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.


How To Make Money Online

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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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


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


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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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. 

This list focuses on nice gifts; this is not a wilderness survival gear checklist (though many of these items would be good to have in those scenarios) and this list is not focused on outdoorswomen (though many of these gifts would be highly coveted by her, too). Those lists are coming soon, so stay tuned!

But for now, 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 large photo above^).

We live in the woods, right smack in the wilderness of northeast Washington state, and as much time as we spend outdoors - we need the right pants. 

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.



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, all of 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!

 

 

Books For Outdoorsmen

Inspirational reads for when you're stuck indoors.

 

 

A Good Insulated Thermos

Because a man needs something durable to keep his coffee or tea in. There isn't much better than being deep in the woods and sitting down to a piping hot beverage. Stanley & Yeti are our favorite thermos' around here.

Not only are these gloves solid and reputable, they look nice too.

Cowhide and goatskin have been used for decades to keep hands warm in rough outdoor conditions. The removable wool liner allows for variation in temperature and makes drying out the gloves much easier if needed. 

More Swedish goodness!


 

 

 

A Good Camp Blanket

Mostly wool with just enough cotton to make it comfortable. With the leather carrier included, this Pendleton blanket makes a fantastic gift. 

 

And last, but certainly not least...

 

A Solid Axe

A trusted companion of any outdoorsman is, no doubt, his axe. From building shelters to building fires, a good axe is paramount to anyone who spends time in the woods. 

We have two trusted axes, and in our opinion - there's none better if you're serious about your axe. 

The Gransfors Bruks Outdoor Axe - with a hickory handle, a nice leather sheath, good for chopping and splitting and can even be used as a knife, I don't think many people will argue against this renown axe company. 

But we also love Wetterlings Outdoor Axe Knife - another high-quality reliable brand when it comes to axes, with a hand-forged high-carbon steel head, this axe keeps a razor sharp edge (so could double as a shaving tool in dire circumstances, heh!). 

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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


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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The Bookshelf - Recommended Reading & What I'm Currently Reading
 

Books. I love them.

I love the space they call me into of slower and quieter and more attentive.

I love the settings they call me into - sitting outside as dusk creeps in, curled up on the couch with a blanket when the rest of the world is sleeping, and with coffee in the wee morning hours.

I read to learn, I read to be mesmerized, I read to expand my imagination, I read to improve my own writing, I read even to listen to the coarse sound as my fingers slide back and forth on one single page before turning it. And I read as a way to practice not getting distracted, training my mind to stay on the task at hand. 

I don't tend toward any specific genre - like many aspects of life, whimsical spontaneity is the only compass; whatever my current interests and desires pull me toward. I've spent a winter altogether enraptured in Philip Pullman's Dark Materials and I've had my mind, judgment, and compassion forever changed by Johnathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind

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Lately, my husband has been enduring an odd work schedule for a few weeks, resulting in me spending many evenings alone.

As I sat reading (and obviously getting distracted) recently, I thought that maybe some of you would be interested to browse my bookshelves. Personally, I love thumbing through other people's bookshelves - understanding what someone reads is, I think, such a great window into who a person is.

So, I figured it was only right that I create a Bookshelf here on this space. A place where I can share books I've enjoyed in the past and what I'm currently reading.

I also created it as a way to get recommendations from others - my hope is that you'll see the topics and stories I gravitate toward and be able to point me in the direction of something that might tickle my fancy. And hopefully sharing the books I enjoy will offer the same to you!

Who knows - maybe eventually a book club of sorts can form? Please let me know in the comments below if you're interested in something like that. 

Just click below to head over to the library. There's hot tea waiting, dim lighting, empty recliners, and I promise to be quiet ;) 

See you there...

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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

 

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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The Languid Hum of Midsummer (& a Daily Life Vlog!)
 

As the haze of summer hums on, casting a dry spell over the land, stretching out an endless blue blanket over the sky, with not a cloud in sight, day in and day out... we've found that taking to the cold crystal clear mountain lakes is *the* elixir. 

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Seasonality is one of the many beauties woven into nature, so of course I cherish all seasons for the uniqueness each one brings and how they all call a different part of our being to the forefront, but if there's a season I feel I have to endure - it's summer. 

I thrive in the cool, the cold, the overcast, the thunder and rain, snow storms, long dark evenings with candelight, fires going. Mist-ery.

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Summer feels like the busiest, most extroverted season.
If summer were one of my friends, she'd be the one I had to save up my energy for, the one I mostly listened to, smiling and nodding, knowing I probably wouldn't get a word in edgewise, but loved her despite, because of her big joyous heart. 

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Summer calls us into rampant doing - summer is the time of work.

There is food to grow, food to store (for animal and human alike), projects to complete before the cold dark winter arrives, burgeoning wild plants to gather for nutrition and medicine to see us through the rest of the year.

