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If you’re reading this, then you may have noticed that I haven’t updated the site in awhile. Why? Because I live in a real home again! I probably should have posted awhile ago explaining the situation, but you know how life is, things happen faster than expected and suddenly a year has past. So here’s what happened in a nutshell: June 2014 – I realize I have a problem. I have over $25,000 of debt across my 4 credit cards. July – I look for ways to drastically…
That’s what my friend Joe Johnson said after introducing me to a friend of his who had just heard me say that I’m homeless. The onslaught of questions that followed reminded me that I’ve been meaning to sit down and consider what my life is like right now. Things are moving so fast that it’s hard for me to really consider what’s going on, instead, I often find myself simply jumping from one thing to the next.
I’ve made it a full month without a regular place to sleep. Actually, almost a month and a half now. I was planning on writing this post on October 1st, but as has been the case with many things in my life recently, it’s been hard to make time for it. A lot has changed since going homeless over a month ago. And that’s the topic of this post. The good, the bad, and the “ugly” of my transition into this new lifestyle. The change has been overwhelmingly good. But it’s not all rainbows and unicorns.
cinnamon, and flax seeds. The rest of the day is similarly themed. This diet started as a way to strengthen my immune system, but the energy and “clean feeling” benefits have bolstered my resolve to keep this going strong.
And there you have it folks… the good, the bad, and the ugly of my homeless lifestyle (thus far.) I’m wiped and not going to review this so apologies in advance for any mistakes / errors.
When I was preparing to go homeless, there were a number of factors I had to consider.
I knew right from the get-go that without a regular home where I could rest and re-cooperate, I needed to take every precaution to not get sick. I’ve always been the type of person who seems to get a cold almost every month or two. With frequent drinking, not enough sleep, and rampant stress, my immune system has been a mess for years.
All of that changed when I went homeless.
As mentioned in an earlier post, the month before ditching my apartment I joined Tim Ferriss (and a bunch of other people) in a NOBNOM month. Well guess what? That month turned into two… and I don’t intend to stop. Not drinking booze has not only saved me a ton of money, it’s kept me in good health during a period of HUGE change and stress. But that’s just one piece of the puzzle.
So you don’t go out anymore? I do! I still go out to bars / clubs from time to time. I just drink non-alcoholic beer or soda water with lime. It’s forced me to become comfortable without the help of the so called “social lubricant.”
No masturbation? Yup. But that doesn’t mean no sex
What’s with the weird food thing? I’ve recently been trying the Paleo diet. No grains, cereals, candy or the like. In the past month I’ve likely eaten more vegetables than I’ve eaten in the past couple years. I’m monitoring progress and will continue or alter this regimen depending on results.
While I’ve given up a number of things, I’ve also taken on quite a few as well.
Which comes back to the original point of this post.
Throughout my life, I’ve spent countless hours playing Civilization, eating junk food (I love pizza), and watching movies (sometimes back-to-back.) But now… I’m doing push-ups in the office (Push-Up Friday’s have become a real thing — even Engineering joins in), gobbling up broccoli with guacamole, and studying the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Not only has my lifestyle changed, but my sense of who I am: my values, my goals, my competency, has changed.
You obviously don’t need to “go homeless” to take any of this on. It just so happened that making these lifestyle changes wasn’t such a big deal in contrast to ditching my apartment. It makes me wonder what else I can take on… =)
Image Credit: Nancy Regan
…or more specifically: a laundry and dry cleaning service right near my office.
I’ve now been homeless for two straight weeks and I think I’ve done a pretty bang-up job so far. From the most basic needs like shelter and nutrition to those closer to the “want” section like fitness and socializing; I’ve found economical and efficient means for addressing the majority of them. But until today, the one piece that was always missing was laundry. I was going through clothes like I had ants in my pants. And on that note, the other night I DID have ants in my pants.
…but there was always that sack of laundry in a garbage bag under my desk. Until now.
This discovery is big.
The alternative options required a significant investment of time. And surprisingly, it’s not spending money that is my biggest constraint, it’s time. It’s funny, you’d think someone going homeless to save money would be willing to deal with quarters and a couple hours of time to save the buckage instead of having someone else do it for you at a premium, but I truly don’t have time for it. The opportunity cost of doing the laundry myself is just too high. In those two hours, I could’ve made close to $100 doing consulting work. When you work a full-time job and two consulting jobs on off hours and weekends, time becomes scarce fast.
I’ll have my first order of clean clothes in my hands tomorrow afternoon. I hope they’re still warm =)