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Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up!

Image: Tangie Bell at the book store getting magazines. To share on bits and babbles blog. Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up!
Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up! 




Image: Magazines from the book store. Shared on Bits and Babbles Blog . Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up!

Good afternoon Ya'll!
It took me a long time to share how I used magazines to read, write, break poverty, learn how to DIY and level up my thoughts about life in general.
I am at a point in my life, where living in my truth and happiness has become my ultimate goal by any means necessary. 
I feel as though people will love you as long as you are not trying to get out the ghetto. You know that part of life that will elevate a person out of a bad situation.

A few days ago, I had a client who expressed how bad she wanted to go back to school and get her
GED because she dropped out of high school many years ago.
A G.E.D is a general equivalency degree or diploma.

If a person drops out of school, one can go this route instead of a traditional school setting. Many factors will play into a person going this route.
Possibly behavior, being a pregnant young woman, and/or age can definitely be factors. 
I never talk to my hair patrons about personal business, but I never knew that about this client because she has a good tech job in Dallas, Texas.

But, as we talked, I discovered she was longing for something so much more than just having a good job.

But, there is a problem, no one in her family will keep her son while she works by day and attend school at night. 
We all know that is no one else's responsibility, but she expressed how it's easier to pay a person 20 dollars so she can go out and hang out with friends and do nothing.

Image: Tangie Bell picking magazines for her Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up!
Oh, how  I can relate to all of that. #thestruggle
Now today's post is not about my hair client or anyone else, I only wanted to share my reason for sharing my truth with the bits and babbles family.


Image: Tangie Bell sharing magazines about Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up!
Ok, here we go. I must admit I was never a book reader, and my escape was through pictures and magazines. The reason being I was a high school drop out, and my reading was very weak. Hard pill to swallow and admit, but that was life at the time. Let's be clear there is and never will be anyone one to blame for my downhill life except me. I took full responsibility for my lack of failures in my life a long time ago.
Image: Magazines that will be shared on Bits and Babbles Blog. Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up!
But, when it came to going back to school and getting my diploma, I had to put the magazines aside and pick up the books. It took me 2 long years to earn a general degree and living in a shelter. But, I did it, and that was the day I began dreaming all over again.
 The hard work wasn't over by a long shot, after graduating and l leaving the women's shelter, I didn't know which direction I wanted to go. So, I pondered around a few years working odd jobs just to feed my three little girls. Then I met my husband, but that is another story.
One day I went to a local library and there it was again those magazines I loved reading so much.
I thought not reading books made me dumb, but it didn't. I was gravitating toward the pictures because I am a visual. If I see something, I can do what I see in the picture format.
No matter what it is, I self-taught myself how to make jewelry. My first project was arm candy bracelets. I remember looking in a DIY book and bought everything listed, and I made my own bracelets for my arm.
Image: DIY magazine bought from book store Dallas Texas

 Before I knew it, I was making necklaces and earrings. Then I started a side hustle, selling to friends and people off the streets. But, I knew I wanted so much more, but I felt as if time was not on my side at all.

Image: Black hair magazines bought by Tangie Bell from the local bookstore in Dallas Texas. Seen first on Bits and babbles blog. Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up!
One day, I stumbled across a few black hair books, and my life changed forever. Ok, it was at that moment I knew what I wanted to do in life. I called my husband Rico and told him I wanted to go to beauty school. He said ok, I will pay for it and that was history in the making.
I knew it was time for me to stop living a bootleg life and just working. The casino in Louisiana is where I was working, and yes, I was making good money. Yet, I was always feeling incomplete in my life.
 When I was younger, I did hair such as braids and hot iron presses on my back porch for 20 dollars.
To be frank, I was doing the whole neighborhood, including family.
But, no one really pushed me in that direction, so I was cool doing a little hair on the side for 20 dollars.
Not knowing as a kid, I was worth so much more than that.
I was 29 years old when I finally started beauty school and 30 when I became a licensed hairstylist.
Reading magazines opened my eyes to see other things in life that I usually wouldn't have seen at work or in a book.
Image: Tangie Bell reading magazines at the local book store in Dallas Texas
Not, having proper education caused me to struggle for a long time. But, getting my diploma, then my hairstylist licensed opened up so many doors for me.
I am asked a lot by women how I started my life over. My answer is simple, I started over when I knew I couldn't go forward until I stopped and dealt with the things that were holding me back.
To be honest, it wasn't my lack of education holding me back, it was me holding Me back.
Once, I started to realize some things, I started making the necessary changes in my life that would break generational poverty in my life.

