May 2017 Update

My how quickly time passes.

Lately I’ve been relaxing a little.  I have two beautiful trees outside my bedroom window and I’ve been taking afternoon naps with the window open and waking up to those trees.  It’s kind of like being in the van again.

It’s kind of weird how before this month I hadn’t done this.  I kept the curtains closed-they are sheer so not quite as bad as it sounds but I didn’t even notice my nice view.  The reason for this is I always have my head in the computer after work.  In my mind I was “working” but I mostly wasn’t.   Facebook really isn’t work no matter how much I tell myself my posts are going to get new clients for me.  And it rarely does.

I was trying to start a marketing business but at the moment, I don’t have what it takes to make a go of it.  LIke I mentioned in a previous post, you have to find clients that can actually afford to advertise and why would some big company with money choose me, an unknown (and truly I don’t really know what I’m doing!) to do their advertising?  I really can’t muster the energy to sell myself to people like that.

So it’s back to the drawing board.  For now, I’m mainly going to work on my website.  All the gurus say if I have lots of good content that I will get more traffic (and in theory more clients) from my website.  This means I need to write articles.

Here’s the problem.  I love writing but for some reason when it comes to writing for my business, I’m stymied.  I like to be original and it’s hard to do that in the area I need to write about.  So I just procrastinate….and procrastinate some more.  Ugh.

Getting back to the marketing…if I have some success marketing my business, perhaps I will have the confidence to market for other businesses.  We’ll see what happens.  I’m not attached to the idea any more.  I kind of had a bad experience working with a company and it left a bad taste in my mouth.

I’m also trying to get organized AGAIN.  For a while I was able to put some boxes of STUFF in a spare bedroom but now the spare bedroom has been rented out so I have to get rid of some more STUFF.  I am slowly working through my boxes.  How tedious!

Ok so I realize that my life is all about avoiding doing things I need to do.  The grown-up things.  Sometimes I think I’m like Peter Pan.  A perpetual child.  It’s why I don’t work a regular job.  I refuse to do certain things.  Sometimes I think this is good but sometimes I think it’s bad.  Many people my age are reaping the rewards for slaving away all these years.  They have houses and retirement accounts.  They go on vacations.

Ah well, my life is sort of like a vacation already.

A couple of weeks ago I house and dog sat in a very wealthy gated area with a private beach.  It was AMAZING.  When I walked to the beach in the evening neighbors with their dogs and kids were barbecuing and everyone seemed so happy and relaxed.  I could get used to that vibe.

So that’s where I’m at these days.  Some days I want to move back into the van to save money but then I remember how much I hated going to the gym to take a shower and how I didn’t eat as healthy without a kitchen.  Oh and I hated going to the laundry mat too.  So I just need to keep making money…make a little more money and not be a big baby.

Oh a couple more things.  I looked into an office space.  They have them really cheap nearby and was thinking I might be able to sleep there…but there’s not kitchen, shower or laundry mat in those places either so…not much advantage.

I DO have to find a new place to live as my landlady is planning to sell her house at the end of the year.  I’m a little nervous I won’t be able to find a nice place again.  It’s SOOOO expensive here.  Need more dollas!!!

Take care you guys and please leave a comment and let me know how you’re doing.

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 May 2017 Update

  1. Ryu says:

    Good stuff. I think there must be a Secret Society of Free Sleepers. I see tons of businesses and offices around here where the cars never seem to leave. Often there are RVs or vans in back. At one, there is a van with flat tire and it has been sitting for months.

    From what I understand, one just has to have a good “front” to rent an office space. Like you run a travel agency or something. After the owner is getting paid, he doesn’t care what you do, as long as you don’t make waves.

    Just keep a key from those rich homeowners you sit for. That should get you into the pool area and take care of showers. Or, you could copy such a key.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      I don’t see the free sleepers like I used to. I’m a hermit after work, mostly hanging out in my room.

  2. Steve says:

    I tried internet marketing years ago. I followed a man and a group called “5BucksADay”. At the time I had a huge eBay story selling full time. I had 2 websites selling with 5 different blogs feeding into those sites. Hard work but for me enjoyable.

    But the only thing working was the selling part of it … all my different attempts about internet marketing didn’t make a penny. Generating traffic was the biggest obstacle. I didn’t increase my traffic to the selling websites via the blog feeders. The man I followed and the group, their model was setting up one page WP blogs, with domain names and self hosting … 1 page per product. Kinda like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks.

    Don’t get down on yourself .. that IM is a tough tough business. I had him admit to me the success results falls into the same old formula of over half fail, only 2% of the people were making enough income to live on.

    I am guessing you are living in southern California, might be wrong … but I felt what you were feeling in rent costs back in 1984 when I left the area. My income, had a good job, could not keep up with my rent in the small beach town.

    Enjoy your blog and admire your way of putting it all out there for people to read and see.

    Good luck

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      Hi Steve, thanks for your input. Yeah I had no idea IM was so hard. The gurus made it seem so easy. 🙂

      • lucy says:

        Hi ! I’m not too enlightened on online matters, could u please tell me what the ‘ I M ‘ you people are talking, is all about ? Thanks !

        My regards, Lucy.

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