Self-Sufficiency Dreams

I’ve been having dreams; dreams of self-sufficiency. The culmination of homesteading ideals that have been introduced and engrained into my head space [while living on the permaculture farm this year] are bleeding heavily into my future reality. I’m certainly opting to wander the earth for a long while before settling and homesteading. For me, settling may happen in five, ten, or twenty years: that I am very unsure of. But, once I am ready, this is what I envision:

+ tiny house [Cob construction, reclaimed or raw wood construction, reclaimed appliances, reclaimed or stained-glass windows, reclaimed light fixtures/oil lamps, wood flooring]
– Lofted bedroom w/ skylights
– Tiny porch w/ rocking chair
– Small indoor kitchenette
– Cozy nook w/ bookshelves near fireplace
– Storage space and shelving within cob wall infrastructure
– Large windows to let in sunlight
– Solar panels

+ outdoor kitchen [Cob construction, reclaimed or raw wood construction, reclaimed appliances, reclaimed or stained-glass windows, reclaimed light fixtures/oil lamps, recycled tile mosaic flooring]
– Wood burning oven w/ stove top
– Vintage sink
– Cob bench built into the wall w/ dining table
– Transparent roof to let in sunlight
– Culinary herbs planted everywhere [hanging planters, window planters, etc.]
– Dehydrator
– Pressure-canner
– Cast Iron
– Stocked pantry w/ basic food staples + preserved foods

+ outdoor bath house [Reclaimed and raw wood construction, stained-glass windows, reclaimed light fixtures/oil lamps, recycled tile mosaic flooring]
– Large reclaimed clawfoot tub and shower
– Private composting toilet area
– Transparent roof to let in sunlight
– Candles galore
– Miniature garden w/ body care plants
– Hand-washing laundry station

+ garden
– Four raised beds [medicinal herbs, brassica, vegetables, strawberries, etc.]
– Small greenhouse for plant starters
– Fruit trees [apple, cherry, peach, pear, elderberry, fig]
– Beehives
– Hugelkulture

+ The goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible. Growing my own food, using a full composting system [humanure, garden roughage, kitchen scraps, paper], eating with the seasons and preserving food, and using solar energy or candles and oil lamps. Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot. I’ll make my own herbal medicine from the garden, as well as all my own body care products.

+ I opted to dream of cob construction due to it being sustainable in nature [made of clay, sand, straw & doesn’t have a large carbon footprint], holds up well against the elements as long as it has a solid foundation and roof, is inexpensive, and looks incredibly homey & cozy, while giving the structure flow.

+ Thanks so much for humoring me & scoping out my future homesteading dreams. I’d love to know what your self-sufficiency dreams look like or if you have already made them a reality. Drop me a line if you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, cheers! 

Stacking Priorities By What Makes Me Happy

+ This autumn is a chance for me to make yet another fresh start. My six month work trade will be coming to a close at the end of October, I’ll be moving into [Port Townsend] from the valley and onto my partner, Matt’s, beautiful property in the forest, & will be beginning the journey of a gorgeous and gritty business collaboration.

+ With a fresh start coming my way, I’ve decided to push myself to mix things up a bit and make a few changes in my routine to keep stagnation at bay, and stack my priorities by what makes me happy.

+ Keeping that in mind, I’ve come up with the following ideas to remodel and create a metamorphosis in the link between what I am striving for, what I’d like to do differently [utilizing the space of a fresh start], and what makes me high-spirited and vivacious.

+ budgeting / taking charge of my money
I lost track of my finances during the summer months. Granted, I was not spending or making much money, but I certainly wasn’t keeping track of my inflows and outflows either. I use the program You Need A Budget to track my dollar bills. Taking charge of my finances and sticking to a budget makes me feel like a girl boss.

+ look good / feel good
Living in a tent outdoors all summer, my appearance and wardrobe were factors that I rarely gave second thoughts too. I’m looking forward to doing a full overhaul of my wardrobe, bringing in new garments to create a capsule wardrobe that stick to my color palette [black/white/grey/nude], are more sophisticated and minimalistic, while still being hot bangerz. I may also bring some premiers of makeup back into the regimen every once in a while for some added juxtaposition.

