How little could you thrive on if…





So the whole question is how little could you live on comfortably if you had no rent or house payment (owned your home) no car payment grew a garden?

Add the idea that you could walk, ride a bike or take the bus some or most of the time to work and shop.

Could you save money?

Be sure to count in power, insurance and food you would buy as well as entertainment. Also allow for clothing, hair cuts and medical. Would you be able to thrive on say $25 k or $30k per year? Oh don’t forget phone and Internet and cable TV if you use them.

Could you grow a significant amount of food in your backyard garden to take a bite (pun intended) out of your grocery bill?

My thinking is yes if the major costs in life are taken care of there is time and money for living a great and comfortable lifestyle.

Living in the right community would be a key consideration in this life as it would foster it. Like minded people could share resources and help each other thrive regardless of the economy. Clothing food transportation and other things like tools and child care could be shared or bartered.

Just curious as to what the perspective is out there thoughts and ideas you might share with everyone.

Thanks in advance.

Kevin



Subscribe to how to develope a property from scratch.





So I am always looking for ways to add value to a process and it occurred to me no one has created a process of how to find, negotiate and purchase a raw piece of land or a building lot then develop the site and build a small (400 to 600 ) square foot home.

This would be a highly valuable experience.

You would learn to find a realtor to work with and an area where reasonably priced under valued property can be found. This can be done with out a large cash out lay. I’m talking land for $7k to $10k and a small house to start then add on later if you want. Pay cash live rent / mortgage free.

Then bring in water, power and sewer. Go through all the permitting processes. Learn to gather bids from contractors and negotiate price.

We will then build a site built house on a foundation with plans and permits inspections from the planning / building dept. Learn all about electrical, plumbing and every aspect of the build process. This will be recorded as we go so you can have a reference to view again. There will be teleconferences to get all your questions answered as well as opportunity to participate in person at live builders weekends along the way.

So who is this for?

Anyone who is looking to live mortgage free by building a small inexpensive home.

This is to learn to build your own home. Someone who wants to learn the process and be there own general contractor and hire subcontractors to help build the house. Anyone who wants to eliminate or seriously reduce the single largest cost of living we have housing. If you want to learn decades of extremely valuable building and property developing knowledge in a mater of months and save tens of thousands of dollars on your own project this is for you.

If you’re interested as I can only work with a limited number of people go here.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get this level of exposure to this industry.



producing an episode for television . Wow what an experience intense !

Film crew setting up for a scene in my living room.

Well after 3 days of shooting 12 to 14 hours a day we have a wrap ! this has been one of the top 10 highlights in my life.I have never been so out of my comfort zone and yet so at home in an environment at the same time. We had no rehearsal ! this was live raw and in the moment cameras in your face all day ! I had my family at my side in all of the action.

My wife in the back between takes and the producer talking to one of the camera men.

This was an amazing process the director drew the story out of us as we were put in setting after setting through out the day.Jess was great at concieving how she wanted the scenes to unfold we followed her lead and watched the whole process come together.

Annissa get ting her mic adjusted between takes

the whole film crew was a mix of freelancers from local guys to new york and brazil. even tho they had never worked together as a team before the crew gelled instantly.You really have to stay on your toes all day and be very focused when your in front of a camera you might get it in one take or maybe in six.

Some scene setups were more tricky than others

it takes hours of filming to get a few minuites of finnished product.After the shooting is done both the sound track and the video are shipped back to the editors so they can review it and blend together the scenes with the sound tracks to create the final production.

Some down time in or costumes playing with the youngest actor on the set our grandson

sometimes it takes longer to set up a scene than it takes to film it you have to decide where the actors will come and go in the frame and all the camera angles then get the lighting placed properly the stage is very important as well as how we flow from one take to the next for continuity of the story line .

We had to have an EMT on the set with his trauma kit during some of our more dangerous scenes

All in all im thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to be a part of a television show of this magnatude and we will be putting our selves out there come what may in front of millions of people who watch this show world wide . its very exciting to be a part of something this big and create a mix of entertainment and education for others to enjoy.

Here is the entire crew with the producer getting ready to shoot an action scene outside.

