Wow.

You guys. Thank you thank you thank you.

I have been working nonstop since I published “Hello, Poverty, Old Friend” (unfortunately, the holidays are a busy time for our ER. The day after Christmas was, well, *puts head in hands, screams a little bit, and takes a desperate sip of coffee*) but now I finally have a moment to say what I’ve been wanting to say for the past couple days.

Holy shit. Thank you. Thank you guys so much.

I never wrote that piece intending to get donations; I was at the end of my rope, frustrated, and feeling very bitter when I realized I graduated an entire year ago and found myself worse off financially. I was really jaded by the universe and decided that instead of staying curled up in my bed playing solitaire until my eyes bled, I could channel that energy into writing. Once I had all my grievances written down, I realized I should just include my PayPal at the end if anyone was moved and particularly enjoyed my writing this year.

  • Maybe my parents shouldn’t be going on vacation when bankrupt. Okay. Good point. I grew up with them; I am aware that them going bankrupt wasn’t a complete accident. But you have to realize, 1) they’re never going to listen to me and that’s just how it goes in the Guzman house 2) I see these people work thankless jobs the whole year. The whole damn year. And this year was tough because my dad hurt his knee and is now on disability (can’t drive a bus when your right knee is busted), we lost a buttload of money filing yet another step of my mom’s immigration papers so she’s not deported, and we filed for bankruptcy. I’m going to let them have their goddamn vacation. (Not to mention the room and food are complimentary because of a connection my dad has). I’m the one that chose this career path, and I will deal with the low income for now. They put me through college as immigrants. As far as I’m concerned, them letting me live with them and feeding me and doing my laundry is wayyyy more than enough help from them. #endspeech

You guys have been so incredible to me and I cannot thank you guys enough. You have taken away so much stress from me this holiday season and now I can just put my feet up and relax (well, at least after today’s overnight shift). I am excited to bring you new content in 2017 and see what new stuff you all post too. I am sending you all an enormous hug and a boozy kiss and thank you all so much! -Ellie

TV writer trying to figure it out. My book “Rags to Rags“ is available here: https://amzn.to/369O9ac . You can support my writing here: https://bit.ly/352dzrf

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