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  1. Thank you Kylie for being so open and honest, about everything. I remember meeting you at FinCon12 and just being blown away by your mere presence. I was homeless for two months when I was 17 and had never really realized it because I was just staying with different friends and not necessarily sleeping in a park. Looking back at it now, I feel fortunate that things worked out for the best. Maybe one day I’ll share my story. Thank you.

    • Thank you Athena, that is so sweet. It was lovely meeting you too. You are lucky it worked out for you. I’d love to hear your story if you ever decide to share.

  2. Thank you Kylie for being so open and honest, about everything. I remember meeting you at FinCon12 and just being blown away by your mere presence. I was homeless for two months when I was 17 and had never really realized it because I was just staying with different friends and not necessarily sleeping in a park. Looking back at it now, I feel fortunate that things worked out for the best. Maybe one day I’ll share my story. Thank you.

    • Thank you Athena, that is so sweet. It was lovely meeting you too. You are lucky it worked out for you. I’d love to hear your story if you ever decide to share.

  3. Wow… never thought about being homeless before. Hmm, what would I do? Probably go to my parents or my sisters house first and figure out a way to get myself on the feet I guess. This post was a curve ball… I wasn’t ready for that question.

  4. Wow… never thought about being homeless before. Hmm, what would I do? Probably go to my parents or my sisters house first and figure out a way to get myself on the feet I guess. This post was a curve ball… I wasn’t ready for that question.

  5. I haven’t been homeless but I have been on the edge of almost losing everything. I’ve also had people close to me have short bouts of homelessness. That’s part of the reason why I write about homelessness on my blog from time to time. I think that people always feel like “it won’t happen to me.”

    You have been and continue to be an inspiration. Your daughters are blessed to have you and you will continue to prosper.

  6. I haven’t been homeless but I have been on the edge of almost losing everything. I’ve also had people close to me have short bouts of homelessness. That’s part of the reason why I write about homelessness on my blog from time to time. I think that people always feel like “it won’t happen to me.”

    You have been and continue to be an inspiration. Your daughters are blessed to have you and you will continue to prosper.

  7. Wow, you’ve persevered through some crazy tough adversity. Kudos to you for plowing on and using your experiences for the better. I’ve sort of been homeless before, but it wasn’t the conventional way. When we found out my house was infested with toxic mold, we had to move out. We stayed with my girlfriend’s sister (now my sister-in-law) for about 3 weeks while we figured out what to do. We then rented an apartment, but it was completely unfurnished except for a new bed we bought, two chairs, and our laptops. That’s all we had!

    • Thank you, it was a lot, but I’m grateful for my experiences.
      Amazing how little we can live with, but you had the important stuff, the laptops 🙂

  8. Wow, you’ve persevered through some crazy tough adversity. Kudos to you for plowing on and using your experiences for the better. I’ve sort of been homeless before, but it wasn’t the conventional way. When we found out my house was infested with toxic mold, we had to move out. We stayed with my girlfriend’s sister (now my sister-in-law) for about 3 weeks while we figured out what to do. We then rented an apartment, but it was completely unfurnished except for a new bed we bought, two chairs, and our laptops. That’s all we had!

    • Thank you, it was a lot, but I’m grateful for my experiences.
      Amazing how little we can live with, but you had the important stuff, the laptops 🙂

  9. rabekatze

    Thank you for this post.
    I’ve been forced out of homes twice. The first time was in the winter of 1999. The roommate I was subletting from decided she would rather have one of her friends move in, and I had to leave. I had recently graduated college and had a decent job, but had no credit history. I was also very shy and had few friends. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the rental competition was fierce. I couldn’t find a place that would rent to me, and wound up spending 4 months sleeping in a truck outside my grandparents’ house. I eventually found a tiny studio.
    A marriage, baby, and separation later, and I was renting an in-law apartment from what turned out to be an awful landlord. There was no heat, the roof leaked, and there was rampant mold. The apartment had been built illegally, and the City found out about it while I was there. They eventually decided not to make him tear it out, but it was a constant threat for months. He was also dealing drugs out of the front house, and there were always unpleasant people around. It got to be too much for me, and I moved out. By that point, I had rented a few different apartments, all of them having health and safety issues. My daughter and I stayed on my parents’ couch for several months while I saved up the money for a down payment on a small fixer-upper.
    As difficult as it was, I know it could have been far worse. I was working during both situations. I feel very lucky that I had family close by. While I’m glad I graduated college without any debt, I wish I had known to establish my credit history before moving out on my own.

