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Raya Reaves is the Founder and Finance Coach of City Girl Savings, LLC. She teaches women how to create and stick to realistic budget plans to reach their financial goals. Raya resides in Austin, Texas, with her boyfriend and two Yorkie dogs.

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  1. Prayer helps me to get through those rough days. I lost my Mother unexpectedly in 2019 and I still cry.
    Working in the Funeral Service Industry as a Service Director has helped me to channel that grief and sadness into
    serving families with genuine empathy and sympathy. I love what I do and when I’m given a hug at the end of a service I know that I’ve served my families well. Funeral Service is not a job it’s a Ministry.

  2. Raya,

    Thank you so much for sharing and may you be blessed, as you continue to heal. I am currently emerging from a storm of my own and while it isn’t over, mindset, the love of my small circle and healing activities like the ones you mentioned have been so helpful. We’ve got this! One day at a time.

  3. Wow this is right on time Sis. Thank you for sharing your struggle and triumphs . My sympathy go out to you. I needed this right in this moment to press on. I have just went thru a similar situation except the ill was my fiance’. One month later I lost my car. Only by the grace of God, go I. There are some days worse than others but I flow through the emotions whatever they bring me, I push through and I get stronger. I do the same things you do along with counseling. God, prayer and time is a healer. I know I will NEVER be the same but I will be better on the other side and so will you.

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