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Help me pay off my student loans

$1,259 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 8 months
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Alexis Goggans  WASHINGTON, DC


For those of you who don't know me or my story, my name is Alexis and I am a 29 year old sustainability professional trying to change my life by living on less and getting rid of my private student loan debt.  So on December 16, 2016, I gave away everything I owned and decided to live in my car so that I can pay off my private student loans and go on my long awated journey of self discovery, healing and adventure! You can read more about my journey and vision by visiting my blog at www.tmblingweed.com

So far I have paid of $12K of private student loans debt in 6 months by sleeping in parking lots, state parks, and watching every penny I spend while working my 9-5. Despite my monumental efforts, I still have $21,000 left. Plus, unexpected expenses (helping out friends, car repairs, taking a dream job for a $12K pay cut etc.) have left me a couple months behind on my journey. The only way I will meet my goal of paying off my private student debt before I must begin payments on my federal student loans in 2017, is to get a 2nd job and raise the rest.

And that's where you come in! Please support my tumble weed journey by donating as much or as little as you can.  All $5k will go directly to the student loan debt,  which will be enough to help me end my journey before 2017 (I will continue paying $2K payments every month on the loans). The wish list items are marked for my end year trip to Peru to celebrate a year of simple living, and to help out with a few anticipated expensees I didn't buget for. But there is also something in it for you to....

WHOEVER GIVES THE MOST by December 31, 2016 will be given $1,000, after I make my fundraising goal. That's right, if I reach my fundraising goal, I will give $1,000 away from my first paycheck to whoever has given the most! If I don't make my fundraising goal, I will still give $200 away to whoever gives the most. Feel free to donate a little out of each pay check or all at once. I figure we can all use a little help right?!

And if you are short on money or wish to contribute another way, please consider the following;
-Post my go fund me link to your Facebook page or Twitter.
-Email and share my site with friends or family members.
-Follow my blog to raise my views and increase my following.
-Let me do laundry at your place- saves me money and makes life easier.
-Feel free to put me up for as little or as long as you like- mostly needed when temperatures drop below 12 degrees or above 75 degrees.
-Pray for me, my safety and my journey.
-Let me help you with odd jobs like organizing, power point presentations, editing, pulling weeds or writing papers.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I took out the money and I fully intend on paying it back. It would just be nice to get some help so I can wrap up before winter AND start the next phase of my life- traveling the world, taking care of family and friends, investing in a meaningful project and committing to a debt free life.

Thanks Again,
Alexis 

For more information about my journey, visit www.tmblingweed.com or follow me @tmblingweed on Twitter.

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Update 5
Posted by Alexis Goggans
4 months ago
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With 11 months down and just 5 weeks to go in my carliving journey, I gotta tell you, I am utterly exhausted! The unpredictable nature of carliving and disdain for mainstream society has left me chronically agitated and anxious about what to do next. So while I would love to share some super motivational story about my journey and score a donation, all I can think of is how crazy scary it is to wake up one day and realize you are a COMPLETELY different person than the story you sold yourself and everyone around you. It seems like in an instant I had outgrown my new job, many friendships and the need for most modern conveniences.Now it seems as if everything is different, even though a year later, nothing has changed.

You see, I survived night time temperatures that peaked near 92 degrees in the heat of summer and frigid lows near 10 degrees in the dead of winter. I survived strep throat, two cop run ins, a near car tow, bird poop and light pollution for days, endless rain and all manner of disgusting public bathrooms and showers. I've paid off $3,500 in car repairs and over $17,000 in private student loan debt and managed to survive without running water, electricity or wifi. But perhaps most significantly, is the fact that I proved to my doctors that I can manage my obsessive compulsive disorder without medication merely a year after returning from a 6 month medical leave of absence for debilitating anxiety and depression. All of these experiences impressed upon me a new intensity and rawness that's heavy and scary and exciting and so very hard to articulate.

It turns out that even the most unglamorous aspects of carliving aren't enough to rid my spirit of this unwavering desire to live a debt free, non traditional, off the grid lifestyle. If anything, it has propelled me into new states of being, to the point where I don't want to live in a proper house but instead wish to buy my own land, build a shipping container home and spend time exploring the rawness off my own spirit.

But I can't leave now. Not when I must begin making $418 payments on my federal student loans in a week and considering it will be another two years before I pay off my private student loans and save enough money for a down payment.

Heavy sighs.... it's hard to be a black sheep with big plans. So with just 5 more weeks to go of carliving, I'm asking you to share this page or make a donation and don't forget I am giving 200 dollars to whoever gives the most bewteeen now and January 1. The bidding war for the $200 prize has begun and the donation to beat is $219. I am also counting cumulative donations so you can pace yourself .

