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I have been on both sides of the financial roller coaster. I started life in a trailer park with intelligent and caring parents that were struggling with health issues. Diabetes and cancer led to financial problems and stress. As an adult, I have compassion for my parents. My dad and mom worked hard to love and support their children while struggling with health and finances. And my parents screamed, yelled, cried, threw things and struggled to keep it together. I started using drugs in my late teens and experienced having no money. Then I got clean in my twenties and had business success. In my thirties, I enjoyed the opportunities money provides. In my forties, I had my first child. She went to private school and we gave her a happy home. In my fifties, unfortunately, I unknowingly got into a business with an unethical partner and his attorney used the legal system as a weapon. His attorney and the legal system led to our financial collapse. Many friends and relatives helped support our family over these last eight years. I’m incredibly grateful for their help. And I have had family and friends make “judgy comments.” You’re blog is great. It is honest, well written, thoughtful and reminds me of the St Francis Prayer (and I’m not religious but love this prayer) Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted. To understand, than to be understood. To love, than to be loved. For it is by self-forgetting that one finds. It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

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