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June 30th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you are a regular listener to the Off The Grid Podcast you know that the last few weeks there have not been any shows posted. Hopefully most of you realized from the last episode that I was house sitting. Well.. back to the SHOW!! lol Today’s show was recorded on the grid as I reflected back at the full circle so toon grid garden drip irrigation speak from right about a year ago. House sitting was in essence like a vacation for me because out here in my normal environment things most people take for granted like on demand power and running water are luxuries for me. lol The off grid camper is a very humble albeit simple abode. It is smack dab right in the woods with a beautiful view of mother nature. Now lets step back a moment.. or about a year to the stark contrast of life in an average suburban house.

Middle class America certainly has its major advantages when it comes to the way we lived 100 years ago.. but at what cost? Yes the standard of living is arguably much better across the board for most Americans. The thing is that with all of our modern technology, endless distractions, and mindless obsessions with the constant upgrades while keeping up with the Joneses we have become blind to the beauty that quite frankly is right under our nose most of the time. There is an almost unfathomable amount of beauty and wonder in nature all around us. No doubt you have heard me speak of our “concrete jungles”. Despite the efforts of our modern advancement into what once was mother nature’s back yard there is still amazing life everywhere. Its kind of like when there is space between plants in your garden.. something will begin to grow there. cool catThe last couple of weeks I wasted a lot of downtime watching TV. Oh sure I saw some awesome movies and zombie shows that I have been wanting to watch. The thing is they call it “programing” for a reason! So I challenge you to take a break from the TV or whatever it is that you feel you spend more time wasting time. Even if it is simply sitting down outside all by yourself under a tree while the breeze gently whispers in your ear. Even if you can’t make it outside until later when its dark outside.. go look up at the stars and take in the magic of a twinkling star while the world goes to sleep. Even if it is simply doing.. Ok you get the picture. The point is for you to go out and do something that most of the time you only look at from the edge of your comfort zone while never taking time to pause.. and realize that the life you have been given is a gift. Don’t take that gift for granted. Enjoy some of the simple things in life and pause when you can to appreciate the beauty all around you that often times is right outside your window. πŸ™‚

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When it comes to downtime like watching TV for example remember moderation is always a good rule to follow. ..Its called “programing” and “the boob tube” for a reason. Don’t turn into a boob! Get out and experience the joy of life you have!!!
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November 13th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Any time you choose the path less traveled and live the off grid lifestyle in a camper, tiny house, log cabin, or any alternative building small structure you more than likely become very good at organization. Choosing to live in a smaller structure whatever that is absolutely means you will sharpen your organizational skills almost daily because if you don’t it will quickly begin to bother you. In preparing for today’s Off The Grid Podcast episode I made a short list based off of the 5 common “W”s.. who, what, where, when, and why of getting organized! This may not be true for everyone but one thing I am noticing is that when you create space magic happens! lol OK so let me explain.

Here are the five “W”s in no particular order. πŸ™‚ WHO is pretty much self explanatory and could be you, yourself along with those you live with, or in this case myself for today’ podcast. WHAT is typically most off grid structures such as campers, tiny houses, log cabins, Yurt tent houses, or again any alternative structure that is not the average size house on the grid. WHERE should be another obvious one with that being “off the grid”. Honestly the concept is not limited to this whole off grid movement but if you think about it.. well the structures we choose to live in are generally smaller so getting and staying organized is an important daily exorcise. WHEN could be anytime really but for the purpose of this outline I felt like two times of the year fit best. Spring and fall immediately came to mind because they mark the beginning as well as the end of two extremes of our outdoor vs indoor activity filled months.. hence getting organized at these times provide awesome working weather indoors or out to get ready for the next two season. Plus why wait for 1 mega huge round of spring cleaning?!! lol Living the smaller more sustainable and rewarding life with less stuff means organizing your possessions on a regular basis. WHY get organized in your camper, tiny house, or off grid cabin? Why not?! lol One immediate benefit is knowing exactly where your stuff is at. If you like working on and making things this is especially important and will save you a huge amount of time in the long run. When you are organized you can take a deep breath mentally! Seriously.. have you every put off cleaning a room or your whole house for a good length of time? Yeah its kind of like that! lol

When you create space magic happens!

In short when you do get around to getting organized you will be forced to confront your “stuff”. Your stuff is yes obviously sorting through, organizing, giving away, and dealing with the countless items you have accumulated over the years. Chances are dealing with “stuff” will also force us all to confront even minute parts of ourselves that we struggle with sometimes every time we give in to shiny object syndrome! lol Yes the whole modern societal consumer mindset has a stronghold collectively on most of us still. I made a serious conscious decision about 3 years ago to confront this green monster and let me tell you it is a daily struggle sometimes. Living off grid in a smaller structure will force you to take every new purchase into consideration because well.. you only have so much room in your “house”. You become really good friends with your practical side! πŸ™‚ I recently watched an off grid video where this woman and her husband were living in an RV. She noted that most of an fights they had were over one or the other leaving just a few things out. The thing is that when you living this lifestyle it only takes a few things for your house to look messy. When you create space magic happens! This concept could be applied to many aspects of life. No matter how you look at it there is a positive around every corner. Think of it like this.. You are creating space for more wealth, happiness, and joy in your life every time you get organized. πŸ™‚

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you create space magic happens leaving the door open for wealth, happiness, & joy!
  • Also as a quick reminder I will be posting this weeks new video up tomorrow! πŸ™‚
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! πŸ™‚
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  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
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July 18th, 2015 by Off The Grid

With the move off the grid my mind was focused on the transition and changes ahead. Join me today as I ride down the road while the snow really starts to come down sharing thoughts on changes going forward. Thinking about all of the changes from every day life going from living in the suburbs to off the grid inΒ  a camper can be overwhelming. Today’s show comes to you live from my car as I head to the store in the snow.Β Heading to the grocery store my modest little car makes some noise but gets awesome gas millage for this area snow shuts down everything everywhere! Its not that common here in Virginia. Anytime you go from systems of support to living off grid its a bit of a change. Living in the suburbs you simply flip a switch for light, turn a knob for heat, and pull a handle to flush a toilet. Living off the grid is a little different to say the least.

The microphone hangs around the rear view mirror while I share some minor drama and yup you guessed it.. Change! I found out the day after valentines day that the reason my now ex-girlfriend procrastinated about getting together for Valentines was because she wanted to break up. Happy Valentines day! lol Which leads to reiterating the fact that this is a time of transition and a lot of change in my life heading off the grid. This is a major transition from living in the comforts of a nice warm home to an off grid camper. Yes its a short ride down the ride down the road and it all comes down to the reminder to stay flexible. Going off the grid requires a willingness to asses your current status in life as well as your relationship with people in your life because change is a constant. The ability to strengthen your mental muscles and willingness to adapt will be a strong skill in times like this. Transitioning to living out in nature means I was in for a LOT of change!

 

Today’s Off The Grid Podcast episode was recorded February 2015

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