For as long as I can remember there has always been a calming, therapeutic feeling for me in nature. When the struggles and stress of everyday life become overwhelming, getting lost in the forest soothes me… it gets me back to neutral. No cell phone, no social media and no conversation other than those around me. From a philosophical perspective it puts everything in balance. The babbling brook that I just crossed does not care that the wreck on the highway added an hour to my commute or that my boss asked me to work over the weekend. It only has one job; to flow. To slowly and systematically cut through the earth and flow to a larger stream or river.
Shortly after my 37th birthday I began to reflect on my life. I have a fantastic wife and two amazing children for which I am very grateful. My parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. are very close, loving and supportive… I am blessed. I have always worked hard and positioned myself so that the powers that be would move me up the corporate ladder in hopes that I could save enough to get out of the “rat race” some
day. I went to the doctor for an annual check up shortly after my birthday and for the first time I did not get a clean bill of health. My blood pressure was very high and I was living in a constant state of anxiety. My way of life and the stress had become so normal that I did not even realize the changes to my body. I had gained weight and my fasting glucose levels were elevated. I realized, in that moment, that continuing down this path would lead to my untimely demise.
So, my family and I decided to make a change. It was honestly, the first time in my life that I realized that I had the power to change our lifestyle and circumstance. We put a five year plan in place to move our family from Illinois to the mountains of Colorado. We recently visited Colorado and everyone fell in love. Our plan is to start a business to help others achieve their dreams and find balance in their lives just like we have done. There is tremendous risk in our plan because we plan on putting everything out there. The successes and failures will all be documented on this website in hopes of helping others.
Our plan is to purchase acreage in the mountains and build a solar powered/wood heated home and stop living in the debt filled/stress inducing world that we both have been brought up in. We want to chart a different course for our children. I have been studying many resources on gardening, the principles of permaculture and farm life, solar systems, land management and preparedness in hopes of building our own self sustaining organic micro farm.
During the planning phase of our new adventure I had an epiphany. We are creating a truly freeing lifestyle. All of a sudden many things that seem to dictate our lives in our current circumstance will become irrelevant. Politics and global policy, job loss, weather events, nuclear this or global warming that. Irrelevant. We are being responsible, tax paying citizens that have structured our business to help others, but pay no more than our fair share. To be self sufficient and to be fully prepared for anything that life throws at us.
As stewards of the land, we will make sure the land is in better shape when we leave this planet than we found it in. We will create memories and skills within our children that will serve them and their children for generations to come. That is something I can get behind.