December 2016

Hey everyone, thanks for being a loyal reader. Everything is okay here. I just came back from a week-long house sitting job. It was a nice break from my regular home. It’s in a mansion more or less with an awesome view of the ocean.  Now I’m back to reality again.

I’ve been working on my new business but it’s slow going. I think that in order to make the money I want to make I have to go after big clients that have a lot of money. The people from Craigslist don’t have any money! Imagine that. So if they don’t have enough money they really can’t get enough services to accomplish their goals. They would be better off doing it themselves. They’re not going to be happy with the little bit I can do for them with their small budget.

This means I am going to have to really grow and work on having more self-confidence. I am going to have to talk to people who I usually assume don’t want to talk to me. I am going to have to become expert in my field so that I will have confidence. This means I have to slow my plans down a little bit and take the time to really learn. But I have to do a little work for the poor businesses so that I can get experience and have a portfolio of work to show.

So I’ve just been spending my days working and learning. It is mostly happy. I don’t miss living in my van.  It’s kind of a weird thing though. When you live with people you have to interact with them more than you do some guy at a store that you were buying food at or whatever.  I managed okay but it’s not my favorite thing. Oh well.

Hope you all are doing well and have a nice holiday season. I’m not sure if I will write again before Christmas but I think about you guys a lot and wonder how you are. Maybe some of you will have blogs soon too so I can keep up with you.


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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4 Responses to December 2016

  1. Ryu says:

    People on Craigslist aren’t loaded? Shocking! Probably only the servants use that.

    Robert J Ringer had a similar problem to yours. He sold real estate. He wanted rich clients also.

    So he devised a plan, wrote a book called Winning Through Intimidation. He created some jazzy marketing, used intrigue and mystery, and intimidated the gatekeepers. You gotta act like you are doing them a favor by taking their money; you are superior to them.

    “We are PREMIUM, Elite service. If you want a discount site made by indians, go on craigslist. We make the sites that sell.”

  2. lucy says:

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas, a nice end of the year 2016 & a SUPER prosperous 2017!
    Blessed be.

  3. Matt says:

    After getting financially broken, I had to re-start my life in my mid-40’s from zero! As I had virtually nothing (not even a van!), I had the insight to use my talents in cooking/organizing/ironing etc. as an asset. The idea was to re-start as a sort of houseboy/valet for well-off people (room & board + a good stipend—ie 1.5k monthly—inclusive… a deal!). I did that for three years or so and saved A LOT of money—around 50k. After that, I was able to take the next step: to rent a little apartment. As a consequence of having a stable life back, I naturally found my new partner (a very goal-directed and responsible woman) and I am now pursuing a new career after a post-grad in languages. Phew!

    Like you, I was the fighting kind of homeless (no drugs, no addiction… only focus!). For those, sooner or later life gets back to the trail—and even better than it used to be!—and one uses the course through the hardships as a learning-and-grow process in life.

    I have been reading your blog quite a lot lately and I see myself in many of your situations. Ups and downs are part of any life, but keep ahead with pride and have faith, your gold medal is about to come!

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