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About Dawn @ TPC

Remodeling a 25 foot camper with pallets.

Turning the Page

Turning the Page

Today is my 40th birthday, and in honor of such a “big-deal-birthday”, I have decided to share some of my hard-won knowledge and favorite sayings.

  1. Lead, follow or get the hell out of my way! First saw this on a bumper sticker in my 20’s and it has been like a mantra ever since.
  2. If what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is true, I should be able to bench press a Buick by now! I can bench press one in my mind and since that’s where I got stronger, I guess that’s good enough for me.
  3. Always look before you leap. True in most situations but occasionally life requires a leap of faith. Take it, even if you think you’re not ready. Growing up while you grow older will leave you with plenty of regrets. Don’t create more.
  4. Drama should be a four letter word. Creating drama only makes life more difficult.
  5. Not my circus, not my monkeys. See #4 if you’re confused. Don’t buy in to other people’s drama either.
  6. Life isn’t about weathering the storm, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. This thought has gotten me through dark times.
  7. Just when you’re ready to give up and give in, hold the image of a child you love in your mind, then try to give up. Your child, grandchild, a special niece or nephew…whatever works. When the child you imagine is you, you’re doing it right.
  8. There comes a time in every woman’s life when she must face the reality of who she has become. However you feel about facing your shadow-self speaks volumes about the kind of person you are.
  9. Don’t judge a book by its cover. You could be selling someone short and missing a unique experience.
  10. Everyone deserves a second chance, but not everyone deserves a 3rd.
  11. When you find your soulmate(s) you’ll do anything necessary to keep them, even if it hurts you to do it.
  12. Life is about the journey, not the destination.
  13. The goal of life is not to arrive at the grave in a well-preserved body. It is to skid in sideways screaming, “That was one hell of a ride!”

Seeing as how 13 is my lucky number and it is my birthday, I’ll leave you with my top 13.

I hope your day is blessed!

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Posted by on March 2, 2015 in Letters To the Past, Life





That’s what they call people who live in an RV full-time, and that’s what we are.

Our home is a 25′ Fleetwood that is almost as old as I am. It’s currently in a state of remodeling that feels endless some days, but it’s home.

Even though we are not currently on the road, although we do plan to do that one day, it’s still not an easy way to live. Especially when your home is in disrepair and nearing 30.

We didn’t really plan for remodeling when we first discussed living in an RV all the time, and the job seemed overwhelming at first, but now we have a better idea of what we’re doing and things are moving, albeit slowly.

We just replaced all the plumbing. A daunting task indeed since we have only had running water in the kitchen sine we bought the place. Life has been lived on water bottles, hoses, solar water heating bags, borrowed showers and heating water on the stove until recently.

I got to take my first real hot shower since moving in and it was amazing. Amazing in a way that I think only someone who has lived without running hot water can fully appreciate.

We did discover a small leak that has to be repaired soon but it’s very minor, and we still haven’t quite gotten the toilet repaired, but overall, I’d have to call it a success.

There is still a lot to be done, but the things we have accomplished recently have made a huge difference.

In addition to the plumbing and hot water heater, we were also able to purchase a futon for the living room. The one pictured isn’t mine, but it’s the one we purchased from

We also got a tablet, which I’ve been really excited about, and our heater, that I thought was coming yesterday, ahead of the snow storm, wont actually be here until tomorrow.

I think I mentioned before that our camper is in my best friend’s front yard. It’s been interesting to see the looks on the delivery men’s faces when they realize the delivery isn’t going to her much larger, and more traditional, house. They get out of the truck and immediately head for her front door. When I emerge from the camper and they realize someone lives here, their looks are priceless.

We still need to run all new gas lines and do some remodeling and redecorating, but the difference in the vibe of the house has already changed drastically.

Now if I could just figure out where to put the laundry basket…

Until next time!

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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Life


Missing Out

I know I promised a little more personal information for my second post, and I have one in the process of being written, but I had something happen today -happening now, actually – that is such an uncommon occurrence…well, I felt the need to mention it.

For about the last month, my life has been insanely busy. Let me give you a little background on why.

We left last year, for about six months, and tried our hand at relocating closer to the last family I had that I was still in contact with. Very long story, short, it wasn’t for us and didn’t work out, so we came back to our camper. This was when we both realized that living a “mainstream” life just wasn’t going to work.

When we got back, The Hubby found a part-time job punching a clock while we talked about starting a business of our own.

We kicked around several ideas before deciding that some of the work that falls under the umbrella of “Shadow Shopping” was where we belonged and began to really talk in earnest about what we had to do to make it happen.

