Why getting laid off changed my life.

I've dabbled in many different fields in my life. I have degrees, certifications and licenses in real estate, paralegal law, cosmetology and radiologic technology. I was always taught that in order to survive in this world, you need many trades. Real estate was always one of my favorite fields. I've studied different aspects of it and ended up in commercial Investments. That's where the big bucks are. I worked on 5th avenue in a private investment firm in my twenties. I learned so much on why Manhattan was a big money maker. I learned that the skyscrapers involved multi-million-dollar investments and how everyone wanted a piece of the pie. They had nothing on residential homes. My goal was to start as an administrative assistant and work my way up to a paralegal. My boss had been in the field for many years and was a millionaire. He owned a lot of property in the city. I saw how owning his own firm helped him work his way up to the top.

This was all happening in the year 2007. I remember one day his financial analysist came into the office and had a deep conversation with my boss. He was letting him know how the market was starting to crash and that a lot of people were about to lose their investments in stocks, real estate and their jobs. The recession was on it's way. My boss panicked and did the right thing to help his company survive. He fired the last person who was hired in his office to cut cost. I was that person. I was absolutely devastated. What was I going to do?! I loved that job, not just because I was making good money but because I learned so much plus I had my daughter to support. I remember walking home confused and in a daze wondering what in the world I was going to do.

I realized quickly that I had to do the same thing my boss did. I had to cut a lot of things out of my life that weren't necessary. I realized very quickly what my luxuries and necessities were. I knew some things had to go. One of those things was my car. At the time I was driving and navy blue G35 Infiniti. She was my baby but she had to go. I couldn't afford that car note without a job. Another luxury I had to let go of was cable. Cable was expensive 10 years ago and it's even more expensive now. I realized quickly that I didn't need to watch that much TV. The last luxury I got rid of was my weaves and wigs. At that point in my life I clearly have spent thousands on hair especially when I had a good job. I realized that it was a want and not a need. I also realized that I had to really start taking care of my own hair. Spending almost $300 on a wig was no longer an option. Honestly nowadays I feel crazy that I was even doing it in the first place. Growing my hair was a learning experience. I realized that I had to start loving myself again to really feel comfortable with leaving my house without weave in my hair. And honestly that was one of the best decisions I could have ever made because look at me now. My hair is flowing down my back.

I say that to say this, sometimes life throws us curve balls. Sometimes we need to sit down and pay attention to what life is telling us. A lot of us are living with luxuries we really don't need. Luxuries that we think are keeping us happy. I had to learn the hard way and I'm happy I did. Till this day I still don't have cable nor do I wear weave and the next car I plan to buy is a Toyota Prius. lol

Today my luxuries are my hair and skin products and the kind of food I eat because I believe at the end of the day, health is wealth.

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