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post #41 of 49

LOVE this thread! MayasMom88 really warmed my heart with the original post - the part about knowing what 'career' choice you want and that one being a mom. I am 52, my kids are grown and although I went to college, I got an arts degree mostly because I wanted to have fun and also to please my parents and get a degree. But I never had an ambitions towards a career outside the home. I wanted to be a mom.

 

My kids were born in NYC in the late 80s but we moved to a small cabin in Alaska with an outhouse and no running water inside. But we had a well. We have also lived in relatively suburban areas so I've raised them in a few different environments. But we always lived very simply and usually on one income (sometimes on none - very stressful). Of course, we did the cloth diapers and all the usual natural stuff.

 

Now I've moved to Australia to be with my new Aussie love and perfect soulmate. We are both broke (he hasn't been able to find work for a couple of years and I was a full-time volunteer at a remote Buddhist center for 3 years) and starting over. We have a small amount of debt - maybe $4000 between us and he has some debt to family but they are not in a rush. So we've moved to Sydney where we plan/hope/pray? we can work for a short amount of time (the jobs are here and he used to make good money in IT) and then move out to the country. 

 

I've always lived simply having been raised by Depression-era relatives so I know how to do most things and need very little. I am very inspired by this thread since I'm starting all over again. We want to have chickens and I'm also hoping for goats. We will grow most of our own food and I'm also really hoping we can find a way to barter for many needs. 

 

So thanks for the inspiration. I'm looking forward to keeping up with this thread. It helps a lot to have pics also of what you have done. Helps the dreaming! Also, I really liked a suggestion made earlier about not waiting forever to have your dream. I second that. Just because we live in a city right now (and actually just staying with friends of his who use the dishwasher every day and both parents work, etc. until we can afford our own place) doesn't mean we can't live simply and use many of our skills right here. All my housekeeping skills alone will save us hundreds of dollars that we would otherwise spend if we lived a typical suburban life. As soon as I have my residency visa, I am planning to work at least part-time, but I mainly just want to help the dream happen faster even tho DH wants me to stay home if that's what I want.

 

I also want to stress the don't wait for "someday" idea because last winter my sacro-iliac and pubic joints just 'gave out' with no apparent injury. I click like I'm 8 months pregnant and no one seems to be able to tell me any more than my pelvis has opened up wider at the top and it's stressed my pelvic joints and that they don't know what to do about it. I couldn't walk and the pain meds made me crazy (literally) so after much acupuncture and physiotherapy I was much better within 2 months. But OMGosh, I really value my health more now (I hardly ever get sick) and I realize that the time is now, not years from now. 

 

LoveLoveLove what you are all doing. Thanks for sharing your amazing dreams and stories.

post #42 of 49

Quite a nice little set up,Talia Rose.Progress on my place is coming along slowly but surly.

post #43 of 49

rabbithorn - this may sound crazy but i have had the same issue with my hips and pelvis. a friend (who has a lot of food allergies) looked at me and said "thats corn! quit eating corn!" and i was in enough pain that i did.......i am 45 and was faced with being crippled up, so i quit corn and sure enough my hips got better. not entirely but mostly. i can walk again. weird reaction to a food but there it is. this summer i tested it - went camping for a few weeks and cheated on small trace amounts of corn like xanthum gum and citric acid and by the end of my trip i was limping around again. cleaned up my diet and it went away. so maybe just get rid of all corn for 2 weeks and see if anything changes.....

 

rayyy  thanks! been a long process but its coming together nicely!

post #44 of 49
Thread Starter 

Wow, I've been away for too long! Talia Rose, your greenhouse/coop looks amazing! And it's great to see some new members commenting on this thread as well - I didn't actually think many people would, but it is a wonderful surprise!

 

So my family and I are now living in Newcastle, Maine... the state I swore I would never want to live in. And - surprisingly enough - I really love it. We are living in a 220 year old home and doing a partial rent/worktrade with our landlord. This place needs a LOT of work, but has SO MUCH potential! We are secretly hoping that we'll be able to purchase it for cheap when my husband gets his settlement. It's a historic home on two acres with a weird garage structure out back that would be perfect for a chicken coop if we can ever get our landlord's crap out of it, lol. There is a beautiful trail circuit less than a minute down the road which we frequent, and we are less than 30 minutes from the ocean... which is sooooo exciting because sitting by the crashing waves can be great therapy for me.

 

We haven't done much in the way of self-sufficiency yet, as we just moved a little over a month ago, and are still trying to get our finances in order. My husband just got a job so that is a godsend! we just really feel like this is where we're supposed to be. The way everything fell into place was incredibly synchronistic and felt "destined." So we're excited to see what the future brings, and are trying to remember to live with the "attitude of gratitude." ;)

 

Rabbithorns, I'm so glad you gleaned inspiration from this thread. It is a blessings to know that so many people are striving toward a life in which self-sufficiency and caring for the Earth is a daily practice. Love and Light to you all! And I've gotta get on here more often, lol!

post #45 of 49

mayasmama - it sounds wonderful! everything is a process that takes time but it sounds like you have found a place to begin. congrats on your husbands job! a precious thing these days (isn't that crazy!) i wish you much luck and look forward to hearing and seeing your journey forwards....

post #46 of 49

Wow! This was very moving. I had my own "aha" moment four years ago and never looked back. It was the best decision for myself and my family. Thank god for forums like this where people from all over the world can share their stories and ideas. Your "aha" moment reminds me of the one my good friend Masa Tekei had. He's currently embarking on his own journey and posts weekly vlogs here: http://www.youtube.com/user/masaoffgrid. Thank you, MayasMama88. You are truly an inspiration.

post #47 of 49
Thread Starter 

Aww, shucks. Now I'm blushing, lol! Seriously though I'm glad so many people found this thread to be inspiring. Together, we will make a world of difference!! In a very literal way, too! ;)

post #48 of 49

I just thought of talia rose's lovely greenhouse and coop and it reminded me of this great book I'm reading that's really inspiring me on my way to self sufficiency.  It's Bioshelter Market Garden by Darrel Frey and It's a great overall permaculture book.  I love how it incorporates these ideas into indoor growing, including a coop/greenhouse set-up using the heat of chickens and composted manure to help keep the bioshelter warm (along with lots of other methods).  Right now I'm sprouting, growing shoots and lower light need microgreens to feed our family and have supplemental income at Farmer's market, so I'm looking forward to trying more, maybe with salad greens, in a greenhouse structure.

post #49 of 49
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rabbithorn - this may sound crazy but i have had the same issue with my hips and pelvis. a friend (who has a lot of food allergies) looked at me and said "thats corn! quit eating corn!" and i was in enough pain that i did.......i am 45 and was faced with being crippled up, so i quit corn and sure enough my hips got better. not entirely but mostly. i can walk again. weird reaction to a food but there it is. this summer i tested it - went camping for a few weeks and cheated on small trace amounts of corn like xanthum gum and citric acid and by the end of my trip i was limping around again. cleaned up my diet and it went away. so maybe just get rid of all corn for 2 weeks and see if anything changes.....

 

rayyy  thanks! been a long process but its coming together nicely!



Just noticed this.  I don't know about hips and pelvises in particular, but my youngest has some very bad allergies, and he does get allergic arthritis (it was severe enough he had to be screened for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) from some foods.  And this was verified by conventional doctors.  S, I don't think it's crazy.

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