Woman Becomes Homeless on Purpose toOvercome Fear of Failure
Feb. 15, 2012.
It wasa sad time in the life of 32-year-oldHollywood, Florida resident Te-ErikaPatterson. She had just lost both of her jobs, the use of her car had been takenaway and under the stress of herfinancial woes, she dropped out of graduate school.What is a woman to do when her lifeseems to be taking a turn for the worse? This woman decided to listen to the stillvoice in the back of her mind that whispered, “Let it go.” On April 11, 2011Patterson gave away everything that she owned and became homeless on purposeto face her fear of failure.“I could have fought to maintain my lifestyle by taking any job or latching on to thefirst man who offered me help, but instead I decided to turn this problem into aproject and see where it would lead,” Patterson explained.Patterson is the publisher of
, an empowerment blog forwomen. Patterson began MySavvySisters.Com to help other women learn how totransition smoothly into the next level of their lives. She transformed her diresituation into The Rebuild Your Life Project which has empowered thousands of readers and viewers who have followed her four month journey on YouTube.She recorded her entire journey in videos she posted daily on YouTube. From themoment she gave everything away, as she navigated through her goals whichincluded organizing a job fair for homeless women and raising money for a rentalassistance grant for a woman in need, all the way to her final day at the homelessshelter where she found refuge throughout the four months she lived withoutpermanent shelter are all available on video through YouTube for women to browseand be inspired.Patterson believes loss is a vital part of the cycle of success and it is important toembrace it with poise. During her journey she blogged about her experiences andmade videos investigating the mental survival skills women need to survive a life onthe streets if their worst fear of homelessness came true. She battled throughsecuring a place to sleep, finding medical help, learning how to earn money without