Video transcript: Losing my job taught me about saving—and happiness

On screen:

Lorenzo crosses a busy street.

Lorenzo Beronilla:

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.

On screen:

Lorenzo sits at kitchen counter. Text, Resilient America, stories of people rebuilding their lives, Lorenzo Beronilla. Presented by Chase.

Lorenzo:

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.

On screen:

Lorenzo ties on apron.

Lorenzo:

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.

On screen:

Lorenzo marinates shrimp and cooks in a pan.

Lorenzo:

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.

On screen:

Lorenzo sprinkles seasoning on a colorful shrimp dish and laughs.

Lorenzo:

I'm Lorenzo Beronilla, and I'm a corporate catering chef.

On screen:

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