When the economy tanked in 2009, I found myself laid off with bills to pay and a child to support.
Instead of becoming bitter at the fact that the world was changing, I evolved instead.
I threw all of my energy into a free blog I’d created to toy with, mastered the fledgling online-publishing field, then I wrote and published my very first book.
When it became obvious that I wouldn’t be able to afford to continue living in the house I rented, instead of fighting the inevitable I evolved again. I cast about for cheaper housing, traded for an older mobile home, and settled into a life where I would continue to evolve for some time.
I realized that, by helping others help themselves, that I could help myself achieve my goal of being a stay-at-home single mother. To better facilitate the process, I shifted my spending patterns, cutting my expenses down to a level I’d not anticipated.
I didn’t do it all at once; the evolution from Average American to Minimalist Frugalista was a slow process. I evolved by making one small, single change, allowing myself to grow comfortable with that change, then moving on to the next item of transformation.
By evolving, I turned a situation that was considered disastrous by many into an opportunity to achieve a dream. I thrived where many struggled simply because I adapted to the situation.
We are now facing a similar era of change. Covid has upended our daily lives. People are dropping dead around us. Employers are severely understaffed, and childcare is not only dangerous, it’s prohibitively expensive if you have access to it.
If you attempt to maintain your status quo, the chances are high that it won’t work out so well. But if you allow yourself to roll with the changes, to evolve, then you can come out on top of the situation.
How can you evolve to better prepare for the future? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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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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3 thoughts on “The Art of Evolution”
Hi Annie, I used to read your blog for years, but at some point I lost track of you. I googled your name today, and I’m so glad to find that you’re still at it! It makes me wonder what I’ve missed in the several years since I last read your work. The things you wrote that you had to do in order to just survive, much less be a stay-at-home single mother, impressed me so much. Somehow you managed, and sent your daughter off into the world. Life is hard sometimes: it’s filled with setbacks. Just getting by requires resourcefulness, which you have in buckets. I admire what you’ve done, and your willingness to put your vulnerabilities out there for the world to see. I think your writing has improved over time too, which I know is a skill that matters to you.
Again, I’m glad to have found you, and will figure out how to subscribe again
Hi Karen! So glad to hear from you again. I moved things around to make finding the subscription button a bit easier (I hope). Don’t be a stranger!
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