Groceries off the Grid

A week ago when Bitcoin was hovering around $1,200 I decided to liquidate some of my Bitcoin funds, not into paper…because let’s face it, the Bitcoin economy is growing and I can do just about everything BUT pay my rent and utilities with Bitcoin – and in some places that may even be an option! One of the biggest moments happened right then and there. I logged in to Gyft.com to purchase a giftcard and move my funds around…I saw it, staring me in the eye, the key to survival, Target and Whole Foods gift cards!

It’s no surprise that Whole Foods joined Gyft.com, John Mackey the CEO is very inclined to liberty and has been promoting the cause for years. I think, sometimes a lot of people forget about Target’s grocery section (or maybe it’s only really available at Super Targets), but either way they have a great selection of produce and organic, healthy foods. Did I mention I’m OBSESSED with grocery shopping? So now I get to combine two of my favorite things in the world AND the co-stars of Sovereign Living have a way in to a great grocery store and they don’t even have to earn/use FRN’s to do so.

What does this mean for the future?

As I said, I believe at this point everything can be provided for your basic living needs with Bitcoin earnings, except your rent (although some properties are now being sold for Bitcoin) and utilities. Good thing the stars of Sovereign Living are working their way to energy efficiency…they won’t need to worry about those pesky electric companies that have monopolized markets across the country. If you keep watching the show you’ll find out exactly how they plan to get off the energy grid.

Buying your orange juice and butter with Bitcoin is something I would have never dreamed to happen when I first entered into the “Bitcoin game”, but now I understand that Bitcoin is NOT just a currency it’s a lifestyle choice…a lifestyle choice that transcends the state. What more can you ask for?

Indie Gogo Update #7 in front of the church we got married in!

Behind us stands the historical Texana Church where we exchanged vows this past weekend. We enjoyed a stateless wedding with family and friends. It was perfect! Now it’s time to move and shake on our last 9 days of our Indie Gogo Campaign! Help us raise funds for the next batch of Sovereign Living episodes! We need you…donate on our Indie Gogo page or send us a Bitcoin donation.

Special note: today for every $20 donated, Indie Gogo will donate a dollar! #givingTuesday

The Homestretch Begins!

Our Indie Gogo Campaign has successfully raised over $6,000 in support for the show. We haven’t even factored in our Bitcoin donations yet…still catching up from the wedding, but that number will be available soon! Today I’d like to thank everyone for their contributions, large and small. This project is the first of its kind and will hopefully be a stepping stone to more education on peaceful resistance. With the holiday season approaching, we get it…funds are low and allocated for gifts to your family and friends. If this isn’t the case for you, we encourage you to give toward the project through Bitcoin donations or USD donations on our Indie Gogo page. If you can’t swing it, it’s ok, sharing our project on your Facebook page and/or Twitter is just as valuable to us.

We’ll have some pictures from the wedding up soon. It was beautiful and filled with love from our family and friends. Aliana looked like a princess and little Bill enjoyed himself, of course!

Thanks for staying with us during the holidays and giving us your support. Your motivation and encouragement through Facebook messages and via email are fuel to our self-sufficient fire! 🙂

Still to come this week…Tip of the Week #11, surprise perks for our last week of our Indie Gogo campaign, and more!

The Blush Family Wedding: Send a wedding gift to the Indie Gogo Campaign!

If you’ve been following the project, I’m sure you saw the adorable proposal that star of Sovereign Living, John Bush, put together! At PorcFest 2012, John took to the stage with the help of some friends to play a little “gameshow” where Cat had to guess the letters. It was soon after John came up to Cat on one knee. The entire crowd erupted – as a witness I can say it was a truly beautiful, love-filled day!

engagement

Well it’s been over a year since that lovely night and since the family has welcomed little William Lysander into their lives as well as produced half of their documentary, reality show “Sovereign Living”. Life has been fast paced, but these dedicated activists are taking the weekend to exchange vows with their friends and family…but of course not the state!

Join the entire crew of Sovereign Living in congratulating these two committed hearts on their wedding day. May their loyalty to the cause of liberty also show in their relationship with eachother, and may their family blossom with opportunity! Aliana and William have some wonderful role models for their own personal journeys in the future, and this ceremony will be a wonderful way to honor that!

If you would like to send a gift to the couple on their special day, they have selflessly requested you send a donation to the show’s Indie Gogo Campaign. It’s so easy to contribute and would warm John and Cat’s heart. Since we like to avoid the state as much as possible, consider donating in Bitcoin. It’s simple and we with today’s price almost hitting $900 – share some stateless love towards the bride and groom!  Donations go straight to the post-production of the next three episodes! If you haven’t seen Episode One, it’s public and you shouldn’t wait any longer: http://igg.me/at/sovereignliving/x/310959 (second video down on the page!)

The cast and crew will be busy celebrating, camping and exchanging vows, so make sure you tune in to SovereignLiving.com for updates! We’ll have pictures from the ceremony soon! Donate to Sovereign Living and help us reach our goal – dedicate your donation to the newlyweds!

Bitcoin-friendly retailers for the holiday season!

Sovereign Living is happily accepting Bitcoin donations all week long to celebrate this exciting virtual currency. We’ve also released a Bitcoin PSA, that will be aired within Season One of the show thanks to some awesome Bitcoin supporters at Coinapult!

Here are some awesome liberty-minded organizations to add to your list of giving this year:

SovereignLiving.TV (of course)
The Free State Project
Stefan Molyneux’s Freedomain Radio
Bitcoins not Bombs
Peaceful Streets Project
Austin SAFEWATER initiative

Bitcoin Celebration Week – Bitcoin donations welcome!

