episode 134 video listener feedback
August 18th, 2016 by Off The Grid

If there is one thing I learned from other people learning from my experience living off the grid its that curiosity will be peeked and questions will arise. When I first began this journey toward an off grid lifestyle invariably the next thing after the WHAT?!? factor was the fact that most people had a question or few. Most long time listeners will be no stranger to the story of how I got where I am today.. living in an off grid camper with no power or water. Every once in a while I need to remind myself that chances are new listeners / viewers find the show and as such will have some of the same questions. Why did you choose to go off the grid? What is it like living off grid? What about power? How do you get water? Etc.. Today’s video episode I answer a couple of questions that came in from listeners. Dean from Youtube asked Why did you decide to go off the grid? Another email came in from LeeAnn. She asked if I have the option to park the camper in the woods? Doing so would help to stay 10 degrees or so cooler in the summer months.

You see the thing is that after living this way for a little over a year I look back and realize that in fact I have come a long way. For years I watched countless hours of videos on Youtube, searched the web for resources, spent many a days / evenings in the backyard practicing mini survival skills, and finally mustered up the courage to take that scary leap of faith off grid! It was not easy but I would not trade this unique life experience for anything! One thing that stands out still is that the first 2 – 3 months were a MAJOR adjustment period for me. After living 40 years in the “traditional” on grid suburban lifestyle and then voluntarily choosing this lifestyle some things came to mind. For one thing I found myself honestly questioning my sanity. Amid a serous bit of self examination I came to the conclusion that if I was sane enough to question my actions and give it the time to reach some reasonable answers then I was indeed not out of my gourd! lol If you ask some of the people that are close in my life then you may not get the same answer. Living off grid for the most part can be challenging and both beautifully rewarding at the same time. This lifestyle may not be for everyone.. for me I am quite content and love the soft sweet sounds of mother nature as opposed to the ever intrusive chaos of the concrete jungles our modern society has so quickly adopted.

 

Video Post notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: When you give people a glimpse of what off grid looks like they tend to have a few questions.
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clouds sky over treeline
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!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • Brent emailed in his video here and also another listener feedback show here.
  • 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.
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planting wall of beans for natural shade
May 18th, 2016 by Off The Grid

This last weekend I had the perfect opportunity to get a lot done thanks to a combination of beautiful weather and actually having a full day off work. Sunday I was able to get out into the wood core hugelkultur garden once again. In the few short years that I have been fortunate to be able to garden I have never had much luck with vine fruits. This weekend I gave it one more try as I planted 3 watermelon seedlings. If you have kept up with the podcast you know that my off grid garden is not your average garden. This years off grid garden venture is leaning heavily on wood core beds with a solid 4-5 inches of composting leaves and grass clippings above. All of this will help to maintain a natural source of moisture for the garden plants even during dry spells.

Next up was the “Wall O Beans”! As you can see from today’s featured image for the Off The Grid Podcast the dirt has been turned over. At the base of this natural lean to of tree limbs I planted two types of beans. Once the brutal summer heat is upon us hopefully these beans will be providing a natural wall of shade from the sun on the off grid camper. Also the fence has been extended down another 30 feet. Once the fence is complete and the beans have taken off the landscape around the camper should change dramatically. This will provide me with a lot of awesome fresh NON GMO vegetables and something to be proud of. Thank you for listening!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: ~ From the weekend ~ You can get a lot more done if you concentrate your time in a single day VS trying to do a little over many days.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • Brent emailed in his video here and also another listener feedback show here.
  • 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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take 5
April 13th, 2016 by Off The Grid

Recently I found myself in a conversation that caused me to reflect back at my journey over the last year to living off grid here in the camper. After working so hard to remove myself from the rat race of urban city life (at least after work) I was reminded that even in a small way that the wonder I have of nature can fade if I am not careful to appreciate life each day. Its not that hard really when you think about it. Most of us go about our lives without so much as a thought regarding the beauty that is all around us. Ok so each of us are at different stages in life and chances are some are more or less in “better” places or environments. A quote comes to mind if you find yourself not liking where you are in life..

