Hello, world. I’m Annie.
I am the daughter of an ex-con and a stripper. I grew up in the Mountains of Eastern Kentucky helping my father bootleg to pay the bills.
I was destined to become a failure. I discovered that when I overheard a relative discussing the fact that it was a shame I was even born since I was a waste of humanity. I would never amount to anything.
Even my parents believed that. My father’s dream was for me to find a “good man” to take care of me. My personal dreams were met with a pat on the head and the verbal slap of discouragement.
I wanted to prove them wrong but the odds were stacked against me. My dad died when I was 18. By the time I sobered up from that I was 19 and pregnant. I don’t even remember having sex that night. I didn’t discover the truth of what happened for 12 years.
And that’s okay. That’s okay because what happened after that made me even stronger.
I tried to do it Dad’s way, the way society said I should do it. I tried to find a “good man” to take care of me.
That was a mistake.
I had three kids by the time I divorced but by that point I also had a goal. I was going to be the best damn single mother I could be. Someway, somehow, I would figure out a way to spend as much time with my children as I could while they were growing up and I wouldn’t spread my legs to do it.
And I won. It took a lot of hard work. At one time I worked four jobs just to make ends meet but I survived. This backwards hillbilly with barely a high-school education defeated the odds. I not only managed to build a writing business, I figured out how to attain a permanent financial freedom that allowed me to completely retire from working at a public job.
My youngest is grown now. After getting injured in the Navy she returned home,started college, and got married. While savoring these last days before she finally moves out, I am actively enjoying my retirement. I find it hard to believe that I figured out how to achieve financial freedom–a feat everyone around me claimed was impossible.
If you want to tell me to go jump off a bridge here’s how you can do it. If you want to reach out and say hi or you have a suggestion that’s even better. I prefer that to the “go jump off a bridge” any day.
Remember: You can do anything that you set your mind to.
It is hypocritical to run a website about buying and living on less while begging your readers to buy your crap so I refuse to do it. That said, I live on the money I receive from book sales, so if you can find it in your heart to pitch in I would be immensely grateful.
I’ve written a lot of books sharing my odd view of life in hopes of helping others. My most notorious book is titled The Shoestring Girl: How I Live on Practically Nothing and You Can Too, but The Minimalist Cleaning Method is pretty popular as well. You can find them at the following places:
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