Category Archives: Between Assignments

Beloved and I Hiking in Northridge

Today went well.  Thankful.  Thought I would share a few pics taken while Beloved and I went hiking up in Northridge.  Beautiful, peaceful.  I so enjoy being out like this, especially with my partner in crime/buddy/Beloved. I am blessed.

Wonderful Uplifting Organizations that I Support and Recommend

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“Don’t go Gentle into that Night” , wonderful article by Ryan Mitchell, The Tiny House Blog

Don’t Go Gentle Into That Night

 

I recently was listening to a podcast where a quote was given that struck me.  I have been thinking a lot recently about how predetermined and designed life can be for us unless we wake up and take charge.  The quote was:

It’s called the American dream because you

have to be asleep to believe it.

Wake from your slumber!

The scary thing is if we don’t wake up from this slumber of complacency, our lives are influenced to a point that defies common sense.  It may be extreme sounding, but to be a cog in the machine, to work long hours only to “buy, buy, buy!” it’s like we are merely an engine which we fuel consumerism.  That isn’t to say that to consume, buy or trade is inherently wrong, but to do it with such abandon that the average American has over $15,000 in credit card debt is insane. (source)

dulyposted-live-your-life_quote-610x610Being “awake” is an odd experience when people some call tiny housers crazy for living in a tiny house.  If I were to have no debt of any kind and $10 in my pocket, I’d have more wealth than 25% of Americans combined!  If I have no debt and $15,000, I’d have a higher net worth than about the bottom third of Americans… combined! (source)

We are told debt is normal, that credit cards are normal, that a home loan and a student loans are a “good investment” and people believe it.  I believed it for a time!  I have a Master’s degree and after crunching the numbers, it panned out financially, but that is quickly changing for many people. (source)  A home loan… no thank you.  I have friends who talk about buying a home, with no money down and all I can think of is “I want you to be happy, but I can’t but help question the wisdom of not being able to afford a down payment, but thinking you can afford a house”.

I don’t think it’s my place to say people can’t shop till they drop, have no debt of any kind or they should live in a tiny house.  But I struggle when I see people – particularly friends – taking this predetermined path without giving it serious consideration.  If someone were to be fully aware of things and still decided to proceed, I’d be okay with that, but blindly following the pattern is scary.

tumblr_mzzdbvaN5A1sk4myeo1_1280As I’ve grown older, I’ve seen more and more of my friends get into the grind of adulthood and be miserable in their jobs; luckily I think this is the minority of my friends/acquaintances.  I’ve had friends comment that they now drink more than they used to because it makes the work week a bit more bearable.

I see consumerism as a troublesome band-aid for many folks who are unhappy with some aspect of their life.  Again, I’m not saying no consuming, there are things we need in life, but it shouldn’t be a coping mechanism like it is used today for so many.  I was shocked to find out that I know several people who go to the mall and shop 2-3 times a week!  I think the city where I live, Charlotte, is on the extreme end of this, because I have 6 large malls within a 30 minute drive of my home; there is even tour bus companies here that bring people to our city just to shop!

To not just complain about it all, below are some things that might help determine your own path.

  1. Consider what your goals are in life, then look at why they are your goals, dig deep.
  2. Write a personal mission statement.
  3. Do the math on what debt really means for you.
  4. Ask yourself “if I could do anything right now, what would it be?”
  5. Identify the reason you cannot do number 4 right now… How can you eliminate that?
  6. Consider how resilient your currently are in your situation.  How can you be more resilient?
  7. Identify stressors and potential disrupts, guard against or change to eliminate.

 

To close I thought I’d share this poem, which I used part of in the title.  It’s by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

Finally, I’d like to hear your thoughts about this topic. 

Your Turn!

  • How did you “wake up”?
  • How do you help people consider their path?
  • How can we awaken loved ones we care about?”    Direct quote from “The Tiny Life” blog by Ryan Mitchell

Wwofing – Organic Farming Around the World

http://youtu.be/bvXKGMZ8C_M

 

Explains how Wwolfing works.  I had never heard of this, but met both a wwolfer (coolest guy in the world) and a lady who hosts wwolfers when I did the Cob building workshop.  I immediately phoned my kiddoes and informed them they MUST try this.  I have now met people who have been overseas doing this or their children worked a farm in Ireland or Australia.  And, they learn organic farming techniques, permaculture, culture itself and adventure.  Love this idea.

Cob House Building – tons of pics. Tons of fun! Life is Good:>

Tree on window made of cob

This is Claudine Desirees' house (she made).  Coolest place ever!  She has a tour posted on Youtube, will blow your mind!  Streetcar Homestead and Mini Ecovillage in Downtown Santa Cruz,  by Kirsten Dirksen   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsORC91QEFM
This is Claudine Desirees’ house (she made). Coolest place ever! She has a tour posted on Youtube, will blow your mind! Streetcar Homestead and Mini Ecovillage in Downtown Santa Cruz, by Kirsten Dirksen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsORC91QEFM
Cob house group photo

This is Claudine Desirees' house (she made).  Coolest place ever!  She has a tour posted on Youtube, will blow your mind!
This is Claudine Desirees’ house (she made). Coolest place ever! She has a tour posted on Youtube, will blow your mind!

cob wall of bottles

cob windows (1)

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Extremely flattering pic.  Ack.
Extremely flattering pic. Ack.
Believe it or not, wasn't hard to do, just have to have the knowledge. Will have many, gorgeous views
Believe it or not, wasn’t hard to do, just have to have the knowledge. Will have many, gorgeous views
Decorating window with a mosaic pattern
Decorating window with a mosaic pattern

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I don’t know date, about June 14? Watch how God blesses me:>

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I had no trouble retrieving the RV and much to my surprise, it felt like a homecoming. Everything that is familiar to me is in here. Hmm. Feels like home. This is why I bought the RV in the first place. As a travel nurse, you are constantly moving, packing, nothing is routine or a bit familiar, you don’t know a soul in the place you are going, the stores are different, here in Cali, everything is different from what I know and I hated extended stays. Noisy, smoky, loud, housekeeping has to come in at least every three days to make sure you aren’t making a bomb (I work nights). So this familiarity, hominess is necessary for what is left of my sanity. I checked Woodalls.com and picked a place that I had previously thought about, Casa de Fruta in Hollister, Ca to lay low until I have a plan/assignment. Here is the thing, when I am not working, I am losing money, no FMLA,no vacation funds, etc. So I have to get very small and simple. I have, fortunately, gotten kind of good at it. I will say that while interesting, it is definitely a lonely way to live. I am driving my family and facebook friends crazy with my calls/posts. Need human contact, need human contact.

Casa really didn’t look like it would be much to me just from seeing it from the highway, but it did get high rankings (I always look to see how restrooms are rated, usually means it is well taken care of) and it seems safe. Surprise surprise. This is a wonderful place.

Inluding pictures so that you can see. And again, wonderful people here. I find that I really enjoy RV folks.