March 2017

Hello Friends,

I hope everyone is doing well.

I am ok.  I have ups and downs like everyone else.

My landlady is still crazy.  A roommate has moved out as a result of it.  Very sad.  I liked my roommate.  So…what I’ve been doing is helping out when I can and being pleasant.  She almost lost it with me a couple of weeks ago when she asked me a question and didn’t like the answer I gave her.  I have always been a little too honest.  Oh well.  I’m really not ready to leave yet.

The reason I’m not ready to leave is because I don’t have great credit and not all my income is easy to prove.  I’ve actually taken some steps to work on that.  I checked my credit a month or two ago and it is “average”.  I got a secured credit card (secured by my money) in order to start building my credit again.  I only want good credit for housing purposes.  I HOPE I will never buy a car or anything else on credit again.  I hate paying interest to money changers.

I have great credit in my community where it counts.  Nice people often actually OFFER to loan me money without interest.  There is also a nice christian couple that would probably give me some money if I needed it.  I don’t take advantage of that though.  I’d have to be pretty desperate to do that.

I’ve changed my diet.  I am eating Paleo/Low Carb.  It’s awesome.  I don’t have terrible hunger cravings and sugar lows when I go too long between meals (or snacks actually!) anymore.  I don’t need to eat as much.  I’ am losing weight which I very much need to do.  Yay me!  The first day or two of the new diet was just a little difficult.  Now it’s easy.

I cheated last nite on the diet. Drank a cup of hot chocolate.  I was scared that it would start up my cravings for sugar and carbs again!  But I’m more in control of myself now and that’s a very good thing.  I just don’t want to put so many carbs in my body anymore.  There are carbs in vegetables.  That’s enough.  Too many carbs is making us sick!!!

Do you remember when the USDA food pyramid came out?  They were saying we needed 12 servings of bread and/or cereal per day!  Can you imagine.  I honestly believe the U.S. government wants to kill at least some of us off.  If a whole bunch of us die in our 50s and 60s they won’t have to pay out much in social security and medicare will they?

Do you all think my theory has merit?

I also gave up drinking alcohol.  Alcohol has carbs in it and it’s also hard to perform at my best when I’m buzzed or hung over.  I don’t think I am or was an alcoholic but I really feel I need to be at my best mentally and physically if I’m going to get my second business going.

About my second business.  It’s not going so good.  I don’t really market myself except on craigslist and as I mentioned before, people on craigslist often don’t have money.  I have learned that you really should only work with businesses that are bringing in around $10k a month.  That is, if you actually want to get paid.  I have not been getting paid much.  In fact, I’m probably losing money!  I justify it by saying to myself, “I’m learning.  It’s like I’m in school so it’s okay to pay out a little money.”  But that’s probably insane thinking.  I don’t know.  I think I need an underearners anonymous meeting!

Also, I’m still pretty tired after doing my day job.  I don’t know what to do except work when I have energy.  I HAVE lost a couple of day jobs due to people moving or changing schedules SO if, rather than getting two or three new “day jobs” I could get one well paying marketing job upfront (around $1000) I could do less day job and more night job (or A jobs as they call it in UA).  That would be ideal.  It’s scary though.  What if they new A job quits me after one month?  I am definitely holding back on this.

I will make a good bit of extra money this month house sitting so maybe it’s a good time to pull the trigger.  I’m not sure.  Van needs a catalytic converter ($400), and my teeth need about a million dollars worth of work (I will try not to whine about my teeth problems but it feels like time to do something about them).

As always I love hearing your suggestions about all my little life dilemmas.  Thanks so much for being a loyal reader.

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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3 Responses to March 2017

  1. Ryu says:

    You should go down to Mexico for your dental work. I hear its real cheap, and some people swear by it!

    Try having a buddy register your van in another county or state. Then, you don’t have to get emission tested. This is a common trick. Insurance is prob cheaper too.

    I don’t eat many carbs or drink alcohol either. It affects the mood too much.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      I might try the Mexico thing. We’ll see.

      I think CA has caught on to the “register in another state” gig. They will hound you until you capitulate and register.

  2. Angela says:

    Hi Maureen, sounds like a regular month in the life of a middle-age freelancer.

    I don’t have any answers for you sorry to say. I’m not able to support myself and at least you seem able nowadays.

    Hope what you need comes your way.

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