I know when you read that title, you thought… um no!
But let me explain.
I’ve been alive for 44 beautiful years, and I was broke for a fair amount of those years. And I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. It has not only made me beyond appreciative of everything I have now. But it also gives me comfort in knowing that I have what it takes to make it if tough times ever enter my life again.
Being Broke Taught Me How-To
When I was in college, I couldn’t afford to go out to eat or buy nice clothes. I stuck with the basics, you know, food, water, shelter, and lived a life of adventure. My adventures were focused on finding out how to do things myself so that I could save money.
I learned how to bake so I could sell cakes, pies, cookies, and brownies. After I made my baked goods, I would go around from house to house and sell them. As I sold my baked goods, I would take orders, go home, make them up and then drop them off.
I learned how to braid hair so that I could offer my services to college students at my campus and others.
I learned how to clean so well that it looked like you were stepping into a brand new house. I then began working for a cleaning company, and all of her clients wanted me and only me because I had perfected my craft. Which then prompted me to open my own cleaning service, and it was an overnight success.
Dance was one of my minors in college, and I later took that skill and opened up a traveling dance company. I made a ton of money going to different schools and offering an after school program. Before I ended that chapter (due to my family and I relocating), I made my way to 5 different schools a few times a week. I was forced to cap at 5 schools because there was only one me and way too many students to keep up with.
I studied recipes like some study for the bar exam. I needed to enjoy all the foods I loved without paying the high prices at the upscale restaurants. I was then able to take what I learned and shower my family with high-quality meals.
So you see, being broke isn’t the end of the world, but it can be the beginning of a new one. Being broke can force you to learn how to tap into the best part of who you are. And help you discover a world worth living in.
You could have chosen any blog to read, but you chose mine, and I’m honored!
21 Replies to “Broke Blessings”
As you say, count your blessings! 😉
Yes! we have to. I hope you have a marelous day!
Yes, better to count those than focus on what we don’t have or can’t change 😉 Thank you! You too!! 🙂
Amen to that!!!!🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
Wow, you are such an inspiration! Kudos to you for teaching yourself new skills and putting them to good use!
Thank you so much! It’s amamzing all the things you can learn how to do if you really want to.
You truly lived a very rich life – pouring all your passion and attention into exactly each and all your choices. The fulfillment from being that present fully and skilled at the art & tasks is an incredible gift that money often doesn’t get for many. I trust why they wanted you and only you – people truly invested in their work may not be very common I imagine. I appreciate you reinforcing this through your sharing.
This meams so much! I’m very grateful for all the things I’ve learned so far in life and I pray I continue tolearn for many moons to come. Have a blessed day beautiful lady.
You are very welcome, much love :)))
It’s always adversity that teaches us the greatest lessons and you wouldn’t be who you are today without those experiences. Blessings to you for seeing the silver lining and for being such a light for all of us. Xo
It’s too early to cry!! 😩
Thank you and you have given me so much with your words.
Wrapping you in love and white healing light. You got this. Hugs
😍😍😍😍😍Love your spirit!!
Awe love you mostest gorgeous 💙
You did well and you are wise. You had a good life. A dancer, a cook and a strong woman. Also a writer. Thank you for sharing your wonderful words and thoughts.
😍😍😍😍😍 Thank you for adding writer to that! I’m still struggling to say that 😬
No easy life for anyone dear Belladonna. We hope we did something right and we can land on our feet. You are welcome.
Amen to that!!! ♥️