I Was Making $13,500 A Year! How Being Broke In New York City Humbled Me | xoNECOLE

I Was Making $13,500 A Year! How Being Broke In New York City Humbled Me

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  1. Nina says:

    Ladies, keep your head up and keep up the good work. We will all make it one day! We will all accomplish all that we have set our minds to and more! God bless you Xonecole staff!!

  2. Shannon says:

    Great article! Thank you Necole and team for having such a positive site. It really helps me through these tough times. I appreciate it! Love and light from Amsterdam 🙂

    1. 4thewire says:

      This is the best self help article by far I’v seen on this website almost thought I wrote just awesome and thank you.

  3. Shoot. I’ve been broke in NYC and now in LA. But I’m keeping the faith. Last week when I had a moment with Meek Mill (read here: http://ow.ly/V54yD ), I caught the bus home. The business of making a brand is not for the weak at heart. I just wrote a story about how I cope with brokenness and uncertainty: http://ow.ly/V4FH3

  4. Abbi says:

    I’ve learned over the years (an do once in a while I need to be reminded) that living on a budget is nothing to be ashamed of. I do what I have to do and I try to give back as often as I can. My experiences with being broke have showed me this: When your faithful to God with the little you have, He will prove His love and power to you in a way that exceeds your expectations.

    This is a great article! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ana X says:

    I was making that much, or should I say that little after graduating college.
    I learnt that I needed to live within my means. Moving out from my parents wasn’t even an option. I didn’t have to attend every turn up. To not be left out I sometimes hosted pot luck get togethers with my friends at my place instead. I learnt the real value of money. You’ll never to this day hear me say “Oh, it’s only a dollar” even though now my income has def increased because I’ve been there. That place when I was down to my last dollar wondering where the next one was coming from before I got paid again.
    I was always great at managing my money so maybe that helped while I was going through my rough patch although I don’t even see how it would be possible to squander money when I didn’t have enough in the first place.
    Understanding friends were also a plus. I’d tell some friends I didn’t have and couldn’t hang out and they’d suggest I borrow or use plastic or get upset and say “If it was “insert another friends name here”,I bet you would find the money though”. Smh. Those years were some trying times.

  6. Nette says:

    I did Americorps in NYC and it was rough! When i did it we only made $12k a year. I had such respect for people that apply for food stamps and go to food pantries. The people were so nasty and rude and I can’t believe many people have to go through such inhumane treatment on a regular basis.

  7. I’m truly loving the switch to articles like this. Keep up the great work Necole.

  8. Shina says:

    Very real and relatable story! Sometimes it takes getting knocked down on our faces to put the pieces together exactly how they were meant to be in the first place.

  9. Deb says:

    Thank you. I needed to read this today.

  10. Nia says:

    I’m very confused, but I’m wondering how she did this? Was she paying rent at all? Was she getting some sort of family/friend/benefactor assistance? Was she living in a boarding house? I would have liked to know the logistical details of how this worked. Glad she’s sharing her story!

  11. DNN says:

    Sometimes, it takes those harsh experiences to do the transformation work and humble yourself when beginning again. Whether a person has to start from scratch out of inspiration or desperation, they shouldn’t be looked down on by some rich people or some everyday people. They should be treated as the elite rich are because they are a person with a soul. And the human soul is priceless beyond measure, outweighing any financial gain.

    This is why dnn appreciates the Lord Jesus Christ 1st in all GOD has done, and experiencing humble pie with a greater appreciation for the opportunities GOD provides in helping people prevail over adversity. It is Christ who is GOD that helps be achieve more than a career and financial success; HE helps us become eternal transformation champions and inspired toward achieving eternal excellence above and beyond financial gain; something no one can take away from you.

  12. Carol Moore says:

    Hallelujah. Been there. God gives us just what we need. Never went to bed starving

  13. Kristen Anderson says:

    Thanks. You don’t know how you’ve helped me

  14. Yeh says:

    Excellent article! Trust me when I say I know the broke struggle!!

  15. Broke says:

    The struggle is so real right now. I’m currently living paycheck to paycheck. My husband and I both have college degrees. I have a masters and I love my field of work; however, my husband was real unhappy with his job and it was reflecting in our home. We made the decision that he can quit his job and I’ll be the main provider.. We figured that it wouldn’t take long to find another job. WRONG. It sounded all dandy at first but the bills are piling up. He still can’t find a job and we have a 3 year old. Living paycheck to paycheck is no joke and it really makes you take a look at things and make you extra humble. I laughed when you mentioned you told your coworkers that you’re fasting so you don’t get questioned… I do the same or just eat a rice cake and call it a day.
    Thank you for this article. Makes me feel like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel.

  16. Bridgette says:

    Enlightening read. Thank you for sharing your story Tonya and Necole, thank you for providing this platform for her to do so.

  17. belle says:

    I needed this! I’m looking to leave the only home I’ve ever known, leave a completely sheltered life, to go and live alone in the USA & go to grad school. My fam doesn’t have it to help me. But I need to do this for me. I’ve never truly been without, yeah i didn’t have all my wants, but I had all my needs. But I am strong, and like she said, what doesn’t kill me…

  18. thebayarean says:

    Loved this article and really enjoyed the writer sharing her story with us all. Many of us (myself included), have lived that struggle and often felt alone during it, so I know this story will touch many people. I can definitely relate to the part about finding out who your REAL friends are and recognizing the “inner hustler” many of us have for survival. Great read.

  19. Jason says:

    Great advice.
    Where can I send you a copy of my new book to review, BROKE ON PAYDAY.

  20. Vpprinces01 says:

    1. I <3 Tonya Rapley! 2. When I was Brokey McBroke I learned to garden, coupon, & bogo like a pro to feed myself. I also walked to & from work. "Luckily" I lived only a little over a mile so it was like a 20-22 min straight shot on a well lit main road. All this made me skinny as hell so I got a lot of print ad and brand ambassador gigs for major corps. To this day idk how I made it, but I will always be grateful I learned the art of hustling.

  21. LoudestWhisper19 says:

    So many good coins in this one article! We are always a lot more stronger and capable than we think we are. I tell that to people all the time. It may seem like it’s impossible, but a little faith, determination, and effort gets us a long way.

  22. Shydeia says:

    This article is so real and resonates. Last summer I was living check to check working two fashion internships for Aurora James and StyleLikeU. But it taught me how to produce my reality and that’s what I respect so much about the struggle. Your train of thinking can also play a big role in how you manifest your future. So I think appreciating those moments in the struggle and bettering from them is key. Use these moments as your motivator. It will take you so far in life!


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