The First Day of the Rest of Your Life – Episode 0009 – “Reflections While Driving (Part 2 of 2)”

09/18/13 – Episode 0009 – [41:25] – Reflections While Driving (Part 2 of 2)

Join us today as we discuss:

  • Tornado Alley
    • FEMA
    • Culture of dependence
  • Disaster Preparedness
    • What is a disaster?
      • Loss of job
      • Death in family
      • Vehicle failure
      • “Disaster” probablility
    • Importance of personal life inventory
    • Analyze potential scenarios
  • Realize that you do have control
  • Personal responsibility and accountability


  • Incorporating Permaculture principles into our own lives
  • Inspiration and Motivation
    • Encouraging others
    • Change on a personal level –> Facilitate change on a bigger scale –> Community
  • What is a homestead?
    • Do I need land for a homestead?
    • Taking control
    • Independence
    • “The homestead mentality”
  • Exceeding your own expectations
  • Truly *living*
  • Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life…

Resources for today’s show:

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The First Day of the Rest of Your Life – Episode 0008 – “Reflections While Driving (Part 1)”

09/15/13 – Episode 0008 – [1:05:14] – Reflections While Driving (Part 1)

Join us today as we discuss:

  • Leadership
    • “Doing things you don’t necessarily want to do at times you don’t necessarily want to do them.”
    • Personal Responsibility, Accountability and Ownership
  • Beauty of Nature
    • Gratitude and Reflection
  • Doom & Gloom vs. Acknowledgement of Reality
    • Shifting focus from problems to solutions
  • strike the rootNature of our political duopoly
  • A Return to Normalcy
  • My journey towards debt freedom and our society’s culture of debt
  • Living beyond our means – living according to our “wants” rather than living according to our “needs”


  • Police Checkpoints
  • Understanding and asserting our rights
  • Conspiracy Theorist vs Conspiracy Analysis
  • Nutrition

Resources for today’s show:

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The First Day of the Rest of Your Life – Episode 0007 – “Bridging the Gap”

Episode 0007 – “Bridging the Gap”

  • First episode with an official title
  • Grateful for the friends that I have and feeling blessed
  • Hoping to build more friendships and community comparable to that that provides me with the inspiration and motivation behind this blog & podcast
  • Health and Wellness – relaxation by drinking Traditional Medicinals Everyday Detox tea
  • Taking the remaining “uncovered” structure from Episode 0005 and utilizing it for discussion topics today

Episode 0005 Remaining Talking Points:

  • Social Experiments
    • Round 1:  Quitting Facebook – Goodbye, Facebook
      • Pros / Cons
    • Round 2:  Quitting Smartphones
      • Pros / Cons
        • Debt Management
        • Need vs. Want
        • Luxury vs Necessity
        • Dave Ramsey
        • Debt Management, Smartphone “connectivity” and minor lifestyle adjustments – a return to humanity
        • Meeting / Identifying financial goals prior to engaging in the luxury of a smartphone
        • The importance of prioritizing my life
  • Homesteading
    • Naming the homestead:
    • Writing a mission statement and vision statement of the homestead
      • Writing a Mission and Vision Statement (Part 1 and Part 2)
    • Planning stages of a proposal and formal lease agreement
  • Farming
    • The homestead is a part of York Meadow Farm
    • The homestead is a “testing ground” for permaculture design principles
    • The Primal Gnomestead is going to be a part of the farm and a farm in and of itself…

    • Gardening and Permaculture will be integral parts of the homestead AND the farm
    • Permaculture
    • Joel Salatin’s new book:  Fields of Farmers: Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, Germinating
  • Knives
  • Spirituality / Religion / etc
    • Discussion about spirituality and how it factors into the decline of society
    • The loss of our moral compass
    • Apathy & Complacency
  • Chronic Medical Conditions
    • Increasingly part of our modern society
    • How we shouldn’t let chronic medical conditions “hold us back”
    • “Let your mess be your message”
    • Encourage and inspire others to see beyond their conditions
  • Writing
  • Career path
    • Current career path
      • Potential for a position back in Ohio “of my creation”
      • Set it up for future potential…but understand that it is only potential
    • Always prepare for failure and job loss
    • Number one rule towards “job security” –> being prepared to lose it tomorrow
    • Disaster Probability, Impact and Commonality
      • The biggest probability for disaster for me is the loss of a job and my epilepsy
    • We are pawns in the game…
    • We are dispensible cogs in the machine…
  • Together…we can be the change we wish to see in the world.


Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life…


Writing a Mission and Vision Statement (Part 2)

In Writing a Mission and Vision Statement (Part 1), I made progress with the writing of my mission statement.

The Mission Statements and Vision Statements article suggests that to “create your mission statement, first identify your organization’s “winning idea”.  This is the idea or approach that will make your organization stand out from its competitors, and is the reason that customers will come to you and not your competitors (see tip below).”

I have further identified my organization as the homestead that I will be creating on the land that is known as York Meadow Farm.  This homestead has been named and will be referred to as the Primal Gnomestead.  The “winning idea” that Mind Tools suggests we identify is as follows:  To become a leader in the self-reliance and sustainability movement in Northeast Ohio (by freely sharing knowledge gained by the implementation of permaculture design principles into my future homestead.)  In part 1, we followed the steps outlined in the article and refined that winning idea into what has become the mission statement of the Primal Gnomestead.  The “winning idea” seemed like a great start, but I decided to refine my mission statement into a single sentence.


To begin learning the skill set necessary to lead a more self-reliant, independent and sustainable lifestyle.

As previously stated in Part 1…I’m actually satisfied with this statement.  It is brief and to the point.  While the original example we looked at had “measurables” such as time frames (24 hours) and targets (98% customer satisfaction) which we identified earlier…the reality is that I think for the purposes of MY vision statement, I need to keep it a little more simple.  While I think that time frames and targets are important…I can always come back and refine this statement at a later date.

Next…I will focus on the creation of a Vision Statement.

Vision Statement Creation

  • Once you’ve created your mission statement, move on to create your vision statement:
  • First identify your organization’s mission. Then uncover the real, human value in that mission.  
  • Next, identify what you, your customers and other stakeholders will value most about how your organization will achieve this mission. Distill these into the values that your organization has or should have.  
  • Combine your mission and values, and polish the words until you have a vision statement inspiring enough to energize and motivate people inside and outside your organization.  
  • Using the example mission statement developed for Farm Fresh Produce, the owner examines what she, her customers and her employees value about her mission.  
  • The four most important things she identifies are: freshness, healthiness, tastiness and “local-ness” of the produce. Here’s the Vision Statement she creates and shares with employees, customers and farmers alike:

“We help the families of Main Town live happier and healthier lives by providing the freshest, tastiest and most nutritious local produce: From local farms to your table in under 24 hours.”

Last time around, this was the point that I left off writing and today, this is the point where I pick it up. In order to feel like I’m taking the “right” approach to this homestead and the methodology behind carrying out my dream, I feel like I want to break this down and put a lot of thought and effort into what I’m doing.  Hell – I am engaging in a major lifestyle change with this process.  I’ve spent the bulk of my life making decisions without fully engaging.  It is time to change behavior.  Since I’ve created my mission statement, it’s time to “uncover the real, human value in that mission.”

What is the real, human value in that mission?  This is simple!  the real, human value of my mission is precisely the “winning idea” of the Primal Gnomestead.  The real, human value is freely sharing the knowledge that I gain throughout this journey.  My objective with this entire homestead is to live a life that is more self-reliant and sustainable.  I believe that if we all take steps to do this in our lives, we restore the American ideal and begin repairing our broken country.  I feel incredibly passionate about this…and my passion is the “real, human value” that is mentioned in the article I reference.

The article suggests that we “identify what you, your customers and other stakeholders will value most about how your organization will achieve this mission. Distill these into the values that your organization has or should have.”  It’s important to fully understand this statement…we are identifying what we will value most about HOW we will achieve our mission of “…learning the skill set necessary to lead a more self-reliant, independent and sustainable lifestyle.”  

The way I’m understanding the instructions provided is that the manner in which we carry out the achievement of the objective is an important aspect of determining specifically what our vision statement is.  More on this next time around…

Stay tuned.