Living off the Grid: Is it possible?

I hear a lot of black people say they want to get off the grid.  They’re tired of being a debt slave.  And they’re sick of paying so many bills and taxes.  Is going off the grid possible? Some people have done it. It takes a lot of discipline.  Most people can’t give up their computers,cellphones and televisions.  Many of us have become addicted to so many gadgets.  They are so advantages to going off the grid.  You pay no rent or mortgage.  You pay no electric bill and you can grow your own organic food.  This video(above) is of Keith Thompson.  This brother shows how he went off the grid. It’s a pretty good video.

This is another good video too.  This sista Rachael Nikkal talks about the struggles of living off the grid as well.  She explains that it’s not very easy.  It’s hard work but it can be done.

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Here’s a few tips to help you on this journey:

1. You can be your own boss

Being your own boss is not about being the head of a large business. The official commitments can still tie you down, leaving you little time to spare for the people and activities you love. You are your own boss when you can live life on your terms, spend plenty of time with family and friends, and take off for extended vacations when you feel the urge. It is a dream for many, and remains so all their working life.

You can change all that when you chalk out a truly independent life. It is not all that difficult today, as many who have shifted to off-grid lifestyle have proven. Meet up with these brave people if you need reassurance. Talk to them about how they make a living and how much freedom there is in living with fewer bills and other constraints.

2. You can have a debt-free life

Many of you may have started out in life with educational loans, only to be saddled with more debts as you started to earn. To have a place to live, you either had to rent it out or buy a house by taking out a hefty loan. Before you can pay off the mortgages, you may feel the need to upgrade to a larger house to accommodate your growing family. Then you spend the rest of your life in debt. We find it hard to believe that there could be such a thing as a debt-free life.

Imagine building a small house on your own in a piece of land you own. You can add to it whenever you feel the need, but without incurring any debts. You will be free of the stress of making enough money to pay off debts. Any money you make can go towards funding travel or other activities that you enjoy. You can even save up a bit for exigencies.

You can turn this dream into reality. Downsizing is a definite step you can take towards freeing yourself from debt.

3. No need to work all day to pay the bills

Between working full time to have a decent salary and paying off all the bills and mortgages, you may rarely get time to live life. In fact, it is possible that you end up thinking that life is all about slogging all day and paying the bills. A lucky few may land careers that they thoroughly enjoy, but the majority are sticking to their jobs because they have to. How else can they find money to pay for housing, electricity, water and fuel?

If you didn’t have to pay for these utilities, you could get out of the job that you don’t enjoy, and spend your time doing something that you do enjoy. Off-grid living avails this opportunity.

You are no longer dependent on a water supply because you have your own private source of water. You dispose of your own waste in an environment-friendly way and have no need to be connected to the sewer lines. You are relieved from power bills since you generate your own with solar  panels and use alternative fuels or wind power to make up any deficit.

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4. Work hard, but work for yourself

You might have seen pictures of some people living in ramshackle huts somewhere out in the wilderness and lazing away their time. It is their free choice, but these images have caused many people to associate off-grid living with laziness. But it is far from truth.

Most off-gridders are industrious people with a definite mission. They work hard; but they do it for themselves, and at their own pace. You may not have targets and deadlines dictated by someone else, but you will make your own. Having a definite goal helps you focus on the important things.

5. Sharpen your skills to increase earning potential

You might have already acquired some skills for making a living in the modern society, but you may need to have a different set to make things work while living independently. It would be perfect if you could completely do away with cash, but unfortunately, you do need some. The good news is that you can make money living off-grid. You don’t have to aim for a huge income since your living expenses are very low.

Consider turning hobbies into money making ventures. It could be anything from painting and sculpture to making herbal cosmetics or organic food products. You will have plenty of time to try your hand at composing music or writing that novel you have always wanted to. You can even sell useful practical knowledge of off-grid living to those who toy with the idea. There are many options, but you may need to sharpen your skills or learn some new ones to make the best of it.

6. Cut down unnecessary expenses

Reducing your current living expenses to the bare minimum can give you a very good idea about what you can live without. Get rid of club memberships and credit cards you rarely use. Opt out of going to gym and playing golf; get your quota of exercise from outdoor activities that cost you next to nothing. Hiking, biking or playing basketball or other such games with your kids or friends can be just as enjoyable.

7. Get rid of unnecessary items

To some people, this is the hardest part. Too many possessions can stand in your way when you want to downsize, not to mention shifting to off-grid. You don’t need fine china and expensive furniture to entertain guests in your new setup.  Assess just what you need, the essentials.

