How To Begin Homesteading? Create Passive Income & Work Online! [3 Ideas That You Can Begin Now With No Money]
 
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Many of us in the homesteading community want to get out of the rat race, move to a rural area (or even the wilderness), grow our food, work on the homestead everyday, and enjoy a simpler way of life.

This is hard to do if you have to commute away from the homestead every day though. You never really get into that homestead state of mind when this is the case.

How to escape the rat race, then? How to wake up and be able to stay on the homestead, working on projects, enjoying our animals, nature, the land, the comfort of home, and our loved ones? That is the question so many of us feel daunted by.

We may get the acres, build the cabin, plant the garden… but, somehow it doesn’t feel complete when we have to leave every single day to go sell our time and get pulled back into that hectic state of mind that is the norm of modern Western industrial society.

We begin to believe it isn’t even possible and this is just the way it is nowadays.

I’m here to tell you that it is possible to earn a full-time income without having to leave your home(stead).

And no, you do not have to have some university-granted skill set to be able to do so. In fact, if you are truly motivated and driven to achieve this lifestyle, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to achieve it in one year.

Just think - your life could be completely different this time one year from now. You could be working from home everyday or - even better - not working every day from anywhere, but generating passive income online instead! Freeing you to work on your homestead, on creative projects that are truly fulfilling, spending more time with those you love, and just enjoying a higher quality of life all around.

I know because I did (and am doing) it myself. So I wanted to share some personal advice if this sounds like a path you might be interested in taking yourself.

I’m going to share information about transitioning to working online from home followed by two passive income strategies - all that you can begin working on now!


Teach Yourself A Valuable In-Demand Online Skill So That You Can Work Online From Home or Anywhere


One way to go about this is to transition your career into an online work from home (or anywhere) position.

It doesn’t matter what you do right now for an income - you can 100% teach yourself a valuable skill so that you can work online and make a legitimate income. I know this is possible because I did it.

I taught myself how to design websites. I knew nothing about web design, knew no code, none of that - but I saw that it was in demand on a freelancing platform I was reading through and figured I’d give it a go. Fast forward one year and I’m making a full-time lucrative income as a web designer. The best part? I got paid to learn, rather than paying to learn.

But - this strategy does require drive and self-motivation. I worked full-time while listening to podcasts about self-educating and came home in the evenings and put in several hours designing my first website (for myself). I would’ve much rather gone for a hike or a walk on the bay, but I sat in front of the computer until bedtime. I was setting the foundation for a future I knew I wanted.

Over the months, I kept dabbling and learning and working on projects, then finally it all paid off and started to come together.

I created a profile on a freelancing platform, got my first client, and have not been without work since!

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The best part is that with every new job I take on, I learn new things (while getting paid) and my portfolio and skill sets continue to grow and grow.

Now I am able to live in a wilderness area with only three people per square mile (as we build a homestead from scratch) and make a full-time income from home (thank goodness for satellites!).


Here’s what I recommend you do: go to a freelancing platform like Fiverr or Upwork and read through the job listings. This will give you an idea of the type of work that’s in the highest demand as well as pay rates. This is the strategy I used to hone in on what I felt I could learn and provide as a service.

JavaScript developers were in high demand and at a very good price point, but I had tried to learn JavaScript before and found it very difficult, so I knew that wasn’t a realistic path for me. I settled on web design using a content management system that I had experience with already.

This isn’t to say that you can’t teach yourself to do something that right now seems impossible to you - in fact, most programmers out there in the world right now are self-taught. Many of them work everyday for big companies like Intel, getting paid six figures, and still feel like imposters. One of my close friends who is a self-taught senior software engineer still laughs and jokes that he essentially gets paid everyday to Google (meaning - he doesn’t know how to do something, so he just Googles until he finds the solution).

Freelancing platforms offer a variety of ideas: web design, writing, graphic design, voiceovers, audio work, etc. etc. Let’s use graphic design as an example - download Adobe Illustrator, go to YouTube and look for “Adobe Illustrator Tutorials” or “adobe illustrator logo design” and start doing these tutorials. Not only do you get experience, but by jumping in and working on actual projects like this, you’re building a portfolio that you can show clients later. Then, market yourself as a logo designer- ta da!


Now let’s talk about passive income.

What is passive income?
”Passive income is income resulting from cash flow received on a regular basis, requiring minimal to no effort by the recipient to maintain it.”

In a nutshell: you aren’t selling your time anymore. You get that most wonderful resource back!

BUT… passive income does require a lot of upfront work. Atleast the methods I’m familiar with do.

Guess what, though? If you get started right now, in one year you could have a substantial passive income stream flowing. Imagine the ways this could change your life - freeing your time for other endeavors and removing any need to be location dependent (or live near a populous).


Passive Income Idea #1: Write & Publish E-books


I believe that every human being has a story to tell or something to teach.

Think about what you know well that you could teach - a process, a skill or craft, a cookbook, a travel guide to your area, a natural history of a place you love, how to have a passionate marriage… really the possibilities are endless. Just get creative. (If you suspect you would go the non-fiction route, I recommend reading the book On Writing Well: The Classic Guide To Writing Non-Fiction).

Or - write a story rather than a guide. Maybe something similar to this: Go North Young Man: Modern Homesteading in Alaska which is just a man’s account of his first four years as a homesteader on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in the 1950’s.

Write what you know. Figure out what knowledge or experience you have that might be valuable or enjoyable to someone else.

Compile your E-book over time with a clear outline and strategy, design it how you wish (I recommend using Canva which is free and easy), turn it into a .pdf and put it on Amazon or on your own blog/website (which I’ll talk about in a second).

Here are some great resources for further brainstorming:


***I would also recommend browsing Amazon’s Bestselling Ebooks. Pay attention to the list of categories under Kindle Ebooks to get ideas for what you could write about.


Passive Income Idea #2: Start A Niche Website / Blog


This is one strategy of mine that I’ve already seen start to pay off, despite being in the very beginning stages.

What is a niche website?
A niche website is a site that focuses on a target audience with common specific interests.

For example:

Honestly - most websites are niche websites, meaning they have identified a target audience and strategize how to provide content to attract that target audience.

This website that you’re on right now, mine, is a niche website. Target audience: homesteaders (fortunately that includes a large array of topics that can be covered - good for me since I have a ton of topics I enjoy writing about!).


How To Monetize A Niche Website / Blog?


There are several different strategies you can use:

  • Affiliate links - these are just links you share on your site and when a visitor to your site clicks a link and ends up making a purchase from the site you’re an affiliate with (Amazon, RStyle, Carhartt, the list goes on and on and on, but most people begin with Amazon), you get a small commission. The commission is tiny - about 3 to 4 percent so the goal is to get a lot of click-throughs and purchases so that your affiliate income grows and grows. How do you get more click-throughs? More traffic to your site. How do you get more traffic to your site? By creating more and more quality content (blogging).

  • Digital Products - It could be Ebooks like we just talked about, online courses, etc.

  • Ads - I don’t use ads, so I can’t speak much on them, but many people rely on ads for a big chunk of their monthly passive income from their niche website.


So no matter what your current situation is, these are all ideas you can begin working on right now.

You might not see financial results until next year, but guess what? Next year will be here before you know it, so why not make steps in the direction of your goals?

I work a full-time job, but here I am, on a Sunday afternoon, creating a blog post which is a single little brick in the passive income house I’m working to build, if you will. I’d much rather be outside doing something away from the computer, but I know that this is work that must be done now so that eventually I do get my time back. (Plus, I really enjoy working on this website so that sure does help!).


