who was twice named by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people and one of Forbes 100 most powerful women in the world. She is America’s most well recognized expert on personal finance.

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  1. Dear Me,

    It was an unspeakable sadness to lose Stephen, killed in police custody, and Mom and Dad so negligent that they sent Lizzie to identify his body at the morgue. You wouldnt let her go alone, you went with her. A 21 year old and a 16 year old. Unbelievable.

    I know how scared you were to sit in that police station while Lizzie went downstairs, and you were surrounded by those policemen who didnt say one word and wouldn’t look at you. “Will they kill me too?” you thought.

    When you went back to school only 1 teacher came up to you and told you how sorry he was about Stephen. Your friends didn’t talk about it at all; it was a shameful thing to hide away. Mom and Dad retreated even further into their own worlds and you were left to finish raising yourself.

    I want to tell you that I’m proud of you, for the choices you made back then. To stay in school. To not become sexually active before you were an adult. To stay away from drugs. You were vice president of your senior class, and voted most talkative, did most for the class, and most school spirited. you threw yourself into school activities–color guard, girls service club, choir and musicals. Things will get harder before they get better, sweetie. Dad died 2 years after Stephen in your senior year. But you carried on, as best you could. if family life was in shambles, at least school could hold some promise of a better world. and you made that happen, Jennifer.

    I want to tell you to go into counseling now, and stay there. Ask a guidance counselor to help you. you need to express your fear, anger, hurt and grief. if you can do that now, you will save yourself anxiety years from now.

    I want to tell you I love you. You have always been a good hearted person and you deserve to be loved and cherished. Its not your fault Stephen died, or Dad. It’s hard to outlive a sibling. It’s hard to lose someone to violence. Its hard to be neglected by one’s parents. Hang in there. you have a beautiful spirit and creativity that is rare. believe in yourself. don’t be afraid to follow your most secret desires when you get to college. try acting. try writing. live in London or Paris. dont worry about your student loans so much. if you take a job that pays nothing that you love you will end up paying your student loans off eventually.

    Fly. Your wings are stronger than you think.

    Love,
    Me

  2. Dear Suze,

    I recently lost my job and am having trouble getting a new one. Right now I’m collecting recyclable things such as plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Can you tell me if this counts as a job? It’s very little money but I was wondering if it could apply to a Roth IRA. I would really like to fund the Roth but it’s hard. I also walk with a cane and most employers don’t want someone who is considered disabled. All four doctors that I have seen say I am too young to have a hip replacement because if I need to get a revision later on it would be worse. I plan to go to school later on but need to have some operations first. I’m thinking of learning coding or somehow working as a lab person for a hospital. (I can’t stand for long periods of time and I have also been treated for breast cancer.) Could you please give me any thoughts you have about trying to get back on track? I love watching you on CNBC but please don’t use my situation for your television show. Thanks so much for any guidance and wisdom you can give me.

    Sincerely,
    B

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