My Gypsy Nomadic Lifestyle -#LivingFree

   
My Gypsy Nomadic Lifestyle:
#LivingFree
#BirthdayWishes
#SimpleLifeRVing 
 
Sep.  6, 2019
 
by Cathy Harris, Syndicated Columnist
  
 
Happy Birthday To Me
 

I have always had a ‘wandering spirit’ ever since I was in the military. So for my 63rd birthday on October 6, it was my plan to move into an RV and sign up for an RV class to learn more about RVs. However, since the classes are filled until next year, I won’t be purchasing an RV at this time. 

I can write a book in a week, make a man’s tuxedo for a sewing project in a few hours, take great photos and videos, crochet beautiful items, shoot a weapon perfectly, but when it comes to fixing stuff or being mechanically inclined, I barely know the difference between a phillips and flathead screwdriver. 
 
And as a #GirlyGirl, I am not really trying to learn these skills at this point in my life. So at 63, unless I have #TravelBuddy accompany me to take care of RV repairs, I decided to wait on purchasing an RV for now.
 
Oh there were plenty of offers or volunteers to ride along with me (believe me), but I wanted to get back on the road as a ‘solo female’ to renew my mind, spirit, and soul and connect with other women on the road, since my #TargetAudience for my empowerment and publishing business, AngelsPress.com, is #Women. 
 
Cars vs. RVs
 
After starting my RV research appropriately 7 months ago, it took me months to figure out that many in the RV industry also call a generator – an “inverter.” They both work hand-in-hand. The main difference between ‘inverter generators’ and a ‘conventional generator’ is the noise levels.
 

Amps, batteries it’s all confusing to me. I even have a #SisterBook (two parts) on cars “A Woman’s Guide to Buying a New or Used Vehicle: Everyday Secrets You Should Know”(Part I and Part II)

I really wrote these books because of how I personally have been cheated in the past by mechanics so I thought the books would help others — especially women — maneuver in this ‘uncharted territory’.
 
Part I of this book provides everything you need to know about buying a “new” or “used” vehicle. 
 
Part II of this book deals specifically with maintaining and caring for your vehicle once you buy it — so it will have a ‘good retail value’ when and if you decide to sell it or trade it in.
 
According to car experts, African American women pay on average at least $6,000 more for a new car than others — African American men pay $4,000 more — White women pay $2,000 more — while White men pay $2,000 LESS. This book will level the #PlayingField for anyone looking to buy a new or used vehicle – especially all women. 
 
 
So I have dabbled in trying to figure out the car industry, but the RV industry — it’s a totally different ball game. They make these cheap RVs and don’t even check them before they come off the line. They just shipped them to a state and then they go on the lot for sale. 
 
Cars get recalled too, but RVs are not regulated like cars so they can end up being a #MoneyPit. Unlike the car industry where cars are made in Germany and Japan, there is NO COMPETITION in the RV industry so they are free to do what they want. So again, I don’t want to rush into any decision to buy an RV or at least not until I feel comfortable that I can fix certain things.
 
I might also wait on this purchase to see how Camping World’s bankruptcy will play out over the next few months so read my article again “The Truth About the RV Industry – What You Need To Know About Camping World.”
 
Why I Will Also Be #CarCamping
 
The good thing about being a ‘Nomadic Gypsy Wanderer’ is being adjustable to make changes. I wanted to go ahead and educate you on another important topic before moving into an RV — living in a car or van. I wanted to make sure you were well-informed on living life as a Normad, Gypsy, and Wanderer in either of these.
 
As an #InformationJunkie, my mind is always working and coming up with GREAT IDEAS to put out in the universe. So what will I be doing after my one-year lease is up at my Senior apartments in Orlando, FL in October 2019, I will be moving into my car – #CarLiving and/or #CarCamping along with staying with family, friends (couchsurfing.com), and at hotels — as I travel west (#GoingWest) to Bob Well’s or CheapRVLiving.com
–  Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) in Jan. 2020.
 
 
 
I am so looking forward to my #NewAdventures on the road. Living in a CarVan or RV can be a wonderful life. I want the experience of doing all three – #CarDwelling, #VanDwelling, and #RVing (SimpleLifeRVing.com). 
 
And remember this will be my first time driving to the west coast — so I am so excited. By the time the RTR gets finished in January 2020, I will decide if it will be #TeamVan or #TeamRV.
 
A lot of you have seen me do some challenging things since being on my mailing list in 1998 and at 63, this might just be one of the most ‘out-of-the-box’ decisions I ever made — to #CarCamp.
 
But remember #LeadersLead by example. Leaders venture into ‘uncharted’ territories and help others transcend boundaries and create options. And that is what living in a CarVan or RV is all about – #Options and building a #Kind and #Brave movement.
 
Just know when I do #CampCamp, I will be doing it with a ‘sound mind and body’. It can be hard on building relationships especially if you live in a Car or Van, but remember these are #YourAdventures, you are not on this earth to please anyone else.
 
Many individuals are loving this lifestyle, saving money, eating organic foods and seeing some wonderful sites and making great friends along the way. What a life!!!
 
And I do have two daughters up north in dwellings that I can visit — especially when I feel like I need to relax in a bathtub. However, I will be getting a hotel probably weekly — just to recoup from my travels. 
 
I have an 800 credit score so I can go out tomorrow and move into another apartment complex, condo, duplex, townhouse or even buy a house. But none of those are what my desires are — at least not at this time in my life. So again, understand up-front, I will be #CarCamping of ‘sound mind and body.’ 
 
This should be no issue for me because of the following: 
  • I was born in the deep woods of rural Georgia as a #Survivalist. As a ‘black-sheep‘ child with 8 siblings, I grew up as a ‘loner’ for the first 17 years of my life and nature was indeed my friend. We did not have running water in the house until much later on and we never had an indoor bathroom. I had to learn to defend myself early on in life not just from society, but from my own family.
  • I am ex-military, which means I am used to traveling.
  • I carried a weapon for over 25 years on my job and was an ‘expert shot’.
  • I drove a government vehicle for over 20 years on my job so I enjoy driving.  
  • I traveled around the country by car to 15 states for one year in 2013 and stayed at hotels, with family and friends, so I am used to traveling.   
  • I go to the gym 4 or 5 days a week so I can still squat, bend and lift stuff. 
  • I am 5’8′ inches in height and usually sleep balled up on my right side so I can deal with cramped spaces.
  • I just lived in a Studio/Efficiency apartment for one year so I should be okay living in a small space. 
  • As a Holistic and Natural Healer, and Non-GMO Health Expert, I haven’t turned a stove on in 12 years so preparing meals in a small space should be easy for me.
What I want to do before I buy my first RV is to show my audience — YOU GUYS — how you can successfully live in a car or van and be TOTALLY HAPPY with your life’ choices. 
 
My Nomadic Lifestyle – #BeFree
 
Camp camping for me could be a way for me to conduct research for a new book on #CarDwelling or it just could be a way to show others how to survive.
 
I always wanted to be one of those persons that were a ‘ray of sunlight’ or a ‘beacon of hope’ for the downtrodden – #Humanitarian. After all — without hope, what do people really have?
 
For those who can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, I want you to know that your life will indeed turn around for you again. You just have to get out of bed everyday and put one foot in front of the other and first and foremost – #EmbraceChange and #ChaseHappiness. Just remember, however, that change starts with you.
 

Remember, even though I will be #CarLiving and/or #CarCamping as I #GoWest, I will be spending a majority of my days OUT OF THE CAR. My goal is simply to connect to #GoodPeople and nature again. My mind, body, and soul have been missing both for far too long. 

What I really would like to do is help Bob Wells from CheapRVLiving.comwho is around my age, create a #KindMovement. Not just a #KindMovement, but also a #BraveMovement.
 
Like Bob what I believe is — if we don’t get back to a more ‘primitive style of living’ or living a natural or #HolisticLifestyle, we all are going to perish off this planet. And that has been my message from day one — throughout all my platforms – AngelsPress.com, CathyHarrisInternational.com, SimpleLifeRVing.com.
 
I will be holding Strategy Meetings, Think Tanks and Masterminds for women as I travel from Orlando to California for the next 90 days. Reach out if you want me to stop in your city and work with your group.
 
I will also be seeing some beautiful sites while meeting some great new people and seeing my family and old friends along the way. 
 
 
 
Join me as I #HeadWest and start ‘Teaching From the Road’ in my NEW PLATFORM at SimpleLifeRVing.com.
 
I am what they call a true #Nomad, #Gypsy, #Wanderer, with a ‘freeing’ and ‘caring’ spirit. It’s actually in my blood. I will be showing you ‘first-hand’ how to live ‘The Good Life.’
 
You can follow me at the below links and make sure you share these with all your family members, friends and others that you truly care about. I appreciate all your support. Love you, love you, love you.
 
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Cathy Harris is a #VanDweller living ‘The Good Life.’ Her blog website is SimpleLifeRVing.com. She is also an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Business and Love Coach and Self-Publishing Expert and the author of 26 non-fiction books at www.AngelsPress.com. Her books cover topics such as family and community empowerment, health, youth and adult entrepreneurship, writing/publishing, workplace discrimination, whistleblowing, government, law enforcement, domestic and international traveling, politics, media, beauty, car buying and selling for women, aging/retirement – just to name a few. She offers seminars, workshops, and consultations at www.CathyHarrisInternational.com.
 
 
 

 

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#GoingWest To My Dream State – #California

#GoingWest To My Dream State – #California

September 5, 2019
 
by Cathy Harris, Syndicated Columnist
 
 
 
Road Trip anyone??? We all have dreams of places we want to see or go one day. At 62 I really don’t have a #BucketList. However, as an avid traveler, it’s been my dream though for a long time to drive out west to California to my #DreamState to see the scenery and water — not just Cali, but the entire west coast. 
 
 
Wouldn’t you know it — just when I prepare to #GoWest, they start having earthquakes again. When I went on the road for an entire year in 2013 to 15 states, after about 8 months, I realized I would not make it to California so I took it off my states to visit.
 
Back then I had given myself one year to be on the road, but now I realize it’s my dream to live ‘Full-Time’ on the road. It’s funny how your dreams change and how you need to keep adjusting your expectations and #ActionSteps so you can continue on a path to bring total happiness into your life. 
 
I have flown into California on at least 7 occasions before, however, at those times I held speaking events so I went straight to hotels or to the events without having time to explore the area. 
 
I wanted to start this journey as a continuation of my last “One Year Journey” and since I wasn’t able to go to the west coast at that time – #GoingWest will be my motivation and inspiration to start this new journey on Oct. 1, 2019  — #SimpleLifeRVing.
 
I have fallen in love with the #VanDwellers and their experiences online so by the time I make it to California or to the Rubber Tramp Rendevous (RTR) in January 2020 in Quartzsite, AZ or California, I will probably decide if it will be #TeamVan or #TeamRV —  #MoreAdventures.
 
 
Most of you really don’t know why it’s important for me to #GoWest to California. Some people on facebook even accused me of wanting to see #MovieStars. I saw plenty of movie stars while working with Customs for over 25 years and I also saw plenty of them during my 20-year stay in Atlanta.
 
I could care less about movie stars especially today after most people have turned #RealityShow stars into movie stars. Plus I haven’t watched TV in over 3 years so I don’t know who people are anyway. Others are asking me why go there because people are leaving there in droves.
 
 
Besides wanting to see the beauty in this country, the “One Year Journey” in 2013 wasn’t just a ‘One Year Pilgrimage’ for me or a chance to see beautiful sites, see old friends and family members, and/or to build my network by holding seminars and workshops, it was to look up certain individuals in the media, who assisted me in my fight against my job – TheCathyHarrisStory.com
 
I wanted to be able to look these individuals in the eyes before I left this earth to tell them “Thanks”. Several of these individuals are out west and I still need to tell them “Thanks for having my back.” 
 
These are just some of my #Heroes and #Sheroes — strong black men and women that had my back when I went up against a giant (aka “The Federal Government”). Because of them — I am #StillStanding. 
 
I am finally on my way west to see my #DreamState
 – #California and to #PayHomage to those who have paid homage to me — #BraveMen, #BraveWomen, #WarriorSpirit, #FreedomFighters.
 
Follow me on my journey out west with our blog at SimpleLifeRVing.com, subscribe to our youtube channel and join the groups below:
 
 
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Cathy Harris is a #VanDweller living ‘The Good Life.’ Her blog website is SimpleLifeRVing.com. She is also an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Business and Love Coach and Self-Publishing Expert and the author of 26 non-fiction books at www.AngelsPress.com. Her books cover topics such as family and community empowerment, health, youth and adult entrepreneurship, writing/publishing, workplace discrimination, whistleblowing, government, law enforcement, domestic and international traveling, politics, media, beauty, car buying and selling for women, aging/retirement – just to name a few. She offers seminars, workshops, and consultations at www.CathyHarrisInternational.com.

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What To Do When You Get Sick on the Road

What To Do When You Get Sick on the Road

August 15, 2019
 
by Cathy Harris, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert

 

When you get sick on the road try to go to family member’s or friend’s homes or check into a hotel and rest — if you can. Sickness is a sign that you are doing too much and not taking care of yourself.

Not eating the proper food is the #BiggestCulprit for sickness. I know this first-hand when I became housebound and bed-ridden 12 years ago at 50 years of age. Read my blog post “The Awakening.”

You have to find the balance. I don’t believe in doctors. They are quick to name something a disease so they can start treating you for something — where you will probably have some type of #SideEffect and end up on even more medications. 

Doctors also know very little about #Nutrition. At 62 I go in for my regular checkups and make sure my ‘numbers are in range’, but after that, I engage in HOLISTIC and NATURAL practices to stay healthy.

Personally, while being out here on the road, I will still be eating the same foods I ate in my ‘Sticks and Bricks’ dwelling and will only mostly be STEAMING and JUICING foods to eat so I can get their total nutritional value.

