Someone emailed me the other day and asked why I'm writing about getting out of debt on my blog. Since I'm an advocate, she said that she was surprised that there's not more on here about domestic violence or sexual assault.
Actually, that's part of the reason that I'm writing about finances.
Most people who know me also know that I'm a survivor of sexual assault and child abuse. My mother felt that she couldn't afford to take care of my brother and myself. Homeless, the three of us moved in with her parents until we were old enough to move out on our own.
My first contact with a debt collector was when I was 14. Mother was overdue with a payment to my pediatrician. When the letter arrived she made me phone the office to deal with it. A good lesson on debt management? Not!
Paying off my bills will be impossible without extra income. My lifestyle and health don't permit me to take a second job. Writing for online sites is done based on my schedule. I don't make a lot of money from any one particular site but I make some. With the price of gas these days every dollar helps!
Many sites allow you to write under pen names. This will protect your identity while allowing you to earn some income. Writing isn't for everyone. My hope that my story will inspire other abuse survivors to hang in there and not give up.
The blog is also a way of holding myself accountable to myself and to my readers. Every time I can move a bill from "due" to "paid" it makes me feel better. My believe that it can be done is being lived out on these pages. To me, that's encouraging and hopefully you'll agree. If I can find a way to write myself out of debt, you can too!