I once heard success defined as being anytime you take an action that contributes to your goals. So, success isn’t just in achieving the goal, but in every single small step you take toward it.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions - I’m more than happy to help!


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My husband and I left the rat race and moved to the Washington wilderness to build an off-grid homestead from scratch. You can follow our journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany


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20 Great Gift Ideas For Healthy Eaters
 

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I’ve been told over the years that my kitchen:

1.) “smells like a health food store” and
2.) “resembles a laboratory

…with contraptions big and small ready to whip up nourishing concoctions several times a day.

So I think I can help you out with an idea or two (or twenty!) about what to get the healthy eater in your life that will make their time in the kitchen even more creative and enjoyable.


GIFT IDEAS FOR HEALTHY EATERS


Like many of you, I’ve used a crockpot for decades. What I didn’t know? That conventional crockpots have been found to leech LEAD into the food. Lead is a heavy metal that can cause some pretty serious neurological problems, so as soon as I found out, I went looking for a solution.

Vitaclay is that solution. These are clay crockpots (stainless steel exterior, organic clay interior) and are safe and non-toxic and the material humans have been using to cook food for thousands of years.

(Oh! And you can find a whole shop of beautiful Ancient Cookware here, if you’re into that kind of thing!).


I love growing broccoli sprouts, but you can grow any kind of sprout with this hemp bag.

Higher-quality than buying them at the grocery, and cheaper too! Easy to use - just soak the sprouts and hang in the window or on a cabinet.

Check out The Easiest Way To Grow Your Own Broccoli Sprouts In A Bag (For Depression, Brain Health, Cancer Prevention, Anti-Aging, & More.


The centerpiece of any healthy eaters kitchen - an inspiring place to chop all those veggies!

I love live edge wooden cutting boards - they’re gorgeous and natural, solid and durable, with plenty of space, and they look lovely just sitting on the counter when not in use. I’ve had the same wooden cutting board for years and I really recommend this olive wood live edge board. (Doubles as a charcuterie!).


Any kombucha drinker knows that it costs a pretty penny to get all those good probiotics into the digestive tract by tasty fizzy means… so, it’s time to level up and brew your own!

This kit includes everything you need to brew your own, making the possibilities endless. You can make your own flavor! I think I would make a grape kombucha, ooh and a fenugreek kombucha…!

This is sure to be a hit for the recipient.


Your healthy eating loved one surely knows the value of sea salt for providing essential trace minerals… and a salt rock is the least processed form of sea salt available.

This set comes with a grater and definitely ups the posh factor of a kitchen!


Organic teas pressed into cute little shapes and ready to be dissolved in hot water, eliminating the need for tea bags or sweetener packets. Brilliant, really.


A BPA-free water bottle, with a fruit chamber so you can infuse all kinds of vitamins, minerals, and taste into your water. Hmm… I think I would try blueberry and basil, or strawberry and mint… yummm!


Far more comfortable than a standard apron, with more of an earthy artistic flair as opposed to a 1950’s housewife style.

Linen and cotton - you can’t really go wrong. Available in several earth tone colors.


Gut health is so important for all other aspects of health and fermented foods are a great way to get probiotics —those good bacteria— into the body.

This fermenting crock features the traditional design used for centuries to make sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, and other fermented vegetables. Complete wth pounder and weights!

I have this very same jar in white - a gift from a friend that I still cherish to this day.


As an herbal tea enthusiast, my teapot is an essential and cherished item in my kitchen.

I love all things Le Creuset and especially their teapot selection.

Their stainless steel teapots are heavy-duty and available in their signature array of colors!


Healthy Reads

I wanted to include a few good books for you to choose from, and I’ve made sure to select ones that don’t rely on any specific diet to be enjoyed and appreciated.

Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link To Optimum Health -
The next stage in the food revolution--a radical way to select fruits and vegetables and reclaim the flavor and nutrients we've lost.

The Jungle Effect: Healthiest Diets from Around the World-Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You - Whether it's the heart-healthy Cretan diet, with its reliance on olive oil and fresh vegetables, the antidepressive Icelandic diet and its extremely high levels of omega-3s, the age-defying Okinawa diet and its emphasis on vegetables and fish, or the other diets explored herein, everyone who reads this book will come away with the secrets of a longer, healthier life and the recipes necessary to put those secrets into action.

Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss - This is a book that will let you live longer, reduce your need for medications, and improve your health dramatically. It is a book that will change the way you want to eat.  New recipes and menus included.

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats - My favorite cookbook to this day, full of traditional wisdom gleaned over the centuries (long before chronic diseases became as prevalent as they are today).


The most reputable home water filtration system - gravity fed and requires no power (wonderful for us off-grid folk!). Filters out bacteria and other contaminants while retaining essential minerals.

Can be used daily for clean water and is absolutely vital in any kind of emergency where the water supply is cut off and/or contaminated.

The higher price point makes these filters a highly coveted kitchen essential in the health community.


Us health nuts are picky about our materials - plastic utensils and hot food do not go together, so wooden utensils it is!

I’ve found bamboo to be durable and resistant to cracking (and wooden kitchen items just make things more beautiful overall!).


This is a vegan gift basket, but any health-oriented person will appreciate and devour it, vegan or not.

Pro tip: This basket would likely be highly appreciated during the holidays - the hardest time to maintain a healthy diet.






I almost bought into the Vitamix [blender] hype a few years ago (those things are over $500! they must be good, right?!). Then I read that small pieces of Teflon were coming off of Vitamix blenders and getting into people’s smoothies (so much for organic and healthy!?).

Then, I used a friends Vitamix and was less than impressed.

The blender I love and have used for years is this Ninja Professional Countertop Blender (1/5th the price of a Vitamix).

And if you cook a lot - you have to have a good blender, otherwise it’s just a source of frustration.


Because regular noodles are a thing of the past.

Nowadays, we health conscious folks make our noodles from squash and beets, and to do this you’ve got to have a good spiralizer!

This one even comes with some recipes…




Whole Foods Gift Cards (in a gift box!)

This is your fail-safe. Believe me, this gift will make them happy!

It makes me happy just thinking about it!

Hot bar, salad bar, a healthy dessert from the bakery, maybe some self-care spa item or those really nice health elixirs that just aren’t practical to buy yourself, a whole growler of kombucha, the options are nearly endless…


Your health conscious friend would probably love to replace all of their plasticware with wooden and stainless steel kitchenware, so help them out!

These wooden salad bowls are so beautiful, full of fresh colorful veggies.

Yum, now I’m craving a big ol’ salad…


Ok - I’m mostly putting this here because I wish someone would buy it for me :)

I’m a stickler about having good sharp knives in the kitchen. A good knife is an essential ingredient in an often used kitchen, otherwise the simple act of chopping veggies can become laborious and even dangerous.

This droolworthy knife set is German steel-forged and comes with a walnut block - the best combination for a kitchen knife set I can think of. Such a high-quality gift!


Le Creuset’s cookware is what every serious cook wants to line the shelves in her kitchen, but c’mon - $400 for a dutch oven?

I can’t justify it.

So - thank goodness Lodge makes enameled cast iron dutch ovens for a fraction of that price. With all the fun color options, too!


Okay, those are all my recommendations! Hopefully this helped you out and if nothing else - gave you some ideas and direction. Let me know if you have any questions at all.

Happy gift giving!