There is a reason cancer is the 2nd largest killer across every community. It’s mostly because we are sitting down at the table three times a day and eating foods that have NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE.

I rarely eat out and haven’t turned a stove on in 12 years. You have to continue to eat, good, clean organic foods, drink good water, take daily supplements, get regular exercise, get plenty of sleep and do regular detoxifications – even when you go on the road.

Being on the road you are exposed to HEAVY METALS from pumping gas, exhaust fumes from your car and other cars when you are driving or parked, and especially from Chemtrails in the sky from the Air Force.

It’s important to engage in a regular detoxification (‘detox’ for short) programs or “Body Cleanses” to keep these toxins especially HEAVY METALS — exiting your body.

You are constantly getting these ‘heavy metals’ from the food you eat, air you breathe and water you drink. Your motto should be “Bad Stuff Out, and Good Stuff In.”

Stop listening to doctors and get entrenched in #HolisticandNatural communities. They are in every city so look for these as you travel around the country and enjoy yourself. 

Many RVers that are stationary or even those traveling, grow herbs and other veggies in their vehicles. Learn more about how to stay healthy on the road by checking out my line of health books at my Empowerment and Publishing Company, AngelsPress.com.
 
Here are my 6 health books and I am working on two others:
 
Follow us on our journey at SimpleLifeRVing.com and join the groups below to keep Car and Van Dwellers, RVers and other minimalists healthy on the road. 
 
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Cathy Harris is a #VanDweller living ‘The Good Life.’ Her blog website is SimpleLifeRVing.com. She is also an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Business and Love Coach and Self-Publishing Expert and the author of 26 non-fiction books at www.AngelsPress.com. Her books cover topics such as family and community empowerment, health, youth and adult entrepreneurship, writing/publishing, workplace discrimination, whistleblowing, government, law enforcement, domestic and international traveling, politics, media, beauty, car buying and selling for women, aging/retirement – just to name a few. She offers seminars, workshops, and consultations at www.CathyHarrisInternational.com.
 
 
 

 

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Van Life Health Videos

What You Need To Know About Water, Dehydration and Alkalinity

Simple Life RVing – Why You Can’t Breathe – #VanLife

Van Lifer Healthy Food Choices on The Road

How I Eat On the Road To Stay Healthy, #VanLife

New Nomad Introduces Health Food Stores to Nomadic Community and YOU

New Nomad Explains Natural Healing – #HowWeThink

Cathy Harris Share Her Health Journey/Testimony with the Nomadic Community – #VanLife, #HolisticHealing.

Meet Someone On the Road – Get Out of Your ‘Comfort Zone’

Meet Someone On the Road – Get Out of Your ‘Comfort Zone’
 

July 30, 2019

by Cathy Harris, Love Coach and Advice Columnist
 

Most of you know that I am also a LOVE COACH and ADVICE COLUMNIST at DearCathy.com and the author of “Love After 50: Love Questions from DearCathy.com After Hours.” The book is about saving your libido as you age gracefully.

I also have my own dating website at BlackMatchmakerClub.com. With so many people being online today because of social media, the internet is the best place to meet someone. Several people  – including me — have found love on our online website so check it out.

I know most of you have seen online where I have been posting articles on my NEW BLOG at www.SimpleLifeRVing.com.

I am preparing to go Full-Time RVing in a couple of months. However, after extensive research on RVing, I am also thinking about #VanLife (#TeamVan vs. #TeamRV).

My new blog will show you how to do all of it – live in your car, van or RV and successfully travel the country, while you meet others, see some beautiful sites and make some wonderful memories along the way.

Meet Singles on The Road

As a single person just remember a lot of these Car and Van Dwellers and RVers will be in your area at one time or another so these are great opportunities to get in these communities — especially if you enjoy traveling and meeting others.

If you have yet to join the traveling community as a Car or Van Dweller or RVer, you can always attend events in neighboring states — if just on holidays or on weekends.

The goal is to get out of your ‘comfort zone.’ If nothing exciting is happening in your area then go to the next state over. You can travel either solo or with a group of friends with very little money by riding on www.Megabus.com.

You can attend single events, wine tastings, festivals, educational conferences, symposiums, town hall meetings, etc. Many of these events will be posted at www.Meetup.com so join this social media group today — especially in your city.

RV Clubs for Solo RVers 

There are many Single’s Clubs out there in the RV community such as:

-National African American RVer’s AssociationThis group was founded to promote camping in recreational vehicles as a way of life and as another means for families to have fun and explore the outdoors.  

-RVingWomen  – This is a community of women, 18 and older, who travel independently. Some are retired and travel full-time while others are still working and join up on weekend rallies.

If you are new to RV travel you are invited to come to one of their rallies where you can meet other women, see their rigs, and hear how they travel.  There is everything from tents to big motorhomes.  There is a member directory for support.

Many travelers especially women, probably want to be a solo traveler – at least for a little while. You can become a part of their tribe and when you want to be alone, you can go your own way.

-Loners on Wheels – Loners on Wheels is an RV Club of legally single men and women who enjoy traveling, camping, RV caravanning and the lifestyle of singles. This is not a matchmaking or dating service. Companionship and support are what they’re all about. Although love does bloom at times!

-Wandering Individuals Network – This group is an RV Singles Travel Club.  WIN RV Singles is the premiere RV club for singles. They are an active, adventurous club for single campers and travelers. WIN RV Singles has circuits across the US, Canada, and Mexico and are open to all legally single adult travelers.

WIN is an active club. With an average of 80 caravans, circuits, and gatherings each year, they provide activities for all single travelers — such as hiking, biking, sightseeing, kayaking, zip-lining, boat tours, museums, plays, factory tours, etc.

Everything is planned by the members. WIN provides free or inexpensive camping spots, detailed destination information with GPS coordinates, and experienced hosts who know their way around the RV world. If you’re looking for an adventurous singles RV traveling club, then WIN is for you!

-Escapees SolosThis group has a mail forwarding service for RVers out of Livington, TX. They usually hold a big New Year’s celebration in Quartzsite, AZ and other events so join them today. Community is at the heart of their Club. Escapees form enduring connections with other RVers — who share their passion for travel, exploration, and independence. 

-RVillage – This is a very active online group with subgroups of every category.  I am a member and highly recommend it. You don’t have to have an RV yet — to meet travelers on this site so it’s a great way to meet others traveling in and out of your area.

There are RV Clubs that are not just for singles — but more based on the vehicle you are RVing in.  This is a really good list of RV Clubs, but most of them are vehicle specific.  If this is something important to you, by all means, check it out.

If you are traveling alone and would like a safe place to park overnight then BoondockersWelcome.com is for you. Not only will you make new friends, but you will sleep soundly knowing you are in a safe place. 

Facebook Singles Groups

  • 50+ Single RVers Connection – This is a closed group for SINGLE RVers over 50 in NORTH AMERICA to connect with other RVers. If you would like to join this group, please be in NORTH AMERICA, have a current photo of yourself, an indication that you are SINGLE, and photos of your RV so that they can tell you are a SINGLE RVer! It is a DATING site….so no one should be in a relationship or married, and don’t post any sexually explicit posts. If you’re interested in a profile you see, please connect with a private message. Have fun!
  • RV Singles – RV Singles is for people who enjoy RVing and happen to be single or flying solo, are widowed and looking to meet other RV singles on the road either just for friends or possibly a little romance. All members are welcome. We do not discriminate in this group!
  • Traveling Solo & RV Camping
  • Traveling Singles RV & Camping Dating Edition 
  • East Coast Single RV Dating Site 

Meet Car and Van Dwellers at ‘Van Builds’

Van Dwellers have van builds all over for Car and Van Dwellers to gain ideas on how to build out vans. This is a great opportunity to network and meet others to travel with.

Upcoming Van Dwelling events include:

Join Caravans for Car and Van Dwellers and RVers

There are so much excitement and adventure on the road, whether you travel by car, van or RV.  Check out my article on “How To Live Successfully in a Car or Van.” 

You can also join Bob Wells from CheapRVLiving.com “Caravans” at www.Meetup.com/Caravans

These caravans are for Car and Van Dwellers and RVers — anyone traveling on the road with any type of vehicle. Meet others and travel with them and build lifetime relationships.

Attend the Yearly Rubber Tramp Rendevous (RTR)

Most RVers hang out in Quartzsite, AZ from October to April so it’s known as the ‘Snowbird’ capital of the world.

Every year they have their famous gathering of RVers, and Car and Van Dwellers. The event founded by Bob Wells is called the – Rubber Tramp Rendevous (RTR). The event is usually held in Quartzsite, AZ, but in 2020, they are looking at California.

There is usually anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 in attendance. Next year in 2020, the location might be 50 miles from Slab City, CA instead of Quartzsite, AZ. The location will be announced soon.

The event starts off with women Car and Van Dwellers and RVers coming together in workshops for 4 days starting on Jan. 4 – Jan. 8, 2020, then everyone will get together for around 2 weeks.

If you only have a car then come to the event with your tent if you don’t wish to sleep in your car. There will be plenty of portable restrooms everywhere so all you need to bring is food and a tent or turn your car or a larger vehicle into a camper or come in your van or rent a van for the event.

After the RTR everyone usually head into Quartzsite, AZ for the “Big Tent RV Show,” Jan. 18 – 26, 2020 — one of  — if not the largest RV show in the U.S.

After these events, many Car Dwellers, Van Dwellers, and RVers that met during these events — usually head off to explore and camp with each other.

Love is in the air. Traveling and meeting your potential mates can be a great idea. Remember that he or she is not going to just ‘knock on your door’ so put yourself in a setting where you can meet other singles — and get out of your ‘comfort zone.’

Remember, there is more than one way to travel across the U.S. and set yourself up to make money on the road and meet potential mates so read my articles entitled:

How To Live Successfully in a Car or Van

What You Need To Know Before Starting #VanLife

Jobs, Jobs, and More Jobs on the Road

Join me at the following groups below and tell others about my NEW PLATFORM at SimpleLifeRVing.com and don’t forget to “Live, Love and Enjoy the Journey.”
 
 
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Cathy Harris is a #VanDweller living ‘The Good Life.’ Her blog website is SimpleLifeRVing.com. She is also an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Business and Love Coach and Self-Publishing Expert and the author of 26 non-fiction books at www.AngelsPress.com. Her books cover topics such as family and community empowerment, health, youth and adult entrepreneurship, writing/publishing, workplace discrimination, whistleblowing, government, law enforcement, domestic and international traveling, politics, media, beauty, car buying and selling for women, aging/retirement – just to name a few. She offers seminars, workshops, and consultations at www.CathyHarrisInternational.com.
 
 

 

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Letting Go of Fear On The Road

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Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs on The Road

 
Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs on The Road
 
July 14, 2019
 
by Cathy Harris, Syndicated Columnist

 

Do You Already Have A Paycheck or Paychecks Coming In?

What would it take for a person today to head out on the road and never work again? Well if you have some type of paycheck coming in such as a Retirement, Social Security, Disability check, etc. or some type of savings or other funds, then you can do this very easily.

For others, it is possible to get on the road and make a living. You can live cheap and invent ways to make money on the road. 

Have You Ever Inquired About Working Remotely?

Are you working in a cubicle on your job? Are you driving a 1 to 2-hour commute to work everyday? Have you ever asked your boss if you could ‘work remotely’ from home?

There are a lot of benefits to being an employee. Things like healthcare, paid vacation, and of course, having a steady paycheck.

But if you’re sick of being stuck in an office, how can you convince your boss to let you work remotely. Whether you’re ready to take off and see the world, looking to cut down on your commute, or if you’d just like to have extra time with your loved ones, ‘telecommuting’ is the solution.

And while the business world seems to be coming around to telecommuting, you may still be facing an uphill battle to convince your boss to let you cut the cord.

So how can you convince your boss to let you work from home?

  • Work Out the Logistics Ahead of Time: If you want your boss to take your proposal seriously, make sure you’ve got all the details worked out before you bring it up.
  • Arm Yourself With Research: Make sure you’re ready to back up your claims with actual data. Fortunately, you’re not going to have any trouble finding research to support your claims. There’s a growing mountain of research papers proving that employees and employers benefit from remote working.
  • Focus on the Benefits for Your Company:

    If you work from home, you’ll be saving the company over $10,000 each year. Studies have shown a 13.5% boost in remote productivity over office-based productivity, and remote workers are also more likely to take ownership of their tasks.

    If you work from home, you will be able to spend more time with your family and friends, avoid the commute, and have fewer distractions when you are trying to get stuff done. It’s a win-win for you and your boss.

Many people who work remotely are still trapped in a type of 9 to 5 workplace mentally, where they need to be available during these hours, however, many employees can get their jobs done at other times — and this is actually the best way to go. 

Where Do You Start?

If you are not currently working for a company that you can inquire about remote work –then start looking for one that offers it.

Remember you might have to give up certain benefits such as a ‘full-time’ paycheck. Many will elect to downsize their paycheck or work part-time in order to work in remote jobs. But in return, they will have time to:

  • Create a business of their own.
  • Save money on clothing since they are not going into the workplace everyday.
  • Save money on gas since they are not commuting.
  • They are able to travel and see some beautiful sites.
  • They can meet great friends along the way and spend time with family and other friends.

To find these opportunities start with where you are. Use ‘old-fashion’ networking. Start talking to family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. Ask them if they know of any ‘remote job’ opportunities and provide your resume to them.

Don’t forget churches and other places where you frequently go. Remember you are not going in there and asking for a job, but you are establishing yourself as someone who has value. 

Then check online in groups like LinkedIn.com, which caters to entrepreneurs.

