Where Did Sovereign Living Go?

The short version is that we were kicked off of our farm by our landlord after asking for repairs to be made. Instead of making the repairs, he sold the house.

Our last day of filming for Sovereign Living was the day we moved out of the farm in January of 2014. Our family ended up in an apartment while we figured out what to do, our home office was moved to an actual office, and our farm was originally moved to Cedar Creek, where we thought we were going to rebuild what we had started and stay there several nights a week.

The long version is that 2014 was not a good year for our family. We did not want to leave the property, we simply wanted the issues fixed. We left ourselves vulnerable with a month to month lease. Lesson learned.  A very painful lesson. The farm was very special to us. Our children were born right there in the home, our dogs are buried there, we raised hundreds of chickens from egg to adult, and planted thousands of plants in the soil. We loved that property, every square inch. It hurt worse than anything I have every gone through. It was honestly the hardest experience of my life to date.

We needed our friends desperately, but those closest to us lashed out. They belittled us for grieving, they expressed anger that we were not there for them during their overlapping hardships, they told us they took issue with our parenting style, they expressed issues with our public lifestyle and the fact that we are “public figures”. They even said we live Sovereign Living “too much”.

Basically our inner cadre imploded. This triggered us to move out of the second farm just 5 months after relocating all of nonprofit and personal farm items there. I bring up the interpersonal stuff so you understand the weight of what we experienced last year – I’m sure you can imagine at this point we were completely exhausted on every level (emotional, physical, spiritual, financial).

Once all the moves were over we were finally able to settle into our new apartment and focus on rebuilding. We have survived as full time entrepreneurs for the past six months.  It has required laser focus and full time dedication to keep our heads above water, but I think a solid foundation has been laid that will allow us to give Sovereign Living the time and energy it needs to be finished in 2015.

Sovereign Living in 2014

Throughout the year I produced several podcasts and wrote several blogs for the website. We were able to host screenings of Sovereign Living at the following locations as we traveled the country for work:  

PorcFest and Liberty Forum in New Hampshire, Texas Bitcoin Conference at Circuit of the Americas, 512Bitcoin Mini Conference at Brave New Books in Austin, TX, Freedom Summit in Phoenix, AZ, Kansas City Bitcoin Club, Bitcoin in the Beltway in Washington D.C, NYC Bitcoin Center on Wall Street, Blue Ridge Liberty Project in Asheville, Rethinking Everything in Littlerock, Liberty on the Rocks in Denver, CO, a permaculture event in San Antonio, TX, and at Libertopia in San Diego, CA.

We also gave several Sovereign Living speeches at various events.

We produced and premiered a rough cut of episode five and a sneak preview of episode six.

The Sovereign Living team did apply for two grants to help us finish the show, but we did not receive either.  The first nonprofit said they really wanted to be involved, but with a production as big as ours they would want to dedicate a staff member to see it through with marketing, etc… and they simply didn’t have the man power at that time. The other grant application was through the Bitcoin Foundation and was a long shot 😀

In 2014 we began the process of applying to film festivals.  In December we submitted the Sovereign Living title credits into the SXSW 2015 Film Festival.  We will know in the coming weeks if we will be allowed to screen it at the March event. We hope to screen an entire episode at SXSW in 2016.

Moving Forward: 2015

So what about Sovereign Living? As of right now we have Episode 1-4 complete, episode 5 is a rough cut that needs final edits, and episode 6 has been taped, but needs transitions, interviews, music, and editing.  We are working with Karmakaze Productions on streamlining the production and want to wrap up the editing of episodes 5 and 6 by the end of March. We will then release the first season to the world. At this time we will send the remaining perks to our fans who donated to our IndieGogo Campaign. We wanted 12 episodes, but there is just no financial way to make this happen, not to mention there has been a full calendar year since we last taped, so wrapping it up seems more fitting at this time.

I will continue to submit the show to film festivals as the year progresses, including the LA Film Festival with a deadline just around the corner.  I have looked into the option of distributing the show through outlets such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc…. And it looks like this method will cost over a thousand dollars due to the need to submit independent films/shows to these companies in “bundles”.  We are weighing the pros and cons of how to release the film, and are seeking any advice or connections our community may have.

