After staring at the gaping maw that are my student loans I sat back and started regretting my decision somewhat. That’s not to say that I didn’t find grad school valuable: I did. I enjoyed getting my MFA. Undergrad, however, was kind of a wash. And with all of this money I need to pay back that’s just collecting interest, I have to crunch some numbers with people who know finance in order to find out the best plan of attack on how to mitigate my debt.
Like many Americans, getting into a hole of student loan debt is usual in direct correlation with our desire to improve ourselves and our station in life.
But thanks to the internet, the dissemination of free knowledge is something that’s a reality, it just requires a person to apply pressure to oneself. And if you do, you can learn a great deal without paying a dime.
Like this mother of 4 who built a house all by herself, simply by watching YouTube tutorials.
Cara Brookins, a Bryant, Arkansas woman and her children found themselves in need of a new home after refusing to put up with a domestic violence situation that threatened all of their well-beings.
She wanted to make sure that her children, however, each had a room of their own to make a fresh start.
“We had been just so emotionally kicked down. We could afford all the supplies so we just put it together ourselves,” Brookins said in an interview with WCNC.
With zero experience and zero knowledge, Brookins laid the plan down on her family. Her 17-year-old daughter, Hope, was incredulous at first.
“How are we going to build a house. We have no idea what we’re doing.”
But after watching YouTube tutorials on how to build a home from the ground up, the Brookins family decided to go all in and make a home for themselves. Thankfully, there were knowledgeable people they could turn to for a bit of guidance.
“With just a little bit at a time, we figured out how to lay a foundation block. There was a lot of asking people at Home Depot for help too,” Cara said.
Hope said that especially after surviving a domestic violence situation, her mother’s drive, and success, in building a home has inspired her.
She said that she’s “learned [she] could do anything” and is happy that her mother is sharing her story with the rest of the world.
Although she’s primarily a fiction writer, Cara decided to publish her family’s amazing story in a book called Rise.
— Cara Brookins (@cmbrookins) January 11, 2017
The book’s officially dropping on January 24th, but you can pre-order it on Amazon here.
And for families who are suffering from domestic violence who wish to extricate themselves from their situation, Brookins has encouraging words.
“Do something big. Take a big leap and set an impossible goal. With enough determination you can do it.”
But what does she know? It’s not like she built a house from scratch or anything. (h/t wcnc)