Monday, July 27, 2009

Becoming a Contemporary Evolutionary

A contemporary evolutionary? Basically, an advocate of change as the world, and my own life require. I remember when I became a hippie the first time. It was around 1971. I moved to Oregon to be free and hang out with my friends and our dogs. Yes, we grew a garden and lived frugally, but it's wayyyyy different for me this time.

I've been reading a book called The Tao of Abundance. Oh yeah, it sounds like a trippy book allright. But here's the deal. Back in the 70's, the earth wasn't dying at the rate that it is now. We grew vegetables because we were hippies, not because it was good for the environment, or our own bodies for that matter.

With this past recession, I have learned and realized more positive things than I ever have before. When Al got laid off, I was faced with the reality of "what if?" What if we lose our home like everyone else? What if we spend our entire savings trying to get by? What things that I have do I really need?

Back in December, 2008, we were watching the financial world crumble around us. We had been paying off debt and and building a savings and some assets for about 5 years already. We left the ranch, sold the trucks and trailers, invested in a suburban "investment" house at a dirt cheap interest rate and decided to wait it out.

No kidding. The cover of Time Magazine says "Recession Over." Man, those are welcome words! But what does this mean for us? I'll tell you what it means for us. Getting back to that book, The Tao of Abundance .... No, it's not a book about getting rich. It's a book about NOT finding yourself at the mercy of the economy. It's about cutting back on worthless expenses, growing your own healthy food, and getting rid of the fat. It's about building an abundant life, one step at a time.

We've sold one of our rental properties. We're working on the others. Then, we're going to move to Eugene, Oregon where there are no sales taxes. Talk about an annual savings! We're then going to buy a green home with a garden space. Grow our own food, add some solar panels, eat seafood, add a studio for teaching fitness, yoga, and renting to others for the same. NO gas to get to work because it will be at our home ....

We are planning our exodus to the great Northwest with new ideas each day. We have learned such a lesson about having and paying for things that we didn't need. Once we sell our home, we'll be truckin. This time, I'll be a gray haired hippie woman with much more wisdom than I had 40 years ago. Life is good as a hippie. No matter what the motivation.

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