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Thanks for sharing your hardships and first failed attempt story. Ive been there and it’s tough in the moment. But I loved how you responded and it made for one of the most valuable lessons ever. My wife and I have a similar to plan, to pay our debts and go off grid. She’s a bit reluctant because of the same issues you’ve had. We don’t want to bite off more than we can chew. Excited to start learning and diving into your Simulator. While I know we can’t plan for every hurdle, it certainly helps us feel more confident if we have a strong plan and the information available.

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Great article Kemble! Couldn't agree more about how much I took grocery stores, water, and reliable power for granted!

So glad to hear about the transformation of your perspective! You seriously lived the experience I've thought about for the past 15 years... escaping from the corporate world and going "off-grid" but not doing it in a haphazardly fashion... with intent, science and fact based decision making, and an appreciation for the beauty and wonder that nature is!

Honestly after reading further....the fact that you weren't successful in your first off-grid attempt is one of the critical steps in your conviction. And you confirmed it! "It help me to better understand what I needed to study and improve."

Thank you for the inspiration and motivation! I feel the same about my journey and the improvements that I have planned for myself for the next few years (off-grid cabin here we come!)...and just so excited to see what Acorn Land Labs does!

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Thank you so much for the encouragement and your thoughts here Joe! It can be unnerving to share a story of initial failure publicly, but I often gain the most inspiration from others when they're honest about their challenges and setbacks on a journey.

Building strong communities (online and especially offline) is one of the keys to this movement back towards resiliency and freedom. The only way backwards laws, zoning, and regulation are changed is with a loud voice as a community.

The technology and concepts can be shared more and more rapidly. The tech can be installed and mastered quickly. The regulations take the longest time to change.

It's an exciting time to create positive changes as a community :)

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Vulnerability is a superpower! It reminds me of this quote by Eckart Tolle... "If you cannot accept what is outside, then accept what is inside. If you cannot accept the external condition, accept the internal condition. This means: Do not resist the pain. Allow it to be there. Surrender to the grief, despair, fear, loneliness, or whatever form the suffering takes. Witness it without labelling it mentally. Embrace it. Then see how the miracle of surrender transmutes deep suffering into deep peace. This is your crucifixion. Let it become your resurrection and ascension."

Your initial hiccup is the fuel to your fire! And woohoo for the power of communities!!! 100% about how backwards laws, zoning, and certain regs need to be changed for the better (yeah I'm looking at you minimum parking standards!)

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Sep 7, 2023Liked by Kemble

What an epic story... Beautiful to look back on this journey.

Quick question Kemble... Did you draw that first image of that cabin? It is stunning!

Also, Where did you get the other graphics from? They're all really inspiring.

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Sep 7, 2023·edited Sep 7, 2023Author

Thanks Erik! It's been quite a journey so far, and it's far from over. Every day has ups and downs, my hope is that my experiences can help others on similar journeys. I know there is a better way for many of us to live beyond what is considered 'normal' -- I'm convinced of that. I can't claim to have solved that puzzle, but I try to share the many ideas from many people here for the benefit of anyone reading. 'Normal' living today in the modern world is actually the real experiment -- no humans for eons have ever lived like this before.

Now for your question! I come up with the graphics ideas, work to write a text prompt that's descriptive, and then use MidJourney to create something that might connect with people. ( midjourney.com )

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Aug 23, 2023Liked by Kemble

I love you guys! everything you do is awesome! I can do anything for you!

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Really nice article. I like that there were links included to the Land Labs Simulator app video & course, both of which I didnt know Acorn did. I really enjoyed the simulator app video. It made me think about my future and the future in general. It inspired visions of an optomistic future where there are real estate companies that sell Circular System Homes that are all built, connected, grown, and ready to move into after being sold the same way we currently sell mortgaged homes except cheaper and more sustainable. I can't wait to play with the app once the beta is released. Keep up the great work!

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Aug 23, 2023Liked by Kemble

Great article. Could you maybe make an article in the future about off grid solutions for households in an urban area?

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Absolutely Daniel! And thank you :) Our Acorn Land Lab in on a 1/4 acre lot in an urban downtown. Are you talking townhouses, apartments, small lots -- all of it? :)

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I meant apartments but I would be interested to read about your perspective about all of them in the future.

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