“Until the pain of same exceeds the the pain of change you will sit in the same”

In a nutshell this is where I was at about a year ago. No matter how crummy some days or nights were I still took time to walk outside many nights and look up at the stars. I made good use of many a Saturday mornings cooking pancakes on the Rocket Stove. Sure I was living in the suburbs then but I took time to appreciate nature in my own back yard at the time.. and I loved it! So again if you are still listening to today’s episode of the Off The Grid Podcast please take 5 to stop and appreciate the life you have in the world around you. If you identify strongly with the quote above then this might just be an even better reason for you to consider taking time once in a while to practice the attitude of gratitude. Another favorite quote comes to mind.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you could miss it.”

All of us at one time in our life have experienced the insane moment of realization when (fill in the number of years here ___ ) that pass us by only to think in the hear and now that time flies so fast. Why it was only yesterday when… So the next time you find yourself caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life please take a moment to pause. Please consider taking 5 minutes to breath calmly, reflect on where you are in life, and appreciate the world around you. You just might notice something new.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Life moves pretty fast. Take 5 once in a while to appreciate the world around you.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Check out Live Video Broadcasts of the show here on Periscope.
  • If you would like to learn more about The Survival Podcast mentioned in today’s show please check out the link. There is a wealth of solid level headed info there.
  • 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.
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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! 🙂 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! 🙂
  • 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!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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more logs from woods
March 4th, 2016 by Off The Grid

The clouds of winter are parting as I have been feeling very fired up lately with a renewed sense of optimism for the future. If you remember last year about this time I was going through some rough times in almost every aspect of my life. At the same time I kind of felt like the days were counting down to sort of like waitinglevi artwork in anticipation for Christmas in getting my future off grid camper out here. Little did I know my journey had just begun in more was than one. With this being episode 101 of the Off The Grid Podcast I have been feeling increasingly energized these last few days with the fact that over 100 shows are now under my belt. Looking back there have been many challenging days. Every one just like each new day offers not only the opportunity to learn but also personal growth as a person. One big lesson that seems to have slowly made its way to the surface of my mind is that it seems like I have been spinning my wheels a lot of the time. Yes.. literally at times while unknowingly mudding in my little Geo Metro! Ok so that was a joke but really did happen several times. Seriously though.. this last year it seems as though I have been spinning my wheels in a financial sense. Half the time I had the money and half the time I had “time”. Unfortunately I rarely had both. So this has lead me to an epiphany of sorts that the time has come for me to ask for your help. I am working on creating a Patreon campaign. What is that you may be asking? Patreon is a platform that bridges the gap between content creators and those wanting to help support them. It is for artists, musicians, and content providers of all kinds. As I mentioned in today’s episode of the Off The Grid Podcast I will be creating one soon so please stay tuned for more info. Until then if you would like to help support this show please help me spread the word by telling a friend or taking a moment to rate the Podcast on iTunes! Thank you again so much for listening! I really appreciate it! 🙂

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Every once in a while look back at the last year of your life then go forward with a clear view of what you want to do. Get fired up!
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • 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! 🙂 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! 🙂
  • 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!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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financial aspects living off grid
December 9th, 2015 by Off The Grid

Today’s episode I wanted to touch on some of the financial aspects and factors to consider when living off the grid. They say that if you want to be financially independent is only takes three things. Avoid debt, live on less than you earn, and invest the surplus. If you are new to this whole thing but have been following along you know my journey has been an adventurous one! The colder months it seems have brought some financial pitfalls for me which have caused me to re-examine certain money related factors that should be considered when moving off grid. In business the fall and winter months usually mean a slower season with less profits. When your income is directly dependent to the economy that means your income slows down as well. Before I took a deep breath and jumped head first into the off grid lifestyle I tried my best to be prepared financially. For years I kept an eye out at local flea markets, yard sales, and online deals on things that could be used once I was off the grid. Solar panels, deep cycle batteries, garden tools, and various building supplies were among the many money saving items I found. This was one way I saved a lot of money. The thing is that no matter how much you prepare there is always something unforeseen that you will need or want to make your life easier off grid. Here are a few questions to ask yourself or you and your partner should be asking when considering living in an off grid house.

