Brooke Marie

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My Life – What am I Doing?

I am young. I am ambitious, and oh am I complicated, and I want to live my life full of joy, excitement, and wealth. Don’t we all? Unfortunately, in the good ol’ U of A, it’s nearly impossible to do what you love and make reasonable amounts of money doing it.

Okay okay. Maybe I sound a little shallow in saying that wealth is equally as  important and crucial to my happiness as love and fun; but in today’s economy, and with the stench of outlandish consumerism rising, it only makes sense to die trying to push yourself close to that 6 figure salary. Sure, you can have a great life running on low amounts of money.

But if you are anything like me, and you prefer not to live paycheck to paycheck and constantly stress and worry that this month’s bills aren’t going to get paid, you probably feel more comfortable racking up the dollar signs than just “making ends meet.”

We’ve all read tons of articles about how to make money on the side, how to escape the 9-5 grind of working for “the man” and yada yada. But are those options really realistic for us ‘average’ folks who aren’t necessarily great with words, or don’t have the time to pick up odd jobs on the side? Or what about those of us who are limited in what we can do due to disabilities or other ailments? I think not.

Most of us follow the traditional route of college, and end up with huge debt that follows us around for a life time. Then on top of that lingering debt, we still have the most horrible time job-searching once we graduate. I have so many friends with Bachelor’s degrees and they are next to me waiting tables in Hollywood. So I guess this is just a rant about how America should be spending more money on education and on our children, so they don’t have such a painstakingly difficult time establishing themselves as adults.

Many of these money-making options seem viable to those with some sort of disposable income or some free time on their hands. But, like me, there are others out there who already have more than one job who are struggling to attend college, and who just don’t have the time or money to be hoping that these risky side gigs pay off.

Some of them are pretty feasible like; selling goods on Ebay, Craigslist, Amazon, whatever. Having yard sales, picking up a part time job, selling plasma, blood, etc. Sure these seem reasonable. But most of us who are looking online for new ways to make money have probably already sold our unnecessary items (Ahem, my Ipad and my Michael Kors watch) and don’t exactly have the time to run to plasma banks to make a painful 50 bucks.

So what do we do then, you ask, when our college degrees are getting us nowhere and we can’t get unemployment because we are indeed employed, but just aren’t making ends meet? This is my question exactly.

Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer for us civilians out there, but I have included some links to pages that may help you with money for education, scholarships, grants, etc. Hope they Help!

What are you doing to improve your life? Do you have any tips or ideas that you use?

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