Yoga

I finally took a yoga class the other nite and I’m going to take it tonight too. 

So far it’s cool and it is so challenging to twist your body into a pretzel and balance on one foot etc. that I can’t think of anything else while I’m doing it.  This is good because I have a very busy head and it isn’t very kind to me. 

I’m also going to take an aqua class soon and some other class that I can’t remember right now.  Going to a class makes me feel like I am part of something…and sometimes that is okay.

Oh and have I told you all that I have been very moody lately?  My friends are driving me nuts.  It’s not them, it’s me.  Things that wouldn’t normally bother me much are making me want to run away from people and never come back.  Ugh.  I think it’s my hormones.  Double Ugh.

And I have decided that I have to drink less alcohol than ever because when I drink, the next day I feel depressed.  Who needs THAT?

I’ve been doing some red-tape stuff for my business lately.  No sense in building a nice lucrative business and having it go up in smoke because you forgot to dot an i or cross a t right?  I am kind of terrible with this tedious stuff though.  I hope I get through it in a timely manner and don’t forget it or something.  Seriously.  I must lay a proper foundation.

Gotta remember my goal-to help my child pay off student loans.  And other important stuff. 

Bye for now.

 

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Sleep Spots

So I’d been house sitting for around 3 weeks.  When I went back to my old sleep spot-the one I’ve been using for MONTHS, there was a HUGE CAMPER there!

So I parked nearby.  If I REALLY want the spot, I could try getting there very early but who wants to go to bed at 7 or 8 in the evening.

So I hope you are enjoying my spot you rich Camper Man or Woman.  :)

Oh, I am also going to put this housing thing on hold again.  Sorry I keep talking about it.  I’m tired of the whole sorted affair.

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Back Again

I hope you all haven’t given up on me.  I couldn’t get my blog to let me in to write something!  I finally got ahold of my admin guy (he hosts this blog for me for free) and he said I had a bug and he fixed it for me.  Whew!  I thought this blog was finished AGAIN! 

So, to catch you up on things with me, I am a total business woman now.  I have learned a LOT in the last couple of months about marketing and I feel like I am going to get a lot accomplished in the next year.  I have been going about this whole thing wrong up to now!  I can’t go into detail because I don’t want to give away what I do but the key things I’ve learned about are positioning, creating and delivering value, and most importantly, FINDING OUT WHAT YOUR COMPETITION IS CHARGING.  Yah that was a biggy.  I don’t want to be the bargain basement service provider anymore.  It doesn’t pay the bills.  Knowing what others who do the same thing I do are charging gives me confidence to ask for the same money. 

Also, I asked someone I know if they would rent me a room and she said yes…then she changed her mind within the hour.  She says she likes her independence.  I can relate to that.  Sometimes seeing someone everyday gets on my nerves…and I would probably get on hers too.  So…I was pretty close to not being a free-sleeper anymore.

I also looked at a really nice little apartment but the guy who owned it wants me to have good credit and I haven’t seen my credit report for a while but it’s probably not any better than it was three years ago.  It’s not like I bought a car or used a credit card or anything.  I don’t really intend to do anything else on credit ever again if I can help it so that leaves my credit in kind of a pickle doesn’t it?  Nice trap they’ve set for everyone.  Very clever.  Imagine having that kind of monopoly on the world.  Must be nice.

Sooooo I might be back to dreaming about owning a camper and living in that.  I would have a car too for work etc.  I think it might be okay. 

That’s all I can think of for now.  I get lots of ideas for writing while I’m working but when I sit down to write it all flies out the window.  Oh well.  Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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Crazy Ass Flower

I think this flower looks like it should be on mars or perhaps somewhere in South America.  Does anyone recognize it?

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Down Day

 

 

Today my mind was playing tricks on me.  It was telling me that I can’t be successful…that I just don’t have what it takes.

On days like these…I just kind of get through the day and don’t do anything extra.

I am doing this promotional thing Friday that could be a winner but I am not getting my fliers out because I feel physically tired and I feel like I am too fat and weird looking so no one will want to come to my thing.  Ugh.

I just have to take it slow.  I’m going to do this promotional thing every Friday.  The first one…or the first few might look like flops (meaning only a couple people will show up) BUT it’s something that can grow.  At least I think it can.  When I first started up this business it was slow for a long time.  I even did free work just to stay busy and involved.  Now I’m almost making a living at it.  :)

I just have to do what I can.  Obviously, the faster I can get flyers etc. out the faster things will go…but if I can’t go fast…I just can’t.

Ryu thinks maybe I need to build challenges into my free-sleeping but honestly, getting past my issues and getting to the next level in business (actually being able to afford a normal lifestyle) is quite enough challenge for me. 

I am reading two or three books right now to inspire me.  I’m reading “Think and Grow Rich” a classic by Napolean Hill and another more modern one-its name escapes me right now.  And something else.  Ha!  What a spaz.

I don’t know if these books will be just entertainment for me or if I will actually “get it” and persist with the things I know I need to do.  Most people just give up when things don’t go right immediately in business.  I hope I won’t do that.  I don’t want to be stuck in a rut. 

Believe it or not, much of my life has been spent trying to improve myself in various ways.  I have a real blind spot when it comes to business though.

