I read in the news today that ITT Tech is closing all 130 campuses in 38 states. They are eliminating 8,000 employees. That’s what my book, “Riches to Rags to Right-Sized Living: The Simple Life – The New American Dream” is all about - how people are let go from being employed and all of a sudden they are unemployed. In the book, I share my personal story of how I dealt with being unexpectedly unemployed. I hope that by reading my story, someone is able to come out of sudden unemployment with a different and possibly better lifestyle.
Book Description (On Amazon and Kindle):
On August 25, 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that from January 2013 through December 2015, there were 3.2 million workers displaced from jobs they had held for at least 3 years.
Losing a job is distressing. Not being able to find a replacement job can be devastating and there is no comfort in knowing the number of people who share in your job loss position. The possibility of poverty becomes a “real” alternative and managing the transition is your only solution.
This is a memoir. It is a true story that recalls the journey of Marlene Bertrand, a woman who once owned a small business, who once earned a six-figure income and lived the lifestyle of the American Dream. But, then in the year 2008 a new presidential regime was voted in. This new Commander-in-Chief charged in and changed the way of the world, making decisions without regard for the citizens who would be affected. These presidential decisions wrought havoc on the economy; consequently, these decisions destroyed the very lifestyle to which Marlene had become accustomed.
After losing her job due to “Right-Sizing,” Marlene was unable to find gainful employment and rapidly went from living an upper-middle class lifestyle to living in poverty. It wasn’t easy, but Marlene is a positive thinker. When life gives her lemons, she makes lemonade. After making some adjustments in her mindset and behavior she is now living a simple life, sharing her struggles and solutions to help others transition to living a simple, yet sustainable lifestyle.
Marlene not only talks about living with less income, she is living with less income. In “From Riches to Rags to Right-Sized Living,” Marlene shows you how to live with less money, yet still live a more abundant lifestyle.
“As I was writing this book I feared I might be sharing too much of my life with the world. But, the more I wrote, the more I realized that sharing my story might help others know that they are not alone in their financial and lifestyle struggles. Being terminated from employment can happen to anyone."