Sometimes we lose something to find something...or maybe I should say a bad thing can turn out out be a very good thing! I've learned to be patient through hard times, they seem to clear the way for something better.
When I moved to my current home in the woods, on a clearcut, and totally off grid, I had no idea I was about to start one of the most rewarding and pleasurable parts of my life. It was starting all over again with a new home and very big project, but it was a perfect transition from one life to another. Things were about to get much simpler.
In the picture to the right, I am helping my friend Pete lift a couch off my truck and into my new 350 sq ft home.
It was a rush to leave the old place to a renter (so I wouldn't lose it) and quickly finish up the shell of a cabin to live in. I didn't even have a source of heat for those first few years and my family was very confused as to why I would leave a perfectly good house with hot water and a refrigerator to live in this very simple place.
Well I would have to admit I must have had a set of mental blinders on to get to the point I am now. If I had really thought about the work it would be to live this way and to start over I may not have done it. But i have always trusted my instincts and my passion to create. Being on my own for most of my life, I have never had a partner or spouse to help get things done or paid for. Its made me very independent and able to make, build, fix and sort out most things folks do with someone else in their life.
The off grid experience is perfect for folks like that.