My Journey In Brokeland
When I was 16, I thought by age 20 I would become a millionaire. When I became 20 I was confused because I had $0.20 in my account. When I arrived in 23, I realized that breathing is expensive. I hate paying rent and produce spoils too fast for these stores to charge me to pay for this it!
Growing up conversations in my household surrounding money were limited to my father's signature sayings: "save your money," "you can't do things without money" and "we just ain't got it." Watching my parents deal with financial hardships in the home was detrimental to not only them but our entire household dynamics. I noticed early on how children, our perception and experiences, especially in poverty, can shape the way we examine the role of money in our lives.
I also felt that as a child, we were forced to contribute to the home in ways that stifled our financial progress.
As a young adult between the ages of 18-21, I found myself in big do-do-don'ts when it came to my finances. From mismanaging my credit to giving what I did not have (and the beat goes on, but my funds are not everlasting). In all my challenges, I did not take the proper initiatives to get transparent and real with my finances and emotions.
So, I sought to educate myself. I wanted to work through traumatic experiences in poverty and how it has shaped my current relationship with money. I desired to figure out how I can become better with my finances. Lastly, I was interested in discussing peniaphobia, living in brokeland, mental health, and it's connection to money management.
Like, what does it mean to live your best life, clean up your finances, and not go back and forth with creditors?
How do you live your best life while being broke? What tools can we equip ourselves to have a healthy financial future?
I seek to answer these questions here. I decided to create a platform that highlights my journey as a Blackass, semi-Brokeass (cause we moving on up to the Eastside), Bougie (because I like nice things) woman. If you can relate to any of these things, this site is for you. This space is created for people like you who want to share more of our experiences through brokeland. More importantly, I hope it creates a place of comfort to talk about our failures and success.
Before you start surfing the site check out Broke Black Bougie's definitions below:
The temporary land for for people on the come up.
The land that those in Brokeland aspire to be apart of.
Broke language refers to repetitive language that we use to define our Brokeness but do not provide a pathway out of broke land.
When your empty pockets make you sad. Do you know the feeling of being broke and depressed?
Now that you’re up to speed feel free to check out the essays on the site and reach out if you want to connect. Thanks for your love and support.