When the story begins, Lyddie's daily life is surrounded by family members. She lives with her mother and her siblings on a farm in the country. She works hard, but all of her work is geared toward seeing the success of her family and their property. Once Lyddie is sold into indentured servitude at the tavern, Lyddie is no longer surrounded by her family. She is completely on her own. Additionally, all of her hard work benefits somebody other than her family. The tavern gets more business and looks good, but Lyddie doesn't see any additional benefits. She has nothing to show for her efforts. That changes a little bit when Lyddie goes to work in the textile mills. She is still separated from her family, and she is still working to pay off her family's debt, but the harder she works, the more money she can make. That's why Lyddie is proud to be able to work five looms at one time.
Other changes happen to Lyddie's daily life as the story progresses as well. She matures and sees the value in having friends her own age. She learns the value of reading. She comes to understand the importance of bettering her education, and she becomes less fixated on financial gains.