Content warning: This post deals with domestic violence and could be triggering for some readers.
Serina Bird has experienced a lot in her almost 50 years.
Not too long ago, she was riding the career wave in a high-flying posting across Asia as a diplomat. To any onlooker, Serina's life looked glamorous - she was a successful and smart woman, married with two children. But behind closed doors, things were far from perfect. Serina was a victim-survivor of domestic violence.
"Frugality was initially a means for me achieving autonomy and independence. Now I'm not in a position where I have to be frugal - but it has become a way of life for me," Serina told Mamamia.
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In the early days and raised in a well-to-do family, Serina knew she wanted to be a diplomat. And after her studies, Serina achieved that dream. But it was an overwhelming start.