Living The Disaster

Where do we start?

We have an interesting life. So interesting that we say that we live the disaster and have a blog called exactly that (linked below). Friends, family and strangers have all told us, "If you didn't have bad luck, you would have no luck," or something else meaning the same thing.

In 2019 we made the decision to buy an RV and use it to kick-start a life on Vancouver Island. There were more apprenticeship opportunities on the Island for me, and my wife - a galleried artist and art teacher - was planning on starting an art school - in high demand in several areas.

Between a faltering economy and the pandemic, our dreams were shattered.

Even with the pandemic the Island is extraordinarily expensive from May 1st onwards. With our opportunities gone, we were forced to pack up and leave and head back to Winnipeg.

We have managed to defer loans for a time, have EI and CERB (thank goodness) and have a place to stay for cheap.

But we are now stuck. I have asthma, get bronchitis almost yearly and have had pneumonia three times (hospitalized once). I am in the high risk group. Not only is it high risk for me to go back to work (if I can find it), but it would be high risk for my wife to go back as well, as there is a high chance she could bring the infection home.

We don't want to live on handouts.

We are trying to get online businesses going. Our blog has started to make some money. I write under the pen name Michael Avraham; I have one self-published book available through Amazon and Kobo and short stories available on Patreon. We are trying to get a YouTube channel going along with a Patreon for my wife, and she is making art for t-shirts and other items as well as potentially saleable individual items for an online store. I am also looking into programming and web development.

We are slowly but surely moving these projects along. But we are limited by our equipment: we can't get a decent Internet connection without a significant risk to our finances, the computer we are using is substandard and will potentially fail soon, and we could really use a better camera for my wife's art.

Even a small boost - whether from donations from kind people such as you or through additional income on our projects - would allow us to make these dreams happen and help us recover from the hit we just took.

Thank you all.

Justin, Lyndsay and Aurora
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