Summer is energy and forward movement, necessary to life. 

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But I have to think I'm not alone in this daytime recoil, this hiding away I tend to do from the hours of about 10AM until around 6PM. What I've noticed is that I don't see a single wild animal, aside from birds, during those hours either. We have all tucked away in the shadows somewhere, waiting until dawn and dusk to reemerge. 

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Once the sun has sunk over the ridge, I step outside to marvel at the golden pink alpenglow cloaking the mountains on the horizon and the aroma of roasting pine that fills the air, taking time now to read, to sew or knit, to check on the vegetables and plants. As I go quietly about my simple business, deer begin to dot the fields and meadows and forest edges all around. Usually, I can count atleast ten on any given evening. They've gotten used to us here, and sometimes the only sound you hear during this sacred time of evening is the poignant tugging of plants between their wild rows of teeth. 

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Needless to say, summer is the season I tend to feel the least inspired. Sluggish, both physically and spiritually it seems. More effort is needed to feel motivated to create, and creating is something I have to do for contentment, so it's a double-edged sword if I don't watch it. 

Last weekend, I decided to capture some footage - footage of so-called mundane daily life: cooking, sewing, going to the woods, driving... and I ended up making a vlog (a video blog) with a spin on it. Sort of an ode to the commonplace, the mundane. And I feel like the poetry of it all (and maybe no one will sense that poetry other than me - that's possible) are the sound textures. 

The first time I remember being captivated by sound (aside from explicit waves like music) is when I was about 15 years old and was immersed in an online roleplaying game called Everquest. I loved the sound of my character's feet hitting the landscape as I roamed from quest to quest, fighting off orcs and marauders into the early hours of the morning.

Over the years I've noticed how easily captivated I can become by very subtle sounds that probably go unnoticed or disappear into the background hum of daily life. Even my fingertips striking the keys right now is oddly satisfying. Fire crackling. Random kitchen sounds. A hand moving over fabric. The crinkling of paper. The low drone of voices on the distant lake shore as I float far away on my raft. Earrings swaying. Hair being brushed. Water moving... but footsteps above everything. I love listening to footsteps, and maybe that's one reason I've always loved to walk on unpaved trails? The spellbinding crunch of earth underfoot...

Anyway - I decided to put together a vlog of sorts, just some footage I captured over the weekend, with a focus on the quiet, the subtle. Maybe some of you will find it as relaxing as I do? Let me know what you think. Do you find poetry in the finespun minutiae of daily existence?

 

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


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...

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Should-less Sundays (and My Wild Huckleberry & Maple Scone Recipe!)
 

Sunday morning I made the mistake of checking my email soon after waking. I know better, but I did it anyway. And of course, there were a couple of emails from clients needing me to do things, and of course, I felt my people-pleasing strings tug at me hard to fulfill, to satisfy, to fix

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But [ah, years of deep inner work does pay off] I was able to gently remind myself that today is Sunday and no, today was not for work and meeting demands and shoulds. In fact, how about we just designate today Should-less Sunday? What would that look like? 

Maybe instead of putting check marks next to words on a to-do list, we just quiet these busy minds and let our bodies guide us today, effortlessly gliding between one thing and the other, following the invisible tug of the things that nourish us.  Approaching the day with a curiosity and setting aside the planning mind, "Here's what we'll do today..." can be saved for the other 6 days of the week, can't it? 

Swimming sounded nice, but did we really want to drive all the way to the swimming hole, on this hot day (we don't have air conditioning in our vehicles)? I'll develop a new recipe today, I thought, but even these enjoyable scenarios were shoulds - I was catching onto myself. 

With constant awareness, I meandered through the day, letting the minutes unfold as they did, rather than reigning over them. (My husband was very pleased with this new approach).

The irony of it all? I accomplished plenty that day. But, the way I went about it and experienced my day was drastically different. If I had to pin a word to it, I'd say presence was the key differentiator. 

Moving from minute to minute with no plan, I still ended up:
cleaning the filter on our air purifier to get it good and ready for this dusty summer that's upon us, I handwashed some linens and hung them to dry on the taut new paracord clothesline Eric hung for me, I began a new wild sourdough starter using rye flour grown here in Washington, practiced hand-sewing, and delved into the art of sun-dyeing with natural dyes. That evening, after yoga, we enjoyed a delicious dinner by candlelight and then (because my mind wasn't allowed to tell me I should not do certain things) we enjoyed the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones (any other night, I'd decline saying there are other things I ought to do with my time). 

Oh, and I created a new recipe...

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Dear reader, this is not just any ol' recipe. This is hands down, the best scone recipe we've ever tasted. Eric went on and on and on with each bite he took (with enough moans to make a gal get that certain cock in her brow!), so since he isn't here to toot my horn for me, I guess I'll have to do the honors. 

