A number of years ago I watched my career go up in flames because of industry changes.  I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that.  We live in a rapidly changing world.  It hasn’t always been this way, but it is now and we have to deal with it.  But I couldn’t at first.

There were some workarounds I could have employed at the time, different avenues I could have pursued in that field but my emotions got the best of me.  I didn’t have confidence in myself or the world at large.

For me, it took living in a van to figure out how *I* could happily make money in this world.  When my career imploded I thought to myself, “I don’t know how to do anything except THIS THING.  That was silly, closed-minded thinking but I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this.

Turns out I know how to do a few things and I can read and learn how to do more (and I have).  I am transferring my skills into a new field and I’m learning new things every day.  The internet contains a rich trove of tutorials, seminars, articles etc. FREE that I can learn from.

I obtained two new clients in this new field this week and I’m well on my way to replacing my old job income with new job income.  My new job income doesn’t require me to drive half the day too.  It’s very important not to spend too much time, gas, and vehicle wear and tear, driving to low paying work.  I can barely keep up with the repairs!  (heck, actually I haven’t kept up)

You don’t have to live in a van to get insight into yourself and your abilities.  You might need to set some time aside to THINK though.  Everyone has a few things they are good at.  It takes planning and effort to profit from them.  The most important thing is not to give up on yourself!

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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