7 places to find remote jobs include:

  • LinkedIn.com 
  • Flexjobs.com
  • Upwork.com
  • Fiveer.com
  • We Word Remotely
  • Remote.co
  • Angel.co

Don’t Ignore Your Own Skills, Talents, and Passions

There is a BIG CHANCE that you can use your own skills, talents, and passions and get paid for it. Remember, everyone has some type of skill or talent, which is of value to others, so prepare to use your skills, talents, and passions on the road.

There are all types of jobs on the road and as a business owner, you can create services and products on the road. Don’t wait until your current situation gets so serious that you won’t be in a position to set yourself up on the road in a car, van or RV.

Make your vehicle work for you on the road or think about trading it in for an SUV,  mini-van, cargo van, camper van, bus, boat, RV, or another larger vehicle.

You can work on the road on a phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop in a car, van, RV, bus, boat, and do the same type of job or the same type of work you do now. Or you can finally use the other skills that you have been dying to use in this lifetime.

Just some of the jobs or businesses you can set up on the road include:

Join Escapees.com: The popular mail forwarding services for RVers out of Livington, TX, Escapees.com, has a list of jobs at www.RVerJobExchange.com.

Sell on Amazon: You can sell products on Amazon.com. Many Amazon employees work for 3 months around the holidays and make enough money to live off of and travel the rest of the year.  Some of these Amazon jobs are called ‘Camperforce’ jobs and like many of the camp host jobs, will also help pay your fees at RV parks. More on Camperforce Jobs.

Sell Products on eBay: Ever since eBay.com appeared on the scene, people have been purchasing items and reselling them online for a profit. Some people shop at thrift stores to find rare or collectible items, while others shop box stores for steep discounts on brand new products. Doing this doesn’t require any special skills, just patience and a bit of luck.

Counseling/Consulting: Many just use the internet and do jobs like counseling or consulting on skype. They do bookkeeping on skype and train others in webinars at GoToWebinar.com, Zoom.US, etc. 

Business Consultant: You spent your life gaining experience in a particular industry — now it’s time to share that knowledge. Consultants and coaches are paid to impart wisdom and provide outside perspective to companies, and your golden years is the ideal time to do that. Use the connections you’ve built over the decades and find a company that could benefit from your expertise. The earning potential for consultants is limitless.   

Firearms Shooting Coach: If you are safety-conscious, a good shot and good at giving instructions, then a firearms/shooting coach could be a great business for you.  

Because of the economy — people are looking for ways to stay safe, especially women. You can provide your clients with professional and highly personalized guidance.  You can offer workshops to learn how to shoot and take care of weapons — in small groups, individual instructions, group outings and in informational seminars.      

Basic Mechanic Classes For Women:Did you know most women never open up the owner’s manuals that come with their cars? It used to be a rite of passage for men to teach their sons all about vehicles.
 
Now especially in this fallen economy, these sons need to put their skills to work. Even though cars have changed with all the new technology, there are plenty of opportunities out there for men and young males who are knowledgeable about cars.
 
Men and young males who are good with vehicles can set up several potential businesses and workshops to assist women. Women will pay you at least $30 to $50 for workshops on the weekend to show their daughters what’s under the hood and how to change tires.
 

  According to car experts, African  American women pay on average at least $6,000 more for a new car than others; African American men pay $4,000 more; White women pay $2,000 more; but  White men pay $2,000 LESS.

Become a Gardening Coach or Consultant: You can become a Gardening Coach or Consultant and teach your clients and customers how to grow foods. You can hold community classes or classes at their homes and check on what they are growing once a week.
 

Make Money Writing:There are several ways to make money writing. Some people choose to write and sell ebooks, paperback, and audiobooks. You can become a Speaker and get out on the road and teach in seminars, workshops, and webinars.

You can help people put together resumes and cover letters, or even keep it super simple by doing transcription work. The sky is the limit for anyone with great writing skills. 

Writing/Editing: Many people are trying to start businesses but have trouble writing or putting words together. You can create a writing and editing business to help edit material. You can do this for websites, e-newsletters, etc.

Make Money as A Blogger: You can write blog posts for others or monetize your own blogs using advertisements, sponsors, and affiliate links.

Market Yourself on YouTube.com: Many Car and Van Dwellers and especially RVers, even the ones living off the grid, have their own YouTube.com channels. Once you get over 1,000 subscribers on youtube.com, you can start getting paid for your videos on YouTube.com. 

Start A Patreon.com Page: Join my Patreon page today. Patreon is a crowdfunding site, which is similar to a subscription service. You can provide ‘great content’ and get a group of supporters and have them support your content. 

Become a Traveling Nurse or Contractor: Many traveling nurses and contractors live in Vans or RVs on the road. Others that are Doctors, Speakers, etc. travel around the country all the time in cars, vans or RVs. 

Caregiver Jobs: With a large Senior population today, there are plenty of caregiver jobs out there where you can also use their driveway to stealth camp in a car or van. Check out care.com, eldercare.com, and caregiver.org.

RV Transporting: There is a big need for RV transporters to deliver RVs to dealerships and back to buyers after being sent back to factories and repaired. To drive the bigger RVs, you will probably be required to get a CDL license, but not for the smaller RVs.

Cell Phone and Internet Installers for Vans and RVers: Many travelers are going full-time and looking to stay hooked up so they can run their businesses. If you have the knowledge of phones and the internet, then you should have a thriving business. Join traveler’s websites or social media forums to find customers and clients.

RV Inspectors/Repairmen: There are many skills needed to assist these Car, Van or Bus Dwellers, RVers and the Tiny House Movement such as carpenters, electricians, RV repairmen, RV inspectors, etc.

In the summertime because of the SHORTAGE of RV mechanics, many RVers have to wait days, weeks, and months for repair. And many Car and Van Dwellers are looking for companies to help build out their cars and vans for traveling and camping.

RV Solar Installers: Many travelers are looking to buy solar for their cars, vans and RVs. If you have this knowledge, you will do great as a Solar Installer or consultant. You can start your own school for this also.

 

Jobs with RV Parks: People at campgrounds are always looking for a fun activity, and if you can capitalize on their boredom, you can make a few extra bucks even after you’ve retired in your RV.

If you have great skills, many of the RV parks will hire you and give you FREE RV parking for days, weeks and/or months as long as you work with them. These include skills such as using drones, building websites, and marketing their RV parks. So offer up your services and products at these RV parks. Many are building new RV parks today because of the demand to go Full-Time RVing so there will be even more opportunities for you.

Course Instructor: Become a course instructor. A retiree who was a college instructor in a previous life, but after retiring, he created a five-day course to show people how to maintain and repair their RVs. He charges $1,644 for tuition and has people signed up for courses in 10 different locations.

Seasonal Retail Employee: The best thing about working at your favorite store during the holiday season is that you don’t have to make a lengthy commitment. The second best thing is the store discount comes in handy when you do your holiday shopping.

Most retailers take on seasonal employees during November and December. It’s easier to get a job during this time frame, and you can reap all the benefits of working at your favorite store without signing on for the long haul.

Traveling Salesperson: When you’re living in an RV,  car or van, it’s possible to earn thousands without getting stuck in an office. One RVer started selling water filters for recreational vehicle plumbing systems. He sold 1,300 filters for $30 each, creating a tidy profit to live off.

Become a Work Camp Host: Just remember that some of these RV parks are desperate for work camp hosts to help them monitor gates, sign in guests visiting in cars, vans, and RVs.

Some of the jobs are remote for those who enjoy getting off the grid. Many work camp hosts can park their RVs for FREE and work for 2, 3 or up to 6 months at an RV park.

At many of these jobs, you only work for 3 days a week and for only 5 hours a day. Check out the below ‘work camping jobs’ if you plan on coming out here on the road:

California Land Management (CLM) Services: There are jobs available every year around May at CLM Services in the California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado area. Places like Yellow Stone Park even have housing for their employees.

Gate Jobs in Texas: Singles and couples can get a job as a Gate Guard at Timekeepers Inc. and find a gig and earn $100–$175 a day in the state of Texas.

There is a $250 sign-on bonus. They will give you a generator, water, and pump out your sewer in the desert. Usually, a 30-90 day commitment is required and these gigs don’t want kids or pets around and prefer couples instead of singles.

On some of the jobs, you only work for 2 hours a day. If interested please call 830-431-1627. You can also call Val @ 830-428-4154.

Check out these books on Work Camping Jobs:

Also, check out my two business books “How To Take Control of Your Own Life (A Self-Help Guide to Starting Your Own Business” (Series 2) and The New CEO: 185 Easy-To-Set Up Businesses for Youth and Adult Entrepreneurs.”

Read the below articles and figure out how to ‘work remotely’ while driving around the country — seeing family and friends, making new friends, seeing some beautiful sites, and creating memories while driving in a car, van or RV. 

How To Live Successfully in a Car or Van

What You Need To Know Before Starting #VanLife

Packing Up Essential RV Supplies and Hitting the Road

 
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Cathy Harris is a #VanDweller living ‘The Good Life.’ Her blog website is SimpleLifeRVing.com. She is also an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Business and Love Coach and Self-Publishing Expert and the author of 26 non-fiction books at www.AngelsPress.com. Her books cover topics such as family and community empowerment, health, youth and adult entrepreneurship, writing/publishing, workplace discrimination, whistleblowing, government, law enforcement, domestic and international traveling, politics, media, beauty, car buying and selling for women, aging/retirement – just to name a few. She offers seminars, workshops, and consultations at www.CathyHarrisInternational.com.
 
 

 

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Part 2 – My Temporary #VanBuild – #CathyHarris, #VanDweller

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What You Need To Know Before Starting #VanLife

What You Need To Know Before Starting #VanLife
 
July  10, 2019
 
by Cathy Harris, Syndicated Columnist

 

Are You Ready for #VanLife?

Bob Wells, from CheapRVLiving.com, has been educating travelers for years on his website and onyoutube.com on how you can successfully live in a car, van or RV and be totally content. 
 
I love what he is doing and it did inspire me to continue some of his work also with my NEW PLATFORM at SimpleLifeRVing.com
 
He has stayed in a van for over 15 years after initially going through a divorce and trying to pay for two households. 
 

Why You Should Choose #VanLife

Everyone needs to introduce 
#VanLife in their social networks and motivate everyone to get out on the road and live their lives to the fullest. 
 
Caravan Carolyn has 10 reasons to live in your van. Other advantages of living in a van include:
  • You get better gas mileage with a van. 
  • It’s quick and you get great mobility so you can get up and go.
  • it’s great for stealth camping. You can park vans anywhere you park cars. You can do this without anyone knowing you are inside.
  • Unlike bigger RVs, you can engage in “Driveway or Mooch Surfing/Parking, where you stay at family members and/or friends’ homes — sometimes called “CouchSurfing.com.” Many youtube.com supporters will also offer up their places for you to stay also.
  • Vans can go into the back country and woods and stay there for weeks. 
  • You can strip out a van yourself or have a professional do a #ProfessionalVanBuild for you for around $5000 to $10,000. The biggest fees will probably be the solar, batteries, inverters, and refrigerators. Many use the smaller Dometic or Whynter refrigerators from Amazon.com or they just buy a small refrigerator at Walmart, Lowe’s or Home Depot. 
  • There is a demand for a smaller type of RV that can go to more places. The Class B Van and/or RV is one of the most expensive RVs starting at prices of $70,000 for used to $150,000 for new. So in many cases, it will be better to buy a good used van and have someone build it out with a #VanBuild or you can build it out yourself.
  • Regular vans are more affordable than a Class B Van, Class B plus (also called ‘Class C’), Class A’s, Travel Trailers or Fifth Wheels.
  • You can get a used van for $3000 to $5000 on facebook marketplace, eBay, or craigslist or even cheaper from a personal seller. 

Top Mistakes of #VanDwellers

#VanLife is trending all over social media. You’ve seen the Instagram photos and features in Outside magazine. But life on the road isn’t all epic adventures and Pinterest-worthy decor.

And while most of the stories in the New York Times or ESPN focus on the freedom and glamour of living on the road, it’s time to get real.

There are things to know to make van life ‘sustainable’.

Anyone can live on camp food for a week or go a few days without showering, but if you’re really considering making a two-ton rolling heap of metal your house, here’s what you should consider before it becomes your permanent hiking base camp.

