I’m a mother of three: a 15-year-old daughter, and twin one-year-old boys.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Administration where I graduated magna cum laude as my class Valedictorian.
I’ve worked in marketing for Procter & Gamble, interned for the United Nations Environmental Programme, and worked in a number of business related positions, including marketing, sales, administration, and customer relations, amongst other things.
Yet, despite everything, I am currently a welfare recipient, something this country tries to make you feel ashamed about, as if no one who is intelligent and/or hard-working can ever fall on hard times. But this is a lie. It can happen to anyone… and this is my story.
Writing has always been my passion, and I used to work as a freelance writer on the side for many years, successfully publishing both fiction and non-fiction work in a variety of publications, both in print and online media.
This blog is about how I manage my personal finances, and get by on an extremely limited income. It includes money saving tips and tricks, information about how to manage money wisely, and most of all will hopefully raise awareness of the reality of living on social service programs in the United States. My goal is to dispel many common stereotypes associated with being a welfare recipient, and to help others see that being poor in and of itself does not make one a failure, and you do not have to be ashamed.
Most importantly, I want to document my journey back to a more healthy financial position, and prove that it is possible to climb back up again, no matter how bleak things my seem.
My original post describing in detail the situation and reality of living on welfare, and what that entails, is here. If you haven’t read it already, it gives a good account of what being a welfare recipient truly entails, and why no one would voluntarily choose to stay in that position if they could help it.