Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's all about CHOICES!

This rant comes from both sides of the fence. From assessing my own feelings and circumstances.
This is an honest truth I've had to tell myself, that I am telling myself today.

So... here it is:

I know what it's like, to feel like we can't change anything.
To want to give up, lay down and accept the shit in this society. To accept things as they are, to just go with the flow and put up with the shit that makes us feel sad, makes us sick, makes us... well, very angry ill people.

After 3 years of constant battles and obstacles setting us back in every way, my house is shamefully pigstyeish. It's gotten so bad that it's making us all sick.
No matter how hard I've tried in the past, when I feel like we're getting somewhere and things are getting better something comes along to knock us down and bury me back in that dam rut!

I'm sick of living like this, but I'm so demotivated and tired of it that I feel like I can NOT change it for my family. I'm trying to take it a day at a time and slowly head where I want things to be.
I KNOW inside we'll get there, I just wish it would magically fix itself overnight without me lifting a finger... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA as if! You can't have change, unless you MAKE change!

What I want to share with you is THIS revelation... YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
It may seem hard, it may seem impossible, but in the end YOU CAN DO IT! Make the choices you need to make to get there!
Find support if you can to get it done, but remeber that the FIRST step is to make the choice.
Don't sit there whinging that you can't afford to feed your family a nutricious meal, not until you have exhausted EVERY avenue possible (I know this one too, trust me I do)

Sacrifice something (perhaps the tomato sauce in the shopping, those bikkies or that cordial?) and save up to buy yourself a low income seed bundle from Diggers Garden Club for LESS THAN $20!!

Get out in that garden with the kids... GROW your own nutricious veg. You'll save SO MUCH money in the longrun that the argument of expense is null and void.
It may take some years to grow everything you eat, but what is $20 once a year to learn a new skill, feed your family AND start up your own seedstock for future use.
Let's say it takes you 4 years to learn enough skill to not need to buy veg again in your life (thanks to seedstock you keep) that's just $80 for a lifetime of veg!

Did you know that by changing to a wholesome diet of less processed food, you eat less! Brown rice and wholemeal flour fill you more than their empty white counterparts...
So at the checkout you may spend and extra 50 cents to a $1, but in the long run you save so much more!
You could buy bikkies, or you could buy ingredients needed to make them much healthier for the same price!

In the conventional society, Miss H would be on numerous medications for 'behavioural issues' while eating the shit that most kids do.
Instead WE CHOOSE to feed her wholesome food that doesn't trigger a chemical responce in her body and make her what some would consider an extremely difficult child.
What most people don't realise is that she is NOT acting up, she is mentally unstable due to a chemical reaction in her brain from synthetic additives in foods she may have eaten. She doesn't have a single clue what she is doing, how she is affecting people, she's just going with the flow of her intoxicated body! Even milk does this to her, with it's added preservatives.

I get that time is a factor, but I personally would rather spend my time making wholesome food that heals my family than spend that time and extra money on trips to the dr because our food makes us sick. Once again, it comes down to choices.

What I'm trying to convey is that we only live as we choose to live.
Yes things change to what we don't want, but we choose to either stay and stick it out, work with it to make it better, change it to work for us, or even just walk away and forget it all. Some things are out of our control, but ultimately what you do with those trials and obstacles is UP TO YOU!
Choose your priorities and stick to them. Don't whinge and sulk about something until you have tried EVERYTHING you possibly can to change it.
Get the fuck over it and make a difference for yourself, easier said than done I know... oh boy do I know, but it all comes down to you and your choices.

You CAN make a difference, you CAN change your circumstances, you CAN achieve your dreams, you CAN DO IT!
You are strong and THINGS WILL GET BETTER!
Believe it, live it.... LOVE IT!

Be the change you want to see in the world!

(please note: No child was harmed in the making of heading photo. She was having a sad because she wasn't allowed to hold the newborn guineapig. Such a cutie even when she's upset)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Back to Basic Skills - Surviving when all seems lost.

