Here is the latest blog for which I was commissioned to write for Affluent Life Branding http://affluentlifebranding.com/?p=2766
Today I must take the “easy path” – true to my blog yesterday, helping the neighbor to move in here for now just to prevent him from being homeless. My family’s Christmas gift to our community. So with limited time, today I post a recording from two months ago which really applies today. How do people end up in their dire financial circumstances? Sometimes perhaps it is a series of unfortunate events, but most the time we have more control than we believe – so with faith and hard work, we can indeed achieve what we dream! Enjoy!
Good cheer, forgiveness, love, joy, and charity abounds during the Christmas season!! Reality or illusion?
A few days ago a neighbor shared with me that his landlord had served him notice to vacate the home he had been renting from him for the past several years. Why? Because he was short a mere $90 for the rent. Unfortunately this neighbor had been late for the past few months due to the economy, however by the end of the month, he always paid in full. The landlord outright owns the property in addition to several other properties in the area including commercial property. The landlord is not hurting financially.
Earlier this year, this neighbor lost his wife – she sadly lost her battle with cancer on Valentine’s Day. Naturally our neighbor mourned and fell into a deep depression. Dealing with the loss, his own business faltered and his meager savings dwindled to a zero balance. Although he resumed his business and masked his pain with hard work, he fell behind on paying rent in his traditional timely manner.
Many in the neighborhood pitched in to assist him with every day life necessities bringing him home-cooked meals, gifts, and business, however the Scrooge-landlord started harassing him on a monthly basis. And then of all times of the year, served him a notice to leave for just a mere $90 – a balance which certainly could have been wiped out due to all the maintenance this poor gentlemen did on the property regularly. The property is well-maintained and inviting.
Christmas season (or anytime of year) no one should face the indignity of hunger, homelessness, or poverty. This poor man lost his wife less than one year ago! Of course there are shelters, but this time of year, most shelters are full, so my family has invited this neighbor to stay here for shelter until he can declare some financial independence.
This act is nothing heroic, it is just human-decency especially during a season which is supposed to be about love and caring. But do we as a whole truly care about others?
Scripture does not state that money is the root of all evil, but that it is the “love” of money that is the root problem. When $90 is more important to a person than someone’s well-being, we as a society have a very dark issue.
Many believe government is the solution, however there is a price to pay when government is involved. At the heart of the matter is society and even more specifically the church body.
Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
Matthew 5:42 Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you…”
Sunday morning is a time for worship for many of us. A time for which we show gratitude and appreciation. Some weeks it is a challenge to be thankful. Believe me my life is far from perfect. In fact as an adult when it comes to personal finances, I began my journey as middle class and by the time I reached my early 20’s, I lived financially free – owned a home, drove the typical red sports car most drive at such an early age with success…However a few youthful foolish choices later, I fell back to middle class which of course was still secure but those lavish vacations and Louis Vuttons had to be just a fond memory. (Goodbye Nordstrom, Hello Target!)
Many years of the average American family income was survivable until the 2008 mortgage crisis! Lost absolutely everything – the house, the SUV, the bank account. It was gone. Poverty is humbling and sometimes even humiliating. Fortunately a local motel became the roof over our family’s head.until a kind lady took a chance with us and approved our rental agreement.
The first few years were the most difficult….the 99cent store became our way of life. Without any government assistance we were able to sustain, but crying on our knees when the electric was shut off due to non-pay due to insufficient funds became an often occurrence.
Campaigning in 2009 and 2010 proved challenging with little funds. But even with the mocking and judgement of those attempting to smear my name with our family’s recent hardship, we garnered a very respectful third place breaking alternative party records. Why? Because voters in California could relate. With the highest bankruptcy, foreclosure, and unemployment rates in the once “Golden” State (and across the country) people were hurting. The trend of homeless families became an epidemic.
Post the campaign. I needed to find employment to help us get back on track, but a series of unexpected events – grieving my mother’s battle with cancer loss, fracturing my foot in a martial arts class, an unplanned but blessed gift of life adding to our family created challenges to fulfill the j-o-b goal.
Then two years ago a fellow homeschooling mother had discovered an alternative income opportunity. By this point desperation had settled in and the Christmas countdown had begun. I decided to take what I considered a risk at the time. So I accepted the invitation to listen to a Wednesday night conference call hosted by Gospel Jackson and Ashton Sanders (www.affluentryconnection.com). Well Gospel’s words cut right through my skepticism, “If you are listening to this call, God has you right where He wants you.” WOW!! That very night I took action and began my work-from-home journey.
Of course you are most likely thinking – “Oh here it comes…she became wealthy – shocker.” Well no, I did not become wealthy! The opportunity is not one which creates a mass income. In fact the average income is $200-$500 per week.although there are many reports with screenshots of a few individuals earning over $1000 per week. (Personally my best week was $1200 one time. For a few short weeks I averaged $800 – $1000 per week.) However this work-from-home job helped bring our family out of the darkest days of poverty, but more importantly this opportunity (see Incentaprize link on the “Opportunity Knocks” page of this blog) introduced me to an over trillion day per year industry and brought successful, positive people into my life.
A year of working the work-from-job, I began to venture out following the advice of Gospel and Ashton to have multiple streams of incomes. I stumbled through 4 that just were not a match for me. Then several months ago someone brought forth a residual income company called WakeUpNow. Well with my Ron Paul Revolution background, the name certainly captured my attention. However after failing with the four other opportunities, I treaded cautiously.
In the meantime, my husband suddenly decided to make a drastic change and without absolutely any discussion with me. To say I was furious, is definitely an understatement!! He declared that he was fed-up with his choice of work and was going to now start a business in a completely different industry. This was without any planning, serious thought, or capital!! Scenes from “Goodfellas” flashed in my brain, but then scripture verses did as well. But the original thoughts helped me smile through the fury!
We had finally started recovering from the stresses of poverty when once again “it” reared its ugly head! Some people are just not meant to become business owners. Perhaps you the reader might be such a person. It is wise to know one’s strengths and weaknesses before going on life changing adventures.
WakeUpNow came just in time! After some research and due diligence, I realized this company was special. For starters – the company was founded by Troy Muhlestein, a Constitutional Freedom defender who opted to use the Constitution and American flag in the company’s first advertisements. His “mission” was to help struggling families in America. Convincing me even more was that one of WUN’s products is the Taxbot created by Sandy Botkin, a former IRS attorney whom I had actually met at a Liberty event in San Francisco for which we were both speakers. So the Constitution, Liberty, and Struggling Families – “Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs…”(the rest of the lyrics bleeped since my 11 year-old reads this blog – love you son.)
The results of my research prompted me to contact Gospel and Ashton, who had presented me with the title “Director of Business Development” – a title I willing accepted without compensation due to their vision! And in the titled capacity, presented them with my findings and suggested we add this residual income stream to the company as an opportunity that all the work-from-home agents could add to their work-from-home business. The suggestion became a reality!!
A half-year later, I am still as thrilled with WUN!!! So am I rich now? No not in the monetary department, however WUN has given me hope for a brighter tomorrow – a life for which I can bless my family…knowing that the days of losing homes, utility shut-offs, and 99cent store dinners will be just a memory. Soon it will be Goodbye Dollar Tree, Hello Target!