This is an idea, that turned into a project, and is now blossoming into a lifestyle.
When I was a child, my favorite books were the Little House On the Prairie series, because they detailed exactly how they survived and subsisted. I loved the part where Laura explains how her Pa made the door latch so that you could pull the string in and ‘lock’ the door, or leave it out and open to invitation. The simplicity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship had me enthralled, and still does to this day. I specifically remember asking my mother at a precocious age 6 and a half, if we could become pioneers, and move out to the prairie.
Now, while I now understand more of the negative ramifications of the American pioneer movement, like manifest destiny and genocide of the indigenous peoples of America, I still believe we can learn from that type of lifestyle. Smaller, and more local, yet cultured, and educated of the surrounding world. The world plays no small part in this. The current jeopardy of our one and only earth is reason alone to adopt a more conscious existence. I want all this natural beauty and balance, and more for future generations.
Another inspiration for me is my family, my mom’s brothers in particular. Uncle Joe has an old school bus, which he has converted into an RV. Because it has a wheelchair lift, it was easy and economical for him to move his equipment and workshop from Arkansas to Colorado. Uncle Ray owns and operates a solar company based in Colorado as well. As my mom always said to me, reduce, reuse, recycle!
As I don’t have a whole lot of experience, I will naturally be asking for some help. My father knows a lot about architecture and construction, and in fact designed and built my family’s home almost by himself. Even more importantly, he knows when to call someone else. My mother actually works at Home Depot, and while I won’t really be buying much new hopefully, there are a lot of passionate people there, willing to help. Other sources will be Craigslist, eBay, Goodwill, and word of mouth. It’s all about friends.