Until next time,

x
Tiffany


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My husband and I left the rat race and moved to the Washington wilderness to build an off-grid homestead from scratch. You can follow our journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany


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Disclosure: This website uses affiliate links, meaning: at no additional cost to you, we earn a small commission if you click-through and make a purchase. We only feature products that we believe in and use ourselves. Your support means the world to us and allows us to host this website.
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The Route We're Taking To Begin Homesteading With No Debt (& Our Progress So Far)
 
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It’s the first of October, and I figured probably time for an update since our last one!

The purpose of sharing these updates is to show glimpses into our homesteading journey, so that when someone visits this site years from now and sees us living on our land, working from home, with beautiful plants and animals and hand-built structures dotting the landscape, living the dream essentially, and all with no debt… they can go back and see the beginning, they can see the steps we made and the time that it all took.

Not only does this make things more realistic, but I think it could also help people brainstorm ways of accomplishing similar dreams for themselves.

SO WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR?

It was this time last year that we really started to get serious about things. At that point in time, all we knew was that we wanted to live in this very wild and remote place where we could enjoy the slow pace of life and the inspiring landscape. Since then, our plan has ripened and become more and more clear.

The lifestyle we’re working to create is so far from finished, it’s just in the beginning stages really, but we have made progress toward it and every single day we continue to inch a little closer.

Let’s take a look back at what we’ve accomplished in the last year toward our off-grid homesteading goals!



BEGAN NEW CAREER PATHS [SUCCESSFULLY] THAT ALLOW US TO LIVE WHERE WE WANT

It was around this time last year, having just returned from the wilderness of northeast Washington (where we now live), that I sat in a coffee shop in a little town in Kentucky wondering how in the world I would ever be able to live in that remote wilderness that I loved so dearly full-time. How could I really make a life there, and a good life at that? With three people per square mile, jobs are few and far between.

I had no idea that just a couple of months later, I’d be making a full-time income online. It’s amazing what could be around the next corner if we’re willing to give it our all. You really just never know…

Read more about how I self-educated to be able to work online from anywhere here. I’m slowly working on an Ebook that will outline the details of exactly how I made this happen, so sign up for the newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out when I publish it.

 Here’s a little coffee shop I found just north of here in Canada a few weeks ago where I can go get some work done when I need a change of scenery.

Here’s a little coffee shop I found just north of here in Canada a few weeks ago where I can go get some work done when I need a change of scenery.

 The September view from my desk. What a difference a year can make!

The September view from my desk. What a difference a year can make!

 

A few months later, in January of this year, Eric decided that getting his CDL would be the best (and quickest) way to be able to live and homestead in a remote area. The few jobs that do come available out here often require a CDL, and at worst he could always go over the road then return here on days off.

He signed up for a really reputable CDL school which ended up being only a few miles from my father’s home in Wisconsin, ironically, and in February of 2018 we transitioned there for a few months while he completed the schooling and training.

Now he works for a wonderful local company and has probably one of the most beautiful routes that a truck driver could have - driving through the beautiful Washington and British Columbia mountains all day, then returning home to me each evening. We expected he would have to go over the road and we wouldn’t see each other for weeks at a time, but things worked out in the very best way they could have.

Does he want to be a truck driver forever? Of course not. Eventually, Eric plans to write music again and to hone a craft— he’s especially drawn to woodworking and blacksmithing— and turn those things into his full-time work. But, for now, our lines of work allow us great freedom to live where we want while making lucrative enough incomes to save for buying land and building a homestead in the near future.

Check out my blog post How To Make A Full-Time Income From Your Off-Grid Homestead for some more ideas to help your brainstorming.



RELOCATED OURSELVES & ALL OF OUR BELONGINGS TO THE AREA WE PLAN TO HOMESTEAD

For us, this meant going across the country, from the South to the Northwest. We moved 2,300 miles away!

This was a big move and took a lot of planning and preparing on our part, all while beginning entirely new career paths.

Living for a full year in an area before buying land in it is very important - I realize this now more than ever.

The specific places we now know we want to buy land near have evolved since we’ve been here and we’ve met local people who tell us about certain areas and point us in the direction of land for sale that is not listed on the Internet.

So moving here was essential, even though we aren’t yet ready to buy land or start building.

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ARRANGED A LIVING SITUATION

At the beginning of summer, I wrote an update to let you all know about our current setup. We’re still in that same setup and plan to stay in it until we’re ready to start building.

It is essentially an RV on our friends property that they’re letting us stay in as a kind of work-trade, and out of the simple goodness of their hearts.

We’ve been tempted many times this summer just to rent our own place, but were able to talk ourselves out of it each time remembering that all of the money we would put toward rent could be put into our little savings box instead! Besides, actually finding a rental home out here is… not realistic.

I have to say that one of the biggest sacrifices we’ve made throughout this whole journey so far is not having our own place - we both miss it terribly and long to have our things and our aloneness and more space. But this is a crucial part of the journey to having our own homestead — saving money! So, if it doesn’t contribute to that goal, we try to steer away from it.


WINTERIZED OUR LIVING QUARTERS

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We just finished winterizing the RV, using strawbales, and we still have to purchase a few hundred dollars worth of supplies to insulate the water hoses. This winter might be a little difficult - living in an RV with paper thin walls in a climate that sits under feet of snow for six solid months. Our biggest concern is the above-groud external water source…but we’ll see how it goes!

Again, sacrifices like this might have to be made while you work to save enough money to buy land outright and build your own house, which is what we plan to do within the year!



ACQUIRED HUNTING & FISHING LICENSES

This will help cut down on food costs while familiarizing us more and more intimately with the landscape.

In fact, as I type this, my husband is out with a friend hunting deer and grouse! After working sixty hours this past week, and not getting in bed until after 11 last night, he was up at 4AM to go hunt. Let’s hope it’s fruitful!

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Here’s our to-do list between now and next Spring:

  • Sell the 2wd Honda Element

  • Purchase two 4wd vehicles (one rugged truck and one that is better-suited for travel)

  • Save money! This means working a lot and minimizing expenses as much as possible

  • Start milling lumber to build the house with (this will require buying an Alaskan sawmill & appropriate chainsaw)

  • Find land

  • Build a small livable cabin so we can transition full-time to the homestead!


    It might not sound like a lot, but these are pretty great feats. The route we’re taking —to build a homestead slowly with cash— requires a lot of time and patience before the rewarding payoffs start trickling in. Once this list is completed, we will have a home (with no debt or monthly payment!) and land to build sustainable systems on that will feed and nourish us in all kinds of ways. From there, we can install off-grid power systems, huge gardens, build more structures for personal shops and studios, and just have fun with it!


SO YOU WANT TO BEGIN HOMESTEADING BUT AREN’T SURE WHERE TO START?

I would suggest doing the following:

  1. Figure out the area you want to live long-term on your off-grid homestead

  2. If work options aren’t available in that area, or you want to be able to work from home, start researching how to make a full-time income from your homestead. I’m not talking about filling out surveys and making a little here and there, I’m talking about self-educating and really skilling up, then beginning to do work for people, thereby building a portfolio slowly, and taking it from there. I managed to do this in under a year, and so can you. Check out:
    Self-Educating To Be Able To Work From Anywhere and How To Make A Full-Time Income From Your Off-Grid Homestead

  3. Minimize expenses and save money - if you don’t have a budget and you live paycheck to paycheck, you’ve got to do better. Sorry. Even if it’s $20/week, you can do without something and put that money back. Saving $1,000/year is better than zero. Going through life with no budget, making impulsive buys for short-term dopamine release, will not get you anywhere. Sit down and list out your monthly expenses (including bills of course but also food, gas, miscellaneous things that tend to come up, etc.), then subtract that from your monthly income. Whatever is left is what should be going into a Savings envelope. Seven months from now, you might come across acreage for sale with owner financing available but they want $1,500 down. Budgeting and saving now could be the difference in whether or not you can buy that land then.


