Saturday morning coffee chat.

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Good morning! I hope you are enjoying yours. Just some musings going into 2015.

My wife and I became semi retired at 43 and 48 four years ago. We have a lot of extra Saturdays during the week to use as we wish. It took us about two years to decompress from very fast paced careers. It felt funny not getting up everyday and producing.

I actually felt guilty like something was wrong if I did not work to earn my income. After awhile I got over it and really started to enjoy my free time. We have created multiple income streams that are automated and put money in our bank account without our needing to be involved on a daily basis.

This automatic income allows us to live any where we wish as it does not require us to be in a particular location. We even started showing other people how to do it. So far we have over a dozen different streams of income that we have created in a variety of subjects that are very profitable for us and very valuable to those who invest in them. Thats a win win!




This year we will be mortgage free and almost entirely debt free as we have no car payments or credit card debt either. I gotta tell ya that is a great feeling having eliminated the two biggest expenses in life. Housing and transportation. Our cost of living is a fraction of what it was before.

Now we can spend even more time traveling and pursuing our passion of helping others do the same. After starting out with less than nothing in life and having had to work the whole time I was in high school to help my mom pay the rent and bills I never thought I would get out early but after 35 years working for others by the hour we now only oversee our businesses and monitor them remotely on a very part time basis.

One of our favorite things is spending time in the caribbean playing on the warm sunny beaches scuba diving and sailing the clear warm waters around the islands.

Who would have thought a couple of poor kids that met in a gang infested inner-city neighborhood would ever get a life like this with only a high school education. We truly are blessed to live this life and share it with others all over the world.

Spring has come early to us this year and we are already out enjoying the garden and yard while others are still buried in winters grip. Our grand daughter is with us this week and it is great to have the time to spend with her at this age. It has been great to ride our Harley in February with 50 degrees and sunshine. Well the birds are calling us out to the yard better fill the feeders and go enjoy the sun. ūüėČ



Funding your ultimate life.

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I wrote this for a closed group on face book called product creation 101. I thought you might be interested.

So there is a term for what we do. A couple actually. Freelancer and digital nomad. Have laptop can/will travel.

That is once you take your skills, knowledge, trade, hobby, passion, unique ability and offer it up as a product or service you are free to be where ever you chose in the world. Thousands of people are doing it now and technology is making it easier and easier for tens of thousands more to operate from a coffee shop somewhere out there. You can get cell service in the craziest places now and internet too.

That means we can operate and or check on our sales and fulfillment and bank deposits just about anywhere anytime we want. We can also access the funds from anywhere. What that means is you don’t need to get a job or a work visa or worry about funding our lifestyle the old fashioned way 9 to 5 punching a time clock for a pay check.

So the question is what can I do to help you get there?

That is assuming that is why you are here.

I have for a number of years been building a product line of goods and services that has grown into a serious income for Annissa and I to the point that it now funds our lifestyle and lets us come and go as we please.

We left the 9 to 5 gig in our forties and never looked back.

Look we are not any different than you. I was a meat cutter in a grocery store and Annissa was a book keeper.

What do you want from this group?

What is it that will get you over the hump and on your way to living the dream not just dreaming about it?



Down the rabbit hole.

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The choice is yours. Keep living that crazy, hectic, meaningless life of work/ bill paying. Deferring life till later. Or?? I am inspired to write this post. Why? Because I am sitting in the shade on a tropical island in the Caribbean listening to the surf come up on the white sand beach. The birds are chattering away in the palm trees and sail boats, power yachts, fishing vessels are drifting by on the most unreal blue water you can imagine.

I smell of suntan oil, rum, cigar and the ocean. I should bottle it! Why am I telling you all this? Because A few years ago I found the rabbit hole and my wife and I went down it. The hole lead me to a life of self reliance. We quit our 9 to 5 jobs (hers was 9 to 5 mine was 3 to 11) We didn’t even see each other that often! Now we work less than we play. We are almost debt free and time is our biggest asset. We spend over a month in the caribbean each year and that keeps increasing.

There is another way. Most people will read this and do nothing. I am very aware of that fact. The scariest thing for most people is to follow their dreams. They are afraid to let go of their current reality(the one they are not happy with)to most it is miserable but safe.Taking a chance to live a life of freedom and happiness only a few dare to do. Here is another way down the rabbit hole A Self Reliant Life Blog.

If you are here then you are looking. Looking for the other way.The way it is supposed to be. We are taught to work our best years away saving money buying things to insure our later years are safe, secure and happy. There is no guaranty and most people find out to late this is not the way to live life. That is a life of fear and scarcity. It is designed by people who want you to support their dreams.Remember if you are not following your dreams then you are working for someone else’s dreams.

What I am about to say to you will be very disturbing. It may even piss you off! I hope it does. I am willing to take that chance ūüėČ You are living in fear. You are living only to gain other peoples approval and acceptance. If you did not care about what other people think about you then you would be free. Tell me I am wrong. You are doing what you think other people want you to do. I is a preexisting path created long ago. It is an out dated model that only serves other people.You have been taught to work make money and spend it on things to prove your worth to others. To spend your life in debt as a way to find fulfillment and acceptance.

The cost? Your life! It is a fools game that no one wins. What do you win? Not a life but an existence. One of drudgery. Get up go to work sit in traffic work all day go home just to sit in traffic, eat pay your bills go to bed and do it all again tomorrow. You try to save a little money you get a couple of days off and think what would it be like to have more days off. You are so conditioned to this that you can’t even fathom it. You think when I turn 65 I won’t have to do this anymore. But will you make it? If you do will you really then get to live your life your way?

What the hell is life your way? Have you ever wondered? And why are you not living it right now? Not that life you fool yourself into believing is what you want. That is the one your in right now. How can you tell the difference? Because everyone else you know is doing it and they give you there seal of approval that you are doing the right thing! Basically running with the herd. At least we are all doing the same thing right?

Wanna know if your living life right? Its easy do it your way and everyone you know will think your crazy and tell you your out of your mind! Your friends will be jealous they may stop talking to you. They will start talking about you. Your family may even try to stage an intervention;) Here is your last chance to peak down the rabbit hole.

Kevin’s Youtube Channel.

There is another way out there…

Thank you





I would like to thank each and every one of you who are following, visiting and subscribing to our site.

We get hundreds of views a day and lots of comments and questions about tiny living and living on less.

My wife and I created a program for ourselfs some years ago that allowed us to retire in our forties so we could travel and spend time with our kids and grandkids. We spend our days doing what we want like gardening, riding our harley (we are getting ready to go to sturgis) and scuba diving in the caribbean.

A short time ago we decided to offer our secret to everyone we call it the Six Critical Elements for a self reliant life. I hope you will take a look at the site and consider our program so you can get out of the rat race and live life on your terms not worrying about the high cost of living and making ends meet each month.

I hope to see you there and look forward to your self reliant life.

Kevin



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



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.



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.