I will get everyone the details as soon as the producers alow us to reveal them publicly so stay tuned . Who knows what this could lead to maybe we can get more opportunitys in the future to be in other shows or start our own series !

Free from things . The process continues .

Well we started the letting go process again so back thru the house we went. First we dug thru all the boxes in the basement with a take no prisoners furor. Then back up stairs to the office and den . After sorting and organizing all that we made our way to the shop where the yard sale would take place. For three days we maned the yard from 9 to 4 and to stay busy and productive we sorted our way thru the shop and then the cargo trailer. The result , well pHisically we sold and gave away and tossed out a lot of stuff we haven’t used in years. Monetarily we took in about $500.00 . But the real payoff was emotional . We felt a sense of relief and freedom that a burden was lifted from us . We felt good that others would benefit from the things we no longer needed or wanted and that they would not end up in the landfill at least for a while longer.
We (my wife and I )feel a big sense of responsibility for the things we have . Spending hard-earned money to buy them and selling them for a fraction of their value was hard at first but throwing them away is irresponsible . So rehoming them to us was the right thing to do .

It’s funny how we attach emotion to things . Why they become so important to us . Why we have such a hard time letting go of them . Why does it aggravate me when I sell an old camera that cost $400 new for $15 and the person buying it offers me $10 arguing its obsolete . Because I lost so much money ? Or because he’s gloating about getting the best of me on the deal as he walks away ? Or maybe because I was irresponsible about buying it then getting a new one when the technology advanced . Silly thing is I haven’t used it in years. I even tried to sell it last year in a yard sale for more and no takers .

The nice thing is that we are getting better at parting with stuff and creating a space for other possibility not things in our lives. Less stuff is more mobility ,more room ,less worry, more freedom of things .less need of space. More time ,less cost to keep,maintain,house.

I am looking forward to paring down farther and farther layer by layer to see what less feels like . I vaguely remember first starting out in life with as my mom puts it less than nothing . She was right when i moved out on my own I had a car and everything I owned fit In it . I moved into a studio apt with a Murphy bed ,good thing as it was all the furniture I had but it was a place to sit and sleep. Simple times …why did I go complicate it ? I had something to prove I guess. Stuff was my measure of fulfillment , of accomplishment, need and desire of acceptance . Funny I’m coming full circle and wanting to go back to the beginning .

Flying by the seat of our pants .

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I was siting here trying to make sense of my feelings this morning and convey them to you when it hit me!

I just spent the week flying by the seat of my pants!

It has had a profound affect on both myself and my wife. We took off a week ago last Friday and rode our Harley Davidson fat boy half way across Washington state then headed north up into Canada. We had only one thing on our agenda be in Prince George some 600 miles north for a friends 50Th surprise birthday on Sunday.

The funny thing was we have never been up this way and our iPhones that we depend on so much were no good up their as we have US coverage and it’s very expensive to use up there. So no Internet and Mapquest or calling. We could send and receive text only. We bought a map book and navigated the old fashioned way!

The real lesson came as we rode about an hour at a time from town to town getting gas and stretching our legs about 300 miles a day pulling in to find a room some where and living out of the small bags that fit on the bike. This came to be the most freeing experience we have had.

Here’s what I took. One pair of shorts, three shirts, 3 underwear, 3 socks, one pair of blue jeans, riding boots, flip flops, hat, sun glasses, sweat shirt, leather jacket, chaps and 2 pair of gloves.  My wife took the same (a first) and a small bag of toiletries.

For living we took two compact sleeping bags the size of a loaf of bread and a cook set back pack stove and pan. One stainless steel nalgene bottle of water. That’s it.

We got to Prince George on sat about 5 and spent the next night at our friends mothers house. Then out to the lake after the party to stay water front with new friends in a camper van. Tuesday back to town for a nite at the birthday girls house. We had a bonus soak in the hot tub;)

The whole time we never really knew where we were staying or how long but all our new friends just kept adopting us putting us up and feeding us until we were about to burst! We did laundry at there homes as we went. Wednesday found us heading east after lots of goodbyes to all our new friends.

Where to? Jasper and Banff Provincial Parks!