With that, our family has big goals in 2015. We plan to still work toward our Sovereign Living milestones – 50% food self sufficient, reduce our energy consumption by 50% and find creative ways to get off all centralized systems so we can truly thrive.

We plan to move into an RV or some other form of mobile living home and park it on a farm by June when our lease here is over. This will allow us to do both Sovereign Living and Uncoinventional Living (bitcoin travel, something we started in 2014). We have been offered a very cool solution in this regard, but we are not ready to announce it. Stay tuned, though! This will allow us to reduce our living expenses enough to overcome our financial hardships and clear the way for us to build a house. It will also allow us to reduce our energy consumption and to pick back up with our food production. We will have the world as our backyard. I simply cannot wait.

I am really trying to recreate myself in 2015, so if you have any feedback for me and my family I would love to hear it. How can we communicate better? How can we support you better? How can we become better people? How can we improve your Sovereign Living experience?

If you would like to contribute to the final production or distribution of Sovereign Living, please follow this URL for the various ways you can support this project of the Center for Natural Living: http://sovereignliving.tv/donatetosovereignliving . Bitcoin is, of course, a donation option!

Much love,

Catherine Bleish

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

Introducing an exciting new addition to Sovereign Living: "Sovereign Living's Tip of the Week"!

The show covers the Blush Family’s quest to become self-sufficient, but we want to make sure we are sharing all our tricks of the trade along the way! The blog provides you with great recipes, advice, and stories and insight from other related projects/news, and now every week we will be providing you with a “Tip of the Week” ranging from gardening tips to how to keep your water safe. Celebrate with us by sharing our debut video today!

Here’s some other combinations!

Thanks for watching! We’ll be back next week…

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Sovereign Living: The Show – Reality TV for the Liberty Minded!

Sovereign Living: THE SHOW

A Reality TV series for the Liberty Minded

Check out the biggest platform for liberty to come out of Texas since Ron Paul!

A new, reality-based program is amidst production at the 2.4 acre Blush Family Farm in Central Texas, and we need your help!

Join the Blush Family (John Bush, Catherine Bleish, and their two children) in their quest to become self sufficient and lead a voluntary and natural life.  

Sovereign Living: The Show is an educational project of The Center for Natural Living, a 501c3 working to demonstrate the value of voluntary cooperation and natural living in the areas of sustainability, family, and health.

Watch the brand new sizzle reel to meet the Blush Family and learn about their ambitious goals!

The twelve episode series will educate, entertain, and inspire viewers to take responsibility for their lives. Topics to be covered throughout the season include natural health, alternative education, natural birthing, alternative currencies, community defense, and more!  We’d love to have you become a part of the show! There are many rewards and a lifetime of knowledge to be had.

The quality of education that will be produced through the show is priceless and will greatly serve liberty communities. One thing that isn’t priceless is the production to make this happen.

We’ve explored what it takes to produce this series through mainstream channels and were not pleased with the lack of control present in the arrangements.  We want to be sure we can accurately and boldly convey the radical message that is true Sovereign Living.  That’s why we are sticking to our guns and executing this sovereign fundraising campaign and building a sovereign distribution medium.  It’s also why we need your help to make this happen!  In order to circumvent the normal mainstream channels, we’re appealing to the grassroots to be a part of the action.

Will you consider making a tax-deductible monetary contribution to help further the reach of the show and ensure top notch production quality? We’ve got more than just a tax-deductible receipt for you today, we have put together a Kickstarter-style fundraiser where contributors get recognition and gifts at all different levels!

 

  • $20 donation gets you a sneak peek link to view Season One before it is public
  • $40 donation gets you a Sovereign Living T- Shirt and a first run DVD of Season One
  • $200 donation and you can name new rabbits featured in Season One
  • $1500 donation gets you a VIP trip to Austin,TX in July for a screening of Episodes 1 – 3
  • Other incentives include: name a goat, screening in your area, conference in your area, Executive Producer credits, and more!

We are also offering thirty second and one minute announcements for your business, cause, or organization to air during breaks on the show.

More information as well as details about the various incentives can be found at SovereignLiving.tv/theshow.