A goal this big doesn’t happen overnight (which is why most people have 30-year mortgages). But it can happen in a year or two, and debt-free, if you start educating yourself now and outlining a solid plan of action.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below. I’m more than happy to help in any way I can. We’re all on this path together, after all.

Until next time ~

x
Tiffany


 

Welcome!


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My husband and I left the rat race and moved to the Washington wilderness to build an off-grid homestead from scratch. You can follow our journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

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  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


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The Best Gifts For Outdoorsy Women in 2018
 
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As an outdoorsy woman myself, I figured I was well-suited for the task of creating a gift guide for other women who spend as much time as they can outdoors - hiking, camping, backpacking, or doing work on the homestead.

I’ve made sure to include a wide range of ideas and cater to all budgets so hopefully you can find something on this list that’s just right, or at the very least - sparks another idea.

These gifts are some of my personal favorites, proven to be useful in the outdoors (and some of them are just plain fun!).


GIFT IDEAS FOR OUTDOORSY WOMEN


Osprey Aura 65 AG Backpack

If you’re a woman who likes to go backpacking, this is the backpack you have to have.
The engineering is phenomenal, with the woman-specific hip belt dispersing weight evenly, resulting in zero tug on the shoulders. You can carry days worth of camp supplies and it’ll feel like you’re carrying half that. Seriously magical.



Fjallraven Kanken

This is an everyday backpack that I actually use as a purse.
Fjallraven is a decades old Swedish brand that I’ve been loyal to for years that is now starting to become popular in America (especially here in the Pacific Northwest).
These Kanken daypacks come in every color imaginable and are perfect for day hikes, for students, or a purse substitute for us adventurous gals who never know where the day might take us!



Hydro Flask Water Bottle - Stainless Steel, BPA-Free

The most coveted insulated water bottle / thermos on the market right now, and for good reason.
They’re super insulated, keeping cold things cold and hot things hot for 24 hours, with a slip-free grip most stainless steel containers lack, and comes in a wide array of colors.
I love the yellow one!

 


On The Go Tripod For Smartphones

This compact tripod is perfect for stuffing in your pack with a bendy design that allows you to easily position it on rocks, branches, you name it. Mounting options allow you to shoot horizontally and vertically with your smartphone, no bulky fancy camera equipment needed. Bonus: comes with a wireless remote for the perfect outdoor selfie.



Millie Kromer Hat

The classic Stormy Kromer hat, but made for women (featuring an opening for a ponytail!).
Made mostly out of wool in Michigan (United States).
I love the classic north woods black/red tartan pattern, but there are several color options to pick from.

 


Enamelware Camp Mugs

Enjoying a hot cup of tea or coffee outdoors might be one of the greatest pleasures in the world, atleast for outdoors people. So you need a good camp mug. The classic looking enamelware mugs are all the rage right now, so this is a fail-safe bet for a gift she’ll love.



Fjallraven Women’s Keb Trousers

Hands down, my favorite outdoors pants.
There are two key reasons for this: they’re durable and can handle anything I’m doing, and they look good. I’m not just saying they look good on me, but they look good on pretty much everyone I’ve ever seen wear them. I think this is due to the higher waist and the positioning of pockets.
She. Will. Love. Them.
Here’s proof that I wear them all the time… (with the Fjallraven Women’s Keb Jacket - which is equally awesome).



Fjallraven Women’s Keb Jacket

Just as awesome as the Keb Trousers is the Fjallraven Keb Jacket for women. Performs well and looks good - two very typical features of Fjallraven apparel. I’d say the Keb suit is the archetypal Tiffany outfit - I wear it a lot, and I like it a lot.
My favorite part is the hood - check out the depth of it! You have your own personal cocoon…



Unbreakable Wine Glasses For The Great Outdoors

Because it’s 2018 and we can sip wine from the summit if we darn well feel like it! ;)
These are shatter-proof, stainless steel, and ready to add a little warmth to the next adventure.

 


Wearable Sleeping Bag

It’s a wearable sleeping bag with holes for arms and feet. Need I say more?
The possibilities are endless.

 


ENO Hammock

For simple and cozy sleeping under the stars without the hassle of carrying and setting up a tent - weighs only 16 ounces and folds into a 4” x 5” carrying sack. Equally useful on those relaxing afternoons in the backyard or your favorite park, with a hot cup of tea and a good book…


Speaking of books…

Books For Outdoorsy Women & Adventurous Gals

No pack is complete without a good read. And on those days stuck indoors, what better than immersing yourself in someone else’s tales of adventure? Here are my top recommendations for gift-giving; for more ideas feel free to browse My Bookshelf.



Danner Women’s Mountain 600 Hiking Boots

Confession: I don’t actually own these. Yet. But I’m crazy about them. The design mimics the traditional women’s hiking boot - the old clunky brown leather boots with red strings that I remember my mother wearing and the same ones famously related to the film (and book mentioned above) Wild. Except Danner has made them far better with cushioned Vibram soles! I will own these by the end of the year.
Pro tip: These boots paired with the book Wild would be some top-notch gifting!



Inflatable Solar Light

An LED lantern that’s charged by the sun, requires no batteries, and is fully collapsible for easy packing. So you get to your campsite, sit it out in the sun while you go about enjoying yourself, then when night comes and everyone starts to turn in, you can crawl inside your tent (or hammock), turn on your little lantern, and enjoy a book. Life is seriously good.

 


Portable Camping Stove

If you spend any significant amount of time backpacking or camping, you have to have a camp stove. And this is the best one out there, because it’s so lightweight but also heavy-duty.



Mora Kniv

From food prep to cutting tinder to self-defense to carving around the fire at night… anybody who spends time outdoors needs a good bushcraft knife. Mora knives are Swedish-made since 1891, and for the price point you will absolutely not find a better knife. Comes with a fancy sheath that slides easily onto pants.



Leather Bound Journal

Spending lots of time outdoors allows for reflection. I know personally that some of my best thoughts and ideas come to me when I’m hiking, so I always keep a notepad in my backpack. Having something beautiful to write in makes writing all the more attractive and sacred, this leather bound journal is the perfect pack companion.

 


Women’s Muck Boots (for all occasions)

Whether I’m hiking, going hunting with my husband, or going outside to work in pouring down rain or several feet of snow, this is the one boot that does me well in every single scenario. Like a knife, I see Muck Boots as one of those essential items that any hardy person should have.


Waterproof Compass

And last but not least - a compass, so she never loses her way.

 

I hope this gift guide has been helpful to you and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments section below.

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Tiffany

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  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

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Our Favorite Cold Weather Hunting Gear [2018 - Husband & Wife]
 

Here in the Inland Northwest, nighttime lows have been in the 30’s and 40’s since early September.

These sudden low temps have been a strong reminder of what’s to come.

We’ve been hustling to get our living quarters winterized, find a 4wd vehicle, and switch out summer clothes for winter gear at our storage unit.

I say winter gear rather than winter clothes because in this climate - far colder than many parts of Alaska - once the snow falls, it doesn’t go anywhere, it just builds and builds as the season progresses. So, doing anything outdoors requires a great deal of preparation.

But sitting silent and still in such cold extreme temperatures (e.g. hunting!) is a whole other level and demands the proper apparel, otherwise you’re going to have a miserable and short-lived experience.