Just some of the mistakes that #VanLifers are regretting include:

  • Invest in a Good Van: Invest in a good van from the very beginning. Have someone or a good mechanic look over the van. It doesn’t make sense to invest in a van that is going to break down, especially after you pay for a #ProfessionalVanBuild.
  • Roof Height: The roof height does matter so go with a van with a higher roof height. No one wants to continuously have to bend down all the time. After a while, it can get pretty uncomfortable.
  • Weight: Make sure you balance the weight on both sides or it can cause your van to lean to one side.
  • Insulation: Don’t skip putting in insulation even if you don’t plan on being in cold weather. Without good insulation, your van will get ‘too hot’ or ‘too cold.’
  • Wood/Gas Mileage: If you plan on putting wood in the ceilings, walls or any part of your van, make sure the wood is not too heavy, which can cut down on gas mileage. Also, use the correct wood for your flooring.
  • Solar Panels: Don’t skip solar panels. Get at least 400 watts to charge your ‘battery bank’ and run everything.
  • Mobile Grid: Try to invest in a ‘mobile grid’ (solar, batteries, inverters, etc.) big enough to handle your van and lifestyle. Many never think about how many amps or watts an electronic device used. To put it simply — you’ll want as much power as possible to try and maintain the lifestyle you had before.
  • Controls: It’s easier to put all the controls in one place.
  • Light Switches: Make sure light switches don’t automatically come on when the door is opened. Put LED lights in your van especially over the stove for cooking. 
  • Storage: Put drawers in instead of having to throw pillows off to reach storage. The more drawers or storage space sometimes the better. Leave room for sporting gear – kayak, bike, etc.
  • Sinks: Get a bigger sink and countertop if you like to cook. For others don’t make your sink too big. You can use a water jug instead of a faucet so you don’t really need a faucet in your van. Get a system where it’s easy to fill the fresh water tank and you can automatically drain the gray tank when sitting in a good spot. 
  • Oven/Microwave: Put in an oven or microwave if you want these items. However, many will choose more foods that don’t need to be prepared with heat. Having juicers and steamers work even better.  
  • Propane: Many #VanLifers take this advantage not to use propane at all in their new home. You can use the Mr. Buddy heater in the winter months or the Olympian Wave 3 heater instead or just become a Snowbird and follow 70-degree weather around the country. 
  • Shower/Bathroom: Put a shower in if you want this item. Whether a bucket, bag, or bottle, you need somewhere to take care of business when nature calls at 3 a.m. Figure out which option is most comfortable for you, but make sure you have at least one ‘go-to’ for any emergency.
  • Fan: Your van is going to get hot so invest in a good Fantastic Fan or Maxxair Fan. Also, get a topper for the fan so that it doesn’t blow off when you drive. Many Van Dwellers choose to put in two fans to get a cross-breeze, especially if they don’t have windows to open. 
  • Windows:  Make sure you have windows or being in the van all the time and not being able to see out  –can be depressing. There are different types of van windows. Some go out and some slide open. Get the ones that slide open so they won’t blow out, especially when you drive. And this way you will have more ventilation with your fan.  
  • Table: Invest in more expensive table mounts. Make your mounts big enough to hold tables and other items and don’t make these items too big.
  • Drawers/Cabinets: Try not to put sharp edge handles that stick out that will injure you, especially at your head or knee level. Make cabinets easy to open with hinges and easy to close with magnets during travel.
  • Hooks: Get plenty of hooks. You will use them. Put them especially closer to the door to air and dry out big coats.
  • Walkways: Try not to have narrow walkways. It’s best to put the refrigerator toward the front of the van or closer to the kitchen cabinets.
  • Off-Road: If you plan on taking your van off-road invest in a good winch to carry along with you in case you get stuck. 
  • Be Stealthy: Many get into this life just so they can stealth camp and park anywhere where cars can park. Put a partition wall instead of curtains for stealth camping when separating the front part of the van from the back part. Or cover the windshield and front windows with blackout curtains or some other material. There are several companies that make blackout curtains — just for van windows. 
  • Bed: Try to replicate your home when making your bed or you might end up uncomfortable so invest in a good bed. 

Estimated Cost of a Van Build

Most #ProfessionalVanBuilds can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. However, you or a family can do this yourself at a much cheaper price. Watch the van build shows on youtube.com or go to a van build in person.

Here is just one estimate of a #VanBuild:

  • Window – $290
  • Fantastic Fan – $150
  • Insulation – spray foam – reflectix – $575
  • LED ceiling lights – $45
  • Color changing led light strips – $35
  • Pine for ceiling – $56
  • Shellac on walls – $122
  • Laminated wood flooring at Costco – $104
  • Subboard – $69
  • Roof rack $500 (Some cost $3,000)
  • Solar panels –  Two 100 watt Solar Panels with wiring and controller – $494 
  • Two 100 AGM batteries – $200 each
  • Renogy 200 watts Inverter – $678
  • Control panel – $112
  • Cabinet plywood – $132
  • Steel studs to frame out benches – $76
  • Swivel for table – $189
  • Ikea walnut countertop – $209
  • Sink – $227
  • Faucet – $224
  • Water pump – $60
  • 2 burner stove top – $256
  • Propane tank – 5 lbs – $50
  • Two 60 gallon fresh water tank – $45
  • 5 gallon grey water tank – $25
  • Grey water value – $35
  • Dometic refrigerator – $619
  • Natures head composting toilet – $950
  • Nuts, bolts, drawer slides, adhesive – $304

= Estimated Cost Around – $5,000 to $10,000

Odds are this won’t be your life for the rest of your life. At some point, you’ll probably tire of the life and decide to inhabit a more immobile dwelling — maybe.

So enjoy your time as a nomad—even when you wake up in a pool of your own sweat. Or hear people fighting close to your walls or when you bump your knee on some protruding feature in your small living space.

Because ultimately, the things you’ll experience as a result of making this jump are the type most people work a lifetime to do in two weeks of an annual vacation.

Join van groups online to learn more about #VanLife: 

For places to park as a Van Dweller check out the blog post entitled “How To Live Successfully in a Car or Van.” 
 
 
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How To Live Successfully in a Car or Van

How To Live Successfully  in A Car or Van
 
July  8, 2019
 
by Cathy Harris, Syndicated Columnist

 

People are struggling to be comfortable in their cars today as they go back and forth and live their lives. But what if they had to literally live in their cars?

 Bob Wells from Cheap RV Living on youtube thinks that once the government sees how many people are living in cars, vans, RVs, etc., due to the homeless situation, it will propel the government to take action to take care of them.  

However, I believe the government (along with the medical and pharmaceutical industry) only cares about ‘population control’ and ‘killing folks off’ because there are too many people in the world. So it’s up to all of us to take care of each other.
 
Why Many Travelers Are Living in Cars and Vans vs. RVs
 
I know most of you read the article I wrote entitled  “The Truth About The RV Industry – What You Need To Know About Camping World” and why as soon as you buy an RV, you need to be ready also to do your own repairs even if you have an ‘extended warranty’ or be ready to pay top dollars to get others to do these repairs for you. 
 
This is so true. I am sure many of you found the article to be ‘very problematic’ – like me – especially with what has happened at Camping World  — being on the verge of bankruptcy because of their ‘unethical’ practices.
 
Even Bob Wells from CheapRVLiving.com has said on many occasions in his videos that living in an RV can be a #MoneyPit. After conducting months of extensive research — I agree totally.
 
All of my research in the RV industry opened the doorway for me to also educate everyone on why living in a car and/or van or a similar vehicle might be a better way to reinvent or change your life than buying an RV.
 
Many won’t be in a position to live in an RV or Motorhome or do these expensive and extensive repairs, especially many women, so they should think about living in a car, van or similar vehicle instead. 
 
Many travelers, especially women, with Travel Trailers or Fifth Wheels, which can be dangerous to get out of and hook up at times (from ‘man’ and/or ‘beast’), have decided to downsize to #VanLife instead. So again, living in an RV might not be right for everyone.
 
 

Remember, you can save a ton of money while Car or Van Dwelling also, so look at these options, if you need to pay off bills and save for the future. 

Who Should Think About Car or Van Life?
 
Who seriously should think about Car or #VanLife?
  • Save Money Quickly: Those individuals who need to save money quickly should consider moving into a car or van.  If you are attempting to do #VanLife then move into your car until you have enough money saved. If you need to find an apartment then move into your car, van or a similar vehicle until you have enough money saved. If you need to buy a house, then move into your car, van or similar vehicle until you have enough saved.
  • Students Going Off to College: Not all students that go off or try to go off to college have supportive parents. Many college students today are trying to find ways to cut down on tuition. They can live in a car, van or a similar vehicle and cut down on dorm fees. 
  • Abused Employees: Over the years as a ‘Discrimination and Workplace Consultant’, I have watched tons of women and men lose their homes due to wrongful terminations and discrimination on their jobs. Many walked straight from their homes to the streets. They had no other choice but to get involved in prostitution or selling drugs and/or ended up homeless or in jail.
  • Abusive Spouses: Others, especially women, out here in the Car and Van Dwelling community have had to run away from ‘abusive spouses’. No one should be forced to live in a relationship with anyone where they are not happy. Did you know most Domestic Violence hotlines are flooded with calls for help from women after the holidays (especially in January) once the bills come in?
  • Sickness: Just remember the NUMBER ONE REASON that most people lose their apartments or homes is SICKNESS, so it’s important to take care of your health. I don’t know if I would choose to get out here on the road if I was sick (probably not), but getting out here on the road can help you in the long run from getting sick. You can take care of yourself better by being out there on the road because you can afford #BetterFoods (#OrganicFoods) and breathe in a better quality of air, especially if you choose to camp out on BLM.gov or National Forest land. Also, if you can’t afford the high cost of medications, think about living in a car, van or a similar vehicle. 
  • Homelessness:  Having too many bills can make anyone sick or homeless in a heartbeat. Many women and men have these big ’empty’ homes and can barely keep their heads above water because of all these high bills. They are underwater on their mortgage and don’t have a way out. So these are the individuals that need to consider moving into a car, van, or similar vehicle, especially if they are looking at becoming homeless. Land is the most valuable commodity you can have so don’t think I am telling you to just give your land away — because I am not. Unless you take care of yourself and your land and especially pay your taxes, the government is going to take it anyway. So do something with it or turn it over to family members who can. You can turn your land into an RV park or allow others to rent part of it to grow foods. When buying a house, only buy a house that does not have Homeowner’s Association (HOAs) fees because you probably won’t be able to grow foods in the front yard. If you need a break from it all, take a break and come out on the road and build a new life for yourself. 
Any of these situations can cause even the sanest of people to come unglued — physically, mentally and spiritually — and this is what is happening today. So consider leaving it all behind and get out here on the road. 
 
How To Fix Your Car Up to Live in It
 

Since RVs are made so poorly with cheap material and can break in half 20 miles down the road, you need to consider converting other vehicles for your traveling pleasures.

Keep in mind that Camper Trucks and Vans are also called “RVs” and/or “Motorhomes.” Many travelers today because of the economy and just to be able to travel and see some beautiful sites are living in small and large cars, SUVs, trucks, mini-vans, camper trucks, camper vans, box vans, cargo vans, old bread trucks, converted Federal Express and U-haul trucks and horse trailers, buses, etc.  The sky is the limit in what type of vehicle you can live or camp out in.

No one really want to live or sleep in their cars, but many are making it work today. Many families sleep in their cars when they go camping — so why not live in it full-time?

Despite what you might think living in a car, van or a similar vehicle can be safer than living on the streets. Our ancestors used to live in caves, so why are we as a society looking down on anyone for sleeping in their cars — whether they are ‘homeless’ or just want the luxury of being mobile to travel around the country and save on gas?

Many with jobs and businesses do utilize their vehicles to work in, but a majority of people who sleep in cars, vans, RVs and other vehicles — LIVE OUT of their vehicles.

They spend their time during the day out of the vehicle engaging in activities, while returning to the vehicles at nighttime for sleep.  

Many Car and Van Dwellers believe RVers look down on them for sleeping in a car, van or similar vehicle. I am sure they look at Car and Van Dwellers as being ‘primitive’ because many don’t have running water, bathrooms or toilets.

However, we are all the same — #OneCommunity of ‘Wanderers, Gypsies, and Nomads’. Again, this is a #Kind and #Brave community so let’s take care of each other.

If you live in a car, you can sleep in the front seat, passenger seat or back seat or remove the front passenger seat or back seats for more comfort. It all depends on the size of the person and which angle you will find most comfortable. 

Once you lay the driver or passenger seat back, for many this can be a comfortable position. You can remove the front passenger seat and put a board or plank down from Home Depot or Lowe’s — get an inflatable camping bag, pillow and sleeping bag and you should be quite comfortable sleeping in your car. You can also use an air mattress.

Or you can lay down the back seats or remove them totally and fix the area up like the front passenger seat with your legs extending in the trunk area. These two positions should allow you to be quite comfortable living in your car or a  bigger vehicle.

Why You Should Buy A ‘Toyota Prius’ To Live in 

Bob Wells from CheapRVLiving.com also recommends a ‘Toyota Prius’ as the type of car many should buy. There are Prius groups on facebook, especially a group for women Prius owners.
 
You can start any car type group on facebook and hold events at meetup.com or join “Bob Wells Caravans” at www.Meetup.com/Caravans.
 
Many of these caravans are near towns — where you can still shop and/or use your phone so don’t think you will be out there in some isolated area. Caravans are a great way to meet others on the road – build relationships or even travel together.
You can get a ‘Toyota Prius’ and save $1000 a month on rent and do your work at McDonald’s, Starbucks, Libraries, Panera Bread, and other businesses with FREE wi-fi.
 
Some even park in front of libraries, Target, McDonald’s, etc. and stay in their cars and use their wi-fi for free. You may or may not need a ‘wi-fi extender’ for this, however, ‘the sky is the limit’ on how you can work on a ‘remote job’ or run a business from your car, van or a similar vehicle and be quite happy as you travel around the country and meet great friends and see some beautiful sites — or just survive as a ‘Car Dweller.’
 
Living in a Car vs. Living in A Van
 
Living in a car is no different than living in a van. Of course, living in a car will not give you as much space as living in a van, but you can be totally happy living in either of these. 
 
Reasons to travel by car versus a van or RV:
  • It’s quick.
  • Great mileage. 
  • Great mobility so you can get up and go.
  • Great for stealth camping. 
  • Most families already have a car so start with what you got. It’s more affordable than a Class B van, Class B plus (also called a ‘Class C’), Class A, Travel Trailer or Fifth Wheel.
  • You can get a used car or van for $2000 to $5000 on autotrader.com, facebook marketplace, eBay, craigslist or even cheaper from a personal seller.

If you only have a car and not a van, then set up your car and travel around the country and prepare to have fun. You can add tents to your car to extend your living area and space when out camping.

What you need to live in a car or van successfully:
  • Food
  • Bottled Water
  • Eating Utensils (Folks, Spoons, Bowls, Plates)
  • Paper Towels/Napkins
  • Wet Wipes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trash Bags
  • Bed/Sleeping Bag (Inflatable Camping Mattress and/or Air Mattress)
  • Pillow
  • Knife/Swiss Army Knife
  • Flashlight
  • Mini Travel Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Pee Bottle/Toilet Pot (Collapsible Toilet)
  • Small Fans (in the summertime)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Ice Chess/Cooler (Coleman Extreme Cooler – will keep ice for up to – maybe a week) or an Ice Chess that runs on a 9 or 12-volt battery. Many van dwellers have the Yeti coolers and there are iceless coolers by Igloo.).
  • Inverter/Generator, which you can charge while driving and run your phone, computer, iPad, blender, steamer, etc.
You can wash off with wipes, buy a pop-up shower tent, use Solar Showers or take showers at gyms such as 24-hour fitness, Planet Fitness, LA Fitness, YMCAs, etc. 
 