In the past, I have let competitors intimidate me…also, I’ve been over emotional about big picture industry issues rather than putting my nose to the grindstone and making money.  My personality type just doesn’t do good with the modern business model where one is no longer a person but a human resource.  Ugh. 

So this is the challenge I am working on right now.  I even have crazy big dreams about creating a product that will make me millions one day.  I’ve always been a dreamer but hey, millions happen sometimes.

Thanks so much for all the comments lately.  It lets me know you’re still reading. 

 

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GOAL

One of my problems in life is that it is hard for me to maintain any type of money motivation.  I just have never cared much for money itself.

What I do care about though is having decent shoes, a haircut, a nicer vehicle and most recently, helping my children.

One of my children has taken on a LOT of debt to go to university.  She will have a decent career when she gets out and will be able to pay it back BUT she will have to wait to have children she says. 

I think I might keep sleeping in my van at night and save the $1,000 a month to help my daughter.  Two years of this would give her $24,000 right?  A hefty sum. 

THIS motivates me because I want to have grandchildren and I don’t want my daughter to miss out on having them because she keeps putting it off and her eggs dry up.  That would be tragic. 

It’s good to finally make a connection between earning better money and worthy goals.  Money gives you more options.

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Move to Salton Sea

Ryu suggested I move to the Salton Sea area because is cheaper there.

The thing is, I think I would find it depressing in a place like that.  I’d like to think I would find like minded individuals to fellowship with but I have a feeling I would find instead a lot of drug addicts and people who have just given up.

I’m not in the give up stage anymore.  I’m ready to take on some business challenges…on my terms of course.  AND the kind of work I do requires me to live rather near wealthier people who can afford it.  I’m not willing to work retail or flip burgers.  Too corporate for me.

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Pushing it to the Limit

Ryu asked in the comments:

Can you push your free sleeping even further?

Right now, you use certain security measures. Try lowering them and seeing if you are still alright. See how low you can go, where the threshold is.

I’m not sure that now is the time to add challenges to that part of my life but give me some suggestions and I will consider them.  Should I sleep outside?  Sleep with the van windows open or ????

You may come to look down on the homeless, the middle class does.

I don’t feel as though I will look down on free-sleepers in general.  Many of them can’t even be identified by their looks so if they are behaving in a civil manner and are clean, I don’t think I will notice their free-sleeper status, much less look down on them. 

 I DO admit that sometimes I look down on the visably homeless.  I just have trouble respecting people who just take and take from everyone and give nothing in return.  I mean, since they don’t have to earn their food, can’t they make an effort to clean themselves up so they don’t scare people or make them feel bad?

Maybe I’m a heartless jerk.  Maybe they are just mentally ill….but still, if I were queen of the world and someone wanted free food, I would require them to shower at the very least.  I’ll bet a lot of men and women would feel inspired to improve their situation too if they showered/shaved a couple of times a week and had some fresh clothes to wear.  

Low expectations produces a lower class of people yes? 

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How to be a Stealthy, Healthy Free-sleeper

This article covered my whole blog in a few paragraphs.  Most of it was review for me but there’s probably some gold in there, (don’t skip the comments)  for some of you.

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Approval Seeking

I’m not hanging around D anymore.  It’s been a couple of days. 

I notice that when I’m on my own, I always seek out human interaction.  If I am not immediately accepted I tend to feel bad.  It’s not good to be so approval seeking.

This morning I sought approval/interaction with a couple of homeless people I know.  They always say hello to me but today I tried to get them in a conversation and they were having none of it.  They looked tired.  I guess a lot of homeless people are just caught up in their own business and don’t have the energy for others.  There were a lot of homeless people around…waiting in line for something…but no one was talking to each other. 

There are also trust issues.  Even among the more normal of us free-sleepers, there are probably some neurosis.  Just having the title “homeless” is a head trip, I think.  That’s why I have always called my situation free-sleeping.  It is so much more empowering.  I am not operating from a lack or a -less.  I am getting something for free because I’m not caught up in needing a house or apartment for security.

Still, as I’ve mentioned recently, I am ready to move on from this experience.  I LOVE that I have been a successful free-sleeper.  I will never have to fear “homelessness” because I know I can survive it and even enjoy my life while free-sleeping. 

The reason I want to be housed is so I can live with someone or someones.  I don’t like feeling alone in the world, especially at night. 

I also miss privacy.  A shower, my own toilet etc.  I like being able to touch my toes for a stretch without anyone looking at me and wondering what I’m doing.  I like being able to get up at any hour of the night if I can’t sleep and jumping on the computer or reading for awhile without worrying about anyone seeing my light. 

A friend suggested I ask another friend who lives in a lovely home if I can rent a room from her for cheap.  (like around $400)  I seriously considered doing this.  Then I sat down with my budget again andrealized (again) if I did this, I wouldn’t have money to improve my business, buy clothes, fix my van, or do anything but eat and sleep. 

So, I’ve got to improve my business A LOT so I can earn more money.

I am sloooowly raising my prices for current clients-if I go too quickly I will lose them.  And I am trying to bring new clients on at better prices.  I need to be a Premier ________(what I do for business) not the Budget ___________.

So I am doing a bunch of things that don’t cost a whole lot, that will put me (I hope) into that category.

It is mentally hard for me to push myself like this.  But I ask myself, why are some people, that have the same business as me, making twice (or more) as much money than me? 

Well, I guess I’d better get to work now.  Thanks for reading.

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