Who Am I - What's My Mission
I have spent my life connecting the dots and sharing what I have learned. I am a forever student and my life has provided me many lessons. I dive deep into rabbit holes. Where will this take me? What will I learn? My original plan was to graduate high school, get an accounting degree, and become an accountant. Why? I believed there was “good money” in this occupation. Instead, I got pregnant at 19, was kicked out of the house, bounced around from house to house until I ended up in a transitional home for pregnant women. I finished high school, started college for business administration, worked full time and when I was at risk financially, I would quit school and take on a second full-time job. This was my cycle for years. I never did graduate college. I ended with 72 college credits.
It wasn’t until I was about 27 until I realized I needed a budget. The epiphany about budgeting started my obsession with getting control of my finances including my credit. I went from no credit, to bad credit, settled all my debt, to building, to good, to bad debt, to filing for bankruptcy, and temporarily a FICO 680. As hard as I worked to get my credit together, I learned that credit was fragile and easily falls apart. I had finally broken in the 700s. It had been years since I had experienced any financial hardship. After about 20 years of working, I decided I wanted to do something different with my life. I paid $35k, I didn’t know I had for real estate investing education. I was tired of being tied to my desk. I work hard but I also want freedom. I don’t want to spend my life working with only a few good experiences to show for it. I want a life of experiences adding value to others along the way. We were not created to serve others at our expense. This is the reason why rehabbing lives is so important to me.
Life is too short to be trapped. I am very much my mother’s daughter. I am not afraid of hard work, but I don’t want to repeat her results. And as I look at how things work, in deconstructing life in America, we are all in that cycle. We believe we have to work our fingers to the bones to have and often we do and still are lacking. My mom worked herself to death. She was diagnosed with colorectal cancer; told she was terminal, and she went back to work. When the time came when she was unable to be home alone, I was faced with a decision to make. Stay home with mom risking my income or manage my responsibilities as the sole breadwinner for my home. That is not a choice anyone should have to make. Our system is designed this way and my job is to show the masses how to navigate around that system.
We say we love our families; we work hard to provide for them. This is the carrot “they” “the haves” use against us to work this system of building everything and paying for everything. We haven’t found our way out to live a truly fulfilled life and this has become my mission. I have been fortunate enough to get some clarity in the past year and a half. I am fighting hard to spread the message and strategies so we can truly experience life, family, and experiences instead of providing everyone else’s.