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My first blog post is just a recap of my profile...

Me? Single woman, successful by American standards and hating it. One day I had an epiphany. Came home from another awful night at my stressful job, sobbed, screamed, sobbed some more... It suddenly hit me that, one day I was going to die (because we all do), and that I didn't want to look back on my life and realize that all I ever did was work at (that place I work), pay my bills, and dodge the blows of life as best I could. THERE HAD TO BE MORE, right?

That was when I picked up the phone and started calling people. Thank the gods I have family near me. I told them I didn't even know how I was going to be able to go to work that night, all I wanted to do was get out of it all, this whole American dream lie that we were all fed. I couldn't understand why I was miserable, I had everything people are supposed to want and need. I had a great-paying job in cutting-edge technology, I owned my own HUGE home, a new truck; I was debt-free otherwise. I knew something had to change, and it wasn't going to change all by itself. The plan began to take shape starting at that moment, and it's still taking shape even now. (Oh, and I did manage to go back to work that night).

I am very much wanting to embark on a simpler, sustainable, fulfilling lifestyle within an existing community, or even to start my own community. I'd like to find others who are on a similar journey and are serious about it. More on that later...

My plan is this: sell my house, quit my job, buy land, find like-minded friends. So far, I'm in this alone, and that's definitely NOT what I want. But I do want out of the rat race, and that's how I plan to start.
I have a fairly solid and detailed concept of what I am looking for, and will be posting more. The short version is that I want to be part of a small village of folks who believe life is best experienced within a smaller, simpler, self-sustaining context; where the focus is on creating amazing relationships with each other, living in concert with Nature, and getting back to the basics.

I am highly interested in developing nature-based living skills, as in learning to make my own food, craft my own tools and materials, and survive as much as possible off what the Earth provides us. I really feel that our technological development has far eclipsed our moral/ethical/cultural development, resulting in a world that teetering off-balance. I'd like to make a life for myself that isn't about money or stuff; an intertwined existence that celebrates the intricate beauty of the universe, and brings out the best of human nature: love, creativity, compassion.

Lots of communities I have found are striving to reach out and remain part of the larger world, and that's wonderful. We need those. I just want to be clear here and say, I am not trying to change the world. For now I just want to live in balance and be happy. I am open to future possibilities.
  • September 12 2014 at 08:14 am
     

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