Some years ago I became disillusioned with my lot. I was struggling with consumer debt I had accumulated as a dumb and irresponsible 20-something. I wasn’t enjoying how I spent my days–at work, mainly. It seemed the more I tried to live the worse the predicament became. It was at this point I decided to live more deliberately.
First I traveled. I didn’t enjoy is as much as I should have. Then I started a business as I believed it would bring me more freedom. Wrong. I became an employee of myself. Finally I decided that I needed to take everything back to scratch. There were so many things I enjoyed doing with my time more than work so I wanted to be in a position to be able to enjoy those things more. Call it an early retirement – without being fully retired. At this point I discovered the voluntary simplicity movement and permaculture. Both of which made perfect sense to me. Fortunately, I liked the sacrifices these philosophies required.
So what would I do to better my life? I decided I would buy a cheap block of land somewhere in the Australian countryside, build a tiny house and live a kale-and-compost permaculture lifestyle. With a slight twist: relying entirely on bicycle and public transport for transportation. Oh, and the interwebs to stay connected. (Definately an appropriate technology in my book.)
Where am I now? I currently live in a rented unit in Adelaide that has very little space to garden. I just bought land in a speck of a town in SA’s Murray Mallee region – it settles in January 2014. By the middle of the year I hope to have my 7×4 metre straw bale tiny house completed and the land on its way to sustaining most of my needs. This blog will be a chronicle of my journey from this point on, perhaps with the odd story about my past and how this all came about. Permaculture philosophy will underwrite most of what I share. Expect the odd rant.