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June 7th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If you have been a long time listener to the Off The Grid Podcast in the last year you know a lot has happened out here in and around the camper. Right about this time last year my journey from the suburbs to a life outside the “normal” average American experience took a detour into the unknown. I had spent a good amount of time, energy, and money getting ready for living closer to nature in an off grid camper. Most people are already familiar with the term but in case you were wondering what it means to live off grid here is my definition. It is choosing to live without “grid tied” utilities.. as in now power or water. Yes I have solar panels for electricity (although they are not 100 percent because I need new deep cycle batteries). Yes I do have running water but it is not in the traditional sense you think of in the average household. What has this lifestyle taught me over the last year? In modern society we have it easy. I would even venture to say it makes us all soft.bean seedlings sprouts

In the last few months as summer was fast approaching I found myself looking back on everything I have been through in the last year. All of the challenges both physically and mentally. The human condition / experience is an amazing experience if you are brave enough to live fearlessly. Now with that being said I don’t mean being stupid! As I quickly found out if you do not have your common sense about you at all times your environment can turn deadly before you know it. Another angle to this recent reflection is that the lesson of history seems to in small ways laced or intertwined into our daily lives. As I’m sure you have heard “if you are not a student of history….”. Anyway these are some of my reflective thoughts for the day. Hopefully you are enjoying the podcast! I am constantly reminding myself at just how grateful I am to be able to experience living off grid out here in the camper among all of the sometimes strange and wonderful woodland creatures! lol

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Try to learn as much as you can from history. It repeats itself!
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March 18th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Have you have ever had a dream that you held onto for years with hopes of one day making it a reality? Then found yourself finally attaining that goal pausing for a time to examine the reality of your new found accomplishment for what it is? Well that has been on my mind a lot lately.. even more so now that it is about a year after I began my journey off grid. Today’s show is more in line with the journal side of the podcast in that I am sharing some of the psychological aspects I’ve recently come to recognize when living off grid. Living off the grid has had its ups and downs laced with many challenges both personal and physical. Mother nature always seems to keep me on my toes with the multitude of various wild animal antics, insects, and constantly changing elements of the weather. All in all it seems as though I am entering a new phase on my walk of life as I have found myself closely examining what it is to live off the grid. Aside from the obvious like not having running water or power everything else seems to be a little more clear now when looking back to my life when I was on the grid. I will save most of this for the conversation in today’s show so you can hear for yourself because I want to make sure this episode is posted at a reasonable time (this afternoon as opposed to late at night). So please stay tuned to the end of the show for a treat if you love the sounds of nature. Thank you again for joining me on this journey and for continuing to listen! πŸ™‚ In case you were wondering the featured image for today’s podcast episode was taken last year on a trip to Shenandoah national park up on the mountain side. It was so beautiful up there!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you are walking your path in life take a moment from time to time to appreciate the beauty of your situation and examine the beauty of it all.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! πŸ™‚
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you want to be part of the conversation say hello on Zello! Search for Off The Grid Podcast channel.
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • Get The Off Grid Podcast on the go with iTunes and Stitcher. Please Subscribe and rate the show!
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December 31st, 2015 by Off The Grid

With today being New Years Eve episode 84 of the Off The Grid Podcastworm snake is appropriate looking back at 2015 and my journey from the average life in the suburbs to living off grid in a camper. Please let me apologize if you are used to a good healthy portion of text with each show. I am running short on time and trying to get this episode posted today so you can enjoy the show! πŸ™‚ I just wanted to get this show up asap and wish you a very safe and Happy New Years!!

