I also hate work, and pretty much refuse to "play the games" expected of me by the broader society. Therefore, I've spent my entire adult life looking for ways to outsmart the system and live my little bohemian life on my own terms.
The closest I ever came to having a "real job" was running a non-profit folk music school - which I did for 16 years. But eventually it just became too darned "jobby," so I started up a few web pages to give myself a source of passive income, and exited the world of employment in 2006 at the age of 39.
I lead what most Americans would consider to be an extremely frugal lifestyle, but I feel wealthy beyond compare. I live quite happily on $15-$20K annually (which includes my business expenses,) and once I get my mortgage paid off - and I'm on track to have it gone by 2013, I'll need even less money than that. Woo Hoo!!
I live in a huge (to me) 900 square foot home in a working class, mostly immigrant neighborhood in Denver, Colorado - "The Land of Cracker Box Houses" as I fondly refer to it.
I have an unconventionally wonderful relationship with my sweetie of 20 years, who I refer to as CatMan. He's just as committed as I am to living life on his own terms, and the two of us decided many years ago that we didn't want to cohabitate - as I said, we're unconventional, but extremely happy.
My only "kids" are my ridiculously spoiled fe-lions... all of whom were neighborhood strays who adopted me.
I'm afraid that aside from the mortgage, my cats are my single biggest expense, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I love gardening, yoga, cycling, football (sorry, but I can't help it,) cooking, music and cats... did I mention I love cats?
I sorta consider blogging to be one big excuse to cruise the interwebs looking for adorable LOLCAT photos... you didn't notice that did you?
I consider myself to be an "armchair Buddhist," meaning that I pretty much believe the same things that Buddhists do... although I'm not a practicing member of the religion. I also didn't adopt these beliefs because they were Buddhist beliefs, I just discovered a faith that preaches what I already believed - pretty darned cool, don't ya think? Anyhow, people of all faiths (or no faith) are welcome here, but if you're easily offended take heed: I'm an irreverent bastard, I cuss like a sailor, and I don't hold back when I have strong opinions.
|If this offends you, consider yourself warned!|
When I call myself "eco" I mean it both in the ecological sense as well as the economical one. Frankly, I think that one without the other is sort of a losing game, so I try very hard to look for the "sweet spot" where environmentalism meets frugality - with a bit of laziness sprinkled on the top for good measure. I don't always find said "sweet spot" but I'm always trying.
Although I do have advertisements on my blog, I don't really consider this to be a money making endeavor. I am happy to collect the $10 or so that I make every month from this site, but mostly, I just enjoy connecting with other folks out there with whom I might have something in common.
I don't blog on a schedule... I pretty much refuse to do ANYTHING on a schedule, because really... why make an enjoyable activity into work?
I do try to respond to every comment, although sometimes it takes me a while. If you want to be notified via email regarding other comments on a given post (which will include my responses as well as comments made by other folks) you can click on the "subscribe by email" link under the comment box. I cannot vouch for how well this works since Blogger isn't um... well... let's just say it's not the most robust blogging platform out there.
You can also just check back to see what sort of comments I have blathered in response to your thoughts. And please don't take it personally if I fail to respond for a day or two... it just means that I'm ignoring the interwebs for a while.
Anyhooooo - I hope y'all enjoy my random blatherings, and please join in the conversation. If for some reason you'd like to contact me, you can send me an email at: EcoCatLady at GMail dot com - but be forewarned... I don't check my email on a schedule either and have been known to forget all about it for weeks at a time.
Thanks for visiting, and be well!