It was the summer of 2012 and a series of financial setbacks had me reeling. Frozen raises and bonuses. Stolen identity. Medical bills. With existing student loans, a car payment and rent on my apartment set for its maximum-allowable annual increase under the California law, I started to wonder: What happened to my American Dream?
"The Office Hobo" is part one of my Devine Diaries trilogy, a story of pulling myself out of financial, personal, and career doldrums by giving up my apartment and moving into my office. What began as an experiment to see if I could pull off sleeping behind my desk, evading coworkers' off-hours routines and saving me (and my company) a little money in the process soon became a dedicated way of life. Moving into the office became the beginning of my norm-challenging, odd-space-living, life-downsizing journey.
The Office Hobo online diary, LA Weekly and Salon articles, and the soon-to-be book on my experience living out of the office for 500 days all detail the trials and tribulations of downsizing my life so drastically... and the benefits that choosing a life of intention has afforded me since.
Browse the main and diary pages on The Office Hobo website for a detailed journal of my time in the office, as well as opinion pieces and DIY how-to's for this peculiar yet fascinating way of life.