Get rid of non-essential possessions by donating them or selling some stuff through yard sales, eBay or Craigslist. Take some pictures of sentimental stuff and gift some to loved ones who would value them. This purging will not only lighten your load, but may even provide you with some handy cash.

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8. Get into the money-saving mode

The very idea of going off-grid is to live inexpensively, but you do need to have some cash in hand to buy land and to set up your establishment. Start saving money exclusively for this purpose so that you can make the transition without much trouble.

The cost of off-grid living depends on the size of your establishment and what facilities you consider as basic. The initial costs will be offset by lower running costs in the course of time, but you do need some startup cash.

9. Quit some expensive habits

Smoking and drinking are not the only habits you can quit and save some money. Habitual shopping, partying, betting, eating out and expensive beauty therapies should be avoided.

10. Travel to less populated areas

Before you zero in on the right location for the off-grid homestead of your dreams, explore your options by traveling far and wide. Get firsthand experience of different places by making several road trips. While mountainous terrain or wooded areas appeal to some, others prefer the plains which offer an open feel.

11. Rent out a cabin

If you want to get a good feel of living away from civilization before making a decision, you can rent out a cabin in the woods for an extended stay. Most of these rental accommodations are equipped with basic amenities that may be different from what you may have in an off the grid setup. But you will come to know exactly what you would miss about city life.

12. Find the best way to learn

This includes learning how to grow vegetables and rear animals, water management and responsible waste disposal methods. If you are not sure of a perennial water source, it pays to know how to harvest and store rainwater and how to conserve it as you go about your daily chores. Making compost with almost all the agricultural waste, curing manure, and implementing natural pest control will make your off-grid living both sustainable and environment-friendly. Check books out of the library, attend workshops, practice in your own backyard, whatever it takes to be prepared. Be sure that all members of the family understand what it will take to be successful off-grid.

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13. Master necessary survival skills

When you live far away from the support systems that city living offers, you will have to rely more on your personal skills. Picking up essential survival skills and practicing them while camping out in the wild can give you the confidence to venture into off-grid living.

It is essential to know how to use some basic tools and weapons. If you intend to grow vegetables and fruits, you may as well teach yourself some food preservation techniques like drying and pickling, which are more cost effective than refrigeration. Learn to make wine and vinegar and to preserve vegetables and fruits by pickling and drying.

If you plan to keep goats (here are 20 reasons why you should), cows, and chickens for milk, meat and eggs, make the best of it by learning to make yogurt and cheese from fresh milk and live culture, and to cure meat and dry it for later use. You can also learn how to use herbs to heal yourself and your animals of common diseases and injuries.

14. Initiate some dietary changes

Most people opting to go off the grid aim for a healthy and wholesome lifestyle. That includes sticking to a natural diet and avoiding processed foods. The dietary changes are best initiated before making the shift so that all the members of the household get used to them.

Your diet is the most important criteria when you decide on the foods you want to produce. For example, cow manure can be great asset to your vegetable garden, but if you’re vegan, and do not utilize milk or consume meat, keeping cattle is a waste of precious resources.

Grain based diet is not sustainable unless you undertake large scale agriculture. On the other hand, you can have a nearly self-sufficient homestead in as little as 1-2 acres of land if your diet consists mainly of vegetables and animal protein.

15. Build a tiny abode from scratch

There are ready-to-move-in off-grid abodes in the market. But nothing can match the joy and sense of achievement that building one from scratch can provide. If you have a small plot of land, build a tiny house to start with. You would need some woodworking knowledge and tools, but it is not too hard to execute a simple structure if you have people to help with the heavy work.

16. Be on the lookout for land going cheap

Once you have decided to go off-grid and have a general idea where you want to live, watch out for properties that are going cheap. You can get more land for bargain prices if you’re patient. Auctions, estate sales, foreclosures and owner-finance deals can help you get the land you need for a good price.

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17. Gain some practical knowledge about alternate fuels

Besides water and food, fuel is one thing that you cannot do without. You need it for cooking and heating, and for running the refrigerator and other electrical appliances you count as necessary. A wood-burning stove may be the cheapest option, but propane fuel is a much cleaner one. Solar power is something you should definitely have, but you should look at the feasibility of wind and hydropower too.

18. Learn to build and install solar panels

Being able to use solar power to meet at least part of your energy requirements is a great asset whether you are connected to the power grid or not. Learn how to build solar panels from components.

19. Explore communication possibilities

When you’re in a remote location, communication is of paramount importance. Satellite communication has made things a lot easier than before; it can help you stay connected to your extended family and friends in the cities. It can even help you shop for essentials. However, satellite connectivity may not be great in some areas.

