All my life I have lacked stability. As a child, I never lived in one place. It was always meet new friends, move, and do it all over again.

Back then, I wanted to be an architect and to buy a house by the age of 30. But things didn’t go as planned. As an adult turning 40 this year, I’m just happy to be alive.

And I can finally say I’m comfortable with my living situation. Things aren’t perfect, but I have no reason to complain. Having a seizure disorder limits my job options, so I’ve had to create my own opportunities. My goal is to help more Street Sense Media vendors do the same.

I know how it feels to stand outside for hours and sometimes not sell any papers or receive any donations. Selling the paper was beneficial mentally and financially, so no matter what, it was always worth going out and trying. But there’s a lot more money to be made.

I’m currently working with a temp agency for maintenance work while I plan out my customer service and credit card processing business. I’d like to provide employment to those in need. Just like the paper, I want to help people help themselves.

I have set up a home office and made progress in several certification courses, including a project with Intuit Turbotax. I took my first call from home on Dec. 16. Ever since I started doing sales and customer service work, I have always wanted to be able to work from home. Now, after hard work and research, I have been able to make that happen.

I have always been honest and have been taught to be a leader instead of a follower, which has kept me alive and out of jail. I’m living proof that a homeless person with medical issues can set and accomplish any and all goals set in life.