I was talking to someone today about confidence.  One needs confidence in this day and age because most people don’t know how to be encouraging.  It seems those close to us are the worst at this, I guess because they are afraid if you try something new, you might fail and they don’t want you to fail.  It could be even worse though…they could feel envious.  Or maybe it’s a little of both.

I’ve always walked my own path.  I don’t regret it but my family and some friends don’t understand my choices and if you don’t make a lot of money at your job/business, you are not considered a success.  Well, so be it.  I can’t change people.  What I CAN change is how I respond in my mind.  Living in my van and creating a tiny business WHILE living in my van (AKA being homeless) has shown me that I can do a LOT.  And I can do these things somewhat on my own terms.  That’s a good feeling.

Now I’m going to transfer my skills into something else and I probably will eventually make more money.  I feel it’s important to make more money now while I’m “young” so that I have something to fall back on if I get sick or too old to work (I’d have to be sick in some way for that to happen right?)   I don’t want to be a burden to anyone, I would love to be a blessing.  I’d like to be able to give some money away to family and friends in need but I can’t do that when I’m poor can I?

Money gives you more choices.  Being in the right career or business can give you more choices.  I for one don’t like being stuck to one location.  Perhaps one day I will be able to take my work anywhere I can get an internet connection.  We’ll see!

I have confidence that I can be in charge of my life and not make a mess of it.  I have the confidence to work through problems and challenges (I have plenty…some of which I will try to share in the coming weeks).

Some people think, “Well I’d be confident if I was from a rich family”.  It’s pointless to think this way if you don’t.  How does that help you?  AND I have seen successful, high earning people in stressful situations and a lot of them are VERY, VERY calm when they’re under the gun.  I used to think, “What’s wrong with this guy/girl?  Don’t they understand the urgency of this situation?”  Well, they DID understand but they remained calm so they could think things through and make the best decisions.  I want to be like that.  CALM.

Ok, enough of my rambling.  I’d like to hear you guys and gals ramble in the comments below if you feel like it.

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 Confidence

  1. Mike says:

    Hi Maureen. Have been following your posts and am finally replying. Recently bought a really nice 1992 G20 camper conversion. My modifications are complete and have taken it on a couple trial runs to test out the setup. Starting out on a month long trip to anywhere soon. After that, who knows.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      That’s awesome Mike. Have you thought about blogging about your experience? Do you find your van comfortable for sleeping in?

  2. Ryu says:

    Your free-sleeping has given you a great deal of confidence. It is a hard thing to do. It gives you a good starting point. You don’t have to fear poverty now – as you’ve gone through it. I don’t think you have to fear business failure now.

  3. Angela says:

    Confidence comes from successful action, at whatever scale our capacities allow. You have done some very successful action in these last couple of years.

    I admire your desire to be a blessing and not a burden. I would suggest that you revise those ideas in addition to revising your ideas of what success might look like. At some point, most of us will need others to care for us. It’s part of living longer and poorer as so many of us are doing now.

    You put good things into the world. Just writing this blog is a blessing to others.

  4. Curtis Shaw says:

    Hello! Just came across your post and wanted to say hi. My name is Curtis, I decided to put everything i have for sale, buy and outfit a van, and travel the US/Canada for an undetermined amount of time. Still in beginning stages and I don’t have the van yet, but I made a blog. Check it out sometime!

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