The reason I'm answering this question under my pen name (I am Yoleen Lucas) is because of a conversation I had last night with a good friend of mine who lives in my beloved Pacific Northwest. She has often criticized me for my frugal habits, hard work, and refusal to complain about the times we live in. She thinks I'm naïve because I believe the world, for the most part, is actually improving. She has even gotten on my case because I didn't have the courage to drop everything and return to the Pacific Northwest at the time she moved there, 6 years ago. I explained to her that though I am experiencing hard times, this is just about the best I've ever had things go for me, and I didn't dare mess with it.
I don't envy her for living in my beloved Pacific Northwest because over the past 6 years, she has moved 8 times, bounced around on at least 4 jobs with long periods of unemployment in between, and had 3 boyfriends, two of whom supported her and one who was abusive. One of the supportive boyfriends died and left her all his property, including a house; she sold it and blew the profits within a year.
I do not envy her, because this is NOT my definition of success!
I do get bouts of jealousy, but rarely, because I know that a lot of hard work and planning goes behind fame and fortune. Abraham Lincoln once said that good luck happens when preparation and opportunity meet. I'll keep working on my books, making contacts and doing the improvements they suggest; hopefully, my good luck will happen soon!
P.S. I have met some stars; I felt intimidated by them, but discovered one secret to their success is that they love what they do.