We rode all day and saw signs for moose, elk,deer and bear but no animals to dodge thank goodness. We got in late to the town of Jasper just north of the park a beautiful town in a breathtaking mountain setting. It was high season there and all the hotels were full or a few rooms left at $250.00 to $300.00 ea!! We called about 8 places and finally got referred to a private home that rents rooms only $95.00 a nite quiet and unique.

After breakfast Thursday it was off to the parks.

Jasper and Banff what can I say you have to experience them your self they are truly amazing. Wild country, wild animals and unbelievable vistas. You could spend the summer there and only see a fraction of the area. Sadly we only spent 24 hours on our way home. We pulled out our map and found an exit near lake Louise (stunning) and rode toward Radium Hot Springs for the night. We found some motels near the hot springs at only $85 a nite but we got a $10 discount as bikers $75 that night! After riding in and out of rain showers all day we were tired and cold but still in awe of the scenery we just took in. Bears and all! Right on the road side! We stopped 20 feet away to watch them eating berrys.

Friday morning woke up to pouring rain not what we wanted to start the ride home in. We had coffee got packed and waited an hour before it let up so we took off for Cranbrook 15 min down the rode. It rain for 20 min!

We finally out ran it and stopped For breakfast and more hot coffee to warm us back up. We drove on to Creston stopped for gas and rest our butts then over the pass 6000 ft. Cold clear and amazing views down to the turn south and 10 min later were at the border crossing. Back in familiar territory about an hour from home.

That was yesterday and I find myself wanting to take off again for points unknown it was simple easy and minimal we had every thing we needed on that bike to keep going.

So why do we have so much stuff back home!?

A room some clothes and a motorcycle was plenty all week! No extra stuff and we didn’t miss a thing. Sell the house sell the cars and all the stuff and we can take off for good! Not one or two weeks but a year maybe.

We were alive out there in the open hot, cold, wet, and heat. Smelling the fresh air in the mountains. Stopping when and where we wanted not a care in the world. I believe it is all about the experiences in life not the stuff.

How about you?



Exciting news I have been discovered by a major TV program !





Wow!

I got an email last week from the casting director of a very well-known (it’s the top rated show on the network) show about being on an episode this season! They found me on my you tube channel.

So I was on the phones and emailing with the casting director getting all my info and photos to them. They had a meeting with the producers and said they loved us! Now we get all the info together and see what happens next. She said the were looking forward to working with us!

I’m trying not to get to excited just yet but this is the second time I have had a production company contact me in a year.

A company that was producing for the discovery channel about a show but it got scraped for some reason. This show is ongoing and they are filming all this month and part of Sept.

Could get kinda crazy around here if it happens. Stay tuned.



Trouble in paradise or I’ve only had a half a cup of coffee!





So I woke up to day and as I became aware of my surroundings I heard a noise.

Running thru my list of noises I determined it was a muffled wirr of some form like a fan. I didn’t leave a fan on last nite. So what the hell is making that noise?!

I got up and walked to the bathroom. I could hear it in under the toilet so I went out side opened a hatch and there it was. The water pump running and not stopping! So after staring at it and banging on it to no avail I went back inside and turned it off at the switch in the kitchen.

Fixed! Sort of.

I started this story but I have to tell you another story now earlier this week I set up the trailer and no hot water. Well I fiddled with the tank (that’s what your supposed to do) and no hot water. Three days of no hot water and my wife said call someone and ask for help.

Ok so I finally called as it wasn’t fixin it’s self! Turns out I needed to turn a valve to let the cold water into the tank so it could get hot! Who new? Well I’m officially redeemed as a fix it guy…for the moment:)

Fast forward to this morning and halfway thru my first cup of coffee my wife is trying to take a shower with hot water but no pump! So I am back outside to fix the next issue I figure we’re out of water. So I get the hose and connect it to the first inlet I see (remember only half a cup of coffee) and back inside to my coffee 😉

Still no water.

So my wife goes into our daughters house to shower and I go back out to battle the water monster! First I crawl under to hook up the sewer line and drain the black and grey tanks (in that order) maybe that will do it?