You can also take showers at CouchSurfing.com, truck stops, state and county parks, hotels, at friends and family member’ homes, etc. In places like Florida, they have showers on beaches along with potable water.
While in your car you can watch movies on Netflix.com, Amazon.com, and Hulu.com on your phone. To live in a van (minivan, SUV, camper van or some type of other larger vehicle than a car), you want to go ahead and purchase a good house battery, inverter and solar so you can work inside of the van on a computer, iPad, etc. or watch TV. There are also portable solar kits for those living in their cars.
  
Car and Van Dwellers – Sleeping or Camping in Tents
 
If you are sleeping in your car and/or van, you also should have a tent with you. Springbar.com has the best quality of tents that lasts a while. The tents are really sturdy and can hold up in high winds.
 
Genji Sports Instant Camping tents are a great quality ‘pop-up’ tent, which means you can put it up and take it down in a hurry.
 
Ozark Trail tents are another good tent, but it was made in China, which means it might blow away in high winds. Kodiak Canvas tents are another tent used by Car or Van Dwellers.
 
 

If you arrive in your car or van as a ‘campground host’ or when you just go camping, bring a tent along especially if you need to take a break from sleeping in a car or van. 

Also, know up-front that many campgrounds require those arriving in cars and vans to bring a tent along.  They require you to sleep in the tents or you can set up the tent ‘as a disguise’ — for safety purposes — and still sleep in your car or van.
 
Remember that most of these camps are empty during the week so this will be a great time to stay there — hassle-free. On weekends you can go to other places or do #StealthCamping in urban areas.
 
 
Some camping areas charge $5 to $25 a day for cars, vans, and RVs. Some have a limit of 14 days then you might have to go to another camp area, but can come back to that same spot in 14 to 30 to 45 days. And many of the camps are right next to each other.
 
If you are going camping in a car or van bring a head lamp and/or Luci Light (powered in the daytime by solar), fire starter and proper clothing. Try to bring more than one coat. 
 
For cooking when camping or when living in a car or van, you can also use these items:  
  • toaster oven
  • induction plate (could interfere with cardiac pacemakers) 
  • instant pot
  • air fryer
  • blender
  • steamer
Know the regulations and laws wherever you are. You can also bring chairs and tools along. You can tailgate off your truck or the back of your car. 
 
FREE Places to Park Cars or Vans While On the Road
 
If you need a place to park, you can go on Craigslist and put an ad in it and offer $100 a month (or less) to park in someone’s driveway or on their land.
 
If you do this, the goal is to show up after dark and leave before daylight. I am sure homeowners, especially the elderly, who have houses and land would love to make this ‘extra money’ every month and you will have a safe, ‘hassle-free’ place to park.
 
Make sure you google ‘FREE parking’ in the city you are in. Other FREE places to park your car, another larger vehicle or a van include:
  • Rest Areas
  • Truck Stops
  • Walmart (24 hours)
  • Kmart (24 hours)
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Bass Pro Shops (also own Cabela’s) allows Van Dwellers – maybe Car Dwellers.
  • Cracker Barrel allows Van Dwellers – maybe Car Dwellers.
  • Tribal Lands (You ask permission from a tribal council. And pay a permit fee)
  • Casinos also check out CasinoCamping.com
  • National Parks and Monuments
  • State, City or Community Parks (Look for signs that say 24 parking)
  • City, County or Regional and Private Campgrounds
  • BLM.gov Land (It’s everywhere but mostly on the west coast). Camp on BLM land with small or large groups of people to be safe, especially if you are a solo female traveler or join Bob Wells from CheapRVLiving.com Caravans at www.Meetup.com/Caravans). 
  • You can do “Driveway or Mooch Surfing” (also “Couch Surfing” — staying on someone’s couch) in a family’ member, friend or someone’s driveway. Cars and Van Dwellers can do this easier than larger RVs.
  • Residential Areas (Respect “No Parking Signs.” Do not park on private property. Somebody is always watching).
  • Apartment Complexes (There is usually street parking there too. Google or go to Craiglist and look for apartments for rent. Big apartment complexes ‘without gates’ are a great idea, especially for Car and Van Dwellers).
  • Community College parking lots (Check hours of Campus police. It’s usually 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.).
  • Strip Malls or Shopping Malls that are opened 24 hours, but they might have security guards.
  • Car Dealerships (Go to the service area especially if they work on the type of car or van you drive)
  • HarvestHosts.com allows Van Dwellers and RVers (not Car Dwellers). These are wineries, farms, breweries, etc. Memberships are $50 a year. (Owner name is Joel). They only take up to 5 RVers or Van Dwellers a night so you need to make reservations. You need to buy wine, cheese, and other products, while you are there.
  • BoondockersWelcome.com allows Van Dwellers and RVers (not Car Dwellers). Also, check out Boondocking.org.
Popular Apps for Car and Van Dwellers
 
Again, a van will give you more space and you can set it up just like an RV. Most vans can also park anywhere an RV can park. They have ‘Class B Vans’ which is the same size as regular vans so vans are also considered RVs and Motorhomes.
 
To Find Campgrounds Use These Apps
 
Apps That Cost
 
  • US Public Lands (Worth the $2.99 cost).
  • Ultimate Public Campgrounds (Over 40,300 in U.S. & CA) (Cost $3.99).
  • OvernightRVParking.com (Subscription is $24.95).
  • AllTrails (To find hiking trails. Subscription is $29.99 a year).
Apps To Monitor Gas
 
You will save gas as long as you stay in one location so if you stay weekly or monthly, you will save gas.
 
Apps to help you monitor your gas include:
  • Gas Buddy
  • Fuelly
  • Gas Guru
  • Gas Cubby
  • GasPricesTriple.com

Weather Apps

  • Windy.com (gives you 3-hour updates, wind speed, wind directions, wind gust, and Hurricanes forecasts)
  • The Weather Channel
  • Weather
  • My Radar 
  • Weather Bug

It’s up to you whether you camp out or live in a compact car, a larger vehicle or a van. Remember to start with what you have. If that is a car then get in your car and get out here on the road and enjoy yourself and/or save your sanity. 

Read my article entitled “What You Need to Know Before Starting #VanLife.” Even though you live in a Car, Van, a similar vehicle or RV, you can truly still live “The Good Life” by getting out of your COMFORT ZONE and putting one foot in front of the other and say the words — “No more struggles, no more pain, no more headaches, no more heartaches. I am building a new life and I am doing it now.” Welcome aboard the #FreedomExpress!

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Cathy Harris is a #VanDweller living ‘The Good Life.’ Her blog website is SimpleLifeRVing.com. She is also an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Business and Love Coach and Self-Publishing Expert and the author of 26 non-fiction books at www.AngelsPress.com. Her books cover topics such as family and community empowerment, health, youth and adult entrepreneurship, writing/publishing, workplace discrimination, whistleblowing, government, law enforcement, domestic and international traveling, politics, media, beauty, car buying and selling for women, aging/retirement – just to name a few. She offers seminars, workshops, and consultations at www.CathyHarrisInternational.com.
 
 
 

 

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#ChasingHappiness – My Happiness Project

 
#ChasingHappiness – My Happiness Project 
 
June 16, 2019
 
by Cathy Harris, DearCathy.com
 
Don’t be afraid to #ChaseHappiness. That is the true meaning of life. Many, like myself, just want to live an #Adventurous and #Mobile
lifestyle and it’s nothing wrong with 
#ChasingHappiness.
 
Everyone knows exactly what makes them happy so the goal is not to settle for a life where you feel will take your inner soul. 
 
Many are ‘taking the bull by the horn’ or doing something difficult in a brave and determined way — and creating a life that they can truly love. 
 
For the rest of their lives and on their death beds, they will have a #brainbank ‘full of memories’ with stories to share with the people they truly love #WhatALife, #ChasingHappiness.
 
It’s no wonder this is the year I decided to go Full-Time RVing. I started off the New Year reading a book entitled “The Happiness Project.”
 
The book suggested I do my own “Happiness Project” so I wanted to REPOST my happiness project steps I am taking throughout the year to bring even more happiness into my life, especially as I embark on my new adventures as a Full-Time RVer (or #VanDweller).
 
Just some of the steps that I put together in “My Happiness Project” include: 
 

Listen to Music More

Music stimulates the part of your brain that causes happiness. Listening to music can create peak emotions, which increase the amount of dopamine, a specific neurotransmitter that is produced in the brain and helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.       

Meditation

I am a  big believer in ‘Meditation’. It makes your mind sharper and alert along with reducing stress and enhancing positive energy.

Some schools are even using meditation to help kids deal with stressful situations. You can find great meditation music on youtube.com or download a Meditation App on your phone or computer.
 
You can meditate sitting up or lying down. You can meditate from the comfort of your own home for 15 to 30 minutes every day or find a meetup.com group or another meditation group in your community.                                                                                              
Do Yoga
 
Yoga, like  Meditation, is extremely good for the brain. They both are actually two of the best exercises for the human brain.
 
If you have never done yoga before then start now. Not only will it increase your flexibility, but it will prevent middle-age spread. This is an exercise the entire family can do.
 
You can do yoga from the comfort of your home by downloading a  Yoga App on your phone or computer or watch it on youtube.com.     
 

Replace Negative Thoughts with Good Thoughts

To be happy you have to think positive thoughts. This will take some practice, but it can be done. It helps when you surround yourself with positive people and positive things (memories).

Every time you get a negative thought in your mind, replace it right away with a positive thought. This is why it’s important to have great information in your brain bank. 

 

Do Hypnosis

I actually had a hypnosis session for ‘sleep issues’ in my last city and it worked. A professional told me how to do an exercise when I had trouble falling to sleep. Sleep is extremely important so hypnosis for bringing more happiness into your life probably could work.

Engage in ‘Laughter Yoga’

Yoga is an exercise that is extremely good for the brain. It’s true that laughter will bring in even more laughter. In my last city, I learned about ‘laughter yoga.’ These laughter yoga groups are located on meetup.com or form these laughter yoga groups your own self.

Keep a Food Diary Journal

Most people don’t have any idea what they eat during the day, so therefore, keep a food diary. Certain foods can actually make you sad.

I only eat blood type foods, which not only make me happy but give me energy as well. There are Vegan, Vegetarian, Blood Type, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Keto, and other diets.

The problem is most folks today eat the Standard American Diet (also called “SAD”) and that should tell you something. The diet is full of processed foods with no nutritional value and can actually cause you to be sad and depressed.                                         

Eat At Home

When you eat out, you have no idea what ingredients are in your foods, which can cause an allergic reaction or these foods can make you sad.     

Sing In the Morning

Mornings set the tone for the entire day so sing in the morning and be happy. Most people are more productive from 8:00-12:00 p.m., so sing and just be happy.     

Stop Watching TV

Television is negative today with #Trumpism so why watch it. Try especially to avoid turning it on in the mornings — your most productive time of the day. Instead, listen to laughter yoga or motivational speakers on Youtube.

No one pays for cable anymore. You can easily rent movies on Netflix.com, Amazon.com, Hulu.com, etc. You can receive all your news from independent media by email so subscribe to independent media websites and turn off the TV.  

Exercise

Exercising releases feel-good endorphins. It is a great way to change your mood so make sure you exercise several days a week or find a hobby that is physical, such as walking, hiking, swimming, tennis, etc.                   

More Sleep

Most folks don’t know it but if you don’t get enough sleep, you won’t just be in a bad mood all day, but you can cause issues in your marriage and family, crave bad foods, have more accidents, etc.

So invest in a good mattress and pillow. The goal is to go to bed at the same time every night and get up the same time every day.         

Give Up Alcohol

Try to take #BabySteps and give up alcohol. Not only does alcohol make you sleepy, but it can make you sad. It has a negative effect on the brain.   

Hang Out With Enthusiastic Friends

Make time for friends but stop gossiping. Having strong social bonds is a key to happiness. People get a mood boost from contact with others. However, select good people to be in your
circle. No one wants to be around negative, ‘doom and gloom’ people, so hang out with others that are enthusiastic about life.

As I travel around the country, I make it a point to visit friends. Many are now elderly so I guess you can say I do welfare checks on my friends especially the ones that are still enthusiastic about life.     

Watch What You Say To People – #WordsMatter

Many people are on edge today because of #Trumpism. Even when you make posts on social media, just watch what you are saying to people – so try to choose nice words.    

Don’t Focus on a Bad Mood

Try not to focus on a bad mood – it will pass. Go for a walk or engage in an activity. Men are better at this than women. Women continue to focus on a bad mood so this might take some practice for women.           

Use Your Good Dishes

Use your good dishes. Why set aside these things you might never get to use, therefore, use your good dishes.                                       

Clean Up Clutter

I started my career off as a secretary, so in order for me to be able to write every day and be productive, I need a clutter-free environment.

So clean up your space, place and throw stuff out especially clothes that you no longer wear. Like Oprah said, if you have things in your closet that you know you are not going to wear — get rid of it. If you have clothing with sentimental value, keep it somewhere else in your house.             

Tackle A Long-Delayed Chore

 Once you complete a chore that you have been putting off, it will bring more happiness.                         

Act The Way You Want To Feel

Smile and act happy and somehow you will get there. Children smile hundreds of times a day, however, adults only smile 4 to 17 times a day – so smile more.            

