I think a few people are subscribed here, and now and then I hear of someone checking in. So I’d like to let you know where I am now and what I’m doing.
When I built my little yurpee, I hoped to be able to live there most of the year and earn an income through freelance work that I could do online – I’ve been a freelance copy editor and writer since around 1998. It seemed reasonable.
But things didn’t quite work out – often my Internet access didn’t work, and I had to drive into St. Johns to work at the library – over an hour’s drive. Then, in 2015, my major client was sold, and I lost that work.
At that point I decided to do what seemed necessary: live somewhere else for a while, so that I could work and get on my feet financially, and then return to the land when I could.
The summer of 2015, I drove all over New Mexico looking for a place I’d like to live, and a job, and I didn’t find anything. I was living in my truck and was what I’d call officially homeless. Eventually I stayed with a friend in Santa Fe for a few months and worked waiting tables, and then I moved in with my mother. I went back to the land to visit when I could.
By the end of 2016, the situation wasn’t improving. I hadn’t been able to secure new freelance work, and my options seemed to come down to waiting tables, managing a dollar store, or learning to drive trucks.
I know I had other options – I could have got an office job, or probably worked as a librarian in Apache County. But those things felt like dead ends, as did living with my mother with no end in sight.
So I scraped up the money I did have and bought a ticket to Bangkok.
Since October 2016 I’ve been a “nomad.” I’ve spent a total of about 19 months in Southeast Asia, and the rest of the time in Spain, Portugal, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Australia, and the USA. I’m loving it.
The first six months in Asia were dicey; I had so little money. I was earning a little (between 50 cents and about $3 an hour) by working on Mechanical Turk and transcribing audio for an Internet service. Once I decided to stay in Asia long term, I sold my truck to Peter Bigfoot at Reevis Mountain School – he’d been storing it for me – and that gave me a bit of funds.
Then, in the spring of 2017, while I was in Thailand, I discovered a new type of work: writing abstracts (for a company out of Switzerland called getAbstract). I also found work copy editing academic papers through an online service. It was huge: for the first time in my life I was making a decent living on my own, making ends meet through my own work. Before, I’d always either been with a partner who provided for me or been on my own and broke. So becoming financially solvent and independent was a huge boost to my confidence and self-esteem.
I’m currently continuing to travel while I pursue a dance and writing project called The Year of Dancing. You can read about that here.
I’m also writing on Medium under the pen name SK Camille. I write about life lessons, love, healing, and my experiences at the farm and traveling.
Now that things are starting to take shape, I wanted to touch base with anyone who found me on this site, and bring you over to my new places, if those topics interest you. I’ll be sending out a weekly email just to let people know where I am and what I’ve been writing. I’ll put a form at the bottom of this post so you can sign up for that if you’d like to. It won’t be permaculture at this time – it will be about my writing, travel, and dance, for the time being. (NOTE: If you subscribe to THIS blog, you won’t get anything – I’m not going to post here anymore, unless someday I do return to Apache County! The only way you’ll get updates from me is if you subscribe via the little “Let’s connect” form below. Thanks.)
I still think often of my land in Apache County and I long to go back. I don’t own the land (I’d been making payments on it), but I stay in touch with the seller and he’s told me if I want to come back, the land isn’t going anywhere. At this point, I don’t know. If I had a million dollars (or even a lot less than that! 😉 ), I would certainly purchase the land and get there whenever I could.
As it is, I’m looking to settle down in 2020, and that will probably be in Portugal. I have my eye on a little stone cottage with enough ground that I could plant an orchard and garden and keep bees.
In the meantime, I’m writing a lot, continuing to work on my emotional healing and spiritual growth, and enjoying my travel and dance project.
Blessings to you, wherever you are. If we don’t connect again, it’s still great sharing the planet with you.