Many of the photographs you see here were either taken by me or my co-author, Melanie Bent. We both have made a hobby of taking photographs whenever we have time. Melanie has made this hobby as her side gig and is taking it to another level as she develops her photography portfolio. Her clients are surprised that she’s not doing this as a full-time job. That would be nice if we all could do what we Love to do for our careers.
When I got laid off from my job almost 3 years ago, I promised myself that I wasn’t going to get another job I dreaded just so I can afford to have nice things.
When you do have those nice things you mentally have a price tag on those things whenever you look at them. I dreaded pulling up to the driveway to my $800 a month mortgage townhouse in my $500 a month SUV after picking up my daughter from private school that was $4500 a school year. Yes, at the time I was making decent money but I could have scaled back on some of those things. No matter how many hours I worked I was always falling behind.
Losing my job has forced me to live far below my means. Even when I was getting Food Stamps I was conscious of buying things on sale so that I didn’t overspend. I walked down each aisle saying to myself, “do I need it or do I want it.” Besides, I didn’t want to be one of those recipients taking advantage of the system. It’s been two months since they cut off our benefits and I’ve been managing with what I can get off of the little I get on child support and help from family members. My attitude is if I concentrate on what I’m passionate about then the money will come later. Not everyone can live off of this motto but I’m determined to be a person who can.
However, I still fear that I will lose everything and I continue to get the heebie-jeebies every time I see a tow truck even though I don’t have a car. I guess the good thing about this experience is that it has taught me to be more appreciative of every thing I have and WILL have in the future.
- What is your passion/hobby?
- Would you quit your job if you could work at your dream job for less money than you’re making now?
- What would you do if you lost your job? How would you live differently?
- Have you ever applied or used public assistance? How long were you on it before getting off of it?
- What do you think about people who have used public assistance?
Written by: Maxx