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How To Build A Totally Self-Sustaining, Off-Grid Home

There are many reasons you might be considering moving off the grid, and there are lots of ways to do it. You can be completely off the grid out in the middle of nowhere, and you can technically be off the grid right in the middle of a city.

Many seek off-grid living to live in better harmony with the planet and themselves. Some look to that style of living because they fear for the future of humanity and want a place to ride out the storm, so to speak.

Whatever your reason, there are lots of ways to do it. My favorite way is the Earthship. The Earthship is a concept that an architect named Michael Reynolds dreamed up in the 1970's. His objectives were to utilize sustainable architecture, rely on natural energy sources, and keep it easy enough for a lay person to build.

The homes capture maximum light and heat and are designed with thick walls to provide thermal mass and regulate the temperature inside of the house. The outer walls are often crammed full of tires because they provide storage for thermal heat and build a pretty good foundation for the walls of the home.

Earthships are also built to capture water and can be effective at it even in the driest of places. The homes also seek to reuse greywater, or water that's already been used, in places like your toilet. So the water you shower with ends up being the water use flush with.

Many Earthships are designed with land in mind too and come with greenhouses to grow your own food in. You can even have chickens and fish. My ideal plan would be to do a hydroponic system and use tilapia. That way you get lots of fresh fruits and veggies and also fish.

Still not sure? This is an awesome documentary about Earthships:

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Why the strongest women often feel so broken inside

Radiating strength and confidence, she seems impervious to the stress and pressures of life. Her problems never look real, even if they are the same problems that tear you to pieces.

No matter what life throws at her- career stumbles, failed romances, family squabbles, you name it- they all roll off of her like water off of a duck's back. Somehow despite it all, she maintains an impeccable veneer of calm and contentment.

Her smile is guaranteed to light up every room she enters. Not only does she remember every special occasion, but she's the first one to show up with a beautifully wrapped and thought out gift.

She's not just the first one to volunteer, but she stays afterward to clean up and make sure everyone has a safe way home.

On the surface, her life is perfect. She has it all. Everything happens as if she planned her life down to the millisecond.

She is a role model not just for young women, but for all women. By all accounts, she is flawless.

But what people fail to realize is that she oozes power and confidence because that is precisely the persona she wants the world to see. It's because she's strong and successful.

But little do they know, that's exactly what she decides to display of her. But behind her carefully constructed wall lies a heart that is holding in the darkness she doesn't want the world to see.

Her pain is locked away, deep down in places nobody could find. And even if they did scratch the surface of her pain, there is no way they could fathom the depths of her sorrow.

After all, why would anyone think she even can feel pain when all anyone sees is energetic bliss?

The only way anyone could begin to comprehend her pain would be to see her at that moment when she collapses on the bed all alone, the darkness her only companion.

She seeks solace in sleep, but the nightmares chase away any chance of relief. Her vulnerabilities bubble to the surface, and it is all she can do not to drown.

She chooses to suffer the slings and arrows of life in solitude, assuming a burden that nobody should have to endure alone. Her resistance comes not from a place of vanity or narcissism, but from abject fear.

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Because everyone believes she is living her best life without any effort or struggle, she does everything in her power to fulfill that perception. Ironically, her perfect life is the roadblock to that very goal.

Despite her perceived invincibility, she is emotionally rotting from within. She is a ticking time bomb.

But in the midst of all of her internal chaos, she loses sight of one critical fact. She is not only powerful, but she has an inner strength far beyond her realization.

She is the person everyone sees because every morning she wakes up and locks her darkest thoughts away. They don't beat her; she overcomes them.

Every single day the battle begins again, but she not only never fails to fight, she never fails to win. And that drive and willingness to sustain the fight makes her every bit as amazing on the inside as she appears on the outside.

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