    • I feel for you. It is amazing the life lessons we learn when we go through things like this. Establishing a credit rating is important, but it can be done quicker than many realise without extensive debt.

  10. rabekatze

    Thank you for this post.
    I’ve been forced out of homes twice. The first time was in the winter of 1999. The roommate I was subletting from decided she would rather have one of her friends move in, and I had to leave. I had recently graduated college and had a decent job, but had no credit history. I was also very shy and had few friends. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the rental competition was fierce. I couldn’t find a place that would rent to me, and wound up spending 4 months sleeping in a truck outside my grandparents’ house. I eventually found a tiny studio.
    A marriage, baby, and separation later, and I was renting an in-law apartment from what turned out to be an awful landlord. There was no heat, the roof leaked, and there was rampant mold. The apartment had been built illegally, and the City found out about it while I was there. They eventually decided not to make him tear it out, but it was a constant threat for months. He was also dealing drugs out of the front house, and there were always unpleasant people around. It got to be too much for me, and I moved out. By that point, I had rented a few different apartments, all of them having health and safety issues. My daughter and I stayed on my parents’ couch for several months while I saved up the money for a down payment on a small fixer-upper.
    As difficult as it was, I know it could have been far worse. I was working during both situations. I feel very lucky that I had family close by. While I’m glad I graduated college without any debt, I wish I had known to establish my credit history before moving out on my own.

    • I feel for you. It is amazing the life lessons we learn when we go through things like this. Establishing a credit rating is important, but it can be done quicker than many realise without extensive debt.

  11. What a post, thanks for sharing and for your candor. I have been through some genuinely tough times, but you have dealt with some things I haven’t. Homelessness among them. It seems like you’ve been able to persevere and overcome quite a bit, which is inspirational in its own right.

    • Thanks Tie the Money Knot. I think many people face similar adversities in their life. I am grateful to have been through what I have, I learned a lot and it definitely changed my attitude. Plus it has provided some incredible opportunities.

  12. What a post, thanks for sharing and for your candor. I have been through some genuinely tough times, but you have dealt with some things I haven’t. Homelessness among them. It seems like you’ve been able to persevere and overcome quite a bit, which is inspirational in its own right.

    • Thanks Tie the Money Knot. I think many people face similar adversities in their life. I am grateful to have been through what I have, I learned a lot and it definitely changed my attitude. Plus it has provided some incredible opportunities.

  13. Priscilla

    My husband and I are splitting up because of various reasons. We moved to Ohio with his mom and her boyfriend. Well, my parents are paying for me and my 2 year old to go back to where we came from because I will some a small support system there. Living here is dangerous to mine and my sons health and my husband knows this. He isn’t going and I will be staying in a homeless shelter and starting over. He refuses to get a job and everyone we live with backs him up. We aren’t worth supporting so I need tpo support my son. I want to finish my education and get a G.E.D but I’ll have to have a job and everything. I’m scared I can’t do it because I have never been a single mother or completely by myself (I got married at 18). I know it’s what’s best, but I know it’s going to be hard.

  14. Priscilla

    My husband and I are splitting up because of various reasons. We moved to Ohio with his mom and her boyfriend. Well, my parents are paying for me and my 2 year old to go back to where we came from because I will some a small support system there. Living here is dangerous to mine and my sons health and my husband knows this. He isn’t going and I will be staying in a homeless shelter and starting over. He refuses to get a job and everyone we live with backs him up. We aren’t worth supporting so I need tpo support my son. I want to finish my education and get a G.E.D but I’ll have to have a job and everything. I’m scared I can’t do it because I have never been a single mother or completely by myself (I got married at 18). I know it’s what’s best, but I know it’s going to be hard.

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