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The Ready Life

Author: Nick & Lisa Meissner

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Looking to get out of the rat race and live a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle? For many years, Nick & Lisa Meissner have been helping folks get out of the city and into country living, where they can become less dependent on "the system" for their basic necessities. The Ready Life podcast walks you through the steps you need to take to pull this off.

Choose a location and property, live with off-grid solar power, grow and raise your own food, set up a water system that isn't dependent on utilities, heat your home with a renewable source, and much more!
56 Episodes
We have a lot of tools! Many, we rarely (if ever) use. Some, we use periodically. A few, we use regularly. But one tool we use all the time--year-round. Start your journey to independence, with the training and support to do it right the first time. Join The Ready Life Academy:
Here's a fun episode, doing 'a few of our favorite things'...such as exploding popular myths that abound about living off the grid. You've probably heard some of them. Maybe you've even spread some of them 😉. This is our chance to set the record least from our perspective. Take your first step toward independence with The Ready Life Academy:
If we were limited to only one thing to protect our homestead, a good dog with proper training would be our first choice. In this episode, we’re sharing what we looked for in a guard dog and a bit on how we trained her to be so gentle with kids and animals. Some of it is in the dog’s disposition and some is the result of training. Here’s what our experience has been. Don’t miss another episode:
Boots are an often-forgotten necessity on the homestead. In this episode, we'll show you what we use and we we maintain boots to get a long life out of them The boot grease I use is Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP: link that helps us but doesn't cost you anything)
In this episode, we share an unusual thing we've been using peat moss for on our homestead--with great results. And if you have chickens, you might want to try it too! Our favorite poultry supplement: Confused about how to start getting more prepared and less dependent on "the system"? This is your tool: The Ready Life Academy
In this episode of The Ready Life Podcast, we'll be pruning some blueberry bushes that are desperately in need of a haircut! Are you overwhelmed with the "nuts and bolts" how-to details of country living and setting up a homestead that is as independent as possible? The Ready Life Academy is your one-stop source for reliable training, community, and personal help from experienced mentors. Also, here's the NCSU presentation I mentioned with in-depth info on this method of pruning:
In this week's episode, we're focusing on Noah and how he prepared for things which were unseen as yet. There are a LOT of parallels between the story of Noah and our day (Jesus himself said so). But while Noah built an ark, are you envisioning a "canoe"? If you want to set up your own little "ark" of refuge for your family and others, but you don't know how, The Ready Life Academy is the tool built for you! And we are finishing up a special huge promotion that will grandfather you in on an amazing deal:
One look at the world around us makes it clear WHERE we are and what direction it's taking.  With massive instability everywhere, out-of-control inflation, political volatility like we've never seen, and powerful entities grasping for more and more control over us, it's time to do something about that. In this episode, we unpack what we are dealing with and uncover what we should do about it. UPCOMING CLASS: Preparation or Presumption - Register here:
We live off the grid and try to be energy efficient. But there are some things you simply have to prioritize--even if they do use a bit of power. In other words, your guilty pleasures. Want to know what ours is? It's the infrared sauna and we figured out how to make it happen with adding a bunch of extra cost to our off grid power system. You see, infrared saunas can bring tons of health benefits, but surely you couldn't power one off the grid, right? Wrong! We have incorporated infrared sauna treatments into our regular schedule for over a year, and we do it all off the grid. Join us from our sauna as we discuss how it works, which one we chose, and how we use it. The sauna we use: Join us in The Ready Life Academy to learn all about making an off grid power system work for you:
In this week's episode of The Ready Life Podcast, we'll tell you all about the things that have worked for us when dealing with burns on the homestead, including this weirdest of remedies. But before you laugh and shrug it off, consider trying it out if you are ever in the position of needing to care for a burn at home. Here's the B&W Burn Salve we use (affiliate link): If you want to make your home and family less dependent from "The System" for basic necessities and become more self-sufficient, your ultimate resource is: The Ready Life Academy
In this episode of the Ready Life Podcast, we share our experience with a battery-powered chainsaw. You'll hear it's pros, cons, and why we really like having one on our homestead.
In this episode, we dive into the topic of electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) and how they can affect off-grid living. With insights from retired Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, we discuss what EMPs are, their potential to disrupt modern life, and share our personal plans to protect our off-grid power system. Learn how to live an independent lifestyle with The Ready Life Academy:
