Gregory Crawford co-founder of Surplus and founder of the Win Win Reactor reflects on the past year

As 2014 ends, we reach our one-year anniversary of launching the Win/Win Reactor. It’s hard to believe that it was only a year ago that we stepped inside our home for the very first time… three-full dizzying stories of stuff, we couldn’t even see the floor. Did we know what we were getting ourselves into? Not really. But that’s the way we liked it, fortunately. We never planned on becoming spelunkers, glacier-boss slayers, archivalists, suspension animators… we never could have imagined all the house-heirlooms, all the random challenges which find us daily. And bless our eager hearts, we wanted to accomplish everything ourselves (with our friends of course, without whom we could not have flourished!).

Somehow, as January approaches, we now find survivability within our house, and with it a modicum of comfort. Without connection to city services (no water, no gas, no electricity, no sewer), we really are off-grid. And all in less than a year. I look around and can barely believe it. Now that we have a home-base, with these simple-yet-profound amenities, our second year will truly see progress.

"And it is here where my awareness settles: letting progress blossom as it does… not to overlook the daily miracles that shower a life self-led." Gregory Crawford, co-founder Surplus Permaculture Design and founder of Win/Win Reactor

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