A New Life Journey: Why I Decided To Start My “Off The Grid Project”

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* I want to start with a disclaimer: This series of blog posts will be raw and unedited. I want these snippets I share with you to be original, and from a place of organic unedited thought. For you English majors, be gentle and remember I majored in nothing that could ever be confused with creative writing or English composition.

So where did the idea for my “Off The Grid Project” come from? From those now popular “living in the wild in Alaska” shows? Because I want to completely detach myself from society and hate people? Neither. The answer is pretty simple actually, because I wanted to. I will do my best to describe to you how I arrived at the decision to attempt to live off the grid, because there are many factors.

First I think it is important to understand I grew up in a small town in the mountains of California, so what I’m doing is not, as a drastic of stretch as one might think. I’m not going into this adventure completely in the dark. This was not some off the cuff decision. There was a lot of thought and care that went into it. At the same time I feel it is important for people to see how I’m going about this project. Even though I call it a project, it is ultimately a life decision.

During my life I have lived in many cities across the country, and as I have aged I have become more disenchanted and disengaged from that type of living. Not that it is a bad type of living, it’s just is not for me anymore.

Having grown up poor in a single-wide trailer, you would think I would not want to ever return to such a lifestyle. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Having grown up that way, it has given me a different perspective on what I truly think is important. Sure at times things were tough growing up, but it made me appreciate everything I had. I now look back and consider myself incredibly lucky to have had these experiences. I was fortunate enough to pretty much know all the people in my town, and be able to wave at them and get a wave back in return. That is pretty much unheard of in an urban setting today.

I still have fond memories of racing home from football practice, before the sun went down to get in an hour of bird hunting. Heck, I would have my shotgun behind the seat of my truck to save time. Yes, that would mean I had a shotgun on school grounds, and I wasn’t the only one, as a lot of us did this. We all were hunters and that was just all there was to it. Can you imagine what would happen to a kid doing that today?

Once I left for college at 18, I have had very few opportunities to do the things I so enjoyed while growing up – hiking, fishing, hunting and just being in nature. For many years I have yearned to return to that type of living. It is hard to explain to someone who has never experienced these in life, but for me they are the things that always made me the happiest.

To me the daily grind of living in congested areas has become completely overwhelming and too stressful. Why would I want to sit in traffic if I don’t have to? The thought of going to the mall actually makes me cringe and uncomfortable. The fact that I don’t know any of my neighbors is disturbing. I don’t know how many people I have waved at in my neighborhood, while on my nightly walks, and received nothing but a strange look in return. Is this really living? For me I just don’t think so.

The thought of peace and tranquility today, most consider impossible to obtain. At one time I thought this. But as I started to become more and more frustrated with todays modern stresses, I began to think that there has to be a better way for those of us who desire a simpler type of life.

So about 7 or 8 years ago I started researching remote pieces of land, and learning if it was possible to obtain a place removed from the hustle and bustle. I’ll be honest in the beginning it was pretty discouraging. Where do you start? Where is a good place to live? Can I handle the cold?

So I started by going online and looking at properties in parts of the country I was interested in, to see what they cost and what the possibilities were. During this time the housing boom was close to the peak and land I was interested in was priced way too high.

I knew in time, the prices would have to come back down, so I put my dream on hiatus for a while.

Fast forward, to last year, and the thought was still in the back of my head. But due to many life changing circumstances I wasn’t really pursing my dream, I was just kind of in a rut. In 2013, the stress of trying to run my own business and numerous deaths, including one of my best friends hit home. I knew if I kept saying I will get to it next year, it would never happen. So with that, I rekindled the dream and put a plan into action.

Currently my plan of action is in the beginning stages, but I want to share with all of you the trials and tribulations of what I’m doing, as I’m doing it. By following me you can see me make my mistakes and have to adapt to the unknowns. If I wrote all this after I’m done, I think it would not have the same effect as following me as I go.

Most think that living off the grid means living in a cave or shack with no running water or electricity. Today that couldn’t be further from the truth. You can now live a comfortable lifestyle on a fairly piece of isolated land, due to the improvements and affordability of solar and wind power.

I think the best part of this adventure is I’m doing it in a way financially, that most American’s can afford. I do not come from a long list of millionaires, and do not have unlimited resources. I’m attempting to complete the entire project, to include: land, well, septic, dirt work/roads, small house and solar for under $100,000. I hope I can make this budget and at this time I think I can. I consider this to be one of the most important parts of what I’m doing, and that is to make it a realistic goal for everyone who is interested in this type of lifestyle.

Hopefully you will enjoy my adventure, and even if you are not interested in such a lifestyle, maybe you will learn a little something that you can incorporate into your life to make it simpler and more enjoyable.

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