Thanks for witnessing me and supporting me on this journey. To see what you've missed since my last post, check out my blog at www.tmblingweed.com and please share this link on Facebook.
Only 5 more weeks of carliving to go!
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Update 4
Posted by Alexis Goggans
5 months ago
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Fall is here and cooler weather has made carliving SO much easier, almost enjoyable-minus the "crap I need to pee again feeling". Here's what you've missed since my last update.
- I had to replace the radiator on my car and the mounts to the engine. Although this, along with the other repairs put me out nearly $3,800 over the last 3 months, I received a $600 refund from the dealers who couldn't get my car right and will finish paying off my credit card this Friday. Unfortunately, my car is still making the noise and I have surrendered myself to it because I am not spending any more money on it until I have permanent lodging and because I am pretty sure I will loose it if I take it back to the repair shop.
- I have been working 24 extra hours a week at REI, my second job. It's exhausting and ridiculous and I rarely sleep but I am making an extra $800 a month and not thinking about bathroom breaks during the weekend really makes a difference on my quality of life.
- I only have 7 more weeks left of living in my car! I can't believe it's almost been a year. I've paid off nearly $18k of debt so far and I am hoping to drop another 6k before the end of the year.

Last but not least, there is is still time to donate! Remember, I am giving $1,000 to the highest contributor if I meet my 5k goal and $200 to the highest contributor either way. So if you are reading this and haven't given, consider donating or sharing this link on your facebook page. And if you're not sure where the money is going, check out my blog at www.tmblingweed.com.

The donation to beat is $219. Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks for witnessing me.
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Update 3
Posted by Alexis Goggans
7 months ago
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It's been almost a month since I posted this campaign, and a lot has happened. I spent $2,300 in car repairs after I had to replace my rack and pinion, fix my window and get new tires. Plus the dealer didn't get it right the 1st, 2nd or 3rd time- meaning I spent several days in a hotel and loaner car and burned lots of gas going to and fro. Fun stuff, I know.

I also survived the heatwave of 2016-nearly 2 weeks straight when the ambient temperature didn't drop below 80 degrees. I also continued applying for jobs- one of which will pay me to share my tumbling weed journey. So on Friday, I will be interviewed for a documentary on my car living adventure, which means $500 in the bank and the opportunity to share how debt affects me and many other Americans. Score!

I can also happily report that the donations have started to come in! So far, a Mr. S is in the running for the $200 cash prize, with his donation of $219 dollars, closely followed by Mrs. T with a donation of $200. All in all, the donations have amounted to 1.8 weeks off my journey.

There still time to support me and win big! You can also visit my website at www.tmblingweed.com for other updates.

Thanks for your support!
The morning sun greets me...
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Update 2
Posted by Alexis Goggans
8 months ago
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It's been a week since I posted this and I wanted to say THANK YOU to those of you who have shared and posted. I also want to send a special thank you to Ms. Barbara S., who graciously donated 40,000 Marriot rewards points so I could beat the 100 degree heat this weekend!

Still, we have yet to receive the first donation! Just remember, I am GIVING AWAY $1,000 to whoever gives the most, if I reach my $5k goal. And if I don't meet my goal, I will still give $200 on December 16th, to whoever gives the most!! That's right folks.... FREE money just for supporting my dream of ending this journey in 6 months.

In case you feel a certain way about giving money in the absence of some catastrophe- consider some additional ways you can help me thrive....

-Post my go fund me link to your Facebook page or Twitter.
-Email and share my site with friends or family members.
-Follow my blog to raise my views and increase my following. Www.tmblingweed.com
-Let me do laundry at your place- saves me money and makes life easier.
-Feel free to put me up for as little or as long as you like- mostly needed when temperatures drop below 12 degrees or above 75 degrees.
-Pray for me, my safety and my journey.
-Let me help you with odd jobs like organizing, power point presentations, editing, pulling weeds or writing papers for compensation.
-let me know of odd jobs or anyone looking for a dependable, part time worker

I'm happy to report that I just dropped another 1k on my loans this week! I can't tell you how good that feels or how excited I am I to pay off my loans. 7 months down and at this rate, 8 months to go!
This is what paying off your loans looks like....
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$1,259 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 8 months
Created July 17, 2016
AG
$225
Anonymous
4 months ago
CW
$220
Clare Wass
5 months ago
$20
Anonymous
6 months ago
$219
Anonymous
7 months ago
$150
SarahDawn Haynes
7 months ago

I wish I was able to do more, paying mine off too...Love you so much!

KK
$75
keith keemer
7 months ago

I think what you are doing is awesome and commendable! I pray for you safety and know God is watching over you. When all this is over, I know you will have one heck of a story to tell!!

$200
Anonymous
7 months ago
MH
$150
Mekka Hollis
8 months ago

Love You! Funds are kinda low right now but more to come Sis!

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