I wanted to use some of the wild huckleberries we've been foraging lately, and I'm not big on sugar, so I opted for organic maple syrup instead. You must promise me that you'll try this recipe. Please. And if you don't have wild huckleberries, no problem, just use fresh blueberries or wild berries from your local landscape. But most importantly - enjoy, enjoy, enjoy (and be grateful that we have these amazing things called tastebuds!).

 

Wild Huckleberry & Maple Scones

Ingredients:
3 c all-purpose flour (I use this kind)
1.5 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1.5 sticks grass-fed butter (6 oz.), cold
1 c wild-foraged huckleberries (or blueberries)
2 TBSP lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c raw milk (or grass-fed whole milk)
4 TBSP maple syrup
1 egg + 1 TBSP maple syrup (to brush over scones before baking)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and sea salt. 
Cut in butter & incorporate into dry ingredients using fingers until combined, making sure that pea-sized pieces of butter remain in the mix. This is an essential part of getting the scone to feel scone-y. Here's a good demonstration of how to cut in butter if you aren't familiar. 
Add berries to mix, gently combine using hands. 
In a separate bowl, mix lemon juice, raw milk, vanilla, and maple syrup together, then pour over the dry mixture. 
Using a fork, toss everything together gently, making sure to work the dough as little as possible until a dough ball forms. This prevents scones from being too dense. 
Roll to 1-inch thickness, cut out individual triangle-shaped scones and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. 
Brush tops of scones with a mix of 1 egg & 1 TBSP maple syrup. 
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 
 

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Enjoy, in joy. 

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


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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Following The Berries
 

Life has been pretty low-key around here this last week, as we settle back in from the Olympic Peninsula trip and brace for the dry summer here in the Inland Northwest, which has been felt making its entrance the past few days, dust & heat on its shirttails. 

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I'll just cut straight to the chase and tell you: summer is my least favorite season. Heat, in general, any temperature over 70 degrees F, takes from me. It plays out like a legitimate mathematic formula, where every increase in degree removes a percentage more energy and creativity from my spirit. I blame it on northern European DNA, an ancestral lineage of northern coastal people, but I don't recall being so put off by heat until my mid-20s so it could just be hormonal. (Isn't everything?)

Give me snow, cold, overcast, mist and fog any day.  Which is one of the main reasons I moved to the Northwest in the first place, but Inland Northwest summers are scorchers. The interesting bit, and how summer days here do differ so much from the Kentucky summers I grew up in, is the humidity factor. 

Humidity is typically so low here in the summer months, meaning UV rays are the real culprit. If you can get out of the direct path of the sun, the temperature drops significantly because the air around you isn't full of moisture to hold the heat. I know firsthand that in a place with humid hot summers, like Kentucky's, there is no escaping the heat. It consumes you. No shade tree will change things. But here, nights and days are drastically different. Many nights, sleeping with windows open, I wake chilled and snuggle ever closer to my furnace of a husband for comfort, and most mornings call for long sleeves, pants, and socks until roughly 10AM. From there, until about 7PM, ick. Give me shaded forests, cold mountain lakes, indoor tinkering, and Breathe oil on everything. But thank goodness for the evening respite. 

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I guess I write all that in a state of mild dread, since our local forecast shows this being the last mild and overcast day in the foreseeable future. So, here we go! The rest of July, August, and most of September will be hot, dry, and if anything like last summer - smoky. Then back into misty and overcast for a month or two, and finally - full on winter. Winters here are very predictable: snow begins falling in December and keeps falling until March or April. No melting happens during that time - what falls turns to snowpack and it's not unsual to measure snow on the ground in feet, not inches. And we love it! This winter I'm planning to start cross-country skiing through the forests, and I have some ideas brewing that revolve around proper hibernating in an inspiring way... stay tuned.

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Despite not liking heat, I do love summer, because summer means blossoms and pollination and fruition. We plant people can hardly stand ourselves - planting seeds like lunatics (I don't have an actual garden this year while we exist in this transitional phase, but my container gardening situation is turning out to be more fulfilling than expected) and foraging all our spare hours away.  

Last night began the huckleberry frenzy. If you've never tasted wild huckleberries, I'd tell you to imagine the tastiest blueberry you've ever had, and then add an extra note of deep purpley grapeness on top. That's how a huckleberry tastes. When it comes to foraging sugars off the landscape, they're my favorite - hands down. And with a husband who eats a giant bowl of berries (usually blue) after dinner each night, the more berries we can gather, the better off we are. 

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During huckleberry season, we can be found in the forest almost every evening, hunkered over with a basket beside us, beginning at the lower elevations and moving higher as the season progresses, following the berries.