  1. How far out from civilization are you. This affects not only the money you spend on gas but also the amount of time you spend driving.
  2. Are you completely self sufficient, mostly dependent on the outside world, or somewhere in between? This will affect how much money you need to factor in for everyday items like food, water, fuel, etc.
  3. Do you have access to the internet? With today’s modern ecommerce world this could be a major factor if you make a living online for example. If you do not have internet how will you connect to the net? This also adds up in fuel cost if you need to drive to and from.

All of the above questions are kind of basic thoughts we should all be asking ourselves if wanting to live off the grid and even more importantly to address if you are already living off grid. These were only a few questions that came to mind when thinking about some of the financial aspects of living off grid. What did I miss? What else should be taken into consideration for someone wanting to or preparing live off the grid?

Long time listeners will know that while this whole journey for me not been that long I have still had many ups and downs. Life is full of ups and downs with many opportunities to learn if you are sharp enough to pay attention. A while back I was lucky enough to have come across a couple of interviews with a guy by the name of Jon Acuff. He wrote a book called Start. In his book he talks about the five “lands” that every successful life goes through. Those (5) lands are 1. Learning, 2. Editing, 3. Mastering, 4. Harvesting, 5. Guiding. In a way I feel like my choice to go head first in a mega crash course with this journey from suburbia to an off grid lifestyle has been sort of like visiting all of these “lands” at the same time. Why would you want to do something like this? By this I mean living with no power or water in a camper among the trees in the woods with the birds, the bees, and little critters?

The knowledge, skills, and things that you learn can not be lost, stolen, or confiscated.

Several years ago I watched a video on YouTube about a couple that was preparing to live off grid in a house they were building in a remote location. The man spoke a few words that rang true in my mind so I took note of them. He said that we get conditioned to believe that how we live is ok. You pay for everything to come into and go out of your home. You pay for the water to come in then you pay for the sewage to go out. You pay for the food and other things you buy to come in and then you pay for the garbage to go out. You pay for electricity and everything. That video made me think even more so about how our modern society has evolved to where it is today. Couple that with the fact that we are essentially 2 generations from being self sufficient and you have a recipe for massive social dependence on a financial system that is not sustainable. This is a tangent that I could do a whole series of shows around but we shall save that for another time. The choice to learn as much as I can as fast as I can with all of the successes and failures along the way is by choice. While I am not financially independent I have managed to slash most of my bills. With no nest egg set aside I am taking the opposite approach to saving. As usual I am exploring the unconventional to learn as much as I can for this off grid lifestyle. All financial factors aside I would ask you to consider taking the path less traveled once in a while by stepping outside of your comfort zone, trying something new, and invest in yourself by learning a new skill or few. Enjoy the simple pleasures. Cherish the good times. Try your best to prepare for hard times. Learn as much as you can. Keep an eye out for deals along the way. Align your future self with the wisdom, knowledge, and skills learned thus far in your life. In the end what you learn will help you to be a better version of yourself both financially, and who you are as a person as well.

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: If you are going off grid try to save as much as you can before you do.
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • Link to the Cool group on FB for those interested in Practical Self Sufficiency & Off Grid Living
  • 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!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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shaved beard
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. 🙂 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! 🙂 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. 🙂

 

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! 🙂
  • Be social! Connect with me and the podcast on Facebook, like the page, and tell a friend! 🙂
  • 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!
  • Like to watch videos about off grid living? Please connect and subscribe to my new channel on YouTube.
  • Got questions, comments, or tips about living off grid? Please share your thought below or Contact me!