There are multiple ways to give including, Credit Card, PayPal, mail or phone, and even Bitcoin! Click the tomato below to donate today!

Thanks for your support in helping us spread the message of voluntary and natural living!!

In Liberty,

John Bush

Executive Director of The Center for Natural Living
Co-Star of Sovereign Living: The Show

Sovereign Living: The Show is an educational project of The Center for Natural Living, a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit that works to educate the general public on voluntary cooperation and natural living in the areas of sustainability, family, and health. Donations can be made to “The Center for Natural Living.” Donations to The Center for Natural Living are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Sovereign Living: The Show – Reality TV for the Liberty Minded!

 

 

 

Sovereign Living: THE SHOW

A Reality TV series for the Liberty Minded

Check out the biggest platform for liberty to come out of Texas since Ron Paul!

A new, reality-based program is amidst production at the 2.4 acre Blush Family Farm in Central Texas, and we need your help!

Join the Blush Family (John Bush, Catherine Bleish, and their two children) in their quest to become self sufficient and lead a voluntary and natural life.  

Sovereign Living: The Show is an educational project of The Center for Natural Living, a 501c3 working to demonstrate the value of voluntary cooperation and natural living in the areas of sustainability, family, and health.

Watch the brand new sizzle reel to meet the Blush Family and learn about their ambitious goals!

The twelve episode series will educate, entertain, and inspire viewers to take responsibility for their lives. Topics to be covered throughout the season include natural health, alternative education, natural birthing, alternative currencies, community defense, and more!  We’d love to have you become a part of the show! There are many rewards and a lifetime of knowledge to be had.

The quality of education that will be produced through the show is priceless and will greatly serve liberty communities. One thing that isn’t priceless is the production to make this happen.

We’ve explored what it takes to produce this series through mainstream channels and were not pleased with the lack of control present in the arrangements.  We want to be sure we can accurately and boldly convey the radical message that is true Sovereign Living.  That’s why we are sticking to our guns and executing this sovereign fundraising campaign and building a sovereign distribution medium.  It’s also why we need your help to make this happen!  In order to circumvent the normal mainstream channels, we’re appealing to the grassroots to be a part of the action.

Will you consider making a tax-deductible monetary contribution to help further the reach of the show and ensure top notch production quality? We’ve got more than just a tax-deductible receipt for you today, we have put together a Kickstarter-style fundraiser where contributors get recognition and gifts at all different levels!

  • $20 donation gets you a sneak peek link to view Season One before it is public
  • $40 donation gets you a Sovereign Living T- Shirt and a first run DVD of Season One
  • $200 donation and you can name new rabbits featured in Season One
  • $1500 donation gets you a VIP trip to Austin,TX in July for a screening of Episodes 1 – 3
  • Other incentives include: name a goat, screening in your area, conference in your area, Executive Producer credits, and more!

We are also offering thirty second and one minute announcements for your business, cause, or organization to air during breaks on the show.

More information as well as details about the various incentives can be found at SovereignLiving.tv/theshow.

There are multiple ways to give including, Credit Card, PayPal, mail or phone, and even Bitcoin! Click the tomato below to donate today!

Thanks for your support in helping us spread the message of voluntary and natural living!!

In Liberty,

John Bush

Executive Director of The Center for Natural Living

Co-Star of Sovereign Living: The Show

Sovereign Living: The Show is an educational project of The Center for Natural Living, a 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit that works to educate the general public on voluntary cooperation and natural living in the areas of sustainability, family, and health. Donations can be made to “The Center for Natural Living.” Donations to The Center for Natural Living are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

 

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Don't Eat Chicken That Never Got To Be A Chicken

Here on the Blush Family Farm we LOVE our chickens and can’t imagine these sweet little creatures being forced to endure the agony that is the life of a factory farmed chicken.  Healthy chickens = healthy people.  Protect yourself, eat happy food 😀

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To learn more about the factory farming industry, watch Food, Inc (movie) here.

Be Yourself!

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Never waste your time trying to explain yourself to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.

For those of us trying to live a different lifestyle than the mainstream it can be hard to find support from all of our friends and family. We want to encourage you to be string in the face of criticism and surround yourself with people of a like mind.