 

 

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Life does not stop! Pick yourself back up when challenges knock you down and learn from them.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! πŸ™‚
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  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
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December 7th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Some people might not see the value and incredible life lessons bestowed with the walls of a fixer upper camper but after less than a year let me assure you that life lessons are plenty! My journey from the suburbs really began to take shape earlier this year as the phone rang with news that someone had a camper to give me as a gift. All I had to do was get it here. Today’s video post for Off The Grid Podcast was filmed on the road as my friend and I were headed out to see the future off grid camper for the first time. I had been counting down the days. With months of anticipation behind me I could not wait to see the off grid camper for the first time! Surfing the internet looking for pics and videos of the same year camper was just not the same. Little did I know that my journey to living off the grid was going to be a daily adventure and class life was about to be in session! If you are a regular listener to the podcast you know the show motto “Its not what you have its what you know”. I though I had a camper.. life it seems was not with out irony. It was not the possession of an item (my new/old camper in this case) rather this was about to be one of my first lessons “what you know” as I saw the camper for the first time. With imagination driving my mind and gratitude in my heart my friend and I headed down the road enjoying the snow covered countryside. Life’s lessons were about to begin and indeed life was now in session.

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Be grateful for all gifts life sends your way. You never know where gratitude will take you next!
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August 26th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Today was special because it was my first official day waking up in the camper Off The Grid. Today’s episode was recorded the morning of July 2nd after a restless night of very little sleep. It had been a long day yesterday with a class late so it meant my first night in the camper meant going straight to bed. I woke up this first morning off grid with a gentle sprinkle across the roof as the sun was breaking free from the clouds. The chirping birds, soft symphony of crickets, and sweet breeze of a quiet morning was very different from what I was used to yet a welcome change. I still don’t have AC but the night before was 73 or 74 degrees so it was good and comfortable. Despite being the middle of summer it was still early enough and I was grateful to be enjoying a mild 77 degrees to start the day. It was humid with a solid cover of clouds but it was a bright good morning. All in all my first impression was akin to basically if you were to go camping. As you can tell I was tired and had not quite woken up to full alertness yet. πŸ˜› With everything in the camper a long way from being 100% it was still not clear as to weather or not even the batteries were good. The day before I had just flipped the switch with the solar panels.

camper-mess-1The camper was still a serious mess with everything everywhere! The flooring was halfway ripped up with basically a 4 foot by 8 foot section toward the front of the off grid camper. Several boxes along with miscellaneous household stuff were everywhere in part because it was time to get off the couch! If you have been following Off The Grid Podcast you have heard my crazy journey to this point. Until now I was staying at a friends house on their couch and i got old fast! Today was the day that I had been looking forward to for a long time. I started recording these episodes of the show documenting my journey from the suburbs to off the grid back in February. A lot has happened since then and the adventure is about to now begin off the grid!

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • To hear all of the craziness that went on with the floor listen to episode 31 of the podcast.
  • If you have questions, comments, or tips about living off grid then please post them here!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please subscribe and rate the show!
  • If you like the show please help support this journey off grid by telling a friend about the podcast πŸ™‚

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August 13th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Today’s episode was recorded back in May on the way out to pickup the off grid camper. Yes today was the day! It was finally time to get the camper out to the land. I had a long day of driving ahead so I figured this would be a good opportunity to reflect on the last few long yet fast months. My journey thus far from an average life in the suburbs to one off the grid in a small camper has been eventful to say the least. I had been recording plenty of podcast episodes, taking pictures, and lots of videos for this documentary I was making about going Off Grid. For what ever reason these first few months of the year have been one of the most unusually busy, ups and downs, surprising, challenging, emotionally charged, shifting, and add a dash of drama kind of “hello this is the universe calling” sort of times. This really has been the year of all years for personal change in my life. Let me take a deep breath.. ok. lol Family, friends, and loved ones all really surprised me in many ways. Some have been extremely supportive of my journey off the grid. Others I was completely wrong about in how they would be there during stressful challenging times. My now ex-girlfriend whom I loved with all my heart broke up with me on Valentines day weekend. Who does that?! Long time friends shocked me the most by showing their true colors (not a good thing.. but for the best in the long run). All of this coupled with the many ups and downs along the way of my journey to living off the grid just after my 40th birthday. Woo hoo! lol

When life gives you stumbling blocks turn them into stepping stones.

