Home Sweet Home

This week I took a little trip & stayed in a vacation home near the beach. It was a minimally furnished beautiful apartment with no telephone, no internet, no television, no doorbell. I loved it there. At first I was a little worried about giving up my internet connection (read: addiction) for 10 days, but you know what? — it was great. I was totally at peace.

More & more I get this feeling that I should try something I never have before & that is; living outside of the city. I’ve lived on opposite coasts of the United States my whole life: the Bay Area & New York City. I’ve never lived off of the beaten path (except in my lifestyle & work), never lived outside of town, or near an old grove forest — actually, I’ve never lived more than two short blocks from a major post office to be specific. I grew up two blocks from a post office & I currently live only one block from a post office. Things over the years have been pretty consistent & pretty convenient, I could say that much for sure. But it would be nice to branch out & try something new.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine told me about this wonderful website called Free Cabin Porn. No, not that kind silly, it’s literally cabins. Or more like alternative housing: eco-friendly, artistic, unusual, old-fashioned, or clever homes. When I look at the pictures, I see myself there. I see me, just sitting there. Just being. Nothing fancy. Nowhere to go, no one to be.

I like the idea of moving closer to nature for many reasons: I like the idea of mixing the modern with the primitive. I’ve always loved contrast & opposites. To me it’s the spice of life. I like the idea of being part of the world, but not in it. The internet allows me to do this in so many ways (Yes, I still want the internet in nature!). I can connect with everyone & be “seen” without actually being there. How amazing is that?! It’s so me. I like the idea of going to sleep to the sound of the wind instead of cars. I like the idea of going to bed early & waking up early. It’s not often, but I have had a few experiences of going to bed at 8:30pm & waking up at 3:30am. It felt so right. I slept so deep & sound, & I woke up content & complete, ready to start the day & welcome the sun. I like the idea of collecting water from a spring. I like the idea of growing my own food. I was at the Farmer’s Market two weeks ago & I bought a bunch of home-grown micro greens. After eating them I felt so relaxed, content & balanced, it’s clear to me that I should be eating like that all the time. Mass produced mineral deficient greens from grocers do not measure up.

I like the idea of moving closer to nature in general & will continue to let it marinate until it manifests. I’m not sure what the future will bring or be for me — but whatever it is, it’s perfect.

No matter where one goes, there they are. The source of unhappiness or discontentment is always from within, not without. Ultimately, we should be at peace no matter where we are. But a few cute birds, a quaint home, a cool breeze, a best friend, a cozy bed, & some good food does help. (*grinning*)

The bottom line is: home is where the heart is. Make sure your heart is in the right place & make sure it’s the number one thing on your list. If you have this priority in order, all else falls into place effortlessly. If you don’t believe me, check back with me in five to ten years. I’ll test it out for ya.


“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“In the West, you have bigger homes, yet smaller families; you have endless conveniences — yet you never seem to have any time. You can travel anywhere in the world, yet you don’t bother to cross the road to meet your neighbours.” — Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

“I’ve come to believe that we can blend the best of age-old folk wisdom with the best of modern knowledge to create a world of incredible beauty — a world of caring, creativity and joy.” – Bill Coperthwaite

“There’s nothing in the world that can compare with sitting with your best friends in a close circle, under the spell of the fire, watching the flickering flames and having a wonderful time together.” – 1959 Boy Scout Handbook

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” – Kahlil Gibran

Advertisements

9 Comments

Filed under great quotes, inspiration

9 responses to “Home Sweet Home

  1. Sita

    Love your post as always, dear Aimée :)
    “Ultimately, we should be at peace no matter where we are.” So true, but aaah…. being at such a lovely place would surely be very very nice for me too :) X

  2. Maite Ikaran

    Such is my aim in life: combine nature & simplicity with technology… we are so lucky that we can do it!!
    Go for that! But I definitely want to visit you again before you leave Brooklyn!!!

  3. Wow! As always I am SO on the same wave of thought as you Aimee…

    The past few months I have spent all my free time inhabiting a tiny graph paper world with my cabin designs! I moved to Seattle in August & my trips to the little islands and the wilderness that spills over here has me OBSESSED with making the jump to remote living, or at least having a small sustainable wilderness home to go to for extended periods of time.

