I was recently talking to my friend, AJ Williams of The Single Black Chick, and she told me that her car broke down. She spent a lot of time and thought about what she was going to do about transportation in Detroit. She immediately started to think that she would have to purchase a car 4 months sooner than she planned, and she thought about how she could modify her finances to accommodate the purchase. As she continued to think this through she realized that:
- She lives 1 mile from work and has the opportunity to work from home most days, so she doesn’t need a car to get to work.
- Since she lives in a popular area of the city, many of her destinations for restaurants, bars, and groceries are within walking distance. When she does travel downtown, she’s generally using Uber.
- There are other people who live near her, that she talks to frequently, and can travel with them when they are going to a larger big-box store.
- She started to use Amazon’s Subscribe & Save feature to have household items delivered to her house.
After she thought about all of her options, she wasn’t worried about her car. She decided to turn it into a social experiment to see how long she could survive and how much money she could save without a car in a “car town.”
An additional benefit is that she has learned how to how to manage her commitments more closely. Although she always attended events and activities to support other people, she didn’t always get the same support. She currently trying to build her own brand and company, and by not having a car she has been forced to decide what invitations to accept and what to respectfully decline.
During this time she has really been focusing more on meditation, sleep, health, and growing her brand. When I spoke to her about it, she told me that other people have noticed a difference – that she looks rested and more relaxed! She feels better and more connected to what she needs to be doing! It’s amazing because she could have easily focused on the setback but instead she used this experience for her good.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Things happen all of the time, and the next time something happens, be sure to take a step back and think about the lessons in the difficulty. How can you leverage this experience for something good? Remember, that no experience (financial setback, broken relationship, lost job, etc.) is wasted if you learn a lesson from it.
Aisha Taylor is a #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of the book “5+5 FNPhenomenal Ways to Save $100 This Week Without Killing Your Lifestyle”, and the Founder of FNPhenomenal (Frugal –n- Phenomenal). FNPhenomenal helps women to break the vicious cycle of making money, but not keeping it. FNPhenomenal provides education about money management, empowers women to take control of their lives, develop a healthier relationship with money, and pursue being phenomenal.
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