All is going really well with me, but a lot has changed.
I moved back into my Mini last month. I decided to move to a smaller town and so am living in an RV park for now. (Not as fun as a National Park and it is hot!) The owner came by today to collect rent. I was having trouble with my AC, so was red-faced and barefoot, in an old denim skirt and a sleeveless ribbed undershirt. I had to stop and look at myself, and my life, and thought, “Wow! This is quite a bit different from a couple of years ago!”
It is a hell of a lot better, by the way!
I love Austin, but after my time on the road, Austin started to feel a bit too busy and expensive.
I’ve also decided that I am not going to work in the business I have with David anymore. We organized a buy out, so I will get a tiny stipend over the next five years as I make this transition into a different career — one that is more meaningful to me.
I am still in the early “what do I do?” stage of the sex worker stuff. For now, I’ve decided to volunteer at a domestic and sexual violence shelter to learn more about working with women in crisis as well as all the organizational logistics of running a nonprofit. I think transitional housing is something that is key to being able to quit. (It was always the rent payment that brought me back to the club!)
I’d like to create a place where a woman who wants to get away can just take three or six months off from everything and focus on herself. I’d like to create a space that feels healing and nurturing and allows a woman to get off that crazy treadmill and breathe.
But, I have a lot to learn. I just got the application completed, so have to wait 2-4 weeks for all the background checks before I can get started at the shelter.
I am excited! I feel like I am on the right path.
I hope you all are doing well.