Do New Things

People who do new things are apt to be happier than people who continue to do the same things day in and out. This is why I travel to new cities and meet new people. It brings so much happiness into my life.         

Do Fun Things

Books are fun for me. Selecting them and reading non-fiction books are so much fun especially ‘self-help’ books.

Also, I love going to meetup.com meetings and meeting new people. I also enjoy traveling, photography, surfing the internet, crocheting, sewing, dancing, watching movies and going to the gym.  

Be More Generous

Do things like helping others think big. Give other people great suggestions. Doing good deeds brings happiness and remember the best way to make others happy is to be happy yourself.                                                                 

Bring People Together

Introduce people to other people. Set up a high school reunion or another event. Hold events at your home or hold a meetup.com meeting in your community.                           

Do What You Love

If you are in a  job that you no longer enjoy, get another one — even in another city, go back to school or start a business.  Do what you love and allow your kids to do what they love – youth business ownership.      

Downsize Your Living Arrangements

At 62 I was seriously thinking about obtaining a “Tiny Home” to live in until I came up with the idea of Full-Time RVing. I am currently living in an Efficiency/Studio apartment so downsizing my living arrangements have made me much happier.

Because I am saving money from downsizing, I now have more funds to eat better foods and travel, which is more important to me than buying ‘shiny things’ – so live a #MinimalistLifestyle. 

Visit Libraries

Many people today don’t even step into libraries anymore. Libraries are a great place to find interesting information and people. As I travel around the country, I always visit as many libraries as I can.

Female University Student Sitting on a Library Floor Reading a Book

Most have a bulletin board to see local events or find out what events are being held in the libraries. I always ask if I can hold my own events in these facilities (seminars and workshops). I also check out library books and read magazines or just bring my laptop and work on my other projects there.    

Start A Blog

Find some way to put down your thoughts that can possibly turn into a  book project. A blog or journaling will work. Blog about what you are passionate about. Try to blog every day or at least every other day. 

Happy People Make Good Marriage Mates

Men are not attracted to women who are not happy. Happy people find it easier to get married and stay married.

Get An Outdoor and Indoor Game

Couples should have an indoor and outdoor game in order to keep interests in their relationship.  

Hug Your Spouse More

It’s important to practice hugging more especially your spouse, mate, significant other or partner and especially your children. It will make a big difference in how you view the world and how it views you.       

Don’t Ignore Your Spouse

Many people end up less considerate of their mates. Have date nights with your spouse and spend quality time together. Show each other love and put each other first. Be nice to each other and treat your mate better than you treat others.          

Don’t Dump Minor Issues On Your Mate

Couples do pick up on the mood of their spouses, so, therefore, it’s important not to dump your minor issues on your spouse.

Don’t allow nagging and petty issues to ruin your relationship. Be happy, stop complaining and blaming your spouse, mate, significant other or partner for petty issues.     

Read Books on Happy Relationships

There are tons of great reading material out there for people in relationships. Men and women approach relationships, especially intimacy differently because “Men Are From Mars and Women are from Venus.”  Read the book “Love After 50” so you can keep an active sex life as you age.    

Children Bring Happiness

Children do bring more happiness to relationships. You might have ups and downs when you have children, but overall, people are happier with children. If you can’t have children today because of GMOs, contact surrogacy programs, do IVF or adopt.       

Keep Happy Memories Alive

Keep happy memories around you because they will make you #Happy. I keep pictures of myself and my children close to my work area. My photo albums are not far away.

Send photos to family members, but be careful posting pictures online especially pictures of your children with all the pedophiles collecting these pictures today. I also kept all my daughter’s memorabilia from their schools and presented it to them when they were grown.  

Take Time for Family Projects

Sometimes the happiness comes from planning a family home project. I made sure my family had cakes, balloons, and cards for their birthdays. I even took pictures for 18 years of both my daughter’s birthdays. Family projects excited me especially when I knew everyone would get a kick out of the work I put in. 

Go Off the Beaten Path

Get your creative juices going by doing different things. Everyone has skills and talents which are of value to others so do things that excite you. Learn to cook, sew or shoot a gun. Create your own meetup.com group. 

Take Time to Be Silly

Let your silly-side shine through. Most people don’t know that I have a very ‘comedic side’ that I used to have in school growing up. As I get older and as life gets easier as a Senior, it is definitely coming back to me.  

Feel Right

Try to feel right by living the life you know you are supposed to be living. Don’t think you will be happier in the future than you are in the present.      

Choose Joy and Happiness

You have to wake up and choose to be happy. I do this when I spring out of bed every day. First thing I do is juice green foods which release ‘feel-good’ serotonin in my brain, which helps me feel good.  Then I go and work out, which releases ‘feel-good’ endorphins in my brain. So get a ‘feel-good’ routine for you and your family.  

Being happy can help you:
  • Be more productive.
  • Makes you more helpful.
  • Makes you more likable.
  • Makes you friendlier.
  • Makes you a better leader.
  • Makes you physically attractive.
What I did after listening to the audiobook “The Happiness Project” was to listen to it again for the second time. Then I recommended it to my two daughters and other people that I care deeply about. 
I also started a happiness box, which was recommended by the author. In this box, I place things that automatically make me  #Happy when I open it. 
 
Practice the steps in this article and share them with the people you care deeply about. Make this the year you stop being selfish and start sharing great information with the ones you love. Love yourself and become even happier this year. You deserve it! Good luck!!!
 
  
Cathy Harris is a #VanDweller living ‘The Good Life.’ Her blog website is SimpleLifeRVing.com. She is also an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Business and Love Coach and Self-Publishing Expert and the author of 26 non-fiction books at www.AngelsPress.com. Her books cover topics such as family and community empowerment, health, youth and adult entrepreneurship, writing/publishing, workplace discrimination, whistleblowing, government, law enforcement, domestic and international traveling, politics, media, beauty, car buying and selling for women, aging/retirement – just to name a few. She offers seminars, workshops, and consultations at www.CathyHarrisInternational.com.
 

 

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The Truth About the RV Industry – What You Need To Know About Camping World

 
The Truth About the RV Industry 
What You Need To Know About Camping World
 
June 8, 2019
 
by Cathy Harris, Syndicated Columnist
 
I can’t successfully write this article without first breaking down what has happened in the RV Industry and especially with Camping World, one of the largest RV dealerships in the country.
 
Everyone needs to be glued to Youtube especially if they are an RV or Motorhome “enthusiast,” or a person wanting to one day buy an RV. 
 
Watch the series of videos by Alan Warren, The RV Wingman, on a popular youtube RV show entitled “The RV Show USA,” who is a consumer advocate for RVers.
 
One of the best advocates in the RV industry is a newsletter at RVTravel.com, owned by Editor Chuck Woodbury, who has a list of monthly recalls in the RV industry.  The newsletter is the longest running and best newsletter about RVs anywhere. So subscribe today. 
 
Why Class Action Lawsuits Were Needed Against Camping World
 
Class Action lawsuits create changes in ‘policies and procedures’ and they gain major media attention. But how is this Camping World fiasco going to affect future sells of RVs? We all are hoping for the better.
 
Currently, there are 13 class actions against Camping World and several other individual complaints. Not only does it look like they are headed for bankruptcy, if RVers who bought from Camping World, don’t act fast they will lose even more thousands of dollars on their ESPs (Extended Warranty Protections). 
 
These fees can be up to around $6000 in some cases. Many RVers who did not buy through Camping World, still have these Good Sam’s memberships for road service and insurance so they too need to be concerned.
 
Once Camping World file for bankruptcy, which is right around the corner, RV owners who bought through Camping World will no longer have an opportunity to get this money back and don’t think because of Camping World’s ‘doom and gloom’, it will be the ideal time for you to buy through them — because it won’t. 
 
Understand that most of the RVs bought at Camping World is new. Camping World has the worst Customer Service for RVers out there — hands-down.
 
Not only do they go in and take over other RV national dealerships, but they also fire all the real ‘certified technicians’ and replace them with workers who are nothing more than ‘glorified’ handymen — according to Camping World Whistleblowers. 
 
And this is why when you need a repair with this company, it takes 3 months for them to get to you and another two months to order parts. 
 
Many facebook groups’ admins and moderators are trying their best to keep down all the ‘negative chatter’ on these forums in regards to Camping World, but this is the time for RVers to be ‘well-informed’ on the issues.
 
Those who bought RVs and Motorhomes through Camping World, need to apply for a refund on their ESPs (Extended Warranty Protections) before the company files for bankruptcy or before it’s too late. 
 
I am sure these admins and moderators on facebook and other forums are people who actually work or is connected to Camping World, but now is the time to educate all RV and Motorhome owners on what to look out for now and in the future, especially if the RV industry ever plan on getting back on track.
 
I believe because of the tenacity and boldness of the Class Action complainants to come forward, this will lead to an avalanche of current and future RV owners demanding better customer service and a better quality of RVs and Motorhomes.
 
In many states, the state’s Attorney Generals have had to get involved because of all the RV complaints so make sure you research the manufacturers and dealerships ahead of time on the website at www.BetterBusinessBureau.org. And don’t forget to look up online reviews and complaints at www.PissedConsumer.com
 
Camping World is encouraging buyers to finance through them instead of paying cash outright for an RV so they will be in a position to make more money on any deal.
 
They are even telling some buyers they have to finance through their dealerships instead of with their own credit unions or banks — and this is against the law. 
 
Many RVers trade in their RVs every 32 to 40 months and that’s when many folks who bought at Camping World especially, find out for the first time how they were cheated by them. 
 
One guy paid $12,000 for a camping trailer and 5 years later he still owed $25,000 on it. One lady said they quoted her a price of $53,000, but when she walked out she owed $75,000.
 
One person, a female, said she were prepared to pay thousands of dollars for an RV, over $200,000, but Camping World tried to charge her $20,000 for an ‘extended warranty.’
 
However, she ended up walking out and bought her RV somewhere else and paid $4,200 for a seven-year warranty with Wholesale Warranties, who supposedly always pay their claims. She said the warranty paid for itself in 3.5 years so this was another deal that Camping World lost because of their unethical practices.
 
Listen to the deposition of Marcus Lemonis, the owner of Camping World, (Part 1, Part 2), with his #SmugTestimony, as if what is happening at Camping World is not his fault. He has no shame for what he has done to people who have bought RVs there. He was supposedly thinking about running for President. I think not! RVers would have a field day with him. 
 
‘Wake Up Call’ for the RV Industry
 
What is happening with Camping World at this time was desperately needed. The RV industry really needs, aka “A Good Shakeup,” with back-to-back Class Actions, which would give them all something to think about.
 
We as consumers must demand “better customer service” and a “better quality of work” from any industry especially the RV industry. Let this be a “Wake Up Call” to everyone who works in the industry and who plan on buying RVs or Motorhomes in the future.
 
Many of us will never forget that during the last recession, Obama saved the car industry. Like in the car industry where cars today are not made with as ‘good of quality’ as they were years ago, the RV industry is no different. However, the RV industry needs to be regulated like the car industry with #QualityControl.
 
There is no competition in the RV industry. There is no one or no other groups or countries challenging the RV industry and this is why RV manufacturers are finding a way to continue to make these poorly-made, cheap RVs.
 
It takes 3 to 4 days to build an RV and two and a half months for repairs so this alone should tell you something about where and how RVs are built.
 
Some of the RV factories only have 3 service reps because most of their workforce doesn’t actually use computers. Again, most RVs are made in Indiana and who lives in this area? There are big Amish communities in these areas that are not computer-savvy.
 
At the end of the day, everyone would like to purchase an RV with GOOD QUALITY, but this still won’t guarantee that you won’t have issues with it, whether you bought it NEW or USED, especially because they are coming off the assembly line SO FAST today. 
 
This is why it’s extremely important to hire an NVRIA.org Inspector up front on NEW and USED RVs.
And because many industries like the RV industry are hiring their family, friends, and neighbors on these jobs through nepotism, cronyism, and favoritism and refuse to fire them for shabby work, QUALITY CONTROL has been thrown out the door.
 
As a matter of fact, the CUSTOMER SERVICE and the REPAIR ISSUE is so bad in the RV industry, many RVers are jumping aboard Class Actions lawsuits filed against Camping World and I believe it’s just a matter of time before they go after other companies besides Camping World.
 
Also, I believe because of all the problems in the RV industry, especially with the HIGH REPAIR COSTS, many travel enthusiasts are skipping the headaches and just engaging in #VanLife instead.
 

RV Industry – Opportunities for Growth

Many have said the Baby Boomer generation was the best generation. As a Baby Boomer myself, I believe this to be true. Some have regular monthly incomes so they have been able to go RVing with their grandchildren and other family members and just relax — as they see more than just their backyards. 
 
Many Baby Boomers have been able to retire from jobs they held for 30 years so they have monthly pensions and monthly Social Security checks. Many are retiring at the same time so the RV industry has always had a fresh supply of customers to buy RVs. 
 
As many employers today allow their employees to work remotely from their homes, the average age for RVers is 45 and these individuals are tech-savvy. However, today also many middle-aged women are fastly becoming the largest group of RV consumers out there.
 
Many Generation X’s, Millennials and Generation Z’s are being born into the RV industry and are benefitting from the growth and opportunities in this industry.  
 
The RV industry is not as dismal as many people think. There is a lot of opportunities in the RV industry for growth. However, this growth needs to be regulated. 
 
Many travelers still want to go RVing, not just as weekenders, and despite what has happened with Camping World, they still want to become ‘Full-Time RVers’.  
 
You have industries like Nascar that uses campers and RVs during their events so the demand for RVs and motorhomes will never decrease. 
 
The owners of Cracker Barrel Restaurants and Bass Pro Shops, who also owns Cabelas, who are RVers themselves, are offering up their national parking lots for RVers to park there overnight for FREE after their establishments close for the day. 
 