Now that I have the other half of my cup of coffee in me I decide to google water pump problems (that’s what I’ve got). If the pump keeps running your either one, are out of water or two, you have a leak.

Okay I don’t think I’m leaking but I have a hose attached to the trailer and the fresh water outlet!?!

Upon further inspection the line is firmly attached to the sewer clean out!

I have plenty of fresh water in my turd tank! (sort of)

So a quick switch to the fresh tank and viola!

The pump stopped running now there is water for a shower! For me anyway!

As my wife walks back in the door I proudly announce my accomplishment.

The moral of the story …finish your cup of coffee before fixing the problems in the morning.

It’s better that way.;)



395 square feet of living .Thoughts on mortgage free America .

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As I sit in my 395 square feet of air conditioned furnished mobile living space I ponder long term living here. At a fraction of the space I am used to living in its very efficient use space just a whole lot less. Can I fit everything in here I want to keep with me? I really feel like the bigger house is a waste of space for us now cost of maintaining and heating as well as payments and taxes insurance. What am I really housing here anyway? A lot of stuff I don’t use daily ,weekly or even monthly. I will save lots of money if I’m in an rv park I can live for $4000 to $5000 a year that’s $10 to $14 dollars a day! Compared to $55 a day now.not counting repairs.

My new address will be 30 seconds from the beach! I like that! There will be lots to do kayaking, sailing, diving, biking, hiking, clamming, fishing and campfires on the beach. I could buy a lot about a mile from the water and set up camp more permanently. With a yard and more privacy it would pay for its self in 6 or 7 years. I could spread out more and have some indoor out door living. Now the kids and grand kids can visit easier. Overall I’ll be debt free and my cost of living will be a fraction of what it was leaving me with a lot more time and money in an area I can explore for years to come. Eventually I can build a small cottage (400 square feet or so) and keep the RV for a guest house.

I am not telling you all this to brag but to show what’s possible if your interested in a change.

Thanks for listening I hope this inspires you to take action for yourself. Get out of the rat race and as always this brought to you from the people for a mortgage free America.



Purging 15 plus years of stuff …Where to start the liberation?





So I started the overwhelming task of purging my possessions.

15 years of living in one place allows for a lot of stuff to build up. I have stuff I don’t even know I have!

I have stuff I bought and never even opened!

I have stuff I haven’t seen touched or used in years!

WHY!!

Because it’s just easy to buy and pack into a house, shop, garage, basement or closet and forget about.

Have you ever seen a show where they open up a closet and an avalanche of stuff falls out on top of the person?

I think I have one of those some where.

Scary you never know if that bowling ball on the shelf is going to take you out!

The good news is I found about $300.00 worth of stuff I can take back unopened so far! It’s kind of a weird sort of savings program.

I also threw out a lot of odd ball stuff that was pieces or parts to things long gone.

I found expired food and medications, empty containers, old magazines and books that no longer appeal to me as well as shoes and jackets I havent worn in years.

The real problem is a lot of the stuff I paid good money for and it’s hard to get rid of.

The other problem is we attach feelings and emotions to things.

Inanimate objects.

I got that in Maui, or my kid gave that to me, or my wife. How about that was uncle/aunt so and sos favorite. How do you part with it?

My wife and I are struggling with that very dilemma.

So we talked it over and we are going to take it in stages.

First we are going thru the house and finding the easy things to part with. The junk, out dated stuff, broken things or things with missing parts. Old books, clothes, shoes and magazines. Next we sort the stuff we can put in a yard sale. Another stack will be donated items. Then the things we can put on Craigslist.

I gotta tell ya it’s been pretty liberating so far just the little bit We have unloaded.

There is still a lot of mixed feelings about the process but other people I have talked to or read about that are on the other side of this process are so happy and wished they had done it sooner than they did.

We are excited about progressing into this new chapter of our lives.

Simply less stuff.

Less stuff to deal with. Less to maintain. Less to worry about and less to drag around on our new adventure.

This will be one of the hardest best things we have ever gone thru.

How about you? Could you live with less? How would it change your life? Can you see yourself starting the process of lightening your load?

Think about the possibilities.