Maid is one of the great new shows on Netflix. If you haven't watched it already, perhaps you want to read this article later as it involves some details about the story. Maid is based on the memoir titled Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land. The heroine of the story, Alex escaped from an abusive relationship together with her daughter Maddy. She didn't have a job, savings, or even a bank account. She jumped through hoops, again and again, to get the government assistance that she needed to survive. The show doesn't only give us a taste of the tragedy of abusive relationships and broken families, it also reveals how the government red tape rubs salt into the wound. I love this mini-series as it resonated with me on so many levels. Here are some of the life lessons that I have learnt from Alex's journey.