How to go from Poor to Rich in One Day

If you had to classify yourself as high, middle, or low income, where would you put yourself? What’s you’re immediate thought? What steps would you take to go from poor to rich?...more

Why is there still a stigma against being on the dole?

I will admit it. During a long period of unemployment, I have received job seekers allowance. I received fifty pounds a week to sit about in my Sesame Street pajamas and apply for increasingly crappier sounding jobs, with my only company being the Loose Women panel. I had to fill in a little paper booklet where I diligently recorded details of the jobs that I applied for. I felt isolated from the world; socially excluded. My days and my actions felt tiny and insignificant, to the point that they blended into one....more
J-MOM Thank you for your comment. I completely agree. It seems as if it's just much easier to ...more

Top Five Anti Poverty Activists

Horrifyingly, poverty is still a major issue, even in seemingly developed, rich countries such as the United Kingdom. I have recently been greatly inspired by campaigners pitching tents in St Ann’s Square, Manchester to raise crucial awareness about homelessness. Homeless, and other poverty related issues, is something that many of us don’t like to think about. When we do imagine dire poverty, many of us think of third world countries rather than the familiar places minutes from our own cosy front door step....more

Poverty Is Sexist

Poverty is sexist.The evidence is clear: extreme poverty disproportionately affects girls and women, from their health to income to personal safety. The poorest women are often barred from owning and inheriting land and other property, opening a bank account, or accessing education....more

Education Is Sexist

Poverty and gender inequality go hand-in-hand; girls and women in the poorest countries suffer a double whammy, of being born both in a poor country and female. To see the extent of this disadvantage, ONE analyzed the situation for girls and women in least developed countries (LDCs) across key gender indicators. On every indicator, life is significantly harder for girls and women in LDCs compared with those living in other countries....more

Do College Students Make Their Own Problems?

Her eyes filled with tears as I spoke....more

When money matters

Like most parents, I try to do activities with my son that do not cost lots of money. I'll get him to go on a bike ride with me instead of taking him to the bouncy house. He'll play guitar with his Daddy at home, rather than go to a music instructor. We play a lot of board games....more

Modern Day Martyr

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Dear Good Samaritan: You Save Christmas Every Year

Dear Good Samaritan, let me start by introducing myself: My name is Courtney. My husband and I have an 8-year-old son with autism and then some. Our little boy struggles with more labels than a clearance item, I have many chronic illnesses and my husband has more metal in his body than bones. ...more
derailed thank you! and thank you for reaching out to help someone in need <3more

Happy Face Your Fears Day

As if I needed one more reason to love October, today is National Face Your Fears Day.Is it weird that I really love the idea of facing my fears? I'm not talking about the irrational fears, or even some rational ones (I will not be jumping out of an airplane.) But the fears that hold me back? The fear that keeps me from taking chances in my life? That fear, I love having the opportunity to face it down....more
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