This episode discusses the challenges of living in a rural area, specifically on road access and conditions such as mud, snow, and rocky terrain. We share personal experiences, give recommendations, and highlight the adventure of dealing with challenging access to a home or property.
In this week's episode of The Ready Life Podcast, we're diving into the challenges of shade on solar power systems. We'll explore practical solutions to ensure your solar panels get the most sunlight, from strategic placement to tree management. And our focus is on doing a solar shade analysis. Join us for some insightful tips on optimizing your solar setup for peak performance. See you in the video! The Ready Life Academy (don't miss the upcoming Off Grid Solar Design Accelerator): Apps Mentioned: Theodolite App: Dioptra App (Android):
In this eye-opening episode of The Ready Life Podcast, we dive into the world of sauerkraut, an ancient superfood that's making a modern comeback. Discover the incredible benefits of this simple, yet powerful fermented food and learn how it can enhance your health, boost your homestead's sustainability, and provide a delicious gateway into the world of food preservation. Whether you're a sauerkraut skeptic or a fermentation fanatic, this episode is packed with insights, tips, and a dash of controversy to get you thinking differently about what's on your plate. What You'll Learn: Why sauerkraut is more than just a condiment: uncover its rich history and health benefits. Easy steps to make your own sauerkraut at home and customize it to your taste. How embracing ancient food preservation methods can lead to a more independent and sustainable lifestyle. The surprising connection between your gut health and your mood. Join The Ready Life Academy: Ready to dive deeper? Explore our Ready Life Academy for hands-on classes, including an exclusive sauerkraut-making session led by Nancy Meissner. For more information: Subscribe for More: Don't miss out on our weekly discussions on self-reliance, homesteading, and living a more independent life. Hit the subscribe button and turn on notifications!
Join Nathan and Heidi in this special episode of The Ready Life Podcast: Kids Edition! These green-thumbed siblings spill the beans on why they're crazy about starting their own seedlings and why you should be too. Tune in as they dish out the dirt on the benefits of DIY seedling projects and share their top tips for success. So grab your gardening gloves and be inspired to start your own seeds this spring.   Join our Seed Starting Class by signing up in The Ready Life Academy:
In this episode, we share a deeply personal story of how environmental toxins can affect your health, and surprisingly, they can be right inside your home. We discuss the harmful effects of environmental chemicals, and Lisa's personal struggle with environmental toxicity from living in a modular home. Our story starts with inexplicable illness and the discovery that that a new home was making her sick. Join us as we dive into the world of environmental toxins and the steps you can take to make your home a safer place as well as equip your body to detox. Lisa’s e-book (referred to): EPA article referenced: Make your home as independent, safe, and prepared as possible, with The Ready Life Academy:
In this week's episode of the Ready Life Podcast, we explore the use of propane in off-grid living. We tackle common questions about independence when relying on a non-renewable energy source and weigh up the costs of propane versus electricity.We discuss how treating propane as a convenience can balance independence with off-grid cost-effectiveness and a comfortable lifestyle. We also touch on the subjects of above-ground versus underground tanks and owning versus renting propane tanks. The bottom line is to use propane when it makes sense, but never depend on it for necessary tasks.Get the details and support you need to be successful off-the-grid, in The Ready Life Academy:
In this episode, we are joined by Dave Pruett, MD and his wife Beth, who together founded AMP-3. Pulling from Dr. Dave's 28 years of emergency medicine experience, they discuss key medical emergency preparedness techniques, tools, and training necessary for people living in rural or remote areas. They share personal experiences and practical advice on handling common emergencies such as severe bleeding, fractures, and potential allergic reactions. They also stress the importance of regular practice, having a plan, and acquiring necessary equipment and training. This is one episode you can't afford to miss! Check out the Pruett's website at: Also, don't miss Dave's YouTube channel at: Don't let your family be dependent on "The System" when the powers that be use the next emergency to make another power grab. Make your family as independent as possible, and be supported each step of the way in The Ready Life Academy:
Brace yourself for a chilling adventure in this episode of the Ready Life Podcast. We're sharing our story during a -24°F (-33 in some places) Arctic blast in the rugged mountains of North Idaho. From battling frozen pipes to ensuring our animals' safety, it's a real-life winter saga. Tune in to find out how wood heat became our hero and saved many people in the midst of power outages and natural gas shortages. Learn valuable lessons on resilience, self-reliance, and the importance of being prepared for extreme weather. Learn all about heating with wood (and a lot more!) in The Ready Life Academy:
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