Introduction to my journey to independent living
Updated: Jan 23
First of all.. Hi guys.... or like we say in South Africa.. Howzit!
This is just going to be a short introduction of who I am, what I am striving for , and what this section will be focussed on.
What will this blog be?
My journey, trials, tribulations, lessons, defeats and victories in becoming electricity, vegetable,financial and water independent. Decisions I made, why I made them....
Im looking forward to making this as interactive as possible, with my readers taking advice from me, and giving input
Living in today's world, with its challenges, from the loadshedding in South Africa (which, by the way, is just a fancy word for blackouts), increasing food prices/ inflation, and living in a water scarce country, I realised that a couple of things will be crucial, not only for my own long term security of supply and survival, but also for my kids, and the planet.
It is becoming abundantly clear, at a time when all factors are congregating, from environmental, economical and political, that we need to become independent of others, and in so doing, minimize our carbon footprint and waste.
In doing so, we not only become independent ourselves,and save money, but we leave a better world for others.
With that as my starting point, I asked myself a couple of questions:
What do I need to protect my future, and my children's future in a worst case scenario
How do I prioritize the things required
How can I immediately cut my carbon footprint and waste
How do I get the money required for these investments, are they expensive?
How much solar, water storage, vegetable garden do I need?
I chose the following option first....
I cut waste, simply because I believe in the age old saying... first, do no harm.
The couple of questions I then needed asking is....
What waste products can I stop creating
Which products can be recycled by myself
Which products can be recycled externally
In the next couple of blogs, I will focus on the above 3 points. Starting with which waste products we stopped creating, and then having a discussion on one of the great finds i made starting this journey....