Personally, I don’t do much hunting at this point in life. But I do go along with my husband because I enjoy it (and seem to have a sharp eagle eye!). And nothing ruins a hunt quicker than getting cold, for either of us.

So this article is to list the hunting gear we rely on to keep us warm and alert.

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THE WINTER GEAR WE RELY ON FOR HUNTING IN A COLD CLIMATE:


FEET: Let’s start at the root of things - our feet. Many of you might agree, this can be a problem area. Even when I lived in Kentucky, which is multitudes warmer than here in northeast Washington, cold feet would push me out of the woods a lot sooner than I had anticipated.

So I’ve gotten serious about keeping my feet warm, and I cannot recommend enough these two things: heavy SmartWool socks and Arctic Sport Muck Boots. In my opinion, this is an unstoppable combination. If you’ve never worn Muck Boots, get ready to be oh so pleased - they just make all outdoor work more enjoyable.

Here I am enjoying the freezing winter days here in the north, with the warmest toastiest toes imaginable:

The Arctic Pro Hunting Muck Boot and these heavy SmartWool socks that go over the calf are the combination my husband relies on to keep his lower extremities nice and cozy, while remaining functional and mobile.


BODY: Base layer - for now we just use thermal underwear or sweatsuits as a base layer. In the future, we’ll probably invest in something better, but for now this works okay.

Where we really put focus when it comes to keeping in overall body warmth is on our main outer layer.

I have been wearing these Women’s Quilt Lined Bib Overalls (in black) for two years and I really love them. They’re great for all kinds of winter work, too. Just toss a coat over, pull your Muck Boots on, and you’re ready to go for most scenarios.

My husband oscillates between Carhartt’s Arctic Quilt Lined Biberalls with their Yukon Coat (also great for outdoors winter work) and the Sitka Incinerator Coat and Fanatic Bibs (highly reknowned in the cold weather hunting community not only for their intense warmth but also for the quiet stealthy material).


HANDS: Much the same way cold feet can ruin a hunt, so too can cold hands.

Gloves are always a little tricky because you want to have optimal function of your hands, while also figuring out how to keep them warm.

Let me introduce you to the Sitka Incinerator Flip Mitt.

Problem solved.
(And always keep some Hot Hands in your pack, just in case).


HEAD, NECK & FACE: Last, but certainly not least is keeping warm in the upper extremities. Just like feet and hands, cold ears or a frostbit nose can throw in the towel on an otherwise great day of hunting.

For this - we use balaclavas. It’s one piece that covers all three bases.

That said, some days we wear glasses and other days we wear contacts, so we need balaclavas that can fit either situation. As most of you know, many garments that cover the face can result in foggy glasses. Not good.

For glasses wearers, people whose faces don’t tend to get too cold, or people in climates that are a little more mild than ours, I recommend this super affordable all-purpose balaclava. My favorite part about is that it doesn’t get all moist from being breathed on like the fleece varieties.

Otherwise, for the same price, this heavyweight balaclava will keep you good and snug.

With such a low price, it wouldn’t hurt just to have both. We love ours and use them a lot throughout the winter for a variety of things.

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Have something to add to the list? It would help us all if you leave any further recommendations or things you can’t do without when hunting in cold weather in the comments below!

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My Top 5 Natural Stress Relief Herbs & Supplements (For Body & Mind)
 
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Stress.

It’s a word that gets tossed around all the time, resulting in a normalization of something that is, in fact, very dangerous.

Stress has been called the silent killer and in my opinion, having been a former health writer and researcher, it’s actually to blame for most diseases we face today.



UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF STRESS

I recommend watching the documentary Stress: Portrait of a Killer to get your feet wet in understanding the magnitude of stress (you can watch it free here).

Another really great film that shone light on the topic even more for me was a documentary entitled HEAL.
I thought it was so important that I purchased the film for myself and as a gift for loved ones who suffer with what I think may be stress-induced illnesses.

One other thing that comes to mind is a book I read earlier this year called The Deepest Well, Healing The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity which went into great depth about how stress, particularly in early childhood development, can lead to a whole plethora of illness and poor performance - from asthma to ADHD to complete pauses in growth! This book made me get serious about how I interact with stress, as well as practices I can adopt now to heal past damage.

If you’re reading this still not convinced stress is a big deal, or that’s it’s just “how things are”, I urge you to check out the materials listed above. Do it for your own health and well-being, or for those you love.

Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms now, stress can cause DNA damage that festers inside of you and rears it’s ugly head years later as disease.

My guess, though, if you’re reading this, is that you do understand the toll stress can take on the body and mind.

Maybe you’re here because you or someone you love has just endured a stressful event or is experiencing prolonged chronic stress. Good! Because we need ways to recover when we experience stress. And this can be difficult in our always on, go go go, do do do, modern world.


CHRONIC STRESS RECOVERY

After experiencing a bout of chronic stress in my own life recently, I ended up diving into some research for natural ways to help my body and mind adapt better and develop more resiliency.

I saw such positive effects that I felt inspired to write an article listing the herbs and supplements that really caused a difference in how I felt - physically and mentally.

My hope is that anyone out there who is struggling finds this article, and that these natural supplements bring lightness and joy back to living.

I’m not a doctor, so please bear in mind this is for informational purposes only. Just because these natural remedies worked for me doesn’t mean they will work for you. I recommend trying new supplements and herbs one at a time, in small doses, to make sure your body doesn’t react in a negative way.


HERBS & SUPPLEMENTS FOR NATURAL STRESS RELIEF


Used medicinally for centuries (and much longer I’m sure), ginseng is a studied and proven medicine for stress-related diseases afflicting the body and mind.

Ginseng regulates immune and hormonal responses to stress, suppresses anxiety and depression caused by stress, and is now being found to prevent and treat diseases with chronic inflammation origins (stress = inflammation).

Here is a really interesting study on ginseng & stress.

Oftentimes, stress can manifest as weight - making us tired, depressed, sluggish, lazy, grief-stricken, and unmotivated. Ginseng is particularly wonderful for treating these symptoms because it restores focus and energy levels (without causing jitters).

Traditional Korean Ginseng really helped take my mood from irritable and edgy to relaxed and focused, despite the stress I was enduring.


B-complex is part of my daily supplement regimen and has been for many years. As someone who used to suffer with terrible anxiety and depression, researching natural ways to improve mental health was at the top of my to-do list for a long time. To this day, I still believe a large part of the mental stability I enjoy now is from daily Vitamin D & B-Complex supplementation.

But not just any B-Complex!

It’s important to find a coenzymated, methylated form of the B-Vitamins and to stay away from Folic Acid (an inferior form of folate —and now thought to be dangerous to health despite being recommended to pregnant women for decades).

The B-Complex that has worked for me since 2013 is this Coenzymated & Methylated B-Complex by Emerald Labs. This supplement does so much for the body at a cellular level, but in regards to stress - it’s vital for energy production and healthy stress response.

My only word of caution is this: if you are prone to anxiety or nervousness, start slow. Maybe half a capsule every two days to begin with. If you experience a racing heart (like I did when I first started this supplement), that can be an indication of low potassium levels. Ease into it, talk with a doctor or naturopath who is up to date on the latest health findings and natural treatments.


Holy Basil is one of the most powerful adaptogenic plants. Adaptogens help you adapt to a multitude of stressors.

Indian scriptures dating back 5,000 years or more repeatedly mention Holy Basil as the most life-enhancing herb.

Because of the delicious and nourishing aroma of Holy Basil, I like to enjoy it as a beverage rather than a capsule.

