Digging In

Hi guys and gals!

Just another update.  I was away a lot housesitting this last month, so when I came back to my room last night, the whole house needed cleaning.  My roommate isn’t into that.  Hmmm….oh well.  I actually thing hard work is kind of therapeutic.  She is a nice gal but she is pretty much what I don’t want to be.  She (at the moment) works twenty five hours a week but is tired all the time.  She spend her off hours alone in her room watching movies and drinking soda and sometimes booze.

And trust me, I can relate to that, and if that’s how she wants to spend her life, that’s fine but it’s not for me.  I would get depressed with that lifestyle.

Pretty soon she’d going to have to get a “real job” I think.  She doesn’t seem motivated enough to get a business going…I’ve tried to encourage her but her fears are very strong.  I only have so much energy to spare for others.

I honestly believe working for other people is usually slavery in this day and age.  Some slaveowners will treat you better than others but it’s still slavery.  You take what they give you.

I have two small (very small) businesses now.  I am very motivated to work for myself.  Living in my van for 4 1/2 years gave me the space to build my business.  I don’t know why I am so lucky.  I feel like a millionaire some days because I love my life.  I can’t believe how good I have it.

Tomorrow I’m going to try to find some free-sleepers I know because I want to check on D.  I haven’t heard from him in a while and I haven’t seen him in the usual places I usually find him in.  I’m hoping he went to rehab or something.  I’ll try to update you later on this.

Have a good week friends!

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 Digging In

  1. When I lived “that lifestyle,” it was a symptom of depression, not a cause.

    I never, ever wanted to have “my own” business, and at age 59 it’s not going to happen. I like to leave the job at the job, and the owner can’t really do that.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      Hi Calvin. I agree that many free-sleepers (aka homeless) were depressed before they became free-sleepers. And then it spirals downward.

      It’s ok if you like working for others. It’s just not for me. As far as not being able to leave the job at the job, there’s a couple of ways of looking at that. First, if you like what you’re doing for a living, it doesn’t really feel like work and it’s just woven into your day. Second, in theory at least, if you get your business to a certain point where you can hire people to help you (slaves LOL) you CAN take time off without too much worry.

  2. Angela says:

    Hi Maureen,
    Glad to see you post. You sound like a go-getter type of gal and that’s a super quality to have. I’m glad your small businesses are going well enough to support you now. I think it’s wonderful that you have the drive and motivation to do those. Too bad there isn’t a pill the rest of us can take to get that motivation! lol

    Personally, I’ve never been successful at a business of my own nor have I been successful at a job! lol Oh well. I guess I can hope that when I am homeless I won’t resort to substances to pass my day.

    Are you still doing UA? I know some people have done well with that.

    You’re a success story for sure and I hope you continue to post about your cool life.

  3. Angela says:

    Oh the offer from the church friends to live in their 5th wheel was revoked. So no place for the winter from them. They’ve got the house, a 5th wheel, and a camper van that are all going to sit vacant all winter.

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