Hi there, and welcome to my blog; my little space for recording our experiments and adventures. Here you will find all kinds of resources, from foraging and gardening to recipes and instructables, from community shout outs to travel guides, and more. The theme that unites everything I write about is the eventual goal of one day owning my own little off grid camp where we can share these things in person rather than online! I’ve named this blog as a reminder of this goal, a sign that I believe I will one day accomplish it, and a hope that it will act as help, inspiration, or even simple solidarity to like-minded souls who may feel isolated in their yearning to live a similar dream.
In the meantime I am spending my life learning in a multitude of ways that the journey is as important as the destination. I are constantly humbled by my own mistakes, consistently having to be willing to reassess my choices, and often have to remind myself of things along the lines of this Howard Thurman quote:
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
And so I’ll leave off this introduction with some little notes of things that make me come alive!
- Nature is literally our life source. In modern city life it seems like this is often forgotten, but for me, there is nothing more satisfying than spending time with nature. Not just being in the countryside, but also recognizing the nature of everything around us; remembering that humans are part of nature, and using natural substances wherever possible, whether it be in crafting or cleaning, health or style. Working with nature, rather than against it, engenders a more balanced sense of the self, as connected to the whole. It fosters an understanding of energy as the basis of a natural system, rather than something that powers electronics.
- Creativity is what occurs when we allow the flow that exists to run through us. It tends to be over-mythologized in our culture – seen as a gift only few possess, but we see it as an almost inevitable outcome of an open and honest connection to one’s self. Whatever we may be feeling, going inwards and then bringing something out is a beautifully restorative act which results in something that can be shared. A simultaneous connection to ourselves and the outside world.
- Self-reliance is something to me that doesn’t just mean being independent, it involves self-awareness, self-responsibility, self-care, and self-honesty, all of which form a grounding that enables the sharing of ourselves in ways that are healthy and respectful of ourselves and others.
- Connections exist at a basic energetic level between everything; not just people or living things, but with our environment as well. Viewing ourselves as existing independently from the whole is one of the most widespread forms of cognitive dissonance; it leaves us with an incomplete sense of self that can be felt in a very palpable but often not cognitively accessible way. When we notice how intricately everything is connected, it connects us to life, allowing these connections to exist; feeling them, fostering and enriching them, is the most powerful and life-affirming thing we can do.
Wishing each one of you peace of mind, joy of heart, and success in noticing what makes you come alive!