By Heather D'Anca
My husband and I have been living in poverty for about a year. Our life took some unexpected twists and turns (as life does), and we found ourselves having spent all of our savings, without income, and without anything of significant monetary value to sell. With a master’s degree, a history of earning six figures, and the naivety and arrogance of first-world life, I landed in a position I never thought I could (or would) experience. But when we decided to stop living by society’s rules (working 40-80 hours a week doing work you don’t love in companies where you are underpaid, underappreciated and overwhelmed by hypocrisy; with sub-standard access to healthcare; surrounded by people who undermine your best efforts; leaving you without enough time to care for family, home and self; where God only matters one hour/week; and you're left unable to make ends meet), we were in for a wild ride.
Through this experience, I’ve learned invaluable life lessons that have resulted in spiritual growth, self-acceptance, empathy and understanding that I never would’ve gained had I continued climbing corporate ladders.
44 Lessons I Learned Through Poverty