About Barbara


Hi  Everyone! Barbara here. Thank you for stopping by and visiting me at Living On Lean Means. I’d Melike 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 the past four years and what I found just a few short months 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. Please come back often for updates and feel free to share this 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.


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 and he is a bit under three years old.


I rescued him from a local shelter.  He has become my blog assistant and is by me every step of the way on this journey.


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, 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.


I included photos into the design to reflect the theme of each poem written 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.

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 already incurred while in the military.


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


Not being able to return to the work I was previously doing, left me in a deep depression for a very long time.


One day I decided I was tired of just squeaking by on a fixed income each month. 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 late September 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 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.



If you have 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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