Why I left facebook

Submitted by Dave on Mon, 02/27/2017 - 07:29

My primary reason for starting and maintaining a Facebook account was to keep in touch with remote relatives. The secondary reason was to promote my businesses.

In reality I barely posted anything, liked things sporadically and rarely commented. It was nice to see what people were up to but most of my feed was people liking pithy sayings, liking pictures of memes and a good helping of ads and questionable news articles.

Having 7 kids I don't get much free time so I pick activities that give me value.

Dealing with regret

Submitted by Dave on Mon, 02/06/2017 - 21:06

With the weather and a number of sick kids keeping me indoors and out of my self-sufficiency stint for a few weeks, I've had a lot of time to think. Apparently thinking is a dangerous thing and all thinking leads to insanity. If my last two weeks are anything to go by, then that statement has its roots in truth.

Name your Demons

Submitted by Dave on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 09:35

I've been doing a lot of introspection and self-evaluation lately. Trying to find the reasons behind the background discontentment in my life. I've been looking at my personality, values, ethics and history for pointers to what drives me.

It has not been pleasant as I've needed to face everything that causes me pain and discomfort, to work through the decisions that I've made in my life and the consequences of those decisions. It has been risky in that the outcome could mean that my life is on a path that is completely at odds with my true nature.

Goals and Reviews

Submitted by Dave on Fri, 01/20/2017 - 09:32

Every corporate job I've had has had some sort of goal setting and review process. At first glance this seems like a great idea. I get to pick some things that I want to accomplish over the next year, come up with some indicators to show that the goals have been accomplished and then at the end of the year I get to review how I've done and if I meet and/or exceed those goals I get a raise, a promotion or both. It looks like a win-win for me and the company.


Submitted by Dave on Sat, 01/14/2017 - 14:07

I recently read a book "Where ever you go, There you are".  I love this title, it is a very simple and obvious statement, but at the same time it wraps up so much complexity. Ultimately it means that there is only the present moment, we are where we are, and that we need to deal with the choices and events that we have now, not those in the future or those that happened in the past. It is a book about mindfulness and a guide on getting there.


Submitted by Dave on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 09:51

At times, life seems to be an endless treadmill. I get up, go to work, come home, do chores and go to bed so that I can get up and do the same thing over again. Sure I find time to watch TV, or to take the kids somewhere every now and again, but I can't help feeling that I'm just going in circles. It's not that I hate my job either, the work is interesting, the people are nice, but I always want to be doing something else.


Submitted by Dave on Mon, 01/02/2017 - 15:28

Ever since I watched "The Good Life" in my teens, I've had an interest in self-sufficiency. The show is about Tom Good and his wife Barbara who live in 70's suburban England. Tom is unsatisfied with his career working as a draftsman creating plastic trinkets and on his 40th birthday he decides to quit his job and go back to a life doing things for himself.

Adjusting to life with 7 kids

Submitted by Dave on Sat, 12/31/2016 - 16:22

The last few years have been rather busy; moving back to Kelowna, getting kids in schools, changing jobs and working in a start up while also trying to develop my own businesses.

Our day-to-day life is not quiet either. Getting 9 people to work, school, events, appointments and friends houses while breaking up fights and mediating disagreements while also making sure homework is done, food is on the table, lunches are made, clothes are washed, people are in bed at a reasonable time and that the house is somewhat clean is very challenging if not overwhelming.