I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do have some favorite YouTube channels I turn to for inspiration. One is Timothy Ward’s channel. Currently, Tim is working in Colorado, and he is working on a series of videos called “100 Ways To Create Your Dream Life.” He is so down to earth in all of his videos. He’s lived in an RV, like me, but decided it wasn’t for him. He loves to travel and so he does a lot of seasonal work, most often lately in housekeeping, even though he is qualified to do so much more. (Another reason I like him – he does what he likes to do, not because he feels it’s a job he HAS to do to be what is considered a “success” in today’s world.) He goes to work every day with a positive attitude. His laugh is genuine, and luckily, he laughs a lot (sometimes at himself) in his videos. Though he doesn’t have tens of thousands of subscribers, he doesn’t care. To him, it’s more important to connect with his viewers and create a community, much like I am with this blog. Please go check out his channel and tell him I sent you! 🙂
Another channel that I like because of the Alternative Living series that he has begun, is Dylan Magaster’s channel. His film-making skills have improved so much from the early days. In particular, one video he shot recently really spoke to me. His subject was a guy called Artisan Josh. I’d seen videos of Artisan Josh’s house, Lil Red, in the past, but they hadn’t really gone into who he was as a person. Josh grew up in foster care, spent time behind bars, and now has found peace in his tiny home, among the tiny home community. He travels and builds tiny houses for others. It might not be a life for everyone, but it’s the one that works for him. When he laughs in this video, I hear a man who has found peace and seems genuinely happy with his life as it currently stands. (He commented back to me that he sounds like Woody Woodpecker, lol.)
At the end of the video Dylan shot, Josh reads some of his original poetry. I just felt drawn to it, and the first time that I listened to it, I felt chills, but in a good way. Check out some of the work he has done at his website: Artisan Josh. He also appears to have begun his own YouTube channel and he is also on Instagram.
Becky Schade is the author of the Interstellar Orchard blog of which I have been a fan for a long time. I’ve written about her in the past, and she never ceases to amaze me. She’s like a very old soul in a thirty-something’s body. She has written and published a blog and now started up her own YouTube channel, chronicling her six years (6!!) of living full time in an RV. She currently lives in a Casita, but has decided to downsize next year into a teardrop trailer! Since she’s announced her decision, she has had to deal with a lot of flack and comments from those who think they know better how she should live her own life. She’s amazingly mature at dealing with those types of comments. And knowing her own mind and what is best for her to do to follow her own dreams. She inspires me with her independence, her self-awareness, and her writing skills. Plus, she’s also a good human being! (Oh, and she now has her own YouTube channel too!)
There’s one common thread that ties these folks together in my mind. They have each found happiness on their own terms. They don’t sugar coat how their life is – life is not a set of Instagram photos as many would like us to believe. Some days are good and some days are bad, and they acknowledge that, just as do I. They’ve all realized that life is (to use a cliche) a journey. You learn more about yourself every day. And that’s something that you can’t put a price on.
If you have any comments as to who inspires you, or if you’ve already begun following these folks or learning about their stories, please let me know! If you’ve liked this post, please hit the like button or share it with someone who you think could benefit from it too! And as always, thanks for reading!
And now, I’m off to volunteer at a food pantry! My hospital gives away pet food on the third Friday of every month and today I think we’re going to have a lot of extra stuff like leashes and collars to give to everyone, as part of an early holiday gift. These are some of the best four hours I spend every month – it makes me grateful for my life, my job and my pets. Have a great weekend everyone!