Are Homeless People Confident?

Sorry I haven’t written in a couple of days.  I was pretty busy Saturday and yesterday I had some connectivity issues with the internet when I was ready to write so just let it go.

I had a nice day Saturday.  I got to meet up with some good friends at a holiday gathering.  I got all dolled up, made a vegetable platter (bought the vegies, then cut them up there at the event) and had a fantastic time.  No one would guess I live in my van.

This morning I’m feeling confident.  I’ve lived out of my van for over 3 months and I’m still alive.  I’m also still showering, not alcoholic or drug addicted, not insane.  I feel really good this morning, in fact.

I’ve overcome some hurtles.  I’ve gotten through a night where the outside temperature dipped into the low 30s.  I’ve told one of my daughters what I’m doing.  I’ve been offered a job.  (The person didn’t know my living conditions, so it wasn’t out of pity or anything)  I’ve kept myself busy.  I’ve blogged here consistently.  I’ve paid my bills.  I’ve made 2 new real life friends and talked with dozens of new people.  I’ve made a couple of interesting online friends (yes you!).  I’ve made a closet out of my storage unit.  I’m working on getting sleeping bags to homeless folks that need them.  I’m sure there’s more but I can’t think of anything at the moment.  I feel really good though about facing my fears.  I am a survivor!

Now I just have to keep it together.  I need to be mature and fix my van’s mechanical problems rather than spending oodles of gas money running around Southern California visiting people.  If my van stops working, things will get more difficult and I definitely won’t be taking any little road trips.  I also need to build my business so I have more money.

I’m going to make a bit more money this month than usual and I need to lay low and fix my car.  I’m confident I can do this and not get too lonely.  One of my new friends has invited me to her home for Christmas Eve.  Hopefully I’ll get an invite somewhere for Christmas Day too.  I’ll be house sitting for two weeks starting in a few days so I will be warm and have access to a stove etc.  That will be nice.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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5 Responses to Are Homeless People Confident?

  1. Ryu says:

    Sounds like you’re doing well. Maybe you’ll be sad if this experiment ends. It must give life a bit of a thrill. If things should go wrong in the future, you won’t have much to fear.

  2. mco65 says:

    Maureen,
    you got a paypal account?
    was wondering if you could do a guest post on a blog (or 2) of mine..

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