In March 2012 I lost my full-time job. Now keep in mind, I have worked full-time since I was 15 1/2. I’ve only ever been out of work twice: once for maternity with my son and once during a transition of getting married and building my house.
Needless to say, I spent many restless nights worrying about finding a job. I’m single, I support myself, and the interviews simply were not being offered.
I’ve had a Virtual Assistant business since 1997 with little side projects here and there. After a few weeks of diligence on the job searching, I came to the realization that too many people need jobs right now and I was not going to make what I had made before and thus would be unable to maintain my rather meager and simple existence. I’ve received utility grants from LIHEAP, the IL LINK card as well as food pantry assistance. I’ve got friends that put gas in my bike, buy me a beer, or buy me a sandwich. They never leave me “alone”.
But nonetheless, I had to do “something” to pay the bills so I turned my efforts towards building my Virtual Assistant business into a full-time venture.
Though it’s growing, it’s not quite growing fast enough nor is it lucrative enough as of yet to pay all the bills. So what do I do to pay the bills? Or should I ask, why do I need these bills? There was no reason for me to be stuck in one apartment paying somebody else’s mortgage. No need to pay for gas and electric.
Call me crazy (you wouldn’t be the first, nor the last), so I looked at the facts: I can work from anywhere, I enjoy camping, I enjoy riding, being self-employed I’ll never get much of a vacation, so…….
WHY NOT ROLL IT ALL UP AND
THROW IT ON THE ROAD?
My intent is not simply to go on the ride of a lifetime, but to work Monday through Friday for my Virtual Assistant clients, and bring the biker community my version of information on ride routes, the good and the bad on eateries, watering holes, cabins, camping, biker friendly towns, biker events, on the road safety (beyond tire pressure and fresh oil), philosophy of a chick biker, and so much more. I intend to allow for sponsorship and advertisement on my site and most definitely to keep an open line of sharing available between me and you.
I believe only I can change my life. I believe in taking misfortune and turning it into a learning experience. I believe in embracing opportunities and exploring them to their fullest. I believe that I will never be homeless or hungry because I know way too many wonderful people. And I believe there is something better for me in this world. Won’t you follow me on my journey and share this exhilarating life experience with me?