During this time, a problem developed about getting Kid 3 back and forth to school and Kids 1 and 2 home from after school activities, so I agreed to help.

Then, Bitch 2’s car went completely down, leaving them with only Metal Man’s truck, so I started picking Bitch 2 up from work as well.

Last week, Metal Man’s truck bit the dust, too. That put me helping with all their running, plus helping out some other friends they had staying with them.

Between my own running, helping The Offspring and helping Bitch 2 and her household, I’ve felt like my feet have barely touched the floor in a month.

Yesterday, I got pretty upset that by the time I finished running for everyone, I’d missed a dinner date with The Hubby.

I guess everyone decided that today they would take it easy on me and give me a break.

Here I sit, barefoot in the office, with a cup of coffee at 2pm with no where to be and no running to do until 5pm. The housework is done, the Double Troubles (our Pug and Chiweenie) are sleeping peacefully and I’ve had time to do things I don’t always get to, like washing dishes and cleaning.

I’ve had time to take Little D, the Chiweenie who is only three months old, outside to start training him to only use the pad at night or when we’re gone, Like Big D does. It’s been nice to have a little leisure time for a change.

I’m hoping that Bitch 2 and Metal Man will have another vehicle on the road soon and then maybe I can really sink my teeth into the business.

I have made some decisions about that, though. After careful consideration, I think auditing is going to be the way I go. The Hubby mentioned earlier today that he thinks it might be for him, too

Demos and merchandising, while decent enough work, sometimes requires you to keep up with a lot of paperwork and supplies for the jobs. We are limited on space, obviously, since we live in a camper.

Doing audits requires much less paperwork and the main “supplies” is a tablet. I may have to get a mobile hot spot as well, but it’ll only be for work if I do.

I’d agreed on a relatively cheap tablet but because of me working and auditing, The Hubby has decided I need a better (more expensive) tablet. When we get our taxes back, he’ll be buying me one and I’m hoping by then I’ll have the free time to work.

I’ve been missing out on this quiet time, though, and I’m thankful to have it, even if it’s only one day.

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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Life, Shadow Shopping



Another Life, Another Blogger


I had forgotten just how much work was involved in setting up a new online identity. I’ve been working off and on all day and I’m still not really satisfied, but I’m tired and I was determined to get a post up before I called it a night.

I really need to be doing actual work since I have no jobs lined up at the moment.

I was supposed to be doing an event at a local store this whole month but a car that wouldn’t start yesterday caused me to have to cancel.

Honestly, that felt like a disaster waiting to happen anyway.

I got a job that I should have had about two weeks to prepare for two days before the first of five events was supposed to take place. There were emails, videos with quizzes, a kit to sort through and organize and mountains of manuals and paperwork to go through plus a script that was supposed to be memorized with four different scenarios.

Oh, and did I mention the deadlines?

I realized on Wednesday, the day after I got the event, that that was the day I was supposed to have my W-9 faxed or emailed to my supervisor and it was the day I was supposed to make contact with the store the event was being held in to see if they’d gotten my shipment of signs that were a mandatory part of my job.

You got the mandatory part, right?

I know you guys may not have gotten a memo, but the store did. A memo telling them I was coming and so was the shipment that they were supposed to store until the day of the event. I know they got one because I had two copies of the same memo in my kit and the member of management I spoke with was expecting to hear from me soon, so I was really confused when she told me that they had, indeed, gotten my shipment but no, they didn’t have my signs. They had been thrown away because their DM (District Manager) had made the decision that their particular store wasn’t big enough for such signs.

You remember that mandatory part, right? As in, not only was I supposed to put these together and place them around the store in specific places, per a placement chart included in the training manual, but I was also supposed to send in pictures of them when I had them placed.

By the time I got off the phone, I was really frustrated in general with whole thing. I was already short a cling I was supposed to have had in the kit, I’d been up nearly around the clock already trying to get a handle on two weeks worth of work in two days. I was nervous already because of my social anxiety and the fact that it would be the first of this type of job for me.

Oh, and did I mention that I would be audited by the company I was representing at some point in my day while doing the event I had practically no time to prepare for and half the things I was supposed to take pictures of missing?

It may sound unprofessional, but I was actually kind of relieved when I gave up the assignment.

Unfortunately though, I have no other jobs booked at the moment and the loss of the income the job would have brought in will be hard to replace.

I feel like I’ve been running on empty all week and I’m exhausted. Probably not the best time to have done everything I did today, but part of me is glad that I did it.

Tomorrow, I’ll start trying to fit my blogging around work and the rest of my busy schedule and I’ll put up something a little more personal than just me complaining about work.

Until next time,

Just Another Blogger

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Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Shadow Shopping



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