    As I sketch each cabin to scale and intricately “furnish” it, it’s like you said, I SEE myself there chopping wood and vegetables, shaking out the rugs…

    For me I think this is the culmination of several years spent wrestling with my relationship to technology and media. My first memory of this is when I lived in NYC and was working 60 hours a week in corporate sales and dropped my cell phone in a rain & trash filled gutter. Even though it pissed my boss off, I decided to go a month without it. That required me to confirm appointments prior to leaving the office, to be a lot more organized, and it meant that my girlfriend and others had to honor their commitments to meet when we agreed to…gone was all the silly excuse making cell phones had allowed us both.

    Since, I’ve done tech fasts like you, the most recent was no social media from Halloween to New Years. And that occasional turning in, and time spent “disconnected”–which is so ironic because those are the times I am most connected–has me very aware that I want even more time all to myself.

    The cabin porn made my week, thanks.

    • I want to do this too–> “I decided to go a month without it. That required me to confirm appointments prior to leaving the office, to be a lot more organized, and it meant that my girlfriend and others had to honor their commitments to meet when we agreed to…gone was all the silly excuse making cell phones had allowed us both.”

      Yes!–> “And that occasional turning in, and time spent “disconnected”–which is so ironic because those are the times I am most connected–has me very aware that I want even more time all to myself.”

      • All goes to living deliberately…something I remember to do in ever-growing patches.

        I’m 8 days into a (60 day?) juice “feast” and just over the ugly hump and starting to feel resplendent, hydrated and lucid.

        What I’ve been finding is that “raw” land which most would consider too remote or unsuitable for building due to water/electricity needs–is really inexpensive and often the most beautiful.

        Once you have the land, for around 5k-10k you can put a nice temporary “dry” or “off grid” setup including a small used trailer, a deck, a metal awning over it all that also serves as your rain collector, a wood stove on the covered deck (since that’s going to be your real “living” room), a composting toilet,a small solar panel, and even a wood hot tub that piggybacks (using a heat exchanger) off the wood stove! With a little propane for a small fridge and some indoor heat, you’ve got a livable space suitable for at least 3 seasons (depending on where you build) and ideal for use as a “retreat.”

        Now you have years to save/plan/build your cabin (one log at a time if you like) and do it all cash and real.

        Thanks again for your posts, and please please contact me directly when you make headway with your cabin plans as I find this topic ridiculously compelling.

        BTW, my new site is endlessbridge.com, fatkidsuit is lying fallow for now.

      • Yes! This is what I am going for exactly:
        “Once you have the land, for around 5k-10k you can put a nice temporary “dry” or “off grid” setup including a small used trailer, a deck, a metal awning over it all that also serves as your rain collector, a wood stove on the covered deck (since that’s going to be your real “living” room), a composting toilet,a small solar panel, and even a wood hot tub that piggybacks (using a heat exchanger) off the wood stove! With a little propane for a small fridge and some indoor heat, you’ve got a livable space suitable for at least 3 seasons (depending on where you build) and ideal for use as a “retreat.”
        :) Yay!
        I will definitely keep you posted along the way, & please do the same with me.
        Let’s support & inspire each to keep going & to keep living powerfully (& creatively).
        What a beautiful way to live!
        And congratulations on your juice feast. I want to do the same. (Keep going!) :)
        Much love & thanks,
        A.

  4. Reblogged this on The Aniweda Dream and commented:
    I want to share this blog from my friend Aimee. She writes a great blog every Sunday and her posts seem to magically be relevant to my life, almost always. I have lived away from the city, in the wilderness and in a few capital cities in the U.S. I’ve also lived in a few of the most populated places in the country. I’m happy to have had all the experiences I’ve had and to have a great idea about what I really want my home to be…but I totally agree with Aimee that acquiring the home of my dreams starts inside me…what are your dreams of home?
    –I hope you’re still dreaming authentically

Please, share your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s