About Barbara

new-profile-photoHi  Everyone! Barbara here. Thank you for stopping by and visiting me at Living On Lean Means. I’d like to welcome everyone to my website.


Let me ask you? Do you hate living from paycheck to paycheck? A drag, right? Are you disabled, retired or otherwise living on a fixed income, for whatever reason? Yeah, me too (all of the above)!


If so, than what this website will provide, may interest you a great deal.


Let’s be real! Everyone would more than love to find a way to create a supplemental income stream.


Let’s face it, living on a fixed income isn’t fun. There’s no room for enjoying life; traveling whenever you wish, buying that new car you’ve always wanted or even spending an occasional night out with friends, when your budget is tight.


I know. I’ve lived this way for over four years now and I certainly don’t enjoy it.  But what I found just a little over a year ago will amaze you.  Would you like to see what I found?  Here’s what I did and you can too!


The pages that follow, will educate you in finding alternate means of additional income. I would like to invite you to experience what I have in the past year.  I would like to hear what you think about this article and others in this website.  You may share your questions, thoughts and comments in the section below any of the articles.  I will be more than happy to respond.


Also feel free to share my website or a specific article with your friends who may be experiencing the same situation.


A Little About My Story


I live in a small town on the east coast of the United States and raised two wonderful children into adulthood. I live in a small but comfortable home along with my son and our three dogs. Believe me, it gets pretty crazy around here at times, especially when they all decide to bark at the same time.


Getting back to me! I am the third of four children my parents raised and we grew up in a city environment until young adults. After high school, I attended the local community college.


A few years later, a friend convinced me join the Air Force National Guard instead. After serving for two years I decided to go on active duty and subsequently completed four more years of military service in the United States Air Force.


When my enlistment ended, I became a stay-at-home Mom for a few years, until being hired on to a job with the US Federal Government. Over the next twenty or so years, I would work for the Navy, Army, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.


In 2003, while working and raising two children, I returned to college to finish my undergraduate education.


This is when and how I became very familiar with the Internet and working online. All my courses from that point until I graduated six years later, were taken online. In 2009, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Management.

My Passions – Dogs and Poetry


All through my formidable years, there were dogs in my family. They all grew to become the most loving creatures of my childhood. There have been many and as an adult, I have had three off my own.


Oh, and did I mention my son has two of his own! My current dog, Chance has been with me since November Chance2017. He is four years old now.


I rescued him from a local shelter.  He has become my blog writing assistant because he has been by my side every step of the way on this journey.  We have even made a few videos together.


As an adult dog owner, I’m truly passionate about the plight of homeless, malnourished, mistreated, neglected, under appreciated and abused dogs in this world.


Shelters are understaffed and overcrowded, so if a dog doesn’t find a home (get adopted) within twenty-five days of entering the shelter, they are actually placed on death row and euthanized. This is such a horrible thing to imagine! So, if you are able, and have a big heart, PLEASE DON’T SHOP, ADOPT!


Poetry-Book-CoverMy other passion is writing poetry. My poetry has been included in several Poetry Anthologies since the 1980s. In 2014, I decided to create my own poetry manuscript using Shutterfly.


The photo to the left is the image I created for the books’ cover.  In this particular book, I included photos into the design to reflect the theme of each poem I wrote over the past forty years.


The book is entitled “When Hearts Collide & Etcetera” but you won’t find it on bookstore shelves (not yet, anyway) as only three copies were produced. This will be part of the legacy I leave to my children.


I am currently in the process of adding new poems and photos to my collection and developing a manuscript to publish through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.

The Why Behind My Purpose


For over four years, I have been living on disability retirement. Being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment did not help the disability I incurred while serving in the military.


I have many very painful side effects from the chemotherapy and radiation treatment even to this day.


Needless to say, it left me unable to return to the work I was previously doing, and left me in a deep depression for a very long time.


One day, a little over a year ago, I decided I was tired of my situations –the depression especially and tired of just squeaking by on a fixed income each month.  For the most park, I contribute my income situation the cause of my depression. I needed to occupy my time with something to overcome the depression.


So my search began for an online business opportunity, as most public sector companies did not offer work from home opportunities –until the COVID-19 Pandemic occurred.


I researched legitimate ways to supplement my income while working from home. I had to do my due diligence in order to avoid getting caught up in one of the many scams and get rich schemes out there.

To Help Others Is My Purpose


In my 63 years of being on this earth, I was never really a person of well means. Life threw me some curve balls and I threw some at myself as well. I had to learn to pull myself up and start all over several times before I could get it right.


My passion for helping people has led me to create this website. Through it, I’m hoping I can share with you a few lessons I have learned in becoming the best version of myself as well as instill in you, that no matter what your situation, you can achieve your dreams, you can earn legitimate income online and become very successful at it. You just need to take that first Right step!  Join me by registering here and find out how I got started.


All the research I had done, led me to Wealthy Affiliate and on October 1st, 2019 I published my very first website. After being here since October 2019, I have learned many things and I would like to share them with everyone who is in the same situation as me (and even if you are not).


You too can create an online income stream, if you are not afraid of a little hard work. So, won’t you join me! You won’t be disappointed!


By the way, the feature image is of  Salzburg, Austria.  I had the pleasure of visiting there with my father, twelve years ago.  This is where scenes from the movie “The Sound of Music”, were filmed.  This was truly a magical place and a magical time for my father and me.  This is where he was stationed in the US Army during the Korean War.


I am mentioning this, because it is my dream to one day return for a second visit.  With Wealthy Affiliate, I plan to make that dream a reality.



As I mentioned above, if you would like to know more about me and the goal of this website, do not hesitate to leave questions, thoughts and comments in the section below. I will be happy to respond.


All the best!


Founder/Creator: Living On Lean Means 💰


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2 thoughts on “About Barbara”

  1. Hi Barbara.
    Paul Mindra here from Ontario, Canada.

    I am a proud member of Wealthy Affiliate since May 2016.


    To decrease your bounce rate, you may want to open certain options in ‘a new window.’

    Are you into ‘linking and backlinking?’

    Here is my introduction to wealthy affiliate:

    Have a look at the site. It is a work in progress.

    Let me know if I can help.
    Your avatar is awesome and will go very far away.

    Kindest regards.

    Paul Mindra.

    1. Hello Paul,
      Thank you so much for stopping by Living On Lean Means and offering your advice on my About Me page regarding linking and backlinking and having my links open in another window.
      The links in this article already get directed to another page and/or open in another window. I do use backlinking where appropriate (when content calls for it). And I want to sincerely thank you for your comments regarding my avatar. I have decided to only use it when I am blogging on the platform. For my website posts, I would rather allow my audience to see the real person behind the words.


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