any rags to riches stories - page 8
I'm looking for inspiration. Currently a cna in an impoverished neighborhood waiting to take my nclex. My only dream is to move me and my children out. I was wondering if anyone had a pretty hard time that was alleviated by... Read More
- 2Feb 2 by iPink RNI have a riches to rags to riches story, well kinda... Graduated from college several years ago and landed a great job that I loved. Saved money and got myself my first apartment and treated myself to a lovely Hawaiian vacation. Fast forward a few years later and my company is hit during the recession and I am let go along with several other employees. Jobless with what's left in my savings I head back to school for nursing. During the journey, I ended up on food stamps and in credit card debt because I used it to pay for gas to drive to clinicals. All the while hoping and praying it wouldn't break down during the commute. I was grateful for the times we had to wear our uniforms because I didn't have much clothes to wear that fit due to weight gain. It somewhat reminded me of the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness," in that no one knew the struggles I was going through but I was determined to make it. I remember arguing with the lady at the County office who told me my food stamps have been cut off despite unemployment benefits running completely dry, and telling her that's ok I'm about to become a nurse and will never be on food stamps again!
Fast forward, I am a working nurse. Paid off my credit card bills which now have a zero balance, checked my credit score and its amazingly in "Excellent" condition, built up my savings account, and currently house hunting for my first home. During the "rags" period of my life, it made me finically conscious and resourceful. But I don't miss that part of my life and I continue to believe the best is yet to come.
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