Angelia Vernon Menchan

Angelia Vernon Menchan is an author, publisher and public speaker who owns two publishing companies, MAMM Productions and Honorable Menchan Media. Mrs. Menchan is also a Budget Officer and former Job Corps Counselor. To date she has published twenty-three books of her own work, both fiction and non-fiction and more than eighty ebook novellas on You can access her bibliography on search words: Angelia Vernon Menchan

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tighten Up Your Game!

Game tightening is a necessary thing in this day of firings, layoffs, downsizings and the like,
Everything we bring had better be on point and critical to the mission,
I can remember when my husband was active duty military,
Every time we moved, I had to reinvent myself,
Learn a new skill set, take a class, reinvent the wheel,
And work my butt of when I got the job,
Because I had no intentions of leaving the job at the same rate of pay as when I started,
I knew that a tight game was necessary even when things were flush,
As such that lends to some concern for a lot of people,
Because the understanding that game tightening might mean doing without,
Yes, you heard it here, to survive economic down times we might have to do without some things, prioritize our wants over our needs and save like the old days,
Even when we don’t have much to save,
I was so proud the other day when talking to a young person in my life,
She spoke of saving to buy furniture,
Not renting it and overpaying,
Or placing it on a charge card and way overpaying,
But literally paying,
She went on to say that she needed a laptop for her side business,
The one in addition to her real job…(you know mama loves a side job)
So she had almost saved enough to get it,
But within that same day,
I spoke to another young person who whined about how bad things are,
Had no job, had had many jobs however,
And was mad because mom and pop,
Were not inclined to hand out anymore handouts,
And thinking about these two,
I knew what made the difference was game tightening,
And expectations,
Young person #1 had been taught that once grown,
They were on their own, had to pay their own way,
And that there were no free lunches,
Young person #2 truly felt the world owed something,
And had spent years going hither and yon when things didn’t go their way,
Living as if money really did grow on trees…
Well if it did, my children,
The trees are now barren,
And we are all going to have to tighten up our games,
Along with our belts to survive this thing,
So find something you love doing,
Find out how you can add to your bottom line,
With it and until it is enough to handle all your business,
If you still have a day job,
Keep it….

Love and Blessings,

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shelia said...

I've been through the ups and downs and have learned that if I can't pay cash for it, I don't need it. It leads to a stress-free life in that area. I've found since I've adapted that attitude that I don't go without either. If I want something, I save for it and to be honest it's really not that much I want. Most of the things I want now can't be bought with money anyway.

I can publiclly say this--sometimes you go through something not knowing why at the time but later it will be revealed to you. If I hadn't gone through a layoff a few years ago, I wouldn't be able to encourage people now. I survived it and came out much better for it--so if I can, others can.

Angelia... said...

Sister Shelia,
that is exactly it, I can remember times when my husband and I pinced pennies until they screamed, but we did without some things and no one over knew because we needed to do this our way...wants went, but needs were always met and we learned how to get through, on our own strengths and like you, my list of wants are real limited when it comes to what money can buy...

Bless You!

JC Martin said...

I don't own a credit card anymore and if I can't pay cash for it, we don't get it. Times is too hard to be trying to pay unnecessary bills with no job. No one is guaranteed that they will have a job tomorrow. So weighing needs vs. want is a big thing at my house.

Angelia... said...

that is exactly what I am talking about, it is the difference between staying afloat and sinking,
I try to plan for everything,
It allows you to enjoy your life more and not be caught up in that stranglehold of debt...that is what is really grieving people,
I pray about it often...for everyone...