Lorenzo crosses a busy street.
I was the director of marketing for a small firm in Pennsylvania. My life, I would say, was a little extravagant, but I liked it. One day, I was called into the office. It was, we're letting you go. Please clear out your desk.
Lorenzo sits at kitchen counter. Text, Resilient America, stories of people rebuilding their lives, Lorenzo Beronilla. Presented by Chase.
It was awful. So a good week went by, and I couldn't figure out what was next, but I found myself always getting up to make myself a snack. During that time, I just felt at home. I was at home, and my nerves went away.
Lorenzo ties on apron.
When I finally said, OK, I would like to make this a career if possible, I knew I had to go to school to be a chef. But I found that I never saved a dime before, and that is when budget came into play. What I did to cut costs for culinary school is I just said goodbye to frivolous spending.
Lorenzo marinates shrimp and cooks in a pan.
I said goodbye to my home. I didn't go out to eat. I started working three jobs. I was exhausted, but I'm absolutely proud of who I became. I'm definitely more responsible with money. I do that pay yourself first kind of thing, and I found out that I didn't have to have everything that life had to offer to be happy.
Lorenzo sprinkles seasoning on a colorful shrimp dish and laughs.
I'm Lorenzo Beronilla, and I'm a corporate catering chef.
Text, See other stories and learn about how to make the most of your money at www.chase.com/yourmoney. #ResilientAmerica.
Presented by Chase. Chase logo.