#17 | Freelancing in a Trailer Across North America with Tina Eaton
About This Episode
Here are some choices Tina faces every day: using a hair-dryer or charging her laptop? Shower first or washing dishes? These are the daily realities of living full-time in a trailer traveling across North America. While the idea of quitting your job and moving into a trailer to travel full-time sounds incredibly magical, the reality is not all that glamorous. Freeing indeed, but a pain in the ass logistically and emotionally.
Tina Eaton became an “accidental freelancer” after she and her boyfriend had quit their jobs and sold most of their belongings to move into a trailer and travel full-time. A traditionally trained journalist, former editor, and marketing professional, Tina had definitely not prepared herself for everything that’s about to hit her in this “dream life…
“It takes constant strength and a lot of grace to follow your passion and prove that you can succeed. We are uniquely equipped to succeed.”
No mailing address, re-learning how to do daily tasks with less, waking up in a Walmart parking lot with rotten food because of dead propane tanks, installing solar panels, energy-saving practices and the logistics of trailer waste management are just some of her daily worries.
“I think I’m a better person for my time spent in this trailer.”
“Living in a trailer makes your mind rewire itself.”
She calls herself homeless, and not making a lot of money, but she still feels successful.
It all started on a regular day at work, when Tina snapped and sent her boyfriend a message “F**k it!” She trusted her instinct and intuition. They’ve been on the road 6 months now and have no plans to stop.
“Running away from how I felt to another state and another lifestyle didn’t solve my emotional issues. I have to face them even more.”
While life on the road management is “figure out-able,” the inner demons she has to deal with are much harder to tackle. Tina has chosen to pursue her career as a freelance writer, due to her hobby and her background in Journalism. All of this while living for a few months now in a trailer with her boyfriend, while sightseeing the US, and waking up in different in places every now and then.
Tools & Resources Mentioned
- Google Products
- Wunderlist – To-do list, Reminders, Errands – App of the Year! Plan for anything. Organize and share your to-do, work, grocery, movies and household lists. No matter what you’re planning, how big or small the task may be, Wunderlist makes it super easy to get stuff done.
- Killed Newsfeed – Kills the news feed and replaces it with a message reminding you not to get distracted. That’s it. You can still check your messages and notifications, post status updates, and do everything you could do before. You just won’t get distracting news feed posts anymore. No more wasting time on Facebook. No more getting distracted when you log on to send a message. It’s that simple.
People/Blogs to Follow
- Medium – A place to read, write, and interact with the stories that matter most to you. Every day, thousands of voices read, write, and share important stories on Medium.
- Regina Anaejionu of ByRegina.com – The human approach to teaching, publishing, and selling online. Listen to Girlskill episode with Regina here.
- David Kadavy on Medium – Top 20 Amazon author. “Love Your Work” podcast. Quartz, Observer, Inc, HuffPo, McSweeney’s, Upworthy.
- Ash Ambirge – The Middle Finger Project – Professional writer, business woman, smart ass, and founder of the unconventional lifestyle and career website, The Middle Finger Project, Ash Ambirge is on an international mission to help the lost, the confused, the disillusioned and the “how the hell did I become an administrative assistants?” of the world become more unf*ckwithable in their work—and lives—by learning how to trust themselves unflinchingly and build a unique, modern, gloriously independent career using that great, big, free thing we call The Internet.
- Brennan Dunn Founder and CEO at DoubleYourFreelancing.com – a 7-figure/yr (mostly) solo business that helps freelancers master the business behind their business. Formerly bootstrapped a web agency. Started and sold a SaaS company, Planscope.
- Brene Brown’s books – a research professor at the University of Houston, has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers.
- “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood – a fiction book that explores a broad range of issues relating to power, gender, and religious politics. Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award-winner Claire Danes (Temple Grandin, Homeland) gives a stirring performance of this classic in speculative fiction, one of the most powerful and widely read novels of our time.
- “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut – An American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.