Self Reliant Living - you're in charge

It doesn’t take much looking around to see that self reliant living is an important concept and value that we all should embrace. In a way, it’s you taking care of you and your family by being prepared, looking ahead, taking initiative, being a good life manager, and maintaining independence.

In short, it puts you in charge - right where you ought to be.

I am reminded of self reliance when I think of the human toll and financial losses caused by hurricane Katrina, annual California wildfires and the economic recession that hit us hard in 2009. Those who weren’t prepared or well positioned were the ones who suffered, and those who were well prepared or positioned fared much better.

Self reliance is also important because the marketplace has interconnected our lives in so many ways. One individual who falls “into the pool” splashes many others nearby who had no intention of getting wet. Look at the auto industries in Michigan. When a car manufacturer cuts back production it affects many companies that employ thousands of people by providing just a small portion of what it takes to build a car – batteries, tires, glass, upholstery, plastics, electronics, paint, seat belts and so forth.

Unless you’re engaged in self sufficient living, you’re going to feel something when market changes course, management makes mistakes, and others decide that criminal activities are a better course of action than making an honest living. Complete self sufficiency is largely unattainable for most of us, but we can at least be better prepared and better self-directed. We owe it to ourselves and our families.

Whether it’s being prepared for natural disasters or man-made economic turmoil, the idea of self reliant living has many benefits for those who embrace it. My experience suggests that success is something that you must actively seek, and there is no better person to rely on than yourself.

After all, if you aren’t the one who’s going to do it, then who will?

My self reliance focuses on gathering “low hanging fruit” by growing my own vegetables, raising small animals for meat and eggs, heating my home with wood, and doing many maintenance, repair and construction projects myself. I also fabricate many of my own tools and homestead resources.

I have my sights set on generating my own sources of energy from the sun and wind, installing a ground source heating and cooling system, and constructing a pond for raising fish and other aquatic life.

Self employed for many years, I've been my own source of gainful employment that isn't connected to working a regular job. Being my own boss is perhaps the most prominent part of my self reliant lifestyle.

Perhaps it's time for you to consider just what self reliant living can do for you. You don't have to be self sufficient, just less dependent on others, and more self directed in the management of your own affairs. Doing so put you in charge of your present situation and your future as well.

Done with Self Reliant Living, back to Frugality

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.