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Tenuous Web

Leaf in a spiderwebI submitted my resignation letter to work yesterday morning, thus ending months of agonizing decision-making.

Being unemployed in this uncertain economic climate scares me to death, but our needs are few and we have no debt (except for the last $5,000 of interest-free loan which I owe to a buddy who doesn't need it back any time soon.)  December 2 is my last day of work, though I'll get paid until the end of the month due to saved up vacation time.  And then Mark and I will press ahead, trying to make a living on our own terms outside the rat race --- writing grants, hosting websites, inventorying flora and fauna, making videos, and living off the land.

In a way, this blog has given me the courage to move on with my life and leave my job behind.  It has reminded me of the joy I've been foregoing while sinking into the job.  It tempted me to read books which show me there are other options.  I know the tenuous web of ideas and dreams will hold us up!



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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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