Laid Off News Anchor Moves To Sailboat To Afford Living In Bay Area
I’ll admit that a headline announcing that a laid off news anchor has to live aboard a small sailboat just to make ends meet in the incredibly expensive San Francisco Bay Area doesn’t sound very inspiring or uplifting.
When I clicked on the SFGate.com link, I was expecting to hear a tale of woe, even bitterness.
What I found, instead, was an uplifting tale of a woman who has taken something she would’ve never chosen–losing her job–and turned it into an adventure that is expanding her soul and sending her after her real dream–to be a writer.
Kristin Hanes was one of the many let go last month in what was described as a bloodbath of the KGO newsroom.
Cumulus Media, who now owns the station, basically decided it was too expensive for this San Francisco news institution to keep doing news. So, the gutted the department letting as many as 30 people go on a single day.
The loss of that newsroom is its own tragedy.
The individuals who lost their job will all have their own journeys.
In a great piece Kristin has written for The San Francisco Chronicle, she’s says reality hit right away. There was no way she could continue to afford the $1450 she was paying to rent a room on a houseboat in Sausalito, plus other expenses.
Uh, yeah. $1450 to rent a room on a houseboat! This is the Bay Area, folks!
“So, I put in my notice at the houseboat, canceled my fancy gym and made plans to go from news anchor to at anchor, and live with my boyfriend on his 41-foot sailboat,” she writes.
She goes onto describe in a very entertaining way, what it takes to live in such a small space.
Basically, the less the better.
I really encourage you to read the whole piece.
You can follow her adventures on her new blog.
How woman can take a thing she would never pick–losing her job–and turn it into a positive experience.
How she’s going after her big dream of becoming a professional writer. If this piece is an example of her talent, Kristin–you are well on your way!
I know this piece made me think.
Of course, I’ve shared my own journey of losing my job at CNN and how, I don’t think I could ever live aboard a sailboat (too sea sick!) It has taken me on my own incredible journey of reinvention.