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November 19th, 2015 by Off The Grid

This past week a theme seems to be reoccurring in my daily life about making the best use of time. With winter fast approaching and this being my first year off grid in the camper I am quickly realizing that I am just not ready! Hello once again and welcome to another time saving episode of Off The Grid Podcast.. well um kind of. OK so let me explain the premise for today’s show. The last few days at work have been challenging to say the least due to a last minute rush on someone else part trickling over into my life causing undue stress and food for though about the whole “use of time” thing. At least it gave me a hard but long overdue reminder in a lesson I had forgot long ago.. but that is a story for another time. Combine that with a few other moments still lingering from this past weekends lesson of collecting firewood and you have what in my mind is the universe trying its best to tell me something. It is time to kick things in gear and be the Ant not the Grasshopper!

Hopefully most of you are familiar with the old story of the Ant and the Grasshopper so I won’t waste our time explaining that one. 🙂 Last night after getting in late I put my trusty LED headlamp on and set to work getting everything outside of the camper ready for the following days forested rain. Putting my dusty brown work gloves on is always a sign that work was about to begin here off grid in and or around the camper. Grabbing two ten poles I had a large tarp up across the roof and was at ease knowing that at least some of the minor leaks would be avoided this time. Next item up for business was to straighten up a little around the camper in order to make space to get a few things out of the path of next day’s rain. With several trips the recent items from my lost and found box of camping items from springtime were once full again. The large black storage tote was emptied so that everything could dry out. It was ironic that everything was going back into the tote to keep dry. lol Sure enough it is now the next day and it has been raining all day long! I woke to the sound of rain drops across the roof so making good use of time the night before was well worth it. If you have not already listened to the episode for today’s Off The Grid Podcast I was running late this morning so time was on my mind again. So if this show was a little short that was why. Next time will be better and more thought out you guys. Until then stay safe, try to use your time wisely, and have a good one!

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Time is one thing you can never get back so use your time wisely! 🙂
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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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