There are some radio-based local communication systems available in most places. They are essential for receiving weather forecasts and warnings of local problems.

20. You don’t have to be a social recluse

Escaping from the hustle and bustle of city living need not necessarily mean cutting off all your social ties. We can maintain our connections to friends and family over the Internet and social media and on occasional visits to town. You will have unique stories and experiences to share; they might even inspire the city folks to come out and visit your place and have a taste of the rustic life.

Black Defense Afirmation Day- July 13

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This post is in conjunction with fellow blogger Cree. She uploaded a post today entitled Black Defense Affirmation Day. This is her post:http://cree7.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/1st-anniversary-of-zimmerman-acquittal/

July 13 is the day the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman verdict was announced. I consider the not guilty verdict a WAKE UP call to all black people worldwide. It’s seems to me a message was being sent. Was anyone listening?? I hope so. We need to learn how ro protect ourselves and our families. We need to have weapons and learn some type of self defense. We need to be prepared for any type of assault on us. We do NOT want to be siting ducks. Which is what a lot of us are at the moment. Learning how to defend ourselves is nothing new. We have been doing it for thousands of years. Here is a great video by Ashra Kwesi. This video is from a tour out in Kemet(Egypt). He talks about how the martial arts have been in Africa a very long time.

Everybody believes today that Martial Arts come mainly from China and Japan. However that is not true, the origin of all self-defense systems comes from Kemet now called Egypt around 50,000 years ago.

The Kemetans(Egyptians) used many forms of what today called martial arts, which consist of three levels, spiritual, mental, and physical.

The definition of “Martial” means-Roman god of war.

The Kemetians (Egyptian’s) call this system Montu, which is an African defense system.This system was not made for “War” purposes because we had no enemies, it was made because we were putting our power away, and allowing the negative with an intelligence to rule. In putting our power away we started using the hands, which before 50,000 years ago we were not(more on this subject at a later date).

Montu Art form encompassed all forms and levels of self-defense from, the spiritual, mental, down to the physical such as using the fist, chops, flips, throws, takedowns, grappling, ground fighting, joint locks, choke holds, sticks, weapons.

Many masters studied in the Kemetian (Egyptian) universities and temples. These Masters taught their sons and those sons taught their sons. The lineage came all the way down to Masters such as Master Tomo, from what is now called Northern Africa, Bodhi Dharma from what is now called India travelled thru many lands sharing the spiritual, mental, and physical sciences of Montu (martial arts) art form.

The Nuba’s who live in the highlands of the Sudan practice the Montu art form.

Now there are martial arts in many other countries from this lineage. Thus there is a martial art from Vietnam: Viet-Vo-Dao, we also have an Art even less known to us, the Vajra-Mukti just India that existed 1500 years BC-AD.

In Chinathe Shaolin Monks constructed there first monastery. This monastery is built on the summit of Mount Chao-Che in the province of Ho-Nan.Il is ideally located overlooking them because the main road that runs through China. It is also close to many water sources.

To protect against the wind, very violent at the summit, the monks decide to plant trees (which was revolutionary for its time). The temple is known as: the young forest, or Chao-Lin in Chinese.

Later, the monks erected a wall of 3 km in circumference to protect themselves from any attack.

Always to protect themselves, the monks will plant a forest of bamboo they regularly sharpen razor, hoping that their attackers could not cross them.

But the patriarch was not convinced of the effectiveness of this passive protection, so he decided to hire two experts in unarmed combat they taught their art to his monks. Thus, in case of attack, the monks could repel the aggressors out of the monastery.

In Japan the Imperial Japanese government encouraged immigrants to develop the country. Indeed, immigrants made weaving, pottery, blacksmithing … Along with production technology and the performing arts, all were booming.

Thus Kugutsu, specialized in mobile entertainment, immigrated to Japan. They excelled at archery, horse riding, hunting, handling the knife. They were also capable, they say, in transforming the Silver Sand (magician) and make puppets live (illusionist).

The Kugutsu representations are called Sangakus. These shows, very complete, include a number of dancing, music, magic, but also said to be energy exercises.

To perform these exercises, the nomads had to be very strong physically and mentally to control their bodies. They therefore developed a specific training to enable them to achieve their numbers of great feats. It is from these exercises that will train warriors in Martial Arts.

Ethnic Cleansing in Amerikkka

This is another great video by Prime the Official. He explains in depth how he believes ethnic cleansing is happening in America. And how many whites are angry at Blacks and Mexicans. Many whites feel they’re losing “their country” and getting prepared for war.  Black people need to wake up and get prepared for whatever may happen. Prime makes some excellent points in this video.