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!!