Thinking more about the land itself where the camper was going brought up many challenges. One of which was ticks. Aside from a few here and there over the years I had never really had to deal with them but now it was time to face this dilemma head on. Its almost like it was tick season.. if there is such a thing. The ticks are horrible out at the off grid land. Remember this property is set out in the middle of the woods so mother nature is in charge. I did not want to do it but ended up using some insecticide down to try and make the ticks more manageable. It did help a LOT by the way! Counting down the hours when my cousin and I would be driving back with the camper in tow more thoughts came to mind.

The long drive gave me plenty of time to think. With something as deeply personal like a recent breakup turned my thoughts to love. (Its ok I’m over it now πŸ™‚Β Remember this episode of Off The Grid Podcast was recorded back in May). Meeting new people, going out on dates, discovering shared interests, and the whole dating world came front and center when I realized I would be single again.. and living off grid for the duration of this documentary. Yup we are all searching for love. After my last breakup I decided to create a dating web site just for those of us that are either wanting to go off grid or are already living off the grid. Did I mention that I am a web designer as well? (Add that bit of knowledge to your trivia side of the brain). lol

I am addingΒ Off Grid Singles as a sponsor for the podcast and also asking for your help to spread the word. Finding your future partner who will be happy living off the grid just got easier!Β Off Grid Singles is a ground breaking new dating website. This is the first dating site ever just for the off grid community. If your looking for love and realized just like I did how difficult it was on the average dating sites then your not alone. Actually finding someone that wants an off grid lifestyle can be challenging to say the least. The dating web site is for “off grid” singles looking to connect with and find each other. Finding someone that will be happy living off the grid can be hard enough. Have you tried any of the average dating websites lately? When you wake up inside the Matrix and realize that a majority of potential singles are still stuck in a closed mindset it limits our dating pool. There is nothing wrong with the “white picket fence” lifestyle. Chances are that is not what you want.. neither do I. The dating site is brand new. Again this is why I created the dating site so if you like this show please help support our community and check out www.OffGrid.Singles

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Show notes from today’s Podcast

  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please subscribe and rate the show!
  • If you like the show please help support this journey off grid by telling a friend πŸ™‚

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July 27th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Continuing the countdown with 3 days left until moving off the grid. After recording the podcast while on the road, at work, in the house, and most everywhere else I took a walk out back of the house for today’s episode. Listening to a guy singing down the street I walked in the snow collecting my thoughts for the last few days on the grid.. or so I thought (today’s show was recorded in Feb.before I was off the grid). Earlier in the day checking out the local roads through the neighborhoods and the interstate snow weather is still a big issue.

With only 3 days left until we were set to go get the camper the cold snowy weather was going to be an important thing to keep in mind. Another major issue on my mind was that I still have not seen the camper and did not know what needed to be done. Was my future off grid camper road ready? Did the camper have any leaks in the roof? Does everything inside the camper / trailer work? With the deadline only 3 days away and issues on the home front being extremely tense was I going to be able to have everything ready on time? These and many other questions were swirling in my head as I tried to make this move off grid into the camper would be as smooth a transition as possible. The problem is.. SCRATCH THAT.. (there are no “problems” in life. Only challenges) whatever was going on in the universe to introduce so much change at this point in my life was really pushing me out of my comfort zone and causing me to grow as a person. When faced with new challenges you have little choice to face things head on and either bend and grow or break and not. This is a time of great opportunity to both learn and grow!

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July 26th, 2015 by Off The Grid

When your going to live off the grid you need to have reliable transportation. If you love to drive you need to have your transportation well maintained. My car looks like a bit of a clunker but it gets awesome gas mileage and this is why I love my car! Because my car is approaching the technical status of being a “classic” car means that I need to keep it well maintained. A good tuneup along with regular new tires and other stuff the your ride calls for means money needs to flow so you can “go” off grid on the road!