Other business establishments like HarvestHosts.com (665 Wineries, Breweries, Farms, and more) and Casinos (CasinoCamper.com) have partnered with the RV industry to gain customers and clients to build and grow their businesses so you can also park at these establishments for FREE, but is invited to partake in their services and products. Many other businesses are looking to also go this route. 
 
Many homeowners, especially those who register at www.BoondockersWelcome.com, who own land is welcoming RVers with open arms to park on their land and enjoy themselves for FREE. Other landowners are also looking to turn their land into hangouts for RVers. 
 
Despite the Camping World fiasco, many campgrounds and parks are being built because of all the interests in traveling Full-Time in RVs. There are tons of jobs being built and a major need for RV technicians (also called ‘mechanics’) and inspectors. 
 
Also, there are many opportunities to open up training schools or academies to educate everyone on the RV industry – how to buy; how to fix; how to inspect; etc. 
 
An RV Training Academy in Athens, TX – https://nrvta.com is a training academy outside of Dallas for people who own RVs. They will also help RV technicians and RV Inspectors get their certifications and start their own businesses. These are great business opportunities for all men and women. 
 
The training is a 5-day LIVE CLASS offered by this couple. They also offer an online class at a lower rate ($300). They even offer an RV park for RVers and for those arriving in cars, they have other places for them to stay or RVs for them to rent — while they attend classes. Many new potential RVers attend the classes even before they buy an RV.
 
This group is even working with FEMA (government contracts) to inspect trailers that they wanted to give to people who had experienced damages from hurricanes. This is what you call a lucrative career. This is how real business owners think and anyone can get into these types of jobs or businesses.
 
It’s imperative that we take #BabySteps and open up these schools and academies ourselves. We need to learn to do these repairs ourselves on our own RVs, even if we have ‘extended warranties.’
 
Or the only other choice RVers will have as they travel throughout the country is to google “RV Repair Shops” or “RV Mobile Repairers” in the area and take a chance on these repairers being ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘ethical’. 
 
Living in Cars, Vans and RVs Can Be What We All Need
 
With many families falling victims to eating GMOs  (aka “Processed Foods”) today, which turns off the brain, and are being evicted from their homes at an alarming rate, many should investigate the idea of living in cars, vans, and RVs. 
 
So again, this just might be the PERFECT TIME to demand change in the RV industry. Until the government put their hands down and say they will do better by all people, by first of all giving them a decent ‘living wage,” we have to look for other solutions to house, clothe and feed people.
 
Cities in California, where there is a major homeless problem is even declaring ‘war on the homeless’ and forbidding them to camp out in their cars, vans and even RVs overnight. Many car and van dwellers are turning to rest stops since being kicked out of many areas, especially in California.
 

My Dilemma

Personally, I am really upset at how Camping World treated their customers and clients. I am within 6 months of buying my FIRST RV. So the BIG QUESTION of the day is who else or what other RV dealerships have the same type of UNETHICAL PRACTICES as Camping World?

This dilemma has caused me to rethink my future decision to become an RV owner until I can get better clarifications on how to move forward. Meanwhile, as a former federal Whistleblower myself, at www.TheCathyHarrisStory.com, I do plan on supporting an RV industry Whistleblower, Kevin Frazer, Founder and Owner of Cheyenne Camping Center.

Another ‘outspoken critic’ against Camping World and unethical practices in the RV industry is the CEO of RV Sales of Broward, Gigi Stetler, who is the author of the book “Unstoppable.”

Not only did her RV company in Ft. Lauderdale, FL go up against Camping World, but she went even further and created “The RV Advisor,” (a group similar to AngiesList.com) to protect the rights of RVers. 

The RV Advisor is here to educate RV consumers before and after they purchase an RV. Their goal is to be the #1 resource for RV owners.

This is why they promote proper operating practices and maintenance of RVs, provide virtual mechanical support, and have reviewed the leading service providers’ programs to offer their members the best options at the lowest prices.

Not only is Gigi available to look at your RV contract from other RV dealerships, but she has even stated on “The RV Show USA,” that her company will fix an RV’s emergency the same day and if it is not an emergency, the next day. No other RV dealership has this type of service. At least I have not run across it in my research.

There is another ethical RV dealership,  a mom and pop business, RVStation.com with owner Cannon Combs, who has 7 locations in Texas (one in Oklahoma), who is offering FREE 2 hour monthly RV classes the second Wednesday of each month, even if you did not buy your RV with them.

They will be highlighted often on The RV Show USA. So again, there is a MAJOR NEED and NICHE out there for RV manufacturers, dealerships and even employees who are now Whistleblowers in the RV industry — to step up to the plate and set up these ‘ethical businesses’ to further educate RVers.

So between Kevin Frazer at Cheyenne Camping Center in Iowa, Gigi Stetler with RV Sales of Broward in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Cannon Combs at RVStation.com in Texas, what I really need to do is probably buy my RV from one of these dealerships — and call it a day — especially since all of them seem to be doing right by RVers and is not afraid to go up against Corporate RV giants like Camping World — #EthicalAndBrave.

Just know up-front what you are getting into when you purchase an RV. There is no such thing as purchasing the perfect RV. When you settle on an RV, it will probably only have about 80% of what you really want in it. 
 
Again, be ready to wait days, weeks and months for repairs, especially in the summertime when everyone is out vacationing and because of the SHORTAGE of RV repair shops or mobile RV repairers. 
 
The goal is to learn to fix these repairs yourself even if you have ‘extended warranties’ or start RV repair and inspection businesses. You can read my first business book to understand how business really works. The book is entitled “How To Take Control of Your Own Life: A Self-Help Guide To Starting Your Own Business” (Series 2).
 
The book discusses everything from ‘start to finish’ if you truly want to become a successful business owner and like all my books at AngelsPress.com, they can be read by 12-year olds and above.
 
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Cathy Harris is a #VanDweller living ‘The Good Life.’ Her blog website is SimpleLifeRVing.com. She is also an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Business and Love Coach and Self-Publishing Expert and the author of 26 non-fiction books at www.AngelsPress.com. Her books cover topics such as family and community empowerment, health, youth and adult entrepreneurship, writing/publishing, workplace discrimination, whistleblowing, government, law enforcement, domestic and international traveling, politics, media, beauty, car buying and selling for women, aging/retirement – just to name a few. She offers seminars, workshops, and consultations at www.CathyHarrisInternational.com.
 
 

 

A New Way of Living – How To Live ‘The Good Life’ in a Car, Van, RV, Bus, or Boat

 
A New Way of Living: How To Live ‘The Good Life’ in a Car, Van, RV, Bus, or Boat
 
  • Phase 1Getting The Right Mindset to Full-Time RV
  • Phase 2 – Purchasing the Perfect RV
  • Phase 3 – Packing Up Essential RV Supplies and Hitting the Road
May 30, 2019
 
by Cathy Harris, Syndicated Columnist
 
 
Hi everyone:
 
All it takes is one GREAT IDEA idea to change or transform your life. If you can pick up this idea and motivate yourself into action — your entire life can change in an instant. 
 
Pick Up the Torch Younger Generations
 
Some of you will read this article and say Cathy Harris has totally flipped her mind and others will say, she is a GOD for passing on this wonderful info and action plan. 
 
As a  #BabyBoomer  (at age 62), and as an elder, I am trying desperately to  PASS THE TORCH to the next generation as I advise them on some POSSIBLE OPTIONS for rebuilding their lives.
 
Therefore, stop and think logically and check out this ‘New Way of Living’.  Many people today especially on social media are too opinionated and they ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’. They refuse to listen to any good ideas or strategies to move their family and communities forward. 
 
 
Wake Up Before It’s Too Late
 
Hear me out on this  NEW WAY OF LIVING that can enhance all our lives. I haven’t owned a TV in quite a while and this is why I have been able to make good decisions in my life. 
 
Unlike most of you that watch TV and allow all that noise to get into your head, while you are bombarded with daily negative messages, I choose peace, harmony, and tranquility throughout my day.
 
Today we have to do more than just sit around hoping that Donald Trump get impeached or that we elect another president that will be about the people. 
 
The way the world is going today, it’s about to be  
#SurvivalOfTheFittest.  We need to look within our ownselves for the answers and take PROACTIVE STEPS  to build our own lives. For some, it will take #BabySteps so let’s be patient with each other as we embrace a NEW WAY OF LIVING. 
 
My Story – Born To Be A Wanderer (aka “Nomad”)
 
To keep excitement and adventure in my life, I believe in change. This is why as I age gracefully, I keep exploring what life has to offer and keep reinventing myself. 
 
On Jan. 2, 2013, I left Atlanta, GA after 20 years. Because I wanted to take advantage of my expertise, I created the”Cathy Harris Humanitarian Tour” and visited over 15 states. 
 
I put my belongings in storage, packed my car up and got on the open road. I drove around the country exploring the sites, meeting wonderful individuals and groups I had met online over the years, and I held these exciting
seminars and
workshops around my health and business initiatives. 
 
I felt like I  could no longer breathe in Atlanta.  I felt like the city was taking my ‘creative juices’ from me and if I did not leave, it would take my very soul.  You see — next to where I grew up at — 2 hours outside Atlanta for 19 years, it was the longest time I had stayed in ONE SPOT. 
 
Ever since I was in the military, I have always had that #Wandering spirit inside of me. So my entire body was aching to leave, aching to explore and I was just aching to show up fully in my life. 
 
The fact that I had already lost 15 of my closest friends at the ages of 45 and 46, including my ex-husband — my daughter’s father, I just knew it was time to close that chapter of my life and start another. 
 
Because I had driven a government vehicle on my job for over 20 years when I retired in 2005, I was very comfortable behind the wheel of a vehicle and even had had these recurring dreams from time to time that I was a race car driver in another life. 
 
Being on the road is the only thing that made sense to me.  That year on the road was a great lesson in “humanity.”  I realized because of my love for ALL PEOPLE — no matter what I did for the rest of my life — that I had to put #HumanityFirst. 
 
So now in  5 months I will be leaving the Orlando, FL area after one year and going on to the NEXT STAGE of my life — which as you should have guessed by now — back on the road.
 
My New Lifestyle in 3 Phrases (Phase I, Phase 2, Phase 3)
 

My new priority will be teaching on the road so what I am promoting is a NEW LIFESTYLE, A NEW WAY OF  LIVING, especially for the population that can be MOBILE. 

In 6 months to a year, it is my ACTION PLAN to become a  Full-Time RVer and travel and teach around the U.S., while I explore some great sites, see my family and old friends, and just gain the freedom that I so desire. 
 
This is truly living “The Good Life.” You too can live 
#TheGoodLife in a car, van, RV, bus, boat, etc. and travel around the world and back again. 
 
As I present  this #MinimalistLifestyle in 3 phrases
(Phase IPhase 2, and Phase 3, my NEW BLOG –SimpleLifeRVing.com will break down this ENTIRE PROCESS for you. Study it then go out and conduct your own research because you do have options today. 
 
Topics I will discuss while I assist RVers, Car, Van, Bus, and Boat Dwellers, other Minimalists and YOU on the road include:
  • Minimalism
  • Health/Gardening
  • Business 
These are my Phases as I see them:
  • Phase 1: Getting the Mindset of Going Full-Time RVing. 
  • Phase 2: Finding the Perfect RV.
  • Phase 3: Packing the RV and Getting On the Road 
My 3 movements – a  black women’s movement” The Essential Women’s Movement for African American Women,”  my  organic food movement Virtual Organic Garden Clubs” and my  business movement “Mobile Learning Clubs” will be downgraded from movements to initiatives, which  means all of these will still be very important in my  teachings  and  lessons  as I move on to another platform and teach from the road. 
 
Action Plan for Your Health
 
GMOs (aka “Processed Foods”), foods that have been altered from their original state or foods that you buy in packages, bags, cans, jars, etc. have completely devastated most cities today. 
GMOs, which have no #NutritionalValue especially causes #BrainIssuessuch as mental health issues, autism and babies born with smaller brains, bipolar disorder, depression, Alzheimer’s, MS, Parkinson’s, etc. and many other issues including nutritional deficiencies, immune problems, food allergies, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, blindness, accelerated aging – just to name a few. 
 
Even though at one time GMOs were mostly grown in the midwest, now they are everywhere. GMOs are grown in over 50% of America’s crops. Many, especially farmers, believe that figure can even be as high as 70%. 
 
Not only are they on your plate, they are ‘airborne’, which means you are breathing in GMOs when you go outside your home every day. To counteract this or to keep these poisons and toxins exiting your body, it’s important to eat good, clean ORGANIC foods, drink good water, take daily supplements, exercise regularly and get plenty of rest, while you engage in a regular detoxification program. 
 
Remember that EVERY CITY has a holistic or natural community. You don’t have to live in these areas, but it’s important to switch over to eating ORGANIC FOODS so look for these communities in your city or set these up your own self.
 
If you are sick – get better and get out here on the road with us and remember being out here will allow you extra funds to pay off bills — while you save money and eat #OrganicFoods.
Read more about GMOs in all 6 of my health books
at  AngelsPress.com and make sure you sign up for Jeffrey Smith’ e-newsletter at www.ResponsibleTechnology.org. Information is out there. It’s not hidden under a rock.  
 
New Health Risk Today – Mandatory Measles Vaccinations
 
Since GMOs are not taking families out fast enough, now the government (also the medical and pharmaceutical industry) is trying to make everyone take another measles’ vaccination. 
 
First, it was announced a few months ago in several media outlets that social media would no longer educate anyone on vaccinations because they say the information being put out it is not correct.
 
Now you see they were setting everyone up for this NEW MEASLES’ VACCINATIONS  to further take out the population.
The government is attempting to make adults born before 1989to take another measles vaccination. 
This includes my two daughters and it could very well be ‘the end of the end’ for many people who are not paying attention.   
 
