So the whole question is how little could you live on comfortably if you had no rent or house payment ( owned your home) no car payment grew a garden ? Add the idea that you could walk ride a bike or take the bus some or most of the time to work and shop . Could you save money ? Be sure to count in power and insurance food you would buy as well as entertainment . Also allow for clothing hair cuts and medical . Would you be able to thrive on say $25 k or $30k per year? Oh don’t forget phone and Internet and cable t.v. If you use them. Could you grow a significant amount of food in your backyard garden to take a bite ( pun intended ) out of your grocery bill ?
My thinking is yes if the major costs in life are taken care of there is time and money for living a great and comfortable lifestyle . Living in the right community would be a key consideration in this life as it would foster it . Like minded people could share resources and help each other thrive regardless of the economy. Clothing food transportation and other things like tools and child care could be shared or bartered.
Just curious as to what the perspective is out there thoughts and ideas you might share with everyone . Thanks in advance . Kevin
So I am always looking for ways to add value to a process and it occurred to me no one has created a process of how to find ,negotiate and purchase a raw piece of land or a building lot then develop the site and build a small (400 to 600 ) square foot home. This would be a highly valuable experience . You would learn to find a realtor to work with and an area where reasonably priced under valued property can be found .This can be done with out a large cash out lay . I’m talking land for $ 7k to $ 10k and a small house to start then add on later if you want. Pay cash live rent / mortgage free.
Then bring in water,power and sewer. Go through all the permitting processes. Learn to gather bids from contractors and negotiate price. We will then build a site built house on a foundation with plans and permits inspections from the planning / building dept. learn all about electrical, plumbing and every aspect of the build process. This will be recorded as we go so you can have a reference to view again. There will be teleconferences to get all your questions answered as well as opportunity to participate in person at live builders weekends along the way.
So who is this for ? Anyone who is looking to live mortgage free by building a small inexpensive home . This is to learn to build your own home . Someone who Wants to learn the process and be there own general contractor and hire subcontractors to help build the house. Anyone who wants to eliminate or seriously reduce the single largest cost of living we have housing. If you want to learn decades of extremely valuable building and property developing knowledge in a mater of months and save tens of thousands of dollars on your own project this is for you.Let me know if your interested as I can only work with a limited number of people . This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get this level of exposure to this industry.
Film crew setting up for a scene in my living room.
Well after 3 days of shooting 12 to 14 hours a day we have a wrap ! this has been one of the top 10 highlights in my life.I have never been so out of my comfort zone and yet so at home in an environment at the same time. We had no rehearsal ! this was live raw and in the moment cameras in your face all day ! I had my family at my side in all of the action.
My wife in the back between takes and the producer talking to one of the camera men.
This was an amazing process the director drew the story out of us as we were put in setting after setting through out the day.Jess was great at concieving how she wanted the scenes to unfold we followed her lead and watched the whole process come together.
Annissa get ting her mic adjusted between takes
the whole film crew was a mix of freelancers from local guys to new york and brazil. even tho they had never worked together as a team before the crew gelled instantly.You really have to stay on your toes all day and be very focused when your in front of a camera you might get it in one take or maybe in six.
Some scene setups were more tricky than others
it takes hours of filming to get a few minuites of finnished product.After the shooting is done both the sound track and the video are shipped back to the editors so they can review it and blend together the scenes with the sound tracks to create the final production.
Some down time in or costumes playing with the youngest actor on the set our grandson
sometimes it takes longer to set up a scene than it takes to film it you have to decide where the actors will come and go in the frame and all the camera angles then get the lighting placed properly the stage is very important as well as how we flow from one take to the next for continuity of the story line .
We had to have an EMT on the set with his trauma kit during some of our more dangerous scenes
All in all im thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to be a part of a television show of this magnatude and we will be putting our selves out there come what may in front of millions of people who watch this show world wide . its very exciting to be a part of something this big and create a mix of entertainment and education for others to enjoy.
Here is the entire crew with the producer getting ready to shoot an action scene outside.
I will get everyone the details as soon as the producers alow us to reveal them publicly so stay tuned . Who knows what this could lead to maybe we can get more opportunitys in the future to be in other shows or start our own series !
Well we started the letting go process again so back thru the house we went. First we dug thru all the boxes in the basement with a take no prisoners furor. Then back up stairs to the office and den . After sorting and organizing all that we made our way to the shop where the yard sale would take place. For three days we maned the yard from 9 to 4 and to stay busy and productive we sorted our way thru the shop and then the cargo trailer. The result , well pHisically we sold and gave away and tossed out a lot of stuff we haven’t used in years. Monetarily we took in about $500.00 . But the real payoff was emotional . We felt a sense of relief and freedom that a burden was lifted from us . We felt good that others would benefit from the things we no longer needed or wanted and that they would not end up in the landfill at least for a while longer.
We (my wife and I )feel a big sense of responsibility for the things we have . Spending hard-earned money to buy them and selling them for a fraction of their value was hard at first but throwing them away is irresponsible . So rehoming them to us was the right thing to do .
It’s funny how we attach emotion to things . Why they become so important to us . Why we have such a hard time letting go of them . Why does it aggravate me when I sell an old camera that cost $400 new for $15 and the person buying it offers me $10 arguing its obsolete . Because I lost so much money ? Or because he’s gloating about getting the best of me on the deal as he walks away ? Or maybe because I was irresponsible about buying it then getting a new one when the technology advanced . Silly thing is I haven’t used it in years. I even tried to sell it last year in a yard sale for more and no takers .
