I watched with envy as my best friend and her husband moved last article of furniture out of their cramped apartment onto moving truck. My smile was as fake as fur jacket Pam gave me for Christmas.
I could not understand how she and her husband were able to afford a $500,000 new house while I was barely paying $950.00 rent in my 2br-2ba apartment. I mean they had mentioned investments and an adjustable rate mortgage but I wasn’t paying attention. Who makes investments while living in an apartment complex.
I remember when it all started. Matt, my best friend’s husband purchased a book called “Missed Fortunes” by Douglas Andrews. The book talked about using equity in your home to become wealthy. I didn’t have a mortgage. The book was big so I put it down within minutes of Matt giving me a copy.
Matt, however, read book day and night, on his breaks at work, at lunch and in evening. Then he bought another book by Robert Kiosaki and started reading all over again telling me I needed to get a home-based business to decrease my tax liability and make money. Oh no, not that MLM thing, I thought. Over next few months, I watched them smiling, planning running their business over Internet.
I hated Pam today as much as I did when she went to weight-watchers without me and lost 30 lbs (of ugly fat). Can you believe that? I was really jealous. When their business started making a little money, Pam did not want to go shopping at mall anymore. Pam told me she was using money to form a LLC with some other friends they had met at a business seminar.
“Other friends?” I asked her in my most pitiful tone, “I thought I was your best friend”. “You are, Gina, she said but these are business partners, we are going to buy property together.