If you have been keeping up with the off grid podcast episodes even this early on then THANK YOU so much! I really appreciate you listening. If you have any comments or questions please post on today’s show here or send me an email. Stay safe you guys!

Today’s off grid podcast show was recorded several months ago. I have been posting these episodes as fast as I can to get you up to speed with daily / weekly shows. πŸ™‚

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July 16th, 2015 by Off The Grid

What is off grid living like? How do you live off the grid? What do you do about power and water? The questions are endless and my journey has just begun. Like any new project the thoughts of “where do I start” begin to make their way thru my mind as I do my best to think of EVERYTHING that is “off grid”. This is NOT a small task! Sometimes it is best just to begin and work the details out later while your engrossed in the process because life never stops. You learn hard lessons fast!

At the start of a journey your desire is greater than your talent and sometimes the time is just so your talent can catch up.

While going off grid is not exactly talent based it is heavily knowledge and skill based. By that I mean when you step out of the overly protected encyclopedia sized volumes of rules, regulations, and idiotic nuances made up by elected officials to protect ourselves from um.. ourselves then you actually realize that everything on this earth is alive. Nature will quickly wake you up to the fact that you are alive and you must learn fast, adapt quickly, and acquire new skills to survive. Every day off the grid you are alive! If your using your brain then you want to not only survive but thrive. I started watching all the off grid and survival videos I could find. I listened to as many survival podcast shows that seemed to be level headed (there are plenty of “out there” shows out there lol). I read all the off the grid related books, catalogs, and websites. All of this research over the last several years coupled with slow integration of things like gardening, canning, solar panel projects, and other cool stuff into my suburban life helped me to get prepared for life off grid. The knowledge and skills learned from my successes along with failures taught me many things. A major gem of wisdom was the saying for this podcast…

Life is in session. Are you present?

I started all of this in some ways years ago by following my interests and hobbies. Fast forward to a couple of years ago my mom passed away. After abruptly being faced with the fact that both of your parents are no longer on the earth make you think about your life.. A LOT! So I made a goal to be off grid by the time I was 40. Fast forward to 5 months ago just before my fortieth birthday life pushed back and all the pieces started to fall into place. Fast forward to now.. The first episode of this off the grid documentary podcast about “going off grid” is now up. If you like this kind of thing then I strongly invite you to join me on my journey. I have 5 months of incredible ups and downs both personal and otherwise to share. I started recording podcast episodes, off grid videos, and documenting my journey from the safety of the suburbs to off the grid in a camper. Life has just begun. Adventure has begun. If you a student of the universe then life is now in session. Are you paying attention?

Its not what you have. Its what you know

I don’t exactly know where this off grid journey will take me but for now it starts out in a modest little fixer upper of a camper in the middle of the woods. Anytime you take on a path and direction that is life altering you are in for great change. You will learn a lot! The people in your life may surprise you. You will grow as a person and you will be humbled at times. If you open your heart, your mind, and your eyes you will see things in nature that life will only show to those with the courage to step off grid. It can be scary at times. Nature is incredibly beautiful filled with lessons with every step you take. This journey off the grid is like stepping out of the living room lightening fast right into a reality TV show where YOU are now experiencing everything as opposed to simply watching it. For the first time everything is goosebumps skin tingling, fresh crisp air, sharp new sounds,Β  and everything is actually real! The ultimate safety of suburbia is now gone. The tables have turned and you are now a visitor in nature’s raw environment with animals, insects, reptiles, and all that mother nature has with the seasons. If any of this interests you then I hope you will join me. This is the boldest thing I have done in a long time and arguably quite possibly THE boldest thing. Thank you for taking the time to listen and read. If you like this please share it with friends, post a link on Facebook, or post a question here for this episode. I would love to hear your feedback and answer any of your questions. We learn something new every day! πŸ™‚

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