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June 4th, 2015 by Off The Grid

If anyone reading this knows the first thing about going off the grid or living an off grid lifestyle then you know its a lot of hard work just getting there! This seems to be lesson one as my journey from the suburbs to out a ways into the country has proven to be a long one. Patience. It is now 4 months and counting from my original goal of being “off the grid” was set for March 1st. Being only one person I have been diligently been working like the steady ant in the story doing my best this last year to actually be off grid. Yes its amazing just how much you learn along the way and as is with everything in life.. nothing is simple! Quality time is always needed for anything worthwhile in life that you want to learn or attain. Moving from the average American lifestyle to something completely foreign and new requires among many things.. patience.

Slowly but steadily the days turned into weeks. The weeks quickly turned into months. On the bright side things have been moving a lot faster now that the camper is here where I can work on it. It was only a couple of weeks ago that the camper was hours away so going to work on it was a well planned all day affair. Either way I am now filled with a new sense of urgency coupled with a solid motivation because I actually have something to work with! Patience has given way in part to um.. staying busy while being patient!

Lets back up a bit so all of you reading this now aren’t lost. Long story short / “shortish” the journey to off grid living goes a little something like this.. I have been wanting to live in one of those cool off the grid partial earth sheltered homes with all the convenience that the videos on YouTube showed for years now. The people always looked happy and the homes always look so extraordinarily decorated with everything cool! The unique earthy nature appealed to the creative artist in me. The fact that all of the homes were very sustainable was another big plus. So all around I was impressed and wanted to live some for of that off grid lifestyle.

I spent countless hours researching info, watching videos for ideas, and surfing the net for anything in this circle that was off the grid living. I researched everything solar panels, rain water collection, alternative energy, earth cooling tubes, cutting edge gardening ideas, alternative building techniques and more. There were earth sheltered houses, straw bale houses, yurts, earthships, cobb buildings, tiny houses, and several other variations.. they all looked so cool!! There were also people living in campers, RVs, and trailers. Living in a camper wasn’t my first choice but it seemed to be one option to the quickest way to go off grid and learn along the way. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.. yeah sure the videos were all cool but they left out a few important details. All of the ups and more importantly the stumbling blocks that life throws your way. What do you do with stumbling blocks? Turn them into stepping stones of course!! You learn a lot along the way too! 😛

Life happens and you learn something new every single day! So I decided to document my journey off the grid with this podcast, a website (www.offthegrid.tips), and yes an off grid documentary about the whole experience. Again its now been over four months and I have been recording audio for the Off Grid Podcast, taking pictures for the blog, and also taking lots of video along the way! So I have a lot of material for podcast episodes and shows.. none of which are up yet.. I strongly emphasize YET! I have been podcasting for a few years now so the whole concept of an Off The Grid Podcast is on the way!

On a side note while going through this whole shift in life along the journey off grid I found many people in my life either coming or going with surprising haste! My family stayed constant but I did get a lot of funny looks (your crazy!!!) when they found out I was going to live off the grid. Long time friends and acquaintances surprised me the most but it was for the best I guess. With everything else going on the universe threw one more good curve ball my way.. my now ex-girlfriend. I became single :/…don’t you just love the modern singles market? lol OK not to get too off track I created a dating website (I’m a web designer as well) for people wanting to live this “off grid” lifestyle because I realized if I was going through all of this crap then others were as well! Off grid singles or those wanting to go off the grid needed a place to meet, greet, and hopefully fall in love. I created www.offgrid.singles because average dating sites were full of everyone else but it was all “white picket fence” keep up with the Jones’s kind of people. There is nothing wrong with that its just now for those wanting an off grid lifestyle. lol

Why did I choose the domain name with “.tips” instead of “.com”? Because the dot com was taken and after thinking for a while on what it was I was looking to create I decided if people were hopefully going to learn from my successes and failures then the new dot tips domain extension was best.  If you like this kind of thing then please share this with a friend. Do you have an idea or valuable life lesson about off grid living that I could learn from? Please comment so we can all learn! The site is about learning you know!!

 

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