I’m just your friendly neighborhood felon. I was convicted in 2007 of a Class 2 Theft, and have been fighting for my future ever since that day – when everything about my life was changed.
Like any other ‘normal’ individual within American society, I have a daily life, pay taxes, and argue about current politics with my friends.
The only difference is that I have had a much harder time (like most felons, and sometimes those with lesser convictions than my own) finding steady employment that has enough pay and benefits to keep my family afloat. Even when I do land a good job, sometimes it’s only a matter of time before someone brings up my past (even with talking openly and honestly with said employer) and I end up either fired due to rumors or simply to ease the public’s interaction with the store. Talk about collateral consequences…. and it never seemed to end.
This makes the achievement of the American dream rather difficult, as many of you can likely testify. Thankfully, I’ve also been working on learning more about what sort of nifty loop-holes in the legal arena can help felons get a job and keep it as well as how to build up a business that will actually be useful and moderately successful!
Thanks to the things I’ve learned over the years with my record, and the experiences that have shaped my determination and discipline, I can forge ahead into the future and be more sure than most with a similar record that I will have financial stability.
It’s been a long journey, and I’ve learned a lot about what a “felon” can really do when they put their mind to doing something.
I’m now a felon AND a college graduate (Bachelor’s in Psychology), a Certified Life Coach, a published Author, and a freelancer of multiple varieties. Between writing, blogging, coaching/mentoring, and designing/creating crafts of all styles – I’ve worked my way up the ladder of life again, and rest pretty easily at night instead of worrying if I’ll be able to get the things my family needs. It’s a heck of a change from being pregnant, homeless, hopeless, and feeling like society hated me.
I want to share the things I’ve learned here – so that more felons can find their path back into society and financial safety. I want to help every single felon that thinks they’re at the end of the road toward success in life. Because, I promise you, it ISN’T OVER YET. It’s only over when WE say it’s over.
I am also sharing my own continuing journey toward my goals of becoming a speaker and advocate for fellow felons in all aspects of society, and how I am building up to my ultimate goal of opening a shelter program for felons – that truly addresses the needs of felons long after they’ve served their time.
Anyway, I hope you find my blog hopeful and helpful, and I look forward to the journey of getting to meet all of my awesome readers as we get to know each other and help each other grow and learn.
Be sure to check out my Spiritual Experience Search to find a chance for a free book, and to see one of my own eye-opening experiences with the paranormal.
You can also follow my posts and find my Facebook page, The Friendly Felon, to see inspirational memes, updates, and links to various posts that are helpful and informative.
Check out the book at Microcosm too. It’s my first publication, and it has all the information that any respectable DIY’er could need to get started on their own path to a new, revitalized life after a conviction.
If you feel you would prefer some personalized help with your own ‘after felony’ situation, find my Fiverr profile (Azarathia) after signing up here and try out my rights recovery mentoring gig. I’d love to help you find your freedom again, just like I’ve found mine.
Stay Strong Felons! Where there is a will, there is a way!