You can enjoy several hot cups of tea a day during particularly stressful times or, what I find to be most therapeutic, make an infusion.

Infusions are simply steeping the herbs for longer periods of time to better extract the medicinal properties. Studies show that 4-8 hours is a significant amount of time to steep the herbs.

For infusions, it’s best to purchase the tea leaves in bulk.

To make an herbal infusion, I simply bring a large pot of filtered water to a boil. Then, in a quart-sized glass jar, I add several tablespoons of the herb(s), then pour the hot water over to fill the jar. Make sure to put a metal utensil in the jar before pouring to absorb heat so as not to crack or break the jar. I let this sit until it’s cooled down, then put the lid on, and sit out of the way for several more hours to steep. Enjoy this potent medicine 4-8 hours later.

Pro tip: I make herbal infusions as part of my morning ritual. You can make as many quarts as you want, using whatever variety of herbs you choose. This way, by early afternoon I can begin enjoying them all the way into evening.

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As I just mentioned, this (along with a Methylated B-Complex) supplement is one that I started taking years ago and has helped my overall health so much, but especially my mental health.

Vitamin D is actually a hormone, and it is responsible for regulating over 3,000 genes in the human body!

One of the wonderful benefits of Vitamin D is that it helps the body deal with stress, on a cellular level and —what might be most important to you right now— an emotional/mental level. Here’s a great study on the subject.

Supplementing with Vitamin D3 alone might not be a good idea. It’s been discovered that another vitamin - Vitamin K2 - has a very important symbiotic relationship with Vitamin D3.

First, you need to understand that Vitamin D3 increases Calcium absorption.

Without K2, Vitamin D supplementation can cause calcium to get lodged in soft tissue rather than in the skeletal system where it’s needed. Calcium in soft tissue is not good, resulting in cysts (which can grow into tumors), bone spurs, and disease.

K2 acts as a traffic director, if you will, ensuring that the calcium is distributed to the skeleton and not soft tissues.

I don’t recommend taking Vitamin D3 without K2, and I’ve had great results from this specific formula.


Rhodiola is a powerful plant ally that has been used to treat depression, fatigue, and anxiety throughout Russia and Scandinavia for centuries.

Numerous studies point to Rhodiola’s extreme benefits for stress. Personally, I noticed it’s effects within two days. In this study, stress-induced fatigue, anxiety, and exhaustion improved in just three days and continued to improve thereafter.

Helping to balance neurotransmitters in the brain, Rhodiola is also helpful for alleviating symptoms of depression.

There’s also a marked impact on mental focus and physical energy levels.

I really recommend this herb as part of your natural stress relief medicine cabinet.



Do you have experience with a particular herb or vitamin that really helped bring stability back to your life? If so, please leave it in the comments below for everyone who reads this to benefit from.

Thanks so much for reading and may we all experience lightness and joy in life.

Until next time ~

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  • wilderness living

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  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

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  • natural living

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Self-Educating To Be Able To Work Online From Anywhere (The First Step I Took To Homestead, Live in the Wilderness, & Have More Freedom)
 

Less than one year ago today, having just returned from the wilderness of northeast Washington, I sat in a local coffee shop in a small town in Kentucky, perusing the Internet.

I had just returned from spending the summer in the Washington wilderness and I was hell-bent on figuring out how to live there full-time.

Not just live there, but live there in a certain way - I wanted land, a homestead, not to be crippled by the intense winters from lack of proper equipment, I wanted to be able to make a lucrative income so that I could establish an off-grid homestead in the wilderness and enjoy daily life on this landscape I loved so dearly, without it always feeling transient.

In a place with only three people per square mile, jobs are few and far between. Especially good ones.

But even if there were jobs available, I wanted to escape the morning alarm ritual, living life by a clock, wearing busy-ness as a badge of honor, commuting to work each day feeling like a cog in a machine.

To build out the dream that existed only in my imagination, though, was going to require money.

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I wanted a small but cozy home that felt inspiring, I would need water systems, power, high-speed Internet, 4wd vehicles, snow plows, a sawmill, I would want to design long-term food growing systems and have animals…

The cold hard truth is that homesteading requires capital.

You can, of course, live in the wilderness in a tent and carry on in the hunter-gatherer fashion (something I’ve considered many times, and did a bit a couple of years ago while recovering from toxic mold exposure), but even then you’ll need some money. It’s just the way society is setup nowadays. We rely on it for a lot, but that is the topic of a whole other conversation ;)

The upfront work that has to be done and the money this requires both allow for long-term relaxation and enjoyment. Eventually, you won’t need nearly as much money because you have all of these systems in place that allow you to be more self-sufficient.

For anyone looking to actually enjoy living a peaceful life in the wilderness, on land that is theirs, in a home that they own, with systems in place that are sustainable and off-grid and reliable, there is a lot of initial work that has to be done. And most of that work is far from dreamy.

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I have spoken with so many people, and I used to be one myself, who state how they want to live in a cabin away from it all, reading, writing, photographing, spending plenty of time outdoors, growing their own food, and so on. The off-grid, wilderness living dream.

But I don’t often hear about the details of how they’re actually going to pull off this dream, and most importantly - sustain it.

And so, dreams remain dreams and they carry on conventionally, not getting much satisfaction out of their days, or always dreaming of a different way of life…

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Not this gal.

I had a clear vision of what I wanted, and after courting this dream for many years, I finally started getting serious about it that September day in the coffee shop.

I wasn’t willing to let a lifestyle that felt so deeply right in my heart just remain a dream.

If other people had achieved this way of living, so could I.

 

Digital Nomad Stories

In the coffee shop that day, as I sat sipping my breve latte, watching the urgent traffic pass by outside, and despairing at my situation, I came across a new (to me) phrase: digital nomad.

Simply put: these folks were working online from anywhere in the world, and many of them were doing so using skills they had taught themselves. I read story after story of success and my brain began to churn…

I had been redesigning my website that day (I was a freelance health content developer at the time with a far-from-lucrative income, so I was also working at a local craft shop), and I had just finished a digital nomad story about a lady who was a web designer and who was living and working in Bali that summer (saving money because the USD stretches a lot further there!) and would be heading to Austria (or somewhere) later that year to live for a while.

Wait… a web designer? With no college degree in computer science or…. something?

I switched tabs at lightning speed, logging into one of the main freelancer sites I used to connect with clients. In the search bar, rather than typing in “health writer” or “nutrition blog posts,” I entered a new query: web design.

Oh!

But I didn’t know any programming languages at that time…

So I did a more specific search for web design on the platform I had used to build a couple of my own websites on in the past.

This returned projects in the $1,000’s instead of projects in the $50-$300 range I had been draining myself dry with.

Light bulb moment? Yes.

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All Aboard The Self-Education Train!

I spent the rest of that week and the subsequent weeks learning so…many…things about how I could develop better web design skills, really learn the platform I had chosen, seeking tips and advice from other self-taught web designers, researching my target audience and client base, and redesigning my own website in a big way!

I put blinders on to the rest of the world during that time and learned as much as I possibly could.

Looking back to that week brings a huge smile to my face, mainly because right now I sit typing this in a whole other coffee shop - the only coffee shop in the nearest little town to where I now live, in the wilderness of northeast Washington!

It’s safe to say: The work has paid off!

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I’m still within the first year of being a self-taught web designer and I definitely didn’t expect things to go as well as they have.

Am I rich? Nope. Not even close.

Do I generate a decent full-time income? Yes.
Do I do so with significantly less hours of my time than the standard full-time employee? Yes.

The best part? I started generating a worthwhile income right away.

