Money Woes Mean Some Changes

Gotta love this guy’s approach… I love
the “Back to the Future” reference!

They say “Time is money”…  It seems like there is never enough of either!  My situation is not quite as bad as for this poor fella but things could be better.  I’m in the midst of a money drought. 

This pic made me think of a sign I could use if panhandling…  “I live in a van.  Too FAT for food.  Need gas money!”  That idea will be filed away in case it’s needed…

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It’s been a tough year for me physically, emotionally, and financially.  When Dad’s health went to heck, I got stressed out and fell off the weight loss track but that was my own failing.  For that reason, the “Weight Loss Challenge” is on hold for now.  (I forwarded the contributions to the ADA but if a contributor requested his / her money refunded, I will cover it myself.)  The goal is just getting back to where I was at this time last year.

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The finances have taken a pretty good beating along the way, too.  Had the railroad van driving job not dried up, I’d be sitting pretty.  But right now the reserves are dwindling and it’s time to think of some alternative ways to make money before the bottom falls out…

Well, here goes the big announcement… I am going to move this page. 

The format will change a little – there are always tweaks to be made.  I also plan to “monetize” it a bit but will try to keep the appearance pretty clean and easy to read.  All of the old posts are already in the other domain – it was easy.  There are some tweaks that need to take place.  I will post the link to the new page.  The last post here will be a reference to the new location.  Then there will likely be a “redirect” page to the new location.

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There are other plans in the works, too.  I’ve been working on a pet project – an ebook – to put on Amazon.  Writing it is taking a lot of time, but it’s a labor of love and a dream.  I hope to finish it by fall.  It will be a cookbook with some of my own recipes as well as a few that Mom and Dad have enjoyed over the years.  The cost will be quite low.

Why an e-book?  I’m inspired by people like Bob Wells (CheapRVLivingForum.com) who wrote a fantastic e-book on vandwelling.  His work is practically a “must read” for those of us who live in vehicles.

Another person who has influenced my path and helped with the motivation to start earning extra money is John Abert of Az Grand Marketing.  (www.azgrand.com) .  He has been a patient mentor who has offered helpful suggestions on how to monetize this blog a little and help build a little residual income.

There is more good news.  I also had a couple of recent job interviews this last week.  Both are for full time jobs within a mile of the van’s resting place at Dad’s house.  Both are types of work that I would enjoy doing.  Thinking optimistically, things are going to work out.  Life has been too happy the last couple of years to turn back now! 

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Thanks for following along during this exciting journey.  Hopefully there will be some good news this week.  Take care!

—  Bradford, the “Van Trekker”

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

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