100 Things I Love About (My) Life

1. We Make Our Own Daily Schedule
2. We Work for Ourselves
3. San Marcos, TX has a Huge Unschool Community
4. Daily Walks
5. Living with Animals
6. Strong Family Ties (this took effort and was so worth it!)
7. Our Vintage 3 Piece Sectional Couch
8. Lots of annual Slow Travel Across the Country
10. Friends Who Accept and Love Us
11. Yoga
12. Vision Boards
13. Organic Food
14. Farmers Market (when we can get up in time!)
15. Gardening at our apartment and with friends
16. Chickens
17. Living Near the River
18. Two Parks in Walking Distance
19. Like Minded, Loving Husband
20. Family Bed
21. Journals
22. Daily Art
23. Natural Medicine
24. Coconut Oil
25. Essential Oils
26. Making Juice at Home
27. Our Food Dehydrator
28. Watching Toddlers Play Chase
29. Following Our Dreams
30. Watching the Sun Set (Back Windows)
31. Catching the Sun Rise (Front Porch)
32. Camping with my Family
33. Getting Paid to Write
34. RedBox Movie Night
35. Stove Top Popcorn in Coconut Oil
36. Amazon Subscribe and Save
37. Kombucha
38. Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mix
39. Maintaining Life Long Friends in my Hometown
40. Live Music
41. San Marcos Community Events
42. Handmade Jewelry
43. Thrift Store Shopping
44. Living in Abundance
45. Inspirational Friends
46. Brave New Books
47. Barter
48. Lots of Sunshine
49. My Freckles
50. My Children’s Freckles
51. Snail Mail
52. Photography
53. Dumpster Diving
54. Podcasting
55. Long Hot Baths
56. Double Stroller
57. Whole Foods
58. Scented Candles
59. PorcFest
60. Rethinking Everything Conference
61. Listening to Podcasts
62. Spending Time With John’s Family
63. Bare Feet
64. Apple Cider Vinegar
65. Crafts with my Kids
66. Incubating Eggs
67. Grandma’s Kitchen Aid Mixer
68. Glitter! (To John’s Dismay LOL)
69. Gluten Free
70. Coconut Water
71. DIY Lifestyle
72. Magnetic Spice Rack
73. Home Grown Spices
74. Tethered Wifi
75. Fluoride Water Filters
76. Buddy Bucks
77. Searching for Shells in the River
78. Collecting Rocks
79. Bird Watching with the Family
80. State Parks Pass
81. Texas Wildflowers
82. Rain Storms
83. Buddhism
84. Custom Wedding Rings
85. Homemade Hummus
86. Bush Family Salsa
87. Hand-Me-Downs
88. Paying it Forward
89. Unschooling
90. Splash Pads
91. Confidence
92. Okra, I am so in Love with Okra!
93. Reshi Infused Organic Coffee, Daily
94. Keeping a Dream Journal
95. Refining my Writing and Speaking Skills
96. Hushmail
97. Tap Shoes for the Kids
98. John, Aliana, Bill, Murray, Muno and Mousey Mouse
99. Me, I love Me <3
100. Living the Blessed Life

My Wedding Vows to Catherine Inspired by the Eightfold Path of Buddhism

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My vows are inspired by the eightfold path, a Buddhist teaching described as the path that leads to the cessation of suffering and the achievement of self awakening. For my vows I am drawing draw insights from these eight areas of guidance in order to create a lasting marriage full of happiness and free of suffering.

I. Wisdom

1. Right understanding

Four noble truths of a happy marriage:

1. Happy marriages exist
2. There are causal factors that lead to an unhappy relationship
3. There are ways to avoid those factors, and have a happy marriage
4. This is the path to a happy marriage

2. Right intention – I vow to live my life from a place of love and compassion with an informed heart and feeling mind, enabling me to practice letting go of that which causes me suffering.

II. Ethics

3. Right speech – I vow to be truthful and forthright. I vow to be kind and loving in all the words i share with you. When communicating my grievances, i will use Curiosity and compassion, rather than complaining and condemnation.

4. Right action – I vow to always act in a manner that will bring about the most happiness for us as a couple and we as a family. I will always strive to ensure you are never left with an undue burden and you always have help, and help with a smile.

5. Right livelihood – i vow to be a good financial steward for our family, producing enough wealth for us to fulfill our needs and pursue happiness as we see fit, while saving enough to plan for our future and deal with emergencies.

III. Awakening

6. Right effort – I vow to consciously rid my self of those actions and thoughts which take away from our pursuit of a happy marriage and act only in a way that furthers happiness for both of us and our family. I commit myself to fulfilling this path.

7. Right mindfulness – When one is constantly living in the future or the past, they are missing out on the present. I vow to be wholly present during every moment we spend together, what better place to be than enjoying life with my favorite person in the world.

8. Right concentration – Is the goal of the eight fold path. In the individual spiritual sense, right concentration means that through meditation or concentration, one can bring about the cessation of all suffering and ill will and continuously exist in a state of inner tranquility.

The original Sanskrit word for this part of the path is Samma-Samadhi. Samma means right, prefect, or thorough. And samadhi literally means absorption.

Catherine, I vow to give myself to you, to let go of anything and everything that takes away from our tranquility and peace. In fulfilling this path, i will literally cease to be me, and become fully absorbed as part of you, and as you a part of me.

I love you cat. I am grateful the universe has brought us together and we have shared in our love for one another by creating this wonderful family. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you.

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!

[Video] Peaceful Parenting Event at PorcFest 2013

Check out the latest upload from Sovereign Living and see John Bush discuss his personal journey through peaceful parenting. This event took place at the PorcFest in Lancaster, NH…a summer hub for liberty! A big thanks to Red Pill Recording for recording the event. We had quite the inquisitive crowd! Let the message of peaceful parenting spread far and wide!

A state-free wedding at Porcfest!

Jardis & Krueger State-Free Wedding at PorcFest 2012

I was at Porcfest for this wedding, but did not make it down to the pavilion. These two married each other without a license from the state! What are you thoughts on this?

Marriage and Sovereignty.

Marriage means different things to different people and now that I have agreed to marry John, I am exploring what marriage means to me.

Part of living as a sovereign individual means taking responsibility for your personal relationships. In the world of marriage this means removing third parties such as government from your union with your spouse, despite the government benefits a state marriage involves.

Today I listened to the most recent episode of Sex Lies and Anarchy which covers the tradition of marriage and it’s roots. They brought up the fact that traditions such as the father “giving away the bride” stem from the idea of male ownership of women. The father is literally giving the groom ownership of the woman, at least it was seen that way at one time.

John and I have already decided we will not involve the state in our marriage in anyway. We do not want a third party involved in our relationship, but we do plan to sign a contract with each othercommitting to a life long partnership.

I can’t decide if I should wear a white dress or not, since I will have two children and white traditionally symbolizes virginity. I also question my ability to change my name, it seems like I would be losing my identity.

I know our wedding will be fun and unique, but I still have lots to explore.

Check out the podcast here and let me know what you think.

What is marriage to you? Is it a celebration of love? A spiritual bond? A contract with your spouse? A license from the state?all of the above?

Here is John proposing ( more family photos at www,blushfamilyfarm.com