I recently took a trip home to visit my family & on the plane ride I read an article out of Elle about a now famous actress (can't remember her name, nor re-find the article), who said she was grateful for her lessons she learned by growing up poor. This hit so home for me, because (my mom hates the word poor), but let's face it we grew up in survival mode. While reading the article so many points she said hit home, that I wanted to write something myself about it.
It might sound odd to some people who know all the details that I wouldn't change a thing about my childhood. From things that occurred for it be just my Mom raising us, to how we grew up. I wouldn't change a thing. Growing up in what some would consider a "struggle" gave me some of my core values I have today. I think the 3 most important ones, that I see helping me in my daily life are:
#1 Working hard for what you want. I started "working" at around age 11, helping my Mom's company put stickers on their fliers. I will never forget how excited I used to get about the few dollars I would earn from that job. My mother is one heck of a strong woman who did the very best she could, but because it was tough times, I was never just given anything (materialistic that is), I had to earn it or wait for a holiday.