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Decade in review

GraduationMy brother posted about the last decade of his life so vibrantly (and succinctly) that I decided to give it a go.  The last decade fills up pretty much a full third of my life to date and my entire post-college adulthood --- yikes!

2000 started with the last few months of my senior year at college.  Although my freshman, sophomore, and junior years had been life-changing and fun, my senior year was stressful and angsty.  By the beginning of July, I was glad to see campus disappear and to instead be hopping on a plane to England (then Australia, then Costa Rica) for a solid year of camping and drawing plants.

Drawing in FranceAlthough I'd dreamed of living on a homestead in the woods ever since I was ripped from our family farm in elementary school, I think my world travel year cemented the deal.  I backpacked the whole time, and was shocked to return home to the U.S. and discover the size of stores and supermarkets, and to see the many boxes of possessions I had waiting for me in my mom's basement.  Why would I need all of this stuff when I'd happily lived with just fifty pounds of camping and drawing equipment for the last year?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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And where do you want to be in another ten years?

I read your brother's posts on his website/mini-wiki. WOW he's smart!! It's cool to see how aligned your interests are in so many ways.

Comment by Everett Mon Jan 4 20:11:35 2010

Stay tuned --- that's Friday's post! :-)

Joey is indeed a genius! In the Linux world, he's extremely well known --- I was a bit shocked when I got to college and found out that my new friends had heard of him before meeting me!

Comment by anna Mon Jan 4 20:30:56 2010





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