+ body / ‘bootcamp’
My body is happiest when it is strong and in shape. My partner and I are beginning to get back into the groove of body happiness through what we call ‘bootcamp’. Bootcamp entails a variety of whatever-the-heck-we-feel-like-doing, that involves moving our bodies that day. Runs on the beach, tennis, stretching and yoga in the yard, parkour in the forest, sporadically yelling strength training exercises at each other, and other randoms.

+ productivity / writing regimen 
Oh mama, do I love the feeling that productivity and creative flow brings forth. As of late, writing has been the most cathartic process for me to sit with; I’m in love with a blank page and the opportunity to fill it with my headspace and fructifying mind processes. Also too, a new creative babe is in the womb and I’ve never carried such a vast volume of anticipation to give birth.

+ experimentation / expression through movement + sound
I’m going to dance quite extensively. I’m also going to make a plethora of music. They give me the fuzzy feels.

+ hygge / keeping a cozy living space
Hygge is a Danish word that acknowledges a feeling or mood that may be cozy, charming, warm, pleasing, or simple. The aim with hygge is to view life as an art form of creating intimacy, and through the process, give birth to feelings and moments in each day that spark and glow a bit. I’m getting back into aesthetics as of late and nothing is more pleasing to me than a cozy and inviting living space. Perhaps, lighting some candles with dinner, having a warm nest space to curl up in with a book, cooking and baking to fill the house with savory fragrances, or using mild light sources. [I could go on]. Practicing a desire for hygge will keep me filled with satisfaction throughout my first cold, rainy season in the Pacific Northwest.

+ companionship / open lines of communication
Human connection and companionship is essential. My heart’s current state is ready to give and receive astronomical amounts of love. Verbal expression and open lines of communication with other humans are greatly important to me. This is a major focus.

+ expanding horizons / becoming expert
One thing I’ve found myself to excel at, is the ability to have my hands in many different cookie jars at the same time. Due to this phenomenon, I’ve also found myself to be exceptionally mediocre at many things. My plan for this autumn and winter is to dive into expanding my horizons and [fingers-crossed] becoming expert at a small number of ideas and practices that, straight up, float my boat.

Happy Autumn Equinox. Cheers, friends!

I Am Intoxicatingly Imbalanced

+ Heading full tilt into autumn, I’ve been struggling to regain a balance in my daily life – something that was coursing through my veins when I first moved to the Pacific Northwest this past May, but has come to a staggering halt this past month. What has changed that has inherently thrown off my balance, you might ask?

+ A new job. A job in which I am ultimately, uninterested in. A job I’ve been working to simply be able to adequately fund my student loan debt and redevelop a sufficient amount of savings.

+ My head space has been a constant barter playground. The thoughts spin in circles. “I need time to work on my entrepreneurial goals in order to push myself forward.” “I have no time to work on my personal goals because I am constantly working for someone else.” “I need money for my personal goals and travel.” “I have to keep working this job to maintain the funds to allow myself to travel in order to carry out my personal entrepreneurial goals.” “I can’t push my business forward without having the time to put the work in, which I don’t because I am constantly working.” It’s a never-ending cyclical thought process.

+ Frustration has most certainly been in the forefront of my consciousness. BUT! I’m on my way out of this vicious cycle and I can only assume that the six short weeks until the end of my work trade will zip by before I can even say ‘DISCO TITS’.

+ As for the money-maker [job], I am confident that come November, I will be able to manifest an alternative option that will provide me with a steady balance of both adequate dollar bills, and the time to work harder than I ever have & be the GIRL BOSS that I am striving to be.

+ Do you believe in the law of attraction? How do you find that sweet-spot of real, live balance in your own life?

+ There will be more on this topic from me in the very near future, as I believe that this is a major issue in present culture.