Slaying dragons and never giving up
Over the years, it has become clear to me that one of the biggest obstacles for single moms is lack of financial security—essentially, the inability to produce enough income to satisfy all needs in an abundant manner. I have been a single mom to my son, Antonio, for 18 years now with no child support, and my son’s father has never been an active person in his life. Solo parenting will press you and stretch you in ways that you never thought possible. It will push every button you have, bring up every fear and every demon; it will scare you, enrich you, slap you around, force you to be better and stronger than you ever imagined—and it will teach you to be a warrior . . . mostly because you have no choice and there is no other way out except through.
Parenting Antonio alone while starting, running, and working for businesses has proven to be an incredible training ground. I have lived through a bankruptcy, stupid romantic mistakes, betrayals, disappointments, and heartbreaks, as well as joys and celebrations. I have failed more times than I care to document; however, I have NEVER, EVER given up . . . nor will I.
Many of you face challenges that you feel are insurmountable, and you have days where you just want to give up or give in. Days where fear and darkness seem to get the better of you. This column is for those days.
Practical Prosperity will inspire you to kick ass and slay dragons on the days when you feel like you can’t keep going. I have personally walked through all the things that I will talk about here, and I continue to walk through them. It is our intention that this column gives you a new way to look at your life as well as your finances, and helps you understand that you, too, are a fierce warrior capable of incredible things.
I understand firsthand what it means to live in fear of “not having enough,” and I am well versed in how that fear can consume your whole life if you let it. Fear of poverty is debilitating in that when you allow that fear thinking to consume you, it is immobilizing. The good news is that when you understand how to change your thinking, it allows you to change your actions and create new, more favorable circumstances.
In 2014, I created The Working Single Mom brand, and I started helping single moms and other people realize that “impossible is just an opinion.” I have been studying prosperity principles since I was 12 years old, and this year I will turn 51. For more than 25 years, I have been teaching these principles and helping people understand that they have the power to transform the circumstances of their lives and the power to manage their finances in a way that works.
If life currently has you backed into a corner and you feel like you are going down . . . to that I say, “BS!” Now is the time to pull everything you have within you together and fight! No condition or circumstance has power over you. It seems that way only if you allow it. From fighting and not giving up, solutions and opportunities will come. I know this. I have been in that corner many times, and I know how to fight my way out. That’s how I know you can do it, too. I have been scared and nearly paralyzed by fear, yet here I sit. It did not kill me. It did not break me, and I kicked the darkness until it bled daylight.
So don’t be afraid anymore. Instead, believe in yourself the way that we believe in you, and refuse to give in.
In a recent conversation with ESME, we came up with the idea for this Practical Prosperity column as a way to help you conquer the obstacles that have kept you from prospering. This column will address the concerns and questions you have about your financial situation and your mindset around it.
It’s time to change the game. . . .
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