It turns out web design is in big demand (and a lot of other online skills are, too). And nowadays I have a larger toolbelt of skills I can offer my clients, more skills that I’ve taught myself which continue to prove valuable in the marketplace.


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I still have a long way to go, and hopefully my business just continues to grow.

I’m still learning rapidly in order to boost my chances of success and produce high-quality work, but I feel that I already have a lot of valuable insight to offer others who want to follow along this same sort of path.

For this reason, I’ve decided to write a small E-book which will delve far deeper into my story. In this E-book, I’ll be explaining the exact steps I took to get to where I am now.

I’ll share personal information and tactics used, how I self-educated, how to get clients as a beginner, how to build a portfolio, how I got paid to learn instead of paying to learn, and yes - even details on first year earnings.

I’ll also help you brainstorm ideas for other self-taught professions, not just web design.

If you’d like to be notified when this E-book becomes available, sign up for the newsletter here to be notified:


Something else that would be really helpful, since I’m writing this Ebook right now, is if you have any specific questions for me, let me know! Please!

Just leave a comment below here and feel free to ask me anything. I’ll try to make sure the E-book answers your questions.

Thanks so much for your input.

Until next time ~

x Tiffany

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My husband and I left the rat race and moved to the Washington wilderness to build an off-grid homestead from scratch. You can follow our journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany

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Nourishing Yourself Throughout Wildfire Season - Staying Healthy Amidst The Smoke
 

Here in the inland northwest, we've been cloaked in hazardous levels of smoke. We're not alone - most of the northwest, from the coast across parts of British Columbia and into Idaho and Montana, are experiencing the same conditions. 

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Originally from eastern America, this is new to me. In the past, I imagined that the fires themselves were the real threat. But it seems the smoke is actually the biggest threat to humans.

We have all been warned to stay indoors, batten down the hatches, and if we must venture outdoors to wear N95 respirator masks

It's a claustrophobic and neurotic feeling for all of us, wildlife included. The longing for rain and crisp mountain air to return can be felt like real hunger.

Despite staying inside as much as possible, most of us inevitably venture outside anyway, figuring "Oh it'll be fine..." but problems associated with wildfire smoke inhalation may not surface as disease for years and years. I don't know about you, but a breathing disease is one of the many things I'd like to avoid if possible.

So I took advantage of all of this indoor time to research detoxing the body after wildfire exposure, primarily smoke inhalation. I uncovered a lot of natural treatment strategies that my husband and I have been enacting daily. 

I figured with so many of us impacted by these wildfires, and having inhaled tiny particles into the depths of our lungs, I'd share my findings with everyone in hopes we can give our bodies a hand in dealing with this extreme pollution in the best way possible. 


 

Cleansing Indoor Air

Because wildfire smoke pushes us indoors, optimizing indoor air is the best starting point. 

Make sure to keep windows, doors, and vents closed as much as possible. Clean all air filters and be sure your A/C is set to recirculate indoor air (most A/C systems are inherently designed to do this). Avoid vaccuuming or dusting as this will stir up debris, further undermining your indoor air quality. Wait to vaccuum and dust when you can open windows. (I have been wiping surfaces down with a wet cloth and OnGuard oil, though, figuring as long as the cloth is wet the dust won't get stirred). 

While beeswax candles are known for purifying air, I find that lighting candles during wildfire season feels counterintuitive. What I've found to be so beneficial, cleansing, and soothing are diffusers

I keep a diffuser going in the main room of the house where we spend most of our time, and I turn one on in the bedroom when we go to sleep. 

Inside the diffuser, I use filtered water and two drops of Breathe - a therapeutic grade essential oil for respiratory support. This is easily one of my favorite essential oils. We stop from time to time, lingering our faces over the diffuser and slowly inhale the vapor to transfer some medicinal properties of the Breathe oil to our lungs. 

The best essential oils to diffuse inside the home for respiratory support during wildfire season are:

(I have no affiliation with DoTerra, but when it comes to essential oils for therapeutic purposes, this is the company I feel best about). 

 

Teas & Steams

It's vital to stay well-hydrated, drinking quality filtered or spring water with minerals intact. However much you weigh in pounds, divide that in half - this is how many ounces of water you need each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you'll need a minimum of 75 ounces of water each day.  (A standard glass is 16 oz.).

If you want to add even more medicinal benefit to drinking water, make herbal teas! During my research, the following herbs and spices seem to be the most helpful for respiratory support and overall assistance via calming inflammation, boosting immunity, supporting the lungs, and mitigating the damage of smoke:

  • Reishi - a highly medicinal mushroom used for thousands of years. We slow brew the reishi over a hot stove in a large dutch oven, but a crock pot would work well too. The two keys to a strong reishi tea that is going to nourish your body so well are to use plenty of sliced reishi (about one pound) and to cook slow (at least 3 hours over medium heat, covered). 
  • Turmeric  & Ginger - both studied for their potent anti-inflammatory properties, we sprinkle turmeric & ginger powder over meals (even fruit!) and make a delicious beverage by combining a tablespoon of turmeric powder + a tablespoon of ginger powder + a tablespoon of lemon juice + a tablespoon of honey in a quart jar. Put the lid on, shake well, and enjoy. You can add ice to up the refreshment factor. 
  • Lungwort - A delicious tea, we prefer it brewed hot. Combined with peppermint leaf, it's a real delight - and both are cleansing herbs for the lungs. 
  • Plantain - This plant has a plethora of medicinal uses, and one of those happens to be in the treatment of inflamed mucous linings and irritation of the lungs. I recommend a hot tea. 
  • Osha Root - I can't speak to it personally, as I've yet to get my hands on any. But, I wanted to mention it because Osha Root is native to the Rocky Mountains and has been used by native people in this area for thousands of years for lung and throat problems. Once I find a good source and make tea, I'll edit in some further remarks and information. 

 

Another really beneficial - arguably even moreso - method of inviting medicinal herbs into the respiratory system is to make herbal steams. This is such an easy and refreshing self-care treatment, and I really urge you to give it a go. 

Oregano + Thyme Herbal Steam:

Simply heat water on the stovetop, bring to boiling, then move to a sturdy place where you can safely sit or stand over it. Add 2 tablespoons of dried oregano and 2 tablespoons of dried thyme. Stir them around and let sit for a couple of minutes. Now drape a small towel over your head and bend down to breathe in the steam. Long, slow inhalations are best. Be mindful not to get too close or you may experience an uncomfortable heat. Repeat the long slow inhalations of the oregano + thyme steam, and switch out with your partner, your children, or your roommate so everyone gets the benefits. 

Eucalyptus Showers:

Another way I like to use plants to support my respiratory system is by hanging dried bundles of eucalyptus in the shower. When you take a hot shower, you'll inevitably inhale some of the properties of the plant, and eucalyptus is one of the most recommended plants to help with lung issues. (It also gives you the feeling of being at a spa, which is always nice!).
 

 

Increase Oxygen In The Body

Encouraging more oxygen in the body and movement of oxygen is an important dynamic to staying well amidst wildfire smoke (and after). 

Because we're all pushed indoors during this time, it becomes even more crucial due to this sedentary state we're all existing in. Breathing in wildfire smoke (even remnants) combined with not moving much is a terrible combination. 

Exercise - With the advent of YouTube, there is simply no excuse for not being able to exercise in your home. With or without equipment. I look up "home workouts no equipment" and there are a variety of videos to choose from. Even doing 5-10 burpees several times a day will suffice. The goal is to increase oxygenation in the body and get that oxygen flowing to all parts of your system. 

