I was really moved and impressed by a
recent CNN report about 24-year-old Brianna Karp who was homeless and
living in an RV following the loss of her job, which inevitably led her
to run out of money. The RV was an unexpected gift from her barely
known grandfather who had also recently committed suicide.
While living in a WalMart parking lot, Brianna decided to begin a blog
of her own, called The Girls Guide to Homelessness, which she wrote
while sitting for hours in coffee shops with free wireless.
Brianna may have been down on her luck, but she was not going down
without a fight for herself or for others in similar circumstances. She
decided to use her story to help make others aware of homelessness in
America. One thing led to another and the next thing she knew she was
being interviewed by CNN and suddenly things began to shift…rather
First, she met a man who was once homeless himself who was writing about homelessness in Scotland. he is now her boyfriend.
Next, she wrote a letter to an Editor at Elle Magazine about her
circumstances, and the editor was so taken with her that she gave her
an internship as a fashion blogger at Elle.com.
And then, CNN showed up and aired a show about her which launched many
other opportunities including a trip to New York to be on the Today
I think what is remarkable about Brianna is that she never let her
circumstances keep her from trying to live her dreams or her life. She
used her pain and difficulties to bring light to the plight of others
and in doing so, manifested some pretty positive outcomes.
Brianna is a testament to what is possible when we just keep showing up
with our best, with faith, hope and heart. She is now a role model and
heroine to many who are struggling with financial difficulties,
unemployment and homelessness.
As of her latest blog, Brianna’s spirit and determination manifested
her a full-time job as an Executive Assistant, which is just what she
was hoping for.
“If you saw me walking down the street, you wouldn’t assume I live in a
parking lot,” she writes on the blog. “In short, I am just like you,
except without the convenience of a permanent address.”
God Bless You, Brianna. You are an inspiration to us all. May you receive all the good that your heart and spirit can hold.
Peace & Blessings!