I originally intended to break into 2011 with a series of blog posts about natural pregnancy, birth and childcare.
When the floods hit the eastern side of Australia, Northern parts of Western Australia and these were followed by cyclones, my mind turned elsewhere.
So when I was approached by a dear friend at Pure Earth Noosa with an idea, I just couldn't say no.

This idea has been a while in the making, so I apologise for not getting it out sooner. I must admit that I find this topic overwhelming even though it is something we are striving to achieve here at Martin Farm anyway.
Our chosen topic to write a series on is basic self sufficiency and survivalist means. Learning basic skills that will provide you with goods to survive with through use or barter in a situation that means you cannot live as you do now. Going back to the basics we used not so long ago.

Have you ever thought about how you would survive should a disaster strike, natural or otherwise?
Imagine that all hell has broken loose, deadly infectious disease is wide spread, safe healthy food is not availble on the supermarket shelves, money means nothing anymore, you have no fresh water or electricity to rely on.... what would you do?

I strongly believe that given the current world matters, this scenario is not far from the truth, nor far from happening.
These world matters are my opinion and the way I see things. These beliefs are my own and they are that:
  • Monsanto is taking over most of the worlds farming sector with their genetically mutated crops, drowning out safe organic farmers, contaminating their crops. This causes safe healthy food fast becoming unobtainable, unless you have access to internet. What will happen when there is no server anymore, no power, no mail service.... no organic foods to sell??
  • Food shortage crisis' are inevitable due to our growing population and decreasing food supplies.
  • Manmade diseases are wiping out our numbers, a synthetic chemical polluted medical system causing us to become ill and poor access to truly healing knowledge and supplies.
  • Natural and manmade disasters are on the increase. Wether it be global warming, mans influence, a cycle of nature, it IS happening. Floods, cyclones, quakes, disease, nuclear radiation exposure.
  • We as a society rely on a flawed system to feed, heal and support us. Why?

Why is it that monetary, material gain and ifluence rule our lives?
Why are we so greedy?
I get that we need money in this monetary society to provide a home for ourselves, but this wouldn't be so if we hadn't of started with the monetary sytem in the first place.
It need not continue past the few basics we currently need to survive and when the shit does hit the fan, I'll just bet that that plastic and those coins in your purses and those numbers in your bank account will equate to a big fat ZERO!

I feel conflicted on the subject of money. I love the things money can get, but I HATE money itself. To be truly self sufficient is such a dream that I cannot wait to live. If we can't make it ourselves, we hope to barter our goods for it.

To do this we need basic survivalist skills and knowledge.... hence the Back to Basic Skills series.

We'll be looking at this in two ways.
First being ways to prepare for such an event.
Stockpiling on food items, water supply, seeds, natural medicines, tools, books or similar hardcopy knowledge and other bits and pieces one might need to get through a short or longterm crisis until such time as you are able to provide your own.

Second being longterm strategies to live without our current luxuries, these strategies being the basic skills we will acieve to learn.
Skills such as crocheting, knitting and sewing your own clothing. Growing, storing, cooking and preserving your own food. Raising, slaughtering, butchering, cooking and preserving your own meat, dairy and fibre products. Building shelters, collecting rain water, constructing fencing, general landcare and oh so much more!

As ideal as it is for someone taking on such a mammoth task to own a property of good proportion, this is NOT a must have. KNOWING someone with such is of course very beneficial if you can develop a skill to barter for goods from that person.

We have set up a facebook group for those willing to join in on discussions of such matters, ask questions of the skilled and discuss a particular topic in depth as we blog about it.
IF you are interested please feel free to request to join. If you are NOT, then leave be and move on. We won't accept negative actions of trolls and anyone trying to stir up trouble will only be deleted, banned and reported.

This series and group are only for those interested in learning, believe the same or have skills they would like to share their knowledge on. If it's not your cup of tea, that's perfectly fine, we're not looking to reach you but rather support those interested.

Comments will be closed on this post, so that keeping track of them is easier. Please leave anty comments on the FB EAM page instead.

Next up in this series: WHAT immediate supplies I would stock up on for preperation of such an event.

Until next time, keep safe, stay well, happy gardening and I wish you blessings of the rain or sunshine you desperately need.
xxoo