Yoga  - Or any deep stretching. A brilliant massage therapist once told me that she sees two types of people in her practice: those who have some sort of prolonged stretching daily ritual, and those who don't. If we don't stretch daily, our fascia (a sheet of tissue that covers organs and muscles) becomes like a hardened spiderweb. In this state, it's hard for oxygen and nutrients to flow effortlessly as they should throughout our system. Long slow stretching while breathing deeply is one of the best things you can do for yourself, hands down. 

Deep Breathing - I know there's such a connotation for some around the word meditation. But, it doesn't have to be spiritual. Meditation is just good for you. The brain benefits of meditation can be seen in just 3 weeks using MRI scans of people who began meditating only 10-15 minutes a day. Not only that, but deep, controlled, focused breathing is good for your lungs. 

 

 

Neti Pot 

Many of the fine particles in the air from wildfire smoke lodge themselves in the sinus cavities for a time before making the full journey to the lungs. By developing a Neti Pot ritual, you can clear this debris out of your pathways before it has a chance to lodge in the lungs. 

Neti Pot is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy that dates back thousands of years. However, since the trend arrived in America, many of the varieties on the market are made of plastic. I would highly suggest not inviting plastic residues into the head - just a personal preference. For that reason, we use the original ceramic model by Ancient Secrets. 

Also - important to note - do not use tap water. Use filtered or distilled water. 

Here's a demo video (This YouTube channel is also the one I recommend for doing yoga at home - Adriene is such a sweet soul).

 

Supplements

Last but certainly not least are natural supplements. While this list could be a very long one, I decided to keep it straightforward and simple. The following are supplements I would definitely not go without during wildfire season, and links to my favorite, most reputable, brands:

  • Magnesium - depleted during periods of stress, and deficient in most Americans to begin with. This will help your body deal with the stress of smoke inhalation.
  • Vitamin C - Will help the body adapt to stress and boost immunity.
  • Vitamin D3 - Regulates over 3,000 genes in the human body, has been shown to remove asthma symptoms, crucial for strong immune system. I always take this specific Vitamin D3 with K2. If you take Vitamin D without K2, it has a tendency to cause calcium to build up in soft tissue. Not good. K2 has been shown to assist with this problem, directing the D and Calcium where they need to go. 

Please feel free to add to this list in the comments below. Your input will only help to make this a more comprehensive article, so thanks in advance!

Medical Disclaimer: Folks, I am not a doctor. This article is purely for informational purposes and to share things we have found helpful. Be smart. Make good decisions for yourself. 

x
Tiffany

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This is a space to share glimpses into daily life here in the Washington wilderness - full of nesting & nomading, & forging deeper relationships to self, to old ways, & to the natural world.

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


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Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany


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A 2018 Gift Guide For Rugged (Yet Refined) Outdoorsmen
 

As an outdoorswoman myself, who is married to the ultimate outdoorsman and preparedness guru - I can tell you a thousand unique gifts for the outdoorsy fellow in your life. 

So let's pick out a good gift for that man in your life - friend, husband, boyfriend, father - a gift that will make him shake his head and sincerely say, "Wow!.... Thank you!"

I've made sure to include a variety of price points to fit any budget, while not skimping on value. Rest assured, these are all high-quality, top of the line, outdoors products and any avid outdoorsman would agree. You won't see any products below that we ourselves don't own and love. 

Now let's get shopping! (Isn't gift-giving fun!?)


A 2018 GIFT GUIDE FOR THE OUTDOORSMAN IN YOUR LIFE
 


 

Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers

Fjallraven pants are the pants in our household (worn on husband in photo above).

Two key points of Fjallraven pants: they are durable and great for the outdoors, and they look good! I don't think I've seen anyone not look good in Fjallraven pants come to think of it. The cut is very flattering for all body types. 

These pants are wind and water-resistant, and reinforced with Fjallraven's cornerstone G-1000 material. A true necessity for anyone who spends time adventuring in the mountains and forests.

Husband quote: "The Vidda Pro Trousers are lightweight and durable, cool in the summertime but wind-blocking for winter, perfect over a base layer when it gets cold. Lots of pockets and even a pocket inside of a pocket that's wallet-sized!
They look sharp - I can be out in the wilderness chopping firewood and building fires and then walk straight out and look presentable enough to go to dinner with my wife."

The Swedes know what they're doing when it comes to outdoors apparel. 


 

Moose Creek Flannel Shirts

If you walked up and touched Moose Creek shirts in a shop, you'd think the price tag would read somewhere between $50-$100. 

These shirts are sturdy and warm, look great on men, and very affordable. It doesn't get much better. Husband has a few of these in his wardrobe and wears the heck out of them.


 

Bushcraft Knives

You can't be a serious outdoorsman and not have a good bushcraft knife. Here are the ones we use and recommend:

Cold Steel GI Tanto Knife - Husband quote: "One of the better knives I've owned. At roughly $30, I can't imagine a better knife with such a reasonable price point. I've beat the living hell out of this knife and the only thing it's developed is character."

MoraKniv Bushcraft Carbon Steel Survival Knife (w/ Fire Starter & Sheath) - This is the knife I carry, recommended to me by the bushcraft community at large. Once again, the Swedes making quality outdoors gear. 

Condor Bushlore Survival Knife - The first knife I ever owned and also recommended by the bushcraft community. A solid full tang wooden handle, and a gorgeous leather sheath. Dependable and beautiful. 


 

Smartwool Hiking Socks

Very cushiony for covering lots of terrain comfortably, these mountaineering socks are a heavy winter sock. Cozy and sturdy.


 

A Good Pack

Men and their bags. 
My husband has a ton of bags tucked away and chock full of wilderness gear, outdoor necessities, and just-in-case equipment. 

A good packpack is the cornerstone of a man's outdoor equipment. The Fjallraven Rucksack, Abisko Friluft Pack, and the Ovik pack are three different sizes to choose from if you want to buy the outdoorsman in your life a good pack that he can rely on.


Any true outdoorsman is familiar with and inspired by the story of Dick Proenneke.
He documented his time spent in the remote interior of Alaska as he expertly built a log cabin by hand and explored the pristine wilderness around him.
Once or twice a month I’ll put Alone in the Wilderness Part 1 and Part 2 into my laptop and let them play as I go about my day. This is a gift he will really appreciate and cherish.

And if you want more ideas of films he might enjoy, check out: Our 6 Favorite Off-Grid & Wilderness Living Documentaries.




Olivina's Bourbon & Cedar Collection

Oh my. Is this stuff delicious! 

I bought the Bourbon & Cedar Cologne and Deodorant as a birthday gift for my husband and it has remained his signature scent to this day. 

It smells like all of the best parts of the northern boreal forest plus some spices thrown in for warmth - they really captured something with this scent. On top of it all, their products are natural and non-toxic. 


 

Muck Boots

One of the most crucial items for any person who spends a considerable amount of time outdoors - hunting, hiking, working, anything. 

If you visit this blog regularly, you'll remember how I went on and on about my Muck Boots allowing me to have a great time on the wet and muddy 6-mile hike we took on the Olympic Peninsula

You can stomp right through water, mud, snow drifts, and other obstacles without missing a beat. 

The Arctic Sport Boot is probably the best all-around option for men. We swear by them here!

Update! The Arctic Pro Sport is now available with an Arctic Grip Vibram sole - we have a pair on order right now!
The best cold weather boot is now going to have a slip-proof Vibram sole?! It doesn’t get much better.


 

Books For Outdoorsmen

Inspirational reads for when you're stuck indoors.