The nice thing is that we are getting better at parting with stuff and creating a space for other possibility not things in our lives. Less stuff is more mobility ,more room ,less worry, more freedom of things .less need of space. More time ,less cost to keep,maintain,house.
I am looking forward to paring down farther and farther layer by layer to see what less feels like . I vaguely remember first starting out in life with as my mom puts it less than nothing . She was right when i moved out on my own I had a car and everything I owned fit In it . I moved into a studio apt with a Murphy bed ,good thing as it was all the furniture I had but it was a place to sit and sleep. Simple times …why did I go complicate it ? I had something to prove I guess. Stuff was my measure of fulfillment , of accomplishment, need and desire of acceptance . Funny I’m coming full circle and wanting to go back to the beginning .
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I was siting here trying to make sense of my feelings this morning and convey them to you when it hit me ! I just spent the week flying by the seat of my pants ! It has had a profound affect on both myself and my wife . We took off a week ago last Friday and rode our Harley Davidson fat boy half way across Washington state then headed north up into Canada . We had only one thing on our agenda be in Prince George some 600 miles north for a friends 50Th surprise birthday on Sunday . The funny thing was we have never been up this way and our iPhones that we depend on so much we’re no good up their as we have U.S. coverage and it’s very expensive to use up there. So no Internet and Mapquest or calling . We could send and receive text only . We bought a map book and navigated the old fashioned way !
The real lesson came as we rode about an hour at a time from Town to town getting gas and stretching our legs about 300 miles a day pulling in to find a room some where and living out of the small bags that fit on the bike. This came to be the most freeing experience we have had . Here’s what I took . One pair of shorts three shirts 3 underwear 3 socks one pair of blue jeans riding boots , flip flops ,hat , sun glasses ,sweat shirt ,leather jacket and chaps and 2 pair of gloves. My wife took the same ( a first ) and a small bag of toiletries . For living we took two compact sleeping bags the size of a loaf of bread and a cook set back pack stove and pan one stainless steel nalgene bottle of water , that’s it .
We got to Prince George on sat about 5 and spent the next nite at our friends mothers house. Then out to the lake after the party to stay water front with new friends in a camper van. Tuesday back to town for a nite at the birthday girls house . We had a bonus soak in the hot tub . The whole time we never really new where we were staying or how long but all our new friends just kept adopting us putting us up and feeding us until we were about to burst ! We did laundry at there homes as we went . Wednesday found us heading east after lots of goodbyes to all our new friends . Where to ? Jasper and Banff provincial parks !
We rode all day and saw signs for moose , elk ,deer and bear but no animals to dodge thank goodness . We got in late to the town of jasper just north of the park a beautiful town in a breathtaking mountain setting . It was high season there and all the hotels were full or a few rooms left at $250.00 to $300.00 ea !! We called about 8 places and finally got referred to a private home that rents rooms only $95.00 a nite quiet and unique .
After breakfast thur it was off two the parks. Jasper and Banff what can I say you have to experience them your self they are truly amazing . Wild country wild animals and unbelievable vistas . You could spend the summer there and only see a fraction of the area . Sadly we only spent 24hours on our way home . We pulled out our map and found an exit near lake Louise ( stunning) and rode toward radium hot springs for the nite . We found some motels near the hot springs and only $85 a nite but we got a $10 discount as bikers $75 that nite ! After riding in and out of rain showers all day we were tired and cold but still in awe of the scenery we just took in bears and all ! Right on the road side ! We stopped 20 feet away to watch them eating berrys.
Friday morning woke up to pouring rain not what we wanted to start the ride home in . We had coffee got packed and waited an hour before it let up so we took off for cranbrook 15 min down the rode rain for 20 min ! We finally out ran it and stopped For breakfast and more hot coffee to warm us back up . We drove on to creston stopped for gas and rest our butts then over the pass 6000 ft cold clear and amazing views down to the turn south and 10 min later were at the border crossing . Back in familiar territory about an hour from home .
That was yesterday and I find myself wanting to take off again for points unknown it was simple easy and minimal we had every thing we needed on that bike to keep going . So why do we have so much stuff back home!? A room some clothes and a motorcycle was plenty all week ! No extra stuff and we didn’t miss a thing . Sell the house sell the cars and all the stuff and we can take off for good ! Not one or two weeks a year . We were alive out there in the open hot ,cold ,wet, dry smelling the fresh air in the mountains stopping when and where we wanted not a care in the world . I believe it is all about the experiences in life not the stuff. How about you ?
Wow I got an email last week from the casting director of a very well-known (it’s the top rated show on the network ) show about being on an episode this season ! They found me on my you tube channel . So I was one the phones and emailing with the casting director getting all my info and photos to them . They had a meeting with the producers and said they loved us ! Now we get all the info together and see what happens next . She said the were looking forward to working with us ! I’m trying not to get to excited just yet but this is the second time I have had a production company contact me in a year. A company that was producing for the discovery channel about a show but it got scraped for some reason. This show is ongoing and they are filming all this month and part of sept. could get kinda crazy around here if it happens .stay tuned.