This week, Sovereign Living celebrates Bitcoin!

For immediate release 11/17/13

Contact: johnbush@centerfornaturalliving.org

512-773-6102

It’s no secret that Bitcoin is a force to be reckoned with. Join us this week as we celebrate one of the best ways to transcend centralized institutions.

This week only, Bitcoin donations made to Sovereign Living will receive a sneak peek of never before seen footage from Episode 4 (all about alternative currency), plus a special shout out on social media and our blog (we’d love to highlight your Bit businesses as well).  Here’s a special video for everyone to enjoy this week; welcome our first Bitcoin PSA that will be featured in Episodes throughout the season:

We’ve added a new perk to help others get educated on BTC. Donations of $100 get an hour-long consultation about Bitcoin with co-star John Bush. He’ll help you set up your wallet and get you going!

Why Bitcoin?

Sovereign Living’s goal is to detach from centralized institutions and find a plausible way to lead a voluntary and natural life. Bitcoin by definition is a crypto-currency that is completely decentralized. It functions free from government intervention (not saying it’s counter parts are immune to the man) and allows for voluntary exchange across borders, towns, and various businesses. It’s also a wonderful way for us to grow our farm. So help out by donating to our Indie Gogo Campaign.

How can you donate?

It’s a simple process – yet another perk of Bitcoin. We ask that you visit our Bitcoin Donation Page, fill out the form and send along your donation. You’ll be contacted shortly after to confirm your donation. The following week you’ll see a special message from us in your inbox containing TOP SECRET footage of Episode 4. Please keep it to yourself…guard it like it’s the password to your BlockChain Wallet.

Make sure to fill out every part of the form so we can ensure you receive the correct perk from Indie Gogo.

Bitcoin companies and educators are encouraged to donate and share your business with us so we can highlight you…a great opportunity to gain exposure and help a like-minded project. A special shout out to Erik Voorhees a wonderful supporter and CEO of Coinapult. His Bitcoin donation has earned him a special place in our hearts, and he also has an awesome cameo in the show!

Bring on the Bitcoin this week and help Sovereign Living hit our $50K goal on Indie Gogo: http://SovereignLiving.TV

 

 

Have a friend who reviews film? LOVES indie media? Has a blog? Please share Sovereign Living with them.

I’ve attached here a press release you can share with any friends you have in national and local media. If they love independent art and film, I have a feeling they’ll go nuts over the show. It takes nothing but a swift copy & paste to send them the information.

Thanks for your support:

For immediate release 11/13/13
Contact: johnbush@centerfornaturalliving.org
512-773-6102

Austin, TX – The Blush Family has taken on the serious task of building a sustainable home and future, separating themselves from centralized institutions and building a sovereign community. Through the new non-profit, The Center for Natural Living comes Sovereign Living: The show. They have set out with the ambitious goal of 50% food, energy and water “freedom” by the end of the first season. They have a long way to go, but their recent batch of eggs from their 20 or so odd chickens helped them move forward.

Most people look at the “homesteading” and “off the grid” movements with a weary eye. They think it’s people who want to be cut off from society to be left to their own devices out in the middle of the woods. This reality series proves this myth wrong. Co-Star, John Bush expressed:

“Community is the most important part of this project. Finding volunteers, other farms to barter with and social gatherings to constantly learn and enjoy ourselves has been the most rewarding part”

Sovereign Living is working with a new production company called Karmakaze Productions, located in Austin. A common review of the show is that it is “TV ready”. As an indie show, within such a niche audience, you don’t expect to see the amazing lighting, the cinematography and really unique editing. It’s a full package with meaningful content and great visuals.

The series recently released its pilot episode to the public on Youtube and the reactions so far are favorable and followers are asking for more. Episodes 2 and 3 are available, but the catch is you have to donate to their Indie Gogo campaign to unlock the private link. It’s a worthy cause to contribute to. The money goes towards post-production costs for Episodes 4-6.

This reality series is one of a kind. Not only is the family living sustainably and not relying on centralized institutions to provide for themselves, they are also not depending on Hollywood to carry their torch. Their plans are to go totally independent with distribution. John Bush has commented on being approached by production companies, but nothing has matured yet.

It’s important to the cast, crew and followers to salvage the message in the series, which revolves around voluntary exchange and peaceful lifestyles. In one episode they even refuse to call the police over a neighborhood dispute over their possessions being stolen, instead attempt to handle it with peaceful conversation.

It’s an admirable goal and the production quality of this show is what is turning heads. The cast and crew are holding the first ever Center for Natural Living meeting on November 23rd where they hope to gather more local support in Austin and also screen Episodes 1-3 after the meeting has closed. All are encouraged to attend.

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Tip of the Week #8 – "Free on Craigslist"

So excited about this week’s Tip. It’s so important to stress that when getting off the grid you need to maximize your potential by reusing and recycling. It will not only save you money, but it helps our environment. It’s so easy and rewarding to find furniture and other household items for free online through Craigslist or by the dumpster after a big move-out. People are usually thrilled to get the “junk” off their hands. I know I’ve been that person before!

I know it’s so cliche and over-used but there’s no doubt that one man’s trash can be another’s treasure. Treasure this Tip of the Week and share with friends, encouraging a day-out to find some awesome additions to your household or farm through Craigslist and garage sales! Some people find it as tacky…but we at the farm find it savvy and resourceful so dumpster dive on!

Anyone have any awesome finds from Craigslist? Share on our Faecbook.com/SovereignLivingTV page!