rants, raves & rhetoric: the 3rs – jan 27, 2012

27 Jan

It’s been a long time since my last update. I figured it was time to get everybody up to speed on what’s been going on.

The last few months have been quite eventful. In the fall there was a problem with Internet access. That lasted for about 6 weeks with a month or so of bad connection before hand. Just as I was really getting into a groove.

Then Christmas happened.

I spend the time every year catching up with friends and family. Typically I visit a dozen locations to touch base with everyone, this year I limited it to about 6. It’s so nice to catch up with family and friends, we should all take the time.

I also took a big leap of faith and made a big purchase this fall. I’ll share that with you in a minute.

Although having limited connectivity makes it difficult to do what I do, it was a blessing in disguise. I have been trying to focus on the things that make me tick to gain some clarity on where I want my passions to take me. I love writing and was leaning in the direction of a unique service providing conscious content for green bloggers.

Taking the time to reflect is invaluable.

The time away helped me gain some new perspectives and a bit of clarity. It also gave me the opportunity to really organize computer systems and files, clearing the clutter to smooth out productivity.

While all of that is important and each of you would certainly benefit in doing the same, what’s really happening is that I’m narrowing my focus to the few areas that really matter to me –  (a) helping introverts (and everyone) with depression and (b) encouraging people to lower their impact on planet earth (embracing the process along the way).

Those are not easy tasks!

It is important to tread lightly when talking about them so as not to be misunderstood. This is after all people’s lives and the planet we are talking about. Not marketing hype on buying something to make you rich but rather helping you enrich your life and the world we live in.

So here’s what’s going to change.

Last year I had about a dozen websites. Shortly, I will have 3. Originally, living on a dime was going to be my new take on green living and saving money, while simply stephen was a more personal green blog on simplicity.

So I’m shutting down living on a dime!

It makes more sense to focus on simply stephen and fold everything from simplicity to green lifestyles into the mix. Just like I was doing before. It’s a good source on green lifestyles, minimalism, simplicity and several related topics. There are over 200 articles. It has been more of a personal blog than a business and that will not change too much.

I have been working on more valuable resources. There are some interviews coming. Infographics may be in the works and a free guide or course on what is really needed to take green change to the next level.

That’s great, but I want to do more. There’s a business coming. It involves you and your impact on the planet. It means putting your money where your mouth is. Instead of talking the talk it’s time to walk the walk. I need your support and commitment to help make these changes happen.

Okay, that was pretty vague but I can’t completely let the cat out of the bag.

Let’s just say, I’ve discovered the most important aspect of green living is consumption. It’s about how and what we consume. Changing that is the key. It’s not about waiting for governments and business to make the change. They will only act in their best interest, not yours.

Guess what?

Those changes will save you money and make it easier to live and create a sense of purpose or direction in your green lifestyle. For those that want to keep up with the Joneses, feel free to move along. Personally, I don’t want to live the status quo, I want to change it.

So, this spring a launch will happen.

My other passion, helping introverts with depression is going strong. So, cope with life will continue as a blog until next fall when some tools and changes will happen. There is a free course (LiL Helpers – Lessons in Life) coming as an email subscription, hopefully by the end of February. It is my hope to have a full blown program ready for the fall to help people cope with depression.

The cribbage site is static and it is remaining so. I won’t do much to it but may tweak a few things here or there. Recap = 3 sites with extra tools and interviews. One site static (cribbage) and two blogs active with more articles and content coming.

As for social media, I have been holding off on it. I am determining where I want to be with it. That involves having one Twitter account, not two so I will be merging them into the right account, something about LIFE and CHANGE. A LinkedIn account exists but I don’t do business networking, I’m a lone wolf not looking for a job, connections and opportunities are still possible though. Facebook changes the game too much and manipulates the consumer in ways I don’t agree with. I also see it as a time suck. I just use it to connect with friends. Still deciding on whether to do Google + or not.

There are a couple valuable places to socialize…blog comments and forums. I comment on blogs and encourage you to comment on mine. I like community when it’s personal. I will share the forums I frequent at a later date. Forums are great they provide strong connections, excellent dialogue, accurate resource and the pace is just right.

There you have it but I’ve been saving the best for last. Living my minimal life gives me freedom (when I have the cashflow and eliminate debt) to do what I want, when I want and where I want. For many years I’ve wanted to have more mobility and at times I have. While I was working on beating my depression a stable environment was important.

One of my goals in life is to spend every winter in a new or at least different place to learn the language and culture. I also want to explore different green lifestyles and projects. Things like house sitting, Wooffing, volunteer and sustainable building projects as well as interviewing, sharing, connecting and learning from unique individuals around the globe.

In the summer I like staying in my home province of Ontario but am not fond of the rental prices and rigidness. with the idea of paying rent. I call it the rental trap. Until I have my little piece of land to set up a cooperative eco-housing project, which I call Yurtopia, I need a solution. I have lived out of my car for 6 months (twice in fact, with a smaller bout of 2 months once) but I’m getting to old for that, it’s not fun anymore.

Instead, this fall I bought myself a small RV.

It’s a 23 foot 1978 Dodge Sportsmen that can sleep four. It’s a hybrid running on gas and propane. It has a shower (two sinks which confuses me), toilet, propane stove, microwave, tow bar and kitchen. It’s the budget model but a good starter for someone that lives on the edge like me.

I have possession of it and am getting it on the road in the spring.

I’m both anxious and excited.

It’s an old vehicle and things could go wrong but…that’s part of the thrill. The adventure. I’ll write more about it over the coming months and will include a “mobile living” update as I get going. I’m pretty well set up but have to trade a few items to gear up properly. I’m also getting rid of a few more items to have just the perfect amount of “stuff” to maintain continuity and make life comfortable and enjoyable. No point having a ton of Kitchen stuff or desktop computer…time to get the right laptop and tablet as a backup to get the job done.

There you have it. If you made it this far, good for you and thanks for reading.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. I’m really trying to encourage people to share and comment. If the comments are not working send me an email broken (a) simplystephen (dot) ca to let me know. I’d also love to hear what you would like to talk about and learn.


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