I am pretty sure that the government (also the medical and pharmaceutical industry) are working to make these new vaccinations a requirement for those that receive state or federal benefits such as Veterans, Medicaid and Medicare recipients, etc.
 
When I left Texas 7 months ago, tons of folks were fleeing California to Texas because of their mandatory vaccination laws for children. 
 
Texas has a strong advocacy group that advocates against vaccinations so EVERY STATEneed to form a group similar to — “Texans for Vaccine Choice.” They were successful many times in keeping politicians who were pro-vaccines off the ballot.
 
The government is even preparing to send nurses to vaccinate adults in their homes. Vaccinations contain heavy metals, which renders your ability to use your brain or render you #Brainless (the same as GMOs, which contains ‘heavy metals’ from pesticides and herbicides) so it’s important to understand how to remove these heavy metals from your body if you are forced to take these vaccinations. Read my informative article entitled “How To Gain Back Your Mental Clarity After Eliminating Heavy Metals.”
 
Plan for the Next Recession
 
We have all heard the stories about how Amazon.com, Google.com, and Facebook.com employees are sleeping in their cars because they are not being paid enough money to be able to afford a roof over their heads. 
 
So know up-front that this article is not trying to glamorize sleeping in a car, truck, van or RV, especially if you don’t have funds to fix it up so that you can live there comfortably.
 
However, just know there are people sleeping in cars, trucks, vans, RVs, etc. that are traveling around the world and back again and building new #Minimalism communities so these individuals are quite happy and content with their lives. The goal is to always be planning for your future — not just for Saturday night.
 
For many of you who are not planning for another recession — you should be. Many believe it’s right around the corner. I witnessed the last recession first-hand in 2008, when I lived in Atlanta, GA and I will never forget the devastation and pain in the eyes of families — who had no action plan.
 
Many families never recovered from the 2008 financial crash. Our first way back to healing from this 2008 atrocity is to get Trump out of office — who has unleashed nothing but a trail of turmoil, which has sent families on a downward spiral of racism, depression, and hopelessness. 
 
After many families received  bank notices that banks were taking back their homes in 2008, instead of planning accordingly and putting their belongings in storage, many were so distraught and devastated that they just walked out of their homes leaving behind their beloved pets
(cats, dogs, etc.) along with other prized possessions.
 
On one side of the street there were lines of empty houses owned by banks and on the other side were tons of families sleeping in cars, parks, etc. 
 
Because many families were so ashamed of their situations, they did not even bother to put their belongings in storage and reach out to family members and friends — until the turmoil passed. 
 
When bank agents inspected the homes, there were tons of dead animals and personal belongings including memorabilia and other lifetime achievement awards including family photos albums left behind. 
 
Banks then spent not just days, but weeks and months holding garage sales to get rid of these families’ prized possessions left behind.  Unlike the people that I will discuss today in this article, who are living in cars, vans, RVs, buses, etc. and who have ACTION PLANS for their lives, these individuals and families had NO ACTION PLAN so many went straight from their homes to live on streets, park benches, etc.
 
Action Plan for Homeowners – 47% of Your Take Home Pay is for Rent or Mortgage
The average American spends  47% of their  TAKE
HOME PAY for a roof over their head. Houses, condos, townhouses, duplexes, and apartments are TRAPSthat we fall into. 
 
So if you can knock out that 47%and become
Full-Time RVers or even live in a Car, Truck, Van, Bus, Boat, etc., just think how great you can live and how you can see all the beautiful sites, make great friends along the way and have access to all the ORGANIC FOODS you want. Some RVers are even growing foods, especially herbs, which can take the place of toxic spices, inside their RVs.
 

Many have chosen to live this minimalist lifestyle after first being impressed with the  Tiny House

movement. I know that’s what got me to this point. However, tiny houses are not built for extensive travel — and I want to travel.
 
If you own a home, then your NUMBER ONE GOAL should be to grow your own foods in front and backyard gardens, and/or in pots and containers on rooftops, balconies, patios, porches, in your kitchen and other rooms with grow lights. 
 
Singles or couples should stop buying homes with
Homeowner’s Associations (HOAs)so they can grow foods in front yards also. 
 
If you are underwater on your house and you are literally dying from the pressure to keep your home, stay on a job that you no longer enjoy, stay healthy, pay off bills, and/or to make it from day to day, then you are the group that seriously need to look at this NEW  ACTION PLAN . 
 
Living in Communal Houses
 
Also, check out Communal Houses as a place to live and educate your family and community. Sometimes these Communal Houses can hold up to 8 to 10 people or more at a time (not all family members). 
 
Even if you don’t live there, many have rooms for rent to highlight your own natural and holistic products and services and many provide classes on what to grow and when to grow it. So if these are not in your community, you need to build them.
 
What Gentrification Taught Us
 
Gentrification should have taught everyone, especially African Americans, that the world cares nothing about the challenges and struggles of common people and this is why you need to get aboard with this  NEW PLAN OF ACTION to live “The Good Life” in a car, van, RV, bus, boat, etc. 
 
Gentrification has already displaced many black families in this country. Many people had to move across the country or even to another country after their communities were gentrified.
 
We no longer have communities that support us. We don’t know our neighbors anymore so why not give this new  #Minimalist lifestyle a try? Let’s create our own ideal communities.
 
The Reality of Job Loss and Homelessness
 
There is no job security anymore. When many employees are fired from jobs, many don’t even know they can go to the Department of Labor (DOL.gov) offices’ in their cities and draw unemployment for 20 to 26 weeks in most states until they can find another job. 
 
However, many states have stortened the length of time that they will give out these unemployment benefits, especially because of ‘anti-family’ politicians, which you need to vote out of office. 
 
Because of the terminations, in many cases, #WrongfulTerminations, many will be evicted from apartments within 30 days and homes within 2 to 3 months. 
 
Remember what just happened to federal employees when they had to go TWO MONTHS without pay. Many died and others who had disabilities, these disabilities went from being a TEMPORARY disability to a PERMANENT disability.
 
When many families lose their homes, they will go from their apartments or homes to living on a friend’s or relatives’ couch or even in a relationship with a man or women that they care nothing about — just to make ends meet.
 
Many will even turn to prostitution or selling drugs or start committing crimes. And many just END UP HOMELESS on the streets — unless they have some type of ACTION PLAN. This is the action plan!
 
Police Will Watch You Either Way
 
The police is watching black families whether they live in a ‘sticks and brick’ dwelling or is living in a car, van, RV, bus, boat, etc. so I am pretty sure that many black men or even black women don’t want to be behind the wheel of a vehicle because of racial profiling and police brutality. 
 
However, it still beats ending up with mental illness, begging and homeless on the streets. Just know up-front that the police will target you if are a black male with long hair, especially locs and dreads, when your pants are sagging, etc. so make yourself presentable and know the CORRECT WAY to interact with the police. Read my book “Police Interactions 101: How To Interact With the Police in Your Car, On the Streets, In Your Home.” Every 10 to 13-year old black male especially need to read the book. 
 
People Who Live in Cars Aren’t Always Homeless
 
Think about trading in your car for a van (minivan, cargo van, camper van or another larger vehicle, etc.) or buy an RV, new or used, from (RVTrader.comeBayCraigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or a dealership) and get a job on the road before it’s too late. 
 
People who live in cars are not homeless – not always. Today college students live in cars and vans because they can’t afford to pay for housing. They wash up in dorms even though they don’t live there so why don’t we call them homeless?
 
There are avenues and ways that you can fix your car up, especially larger cars like SUVs, minivans, cargo vans and trailers, old bread trucks, old horse trailers, old semis, buses, boats, etc., and have ALL THE AMENITIES of an RV and you can live there while you pay off bills, travel the world, or just figure out your next move. You can also have a PROFESSIONAL Van Build and/or become a #VanDweller. 
 
This is when you pay a carpenter and/or electricianto help you set up your van so you can live there. They have #VanBuilds all the time so look for these groups on facebook, youtube or at  CheapRVLiving.com on youtube.com.
 
Many people who live in cars or are van dwellers are not homeless. They are living this way because they want to live this way.  So don’t feel sorry for them. Instead, come out here on the road and join their lifestyle #Minimalism.   
 
Many just want to live an #Adventurous and #Mobile lifestyle. They are ‘taking the bull by the horn’ (to do something difficult in a brave and determined way) and creating a life that they can truly love. 
 
For the rest of their lives and on their death beds, they will have a brain bank full of memories with stories to share with the people they love. 
 
Jobs and Businesses on The Road
 
What we are doing is redefining the “American Dream.” This is the American Dream on wheels. Not only do we need to redefine the American Dream, but we need to redefine #Success. Many of us are successful, but we don’t have to share it with the entire world. 
 
What would it take for a person today to head out on the road and never work again? Well if you have some type of paycheck (retirement, Social Security, disability, savings, etc.) coming in, then you can do this very easily.
 
The RV, Car, Van and Bus Dwelling community is desperately seeking more carpenters, electricians, RV mechanics, RV Inspectors, etc.
 
You could make a killing in these fields by catering to the RV community, Car, Van, Bus Dwellers, and the Tiny House movement, which are EXPANDING
RAPIDLY every day as many families realizes this is the best way to live — #Minimalism, #Simplicity.
 
There are plenty of jobs all over the U.S. If you own a car, van, RV, bus, boat, etc. You can travel around the U.S. to all types of jobs so stop being tied down to your city or a particular area. 
 
Many are 
seasonal jobs where you can work 2, 3 or 6 months out of the year and use the rest of your time to travel and see some wonderful sites and just have fun.
 
Don’t wait until your current situation (you get too depressed or sick to take action) get so serious that you won’t be in a position to set yourself up on the road.  Check out these remote jobs and business links  in my NEW BLOG at “SimpleLifeRVing.com – Phase 1.” 
 
Bring Your Animals and Homeschool Your Kids On The Road
 
When you are on the road, the goal is to have all the comforts of home so feel free to bring your entire family and pets with you on the road. Your pets will feel right at home and will have plenty of room to roam free in nature. 
 
Not only can you live in a car, van, RV, on a bus, boat, etc., but you can 
homeschool your kids while you live out there and travel — with very little training.
 
Many use the Bob Jones homeschool program, but there are many other great homeschooling programs for you and your family on the road. Your kids will have first-hand experience because they are out there on the road with you — #Learning, #CreatingMemories, #HavingFun.
 
Plenty of FREE Land To Live On
 
Tired of driving – by the way there are plenty of FREE LAND in the U.S. (Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, California, and other states) to settle down on — where you can park your car, van, RV, bus, etc. for FREE, while you build a new life for yourself.
 
The land is called BLM.gov (Bureau of Land Management) land or National Forest land, which is owned by the government, however, you can live on this land for FREE. 
 
A majority of the BLM land is in the west, but there is land in other parts of the country also.
Check out the website and today because of technology, they have apps to help you find this FREE LAND such as FreeCampsites.net, Allstays, RV Parky, Campendium — just to name a few(More at Phase3)
 
You can live on this land by yourself or park around others who have already chosen this type of lifestyle.  There are plenty of caravans and convoys
all over the U.S. for women and men to be able to create their ideal communities.
 

SimpleLifeRVing.com – Phase 3 is the FINAL PHASE of our 3-step action plan to get you on the road living “The Good Life,”  features a list of apps to use on the road to find this FREE LAND, RV parks and campgrounds with and without hookups, and other areas to park your car, van, RV, bus, etc.  

Look Within Yourself for The Answers
 
Again, “We are the ones we have been waiting on” — and we need to look for our answers within. Life is about taking risks and chances. We, as a society, have become so complacent with our lives and even fearful of taking chances. 
 
We need to stop allowing SOCIETY to dictate
how we live our lives.  You are here for a reason and it’s not to hoard a lot of physical stuff so always be thinking #Minimalism. 
 
I don’t know about you but I am ready to join 
ANOTHER COMMUNITY, a #Kinder and more #Brave community of people who are truly living #TheGoodLife in their cars, vans, RVs, on buses, boats, etc. Just know up front that none of us are homeless, we just chose to live this lifestyle — #MinimalistLifestyle101, #Simplicity101.
 
See you in January at the Rubber Tramp Rendevous (RTR)in Quartzsite, AZ. These events,  Women RTR (Jan. 4-8, 2020) and the RTR  (Jan. 8-18, 2020) were founded by Bob Wells, a true visionary at 
 
Make sure you view his website and watch all his interviews on  youtube.com with others embracing the #MinimalistMovement and truly living #TheGoodLife in their cars, vans, RVs, buses, etc. 
 
Look for my upcoming youtube channel soon entitled  “Simple Life RVing” with Cathy Harris. Also, look for another non-fiction book -#27- “Simple Life RVing: How To Embrace Minimalism and Live ‘The Good Life’ by Living in a Car, Van, RV, or on a Bus.” 
 
Keep in mind if you attend the yearly RTR in Quartzsite, AZ, there will #WorkamperJobs that will be hiring on the spot so there is a good chance you will walk away with a job. Again, other jobs are posted in our FIRST  blog post at –  SimpleLifeRVing.com – Phase 1.
 

Cathy Harris is a #VanDweller living ‘The Good Life.’ Her blog website is SimpleLifeRVing.com. She is also an Empowerment and Motivational Speaker, Advice Columnist at DearCathy.com, Non-GMO Health and Wellness Expert, Business and Love Coach and Self-Publishing Expert and the author of 26 non-fiction books at  www.AngelsPress.com. Her books cover topics such as family and community empowerment, health, youth and adult entrepreneurship, writing/publishing, workplace discrimination, whistleblowing, government, law enforcement, domestic and international traveling, politics, media, beauty, car buying and selling for women, aging/retirement – just to name a few. She offers seminars, workshops, and consultations at www.CathyHarrisInternational.com .
 

 

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