3 weeks to freedom stymied by MVA

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Raised by 32 people in 23 months
I am reaching out to ask for help to get us through the next 6 weeks, until I can start driving for a living.

After 6 years of being a single mother and self-employed  massage therapist, choosing poverty in order to be present in my daughter's life, and still having other people (see teachers) raise her the majority of the time, I decided to give up my massage practice to become a truck driver.  I found a company that wil permit me to have my daughter with me full-time, allowing me to homeschool her, being a full-time mom and full-time bread winner.  My training could be starting as soon as next Monday, January 16, or January 23.

In order to have my bills covered while I attend truck driving school for three weeks, I busted my butt for a month working as a driver for Lyft, driving 50 hours a week, plus transporting my daughter to Greeley and Littelton to be with family while I did. 

I immediately went back to delivering for Amazon Flex, as to continue padding my nest egg, and on my first run out, a woman ran a stop sign and our car slid into hers. My car was officially totalled, and because it had 312,000 miles on it, the insurance company gave a rather small check. 

My body's injuries were minor but enough to make me unable to do any massage and so far, unable to driver for more than an hour. I continue to drive my totalled car with a new radiator and a bungeed hood (all thanks to an old friend who selflessly and miraculously showed up when needed.)

So , as I said in the beginning, I am reaching out to ask for help to get us through the next 6 weeks, until I can start driving for a living. 

***My dreams are much bigger than this however. One day, I will have a Tiny House Village. A self-sustaining, nearly off the grid fam that teaches people how to care for gardens, cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, etc., how to make their own preserves, cheeses and butters, and how to build their own tiny house.  It will be a dark sky preserve with a now-waste grocery store. No automobile traffic on the grounds, only an ATV or two for transporting heavy objects.  It will be a safe space for children and the elderly. A place for foster kids, transitioning into adult life, to live, learn life skills and job   skills and have a family like community they can lean on in hard times.

I am looking for land, skilled volunteers, and connections to the right people.  Please get in contact with me if you want to know more, or be a part of this project.  While driving truck is not ideal, it is a place for me to start paying off debt, improving my credit score, saving money and seeing more areas that might provide the right space to grow on.
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I sit here at 6am having been awake for a couple hours. Sleep has been elusive this week. In 3 days I will pack enough clothes and toys for my 6 year old to stay at her grandma's house for 2 months. It's temporary I know, but heart wrenching for me. I sit and look at my checking account and realize I have just enough money to pay my car insurance. I have only been offered 2 shifts with Amazon this week, which means I'll be driving to Lincoln, Nebraska Sunday with $72 to cover the gas on the rental my company is giving me, all my food Sunday and Monday night dinner. And any meals I need when I hit the road for training on Thursday. From that point, I will begin earning steadily, catching up on bills and eventually start saving. But in this moment, I'm a little nervous. It's the last time I will be asking this of you all. If you have $5 to spare, please help me out. I can see the finish line! Blessings to all of you who have helped and who have prayed for us. Thank you a million times.
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Hello all! We are almost home. I've got my certificate for completing my truck driving school. Next step is to get my actual license at the DMV. I'm studying right now to take tests for some extra endorsements before I get the physical i.d., and impatiently waiting to hear from Crete Carriers as to if I've been hired. In the meantime, my car had a check engine light on and I fixed that myself today. Tomorrow I will go back to delivering packages for Amazon Flex. While it is great to be able to earn some money, it isn't full time, 4 hours a day, when days are available, so it still isn't enough to get us through the next few weeks. Please, if you are moved to do so, please contribute to my little family every little bit helps. Thank you to everyone who has helped so far, you may never know what a difference you've made in our lives! We love you all.
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I parallel parked a semi and only used one pull up! (You get 2 before they start taking off points when you test) im5in my last couple of days of school and I take my driving test again tomorrow. I'm ready this time. I'll be meeting with the recruiter of the company I want to work for Wednesday. That means I have at least 3 more weeks of little to no income. And my car wants a new oxygen sensor. Anything you can give helps us so much! So far our amazing angels have given us $2500!!! We've managed to stretch that across 2 months. As you know, the first of the month is upon us and rent will finish off the balance we have. So please consider giving what you can. We are almost to the finish line, I'm climbing up out of poverty and opportunities abound on the other side. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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At least 3 more weeks without income folks! If you've thought about helping us out but haven't had a chance, please do. I cannot express to you how much your support has meant already!
Hitting the road again today.
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Raised by 32 people in 23 months
Created January 11, 2017
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