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Nick Herzing
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Location: Battle Creek, MI
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Hello!

I've spent the last few years trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. Eventually I started leaning toward the self-sufficient lifestyle, but really had no clue about any of this. I just started reading about things that seemed like they applied to what I wanted to do, and learned what I could when I could. I focused heavily on learning about the outdoors, bushcraft, whatever you want to call, for a long time. I've really enjoyed what I've learned and that will continue to be one of my passions, but I decided to start trying to focus in on the life I hope to one day create. I had heard about permaculture and knew that it was what I was looking for, so I finally decided to jump in and start learning this stuff. I watched most of Paul's videos on youtube and read some of his articles to try to get some sense of orientation, and that provided a decent base for terminology and very basic concepts. I'm sure I'll be rewatching a lot of those videos because I can tell that there is more to them than I got, I just don't know enough right now to fully understand all of the great information he provides. Right now I am very far from being able to do very much hands on learning (I'm 18, in my final semester of high school, and leaving for college in a few months), but I hope to do a little WWOOFing and whatever else I can find that is feasible for the short-term. I am sure I will be in a learning frenzy for a while, and I will probably have lots of questions, but I am looking forward to the future. Thanks for this great fourm.
 
Jessica Gorton
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Location: Central Maine - Zone 4b/5a
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Welcome to permies, Nick! How wonderful that you've found permaculture at such a young age. You can take your time, learn through doing, and when you decide you want to settle somewhere, you'll have so much knowledge at your fingertips...

There's a lot of info here, and so many friendly folks to help you on your path. Welcome aboard!
 
Miles Flansburg
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Location: Zones 2-4 Wyoming and 4-5 Colorado
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Howdy Nick, welcome to permies!
As Jessica said so well, you are lucky to have discovered permaculture while you are young!
 
Nick Herzing
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Thanks guys! Yes I feel very fortunate that I'm figuring things out right now. Though I have a long ways to go and I'm sure I'll change my mind on a lot of things as I age, I'm glad that I am working toward something that I have really thought about. I used to worry that one day I would wake up with a big house, nice cars, all that jazz, and realize that I wasn't happy. It just doesn't really appeal to me, but that is kind of what is paraded as being "successful" in our modern culture. Luckily I have a very loving and understanding family. Of course it's never to late to make changes in your life, but I feel reassured knowing that even if I do wake up with regrets as an old man, I'll still be happy knowing that I tried. Thanks for the welcome, I'm glad to be on the fourms.
 
Jennifer Wadsworth
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Nick - you have an awesome attitude - WELCOME to Permies!

One thing you can do that will help quite a bit as you start to ask questions is edit your profile so that it shows your location. So many answers in permaculture depend on location/climate. If you know your Sunset zone information that's helpful too, as is your yearly rainfall and soil type.

Thanks for joining us here!
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