Why do you live the way you do?

Today on Ask Cahlen I’m answering the question, “Why do you live the way you do?”

As many of you know, I’ve been living a minimalist nomadic lifestyle for awhile now. There are a lot of reasons I found myself on this path, but the most significant reasons were a need to create more free time to do what I wanted and to divest from a system I believe is destroying ourselves and our environment.

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Giant Spider Visits the Camp

A giant spider crawled out from underneath my truck while I was getting some water in the camp! Well, it’s big compared to the spiders where I come from, though when it comes to tarantulas, this one is pretty small.

I used to be freaked out by spiders when I was younger. I was forced to be exposed to one regularly for a long period of time and the fear just wore off eventually. I’m not sure it’s worn off so much that I’d want this thing crawling on me though…

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Living in a Truck in the Desert

I recently quit my job as a Producer in the Video Game Industry, put the Yurt into storage, packed everything I needed into my truck and drove out to the Southwest Deserts of the United States to soak up some sun! This is probably the best think I’ve ever done for myself… sweet sweet freedom!

There’s tons of BLM land out here owned by the government which you’re allowed to hang out on for 14 days at a time. Once that time is up you need to move to another location where you can stay for another 14 days, and you can just hop around like that forever!

I’ll be making more videos about the specifics of my living situation, but if you’d like to learn more about something or have questions, please let me know in the comment below.

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Heating the Yurt in the Winter

I wasn’t able to have a Wood Stove in the Yurt this Winter, so I put together a makeshift Propane Stove which heats the Yurt up to 70-Degrees inside while it’s below freezing outside!

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Installing a Battery Management System

Watch as I demonstrate how I installed a Battery Management System, or BMS, on my custom Lithium Ion 12-Volt Battery Pack.

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Prevent Mold with Essential Oils

Cahlen Lee the Modern Day Wizard demonstrates how he applied essential oils to the cloth walls of his Yurt to prevent mold from growing during the rainy season. Here are the oils I used:

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Watch a Mealworm Molting

I spotted one of my Mealworms molting and made this quick video to show you the process. They normally have an brownish-orange color to their skin, but they’re bright white right after molting. I think they darken in color pretty quickly afterwards because I rarely see light colored mealworms in the farm and I’m pretty sure they molt regularly.

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