Welcome to The Good Life Revival!
I’m Sam Sycamore, a writer, farmer, and homesteader from Kentucky. This blog and podcast – Good Life Revival – is my humble attempt to answer the following big-picture questions in a way that's practical, actionable, and accessible to anyone:
- What does it mean to be a domesticated human animal living in the modern era?
- How can we intentionally design our lifestyles so that our thoughts and actions are aligned with our intrinsic nature?
- How do we provide for our own needs without relying on fragile, corrupt systems that oppress us and abuse our natural resources?
- How can we, as individuals, take meaningful action to mitigate the myriad social, political, and environmental crises we now face?
In simpler terms, Good Life Revival documents what my wife Brooke and I are doing and thinking about from day to day as we develop a more intentional lifestyle for ourselves that’s rooted in the rhythms of the natural world.
We want to share our experiences in the hopes of inspiring and teaching others about how to take control of their own lives, and find meaning and purpose outside of the dysfunctional mainstream culture.
As For Me...
For the last several years, Brooke and I have been on a tireless mission to acquire the skills of self-reliance and regenerative land stewardship in order to better align our actions with our values in our daily lives.
As we’ve ventured further and further down this path, we’ve come to realize two things: first, that we have a great deal of work to do; and second, that we have a responsibility to share what we’re learning.
Related: read more about us here...
The words here are mostly mine, and the photos are mostly Brooke’s, but the overall creative process is very much a collaborative effort.
I don’t claim to be an expert, or any kind of authoritative source, really; I’m just an enthusiastic amateur with a passion for sharing useful ideas.
I want to help YOU figure out how to design your own lifestyle, take care of your own needs, and find happiness and fulfillment on your own terms.
What does a lifestyle that's closer to the land look like?
I’m not here to suggest that everyone should emulate my lifestyle – I’ve been told that some people don’t want to be farmers or writers, and I don’t blame ‘em!
In my experience, and in my observations of other people following similar paths, I see patterns that emerge from living with the rhythms of nature.
I offer a rough sketch of these patterns below not as a way to narrowly define what such a lifestyle might look like, but rather to stimulate creative thinking about what it means to live in a way that’s more natural to the body, the mind, the spirit, and our environment.
- Seasonality: living with the rhythms of nature.
- Bioregionalism: being connected to our specific place, our local climate and geography, and the living things who inhabit this space with us.
- Self-reliance: taking care of our own needs, with careful attention paid to the impact of our resource extraction.
- Morality: embodying the an ethical code of "no/minimal harm" to guide our decisions.
- Spirituality: cultivating a reverence for the natural world and its myriad life forms.
- Ecoliteracy: embracing the interconnected nature of all systems – ecology, community, resource management, etc.
Ideological goalposts like these are great to outline, but how do we apply them? That’s what this blog is all about.
Where to Go From Here
I intend for The Good Life Revival to be a compendium of knowledge, both practical and philosophical, to help guide others through the process of designing an ecologically sound, values-based lifestyle.
I am so very thankful that you decided to stop in and see what I have to offer so far!
Here are some of my most popular podcast episodes to date:
When the dominant culture teaches us that the pursuit of money is to be upheld above all other goals in life, how do we justify a day’s work that doesn’t pay us in cash?
We modern humans have forgotten something profound about the genesis of our civilization.
Feral homesteader Alexander Meander discusses the wild and cultivated foods that make up his diet, and how they inform his worldview.
Why do I eat meat? Because I revere the universal life force that flows through all living beings.
- 27. Fourteen Years of Homestead Experiments - Interview with Darren and Espri Bender-Beauregard of Brambleberry Farm
When it comes to homesteading and small farm entrepreneurship, Darren and Espri have had their fair share of successes and failures over the last fourteen years.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
I really can’t thank you enough just for checking us out. If you have a moment, I would greatly appreciate it if you would fill out this comment form to give me your thoughts and feedback.
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