Self-Reliant Living, Homesteading, and Prepping: The Perfect Trio
A New Direction
I love to read blogs. Prepper blogs. Survivalist blogs. Homestead blogs. Self-Reliant Living Blogs. When I decided to start my own blog I was faced with several important decisions. What direction should mine take? The Prepper Lifestyle of living offers so much necessary information that I started there. I enjoy many of the prepper websites and have my own favorites.
But as I was writing for my blog I realized that’s not really who I am. My real love is living an alternative lifestyle, which I’ve been doing for my entire adult life. Although my parents lived conventional lives my mother was a faithful reader of Mother Earth News. You could find me sprawled out reading them too. What I liked most were the articles about people who went off-grid and were in remote and/or rural locations. I didn’t know it then but they filled me with a desire to live like this.
Is total self-sufficiency possible?
However I also liked my “creature comforts”. Electricity. TV. Especially grocery stores! I’ve spent many years trying to balance the two with limited success until the last few years.
I have learned that living a self-sustaining lifestyle is very hard to do. It requires a lot of work but it’s very worthwhile and doable for everyone who is willing.
Life in Alaska.
When my wife, LeaAnn, and I lived in Alaska we lived totally off-grid which is to say we had no services such as water, trash pickup, electricity, and such. We hunted, fished, and had a large garden, as well as chickens, and rabbits. We were completely on our own, or so we liked to think!
The truth is that we still relied on the outside world for fuel for our generator in the winter. We had to go to the post office where we had a box to get our mail and we had to truck in our water with a 300 gallon tank mounted in the back of our F-250 pickup.
While we cut and hauled in about 20 cords of wood per winter for heat we still relied on our chainsaws which needed fuel, oil, and parts such as new chains and tune ups. And of course we always went to the grocery store, and hardware store on our “town runs” to North Pole (a small town about eleven miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska) where we loaded up on things like salt, sugar, dried foods such as beans and rice, spices, soda, tea, coffee, and the list goes on and on. We also went to the warehouse store in Anchorage, Alaska several times a year.
Although we lived in a “bush house”, we were still dependent on the outside world for things to make our lives easier.
Our Amish Neighbors.
Where we live now, in the Ozark Mountains of rural SW Missouri, we have a large Amish population. They live as close to a self-reliant lifestyle as you can get. They go without indoor plumbing, electricity, television, radios, and have no cars or trucks.
You still see them in town at the “W” store and the local farmer’s co-op buying feed, as well as supplies for their horses, cattle, and livestock. They too are hopelessly dependent on the outside world, although they would not like to have it pointed out to them.
My new direction.
So you ask, where am I going with this? Simple, rather than just emphasizing prepping for big disasters, I’m going to speak from my heart and share my many years of experiencing the most self-sufficient lifestyle possible.
The truth is we are all dependent “on the world” and to varying degrees on others to live a comfortable life.
While it’s great to have your own solar/wind powered system, there is nothing wrong with having power lines on your property. We just want to be as prepared for electrical outages as possible, and we like reducing our electric bill as well.
We have a large garden and raise chickens and rabbits here. But we also have a rotating food storage system for those times when the grocery stores may be closed or out of things to sell.
We don’t weave our own cloth, although it’s a good skill to learn, and my wife does sew and crochet.
We have a dish for television and since we’re in a rural area we have another dish for our internet. We go to the doctor for our medical needs but use alternative medicine remedies as much as possible.
We have cell phones, tablets, video games for entertainment as well as keeping up with the world. After all, we couldn’t write and publish this blog without those things. The difference between us and those who aren’t prepared is that we’ll still have those things in a disaster.
The cold reality is that in the event of a disaster, be it natural or man-made, all of our supplies would eventually run out when they couldn’t be replenished from outside sources. That’s why it’s so important that we learn to be as self-reliant as possible and develop systems to continually be replacing our supplies. Those are the skills I want us to tackle here.
If you enjoy reading the “end of the world” novels as much as I do, you know those super heroes have pallet upon pallet of food, medicine, military grade weapons, an endless supply of ammunition, and hide-a-ways that are so secluded they’ll never be found. But that’s only true in novels. There’s no way we can be prepared enough for an asteroid striking the earth, alien invasions, or any of the many other terrifying scenarios presented in those books! Thankfully, those are not what we have to fear the most.
What is realistic is to expect natural disasters or an economic collapse resulting in a years-long depression, which lead to disruptions of primary services and much reduced availability of fuel, general supplies, and medical supplies and services.
Benefits of an alternative lifestyle.
Living an alternative lifestyle can reduce the bad effects of such an event. Instead of being among the panicked shoppers at grocery stores with empty shelves, we can know that we have enough stored food to last and that we are continually replenishing our supplies.
Not only that, there is the satisfaction of providing for your family in a different way than being stuck in a cubicle in some faceless building like the majority of the “drones” out there. We’ll be far less dependent on the outside world.
So from now on this blog is going to be dedicated to focusing on how you can live on your own. I’ll supply lots of knowledge based on what I’ve learned from over forty years of doing just that. And I’ll be telling you stories of my experiences, both happy and sad and relating some of the most terrible mistakes I’ve made and how you can avoid them! And while every article won’t apply to every person and situation, it does mean that there will be lots of useful information whether your are a city dweller or a country person.
Does that mean the articles already posted on this blog don’t have vital information? Not at all. They’re all directed at helping you as you travel down this road. I still want you to consider Ham radio, and raising chickens, and parenting children to make your family work as a team.
As we go Forward.
Everything I’ll be writing about as we go forward can be used to help you prepare for your own journey to becoming much more self-sufficient and less reliant on the world. It won’t happen overnight but it’s doable for everyone.
There’s plenty of doom and gloom news to go around. Some days it seems like there’s an endless supply. I’ll still be talking about how America is taking such a terrible direction but it’s not going to be my focus. I’m much more interested in how we can combine today’s technology and self-reliant living into a wonderful lifestyle that will give us so much freedom from today’s over-regulated society.
Are you ready? Let’s get this started!
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