Becoming Self-Made



If you read this blog, chances are you are a self-made chica, like me. We have big dreams, we set goals and plan to follow through. We are often underestimated and we love proving the doubters wrong!

Maybe it’s the middle-child in me, or being chubby my whole life, or being less than an A+ student in school, but I’ve always had this yearning to prove myself. I’m talking above and beyond. I’d set a crazy goal and through hard work and sometimes sheer will power, things fell into place. Some people call it luck, I don’t. It’s more about setting up the scene in my head the way I want it to play out, making a plan, and going for it. Sometimes the outcome doesn’t always match the original vision, but at least I’m in the ballpark.

All of that was great, but one thing lacked in my vision board of ambition – money. I learned the hard way that having a strong hustle game isn’t just about working long hours, breaking a sweat and working every connection. Burnout follows, and for what? To pay that month’s bills? And start all over again?

Then I met Nely Galan. Her friendship throughout the past decade has been such a gift. Aside from her kindness, and generosity, she has this way of giving tough love talks to get my butt in gear. She breaks this finance thing down piece by piece and makes it digestible for the mind, body and soul. To strive for abundance in everything: Love, health, career and money! Many of us feel we are talented, smart and deserving, but how many of us believe it enough to build a solid business plan? To have the financial mindset and guts that it takes to kick up to the next level? For some people it might be buying property, for someone else it’s launching a jewelry business. Instead of spending so much time worrying about likes, shares and followers, how about putting that same energy and focus into building long-term income?

Truth bomb!

These are the topics that Nely always talks about. Getting us revved up to think bigger!

So about this post – it’s to let you know that Nely is now sharing her wisdom, love, and experience with the world! You can have a tough love talk too! This week she debuts her first book – Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way (Spiegel & Grau, 240 pages, $25.)

Here’s a link to the book trailer!

This book will be your go-to for all things. You can tell that Nely’s main goal is to educate and motivate women into building a better life for themselves. We each have our passion project, why not find a way to generate income? That’s what Crafty Chica has grown into. It started as my late night release after a long day of working at the newspaper and I found a way to make it a full-time career.

Guess where it landed me? As one of the success stories in Nely’s book!


Buy a copy of Nely’s book to learn her tips and paths to planning and making things happen. It’s more than a “go get ’em, kid” kind of book, but one that gives specific and practical advice. Visit the website,, and sign up for the newsletter!

There’s also a free app that is a companion to the book and is updated regularly with new resources, like where there is hidden money in America that we can apply for.


Make fear and failure your best friends. I love this one. It’s about dissecting what went wrong so you can learn from it. And succeed next time!


Be the kind of mom who goes after her dreams. What you’re doing is being an example for your kids to do the same. Let them see you in action, bring them along to help, talk to them about what they want to do and how you guys can help each other.


This is one that takes a bit to wrap your brain around. Or it did for me! I grew up in a house where everyone else came first, not a bad thing, it’s showing love! But what this means is to suit yourself up first, be as strong and smart as you can to lead the troops! Once you have it down, then pass along what you’ve learned! That way everyone can be lifted together!

If there was ever a time to spend $25 – it’s now and on this book. and I’m not just saying this because Nely is my friend. I’m saying this because i’ve read this book and it serves TRUTH on getting your life and taking charge. No more waiting for this person, or that job listing, or this or that.

I’ve talked about this on my site before, but here are some of my ideas to bring in more income!

Choose one thing that you like to make, make a lot of them in different variations and sell them on Etsy.

Set up an online store, and use affiliate accounts like Amazon, fill your store with all your favorite products. You’ll get a kickback on each one sold, and other things that people buy as long as they stay in that browser window for a certain amount of time. I just started using amazon affiliates, it’s a really great program!

Go through your house with a plastic bin and shop for things you don’t really care about and sell them on eBay or Amazon.

Set up a curriculum of classes you can teach in your community. Everyone is good at something, what are you good at?

Start a blog like this and learn how to monetize it.

Become a driver for Uber or Lyft.

Think of a service you can offer and set up a Fivrr account.

Become a virtual assistant.


For even more ideas, check out Nely’s book! Don’t forget to follow the Self Made hashtags: #SELFMADE #IAmSelfMade

Twitter: @BeSelfMadeNow

Instagram: @BeSelfMadeNow


Official SELF MADE Book Description

What does it mean to be self-made? It’s not just about having money, but financial empowerment is where it begins. It means getting out of survival mode, where you are one problem away from catastrophe. It means changing your mindset from instant gratification to goal orientation. It means being able to sleep at night without worry. It means being rich in every way: rich in money, rich in family, rich in love, rich in time—abundant!

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