At the end of the day, I used magazines an escape to self-enlightenment and pure soul healing. It's funny at the time of racing to the book store. I didn't realize that I was using those colorful pages to change my life. I also used them to read better and write a little better. Reading and writing have never been my strong points in life, but at least I am getting so much better at doing it.
Thanks to my two oldest daughters and my husband Rico when he entered into our lives.

Image: home and garden magazine at the local book store in Dallas Texas

Before Pinterest or the internet came along, I used magazines to decorate our first home. When we sold our home and moved to Texas, I found the nearest library so I could decorate our new apartment. But, I never went with the Texas-style, because I love color so, I found other magazines that showed me how to add lots of color to my eclectic lifestyle.
At this moment in my life, I love a small place with lots of character and bright colors. 
Image;travel and Leisure magazine. Purchased by Tangie Bell for Bits and Babbles Blog. Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up!
I can literally spend hours flipping through the pages of a travel and leisure magazine. Reading a travel mag is when I first learned that the world is big and I can go anywhere in it. Seriously, I was a country gal and never really left my hometown except during the times I was being a bad kid and ran away from home.
 My husband and I have been to many places with and without the kids. And looking at pictures opened my eyes to a whole new world.
Image: Tangie Bell reading magazine at book store in Dallas Texas
When I speak of leveling up in life. I am merely saying I wanted to level up from where I was. I look at life differently now, and I want to live, work, and enjoy living within my means. And if that means living modest, and going up the street for a fun night out. I am A-ok with that. I know how it was to struggle and barely have enough to feed my kids. There were times I almost lost my mind. But, I know God kept me sane until I could get myself together.
Image: bookstore located in Dallas, Texas
I never thought I would run into another woman who is her in the '40s wanting to go back to school.  I could have stood there and acted as if I always had my life somewhat together. But, I decided not to do that and shared my story with her. Honestly, I want to bury my past, but I now know there is nothing to be ashamed of. Although I went the long and struggling route in life, I can now tell another woman how she can make it by any means necessary.
Image: Magazine: Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up!

Most days, I am busy being a mom, wife, and co-worker, but I am never to busy to help another woman, even if it is by telling my story. 
Image: Tangie Bell sharing magazines she bought for Bits and babbles blog. Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up!

Image: Shiny objects magazine that will be shared on Bits and Babbles Blog. Real Life Chat: Reading Magazines That Inspired Me To Break Poverty, Learn To DIY, And Level Up!

I used to cringe when telling my truth, now I know my story can help push another person into getting a higher education, a job, or just a notion they are not alone. Life is to short not to be a blessing to someone. If I say I am a Christian and I burst the doors down in church every Sunday, then I should be able to at least uplift another woman.
Honestly, I do not know where my life would be if I didn't have people who came and helped me along the way.
And, I do not know where I would be if magazines weren't around in my day and time.

I used to cry a lot from sadness, now I cry because when I look back over my life, I scream for joy.
I made it! Therefore I know my client will as well. On Monday she will be getting all the information needed to get her diploma. I am rooting for her and this journey.

I have already informed her: weekly hair appointments need to be put on the back burner. When I was going back to school, my husband allowed me to quit my job. So, my time and any extra money were vital to getting to my next level in life.

I had to learn how to budget better, cook, pack lunch, and study in the wee hours of the night. Heck yeah, it was hard but honey it paid off.

Inconclusion: I am an advocate for going back to school and creating the life one desires. Sometimes it was easy, and sometimes it wasn't. But, I made up in my mind a long time ago to break poverty, learn a trade, and level up in life. My up in life may not be for the next person. We all have a story, and every story can help at least one person.

There you have it my real life chat. Thank you for reading, commenting, and hanging out with the family and me.

Until Next Time See Ya In A Bit!
xo Tangie













6 comments

  1. You have a drive about yourself that's very admirable!! I don't know your personally but as from what I'm reading, you seem to be the type of person to keep motivating others even when no one is motivating you💕 much love from Kentucky

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    1. Hello and good evening. Thank you for such a lovely comment. Welcome from Kentucky
      xo tangie

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  2. Love your story! It was truly inspirational and I believe in your testimony!!

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    1. Good evening and thank you so very much.
      xo tangie

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  3. Youre absolutely right, it's never too late to go back to school! And we can all benefit from telling our story and often times its even therapuetic for yourself! Loved this post!

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    1. Amen and you know it. So happy for you #teachertobe
      xo tangie

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