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movingforwardsanct
Feb 07, 2021
In Welcome to the Forum
When I first dipped my toe into the cryptocurrency market, I was a novice investor with a myopic understanding of the long-term impact that cryptocurrency would have on traditional finance. Fast forward four years and my investment portfolio has shifted dynamically from speculative assets to more established projects that possess tremendous utility for not only the cryptocurrency space, but the world at large. Mimicking Michael Saylor’s (CEO of MicroStrategy) brilliance as he discusses the utility of Bitcoin, I thankfully embraced his eloquent notion that Bitcoin shares in the same network effect energy that has catapulted Amazon to the top of the retail space, Apple to the top of the cell phone industry, and Netflix to the top of the streaming business. This realization into the utility of Bitcoin along with its tremendous network effect affirmed my investment strategy as I sought out projects with corresponding prospects. Investing into anything, whether it be a crypto project, a car purchase, education, an individual’s purpose, should be driven by utility. Subsequently, I now view my investment choices through a prism of utility. What movement forward will this investment provide me? How does this utility dynamically grow as the landscape evolves? And lastly, does this investment lead the space in terms of network effect energy? You may be wondering, “what does this mean Todd?” Let me provide a few examples for you. When determining which career to pursue, it is wise to research the future growth of that job sector. For example, investing in a nursing program provides substantial long-term growth because of the continued aging of the boomer generation and the subsequent health risks associated with getting older along with the prevalence of bioengineered weapons resulting in life-altering diseases, like we have seen this year with the COVID-19 virus. Conversely, investing in workforces that are easily replaced with remote access may not be wise at this current time because of the shift towards online systems. The energy that was once driven towards in-person job performance is now being directed towards online opportunities. Essentially, the value of utility that Zoom creates is greater leading to an increased network effect for remote training, education, employment, etc. How does the realization of enhanced utility along with a shift in a sector’s energy relate to a sanctuary? Extrapolating my investment strategy onto the homestead is the guiding light for all my investment strategies on the sanctuary. Investment strategies do not relate to only money. These strategies include the types of animals that will call the sanctuary home for their existence. Two of these groupings of animals that possess incredible utility and will create a symbiotic relationship on the farm are pigs and chickens. Pigs are extremely intelligent animals with a tremendously high work ethic. These incredible animals can cultivate lands better than a rototiller. Setting pigs loose onto land purposed for future vegetation is an extremely effective utilitarian approach because the rooting performed will turn over the soil, eliminate overgrown pastures, and leave nutritious compost in their wake. As a landowner, the symbiotic relationship between pigs and pasture is a win-win. After pigs have cultivated a plot of land, chickens are to be released into the now stripped-down pasture. Possessing the ability to eradicate bugs, scratch, peck, and dig, chickens provide invaluable nitrogen which fertilizes the soil and along with pigs, leave nutritious compost in their wake. The symbiotic relationship provided by the constant turnover of both the efforts of pigs and chickens results in the tilling of the soil without the need for heavy equipment and more importantly, the enriched soil is now essentially organic. Utility has driven my life choices for many years. I aim to bring this level of utility to the sanctuary as pigs and chickens serve to provide a permaculture foundation for the growth and efficiency of the sanctuary land. These pigs and chickens will not only provide a loving and nurturing friendship for the humans at the sanctuary, but their instinctual nature will cultivate the land resulting in prosperity for all.
Symbiosis, not Food. Utility from Farm Animals to Enhance Permaculture. content media
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movingforwardsanct
Jan 28, 2021
In Welcome to the Forum
Opening a sanctuary for all sentient beings is a daunting task. How much land do I need? Where can I source water, soil, fertilizer, compost, and more either free or at a savings? What types of animals can the land support? Compound these questions with the reality that I suffer from a multitude of psychological afflictions that result in daily battles with anxiety, depression, and PTSD complications, and my heartfelt vision can soon become overwhelming. Then I breath, reframe my mindset, and continue to move forward. I begin to ask myself new illuminating questions that challenge my intentions but not in a judgmental manner. Rather, these questions elucidate the passion and drive I possess to make my purpose a reality. Embracing my pragmatic thought process grounded in the scientific method, I begin to lay the blueprint for a sanctuary that will ultimately thrive with an abundance of life, an explosion of happiness, a foundation of peace and love, and ultimately, the stage for continued growth. My approach to survival has simplified over the years. I knew early on that support from family was not an option. I also learned as I aged that friends are fleeting, love is conditional, and to quote Public Enemy, “who do I trust? Who do I trust? Me, that’s who!” Developing the ability to survive in this world required a holistic approach to life. I needed to build myself physically, not only for protection, but as a preventative medicine. Secondly, chainmail strengthened by mental acumen and a sword of critical thinking would arm me in battling many of life’s enemies and reward myself professional success. Lastly, embracing a level of spirituality and understanding that silencing the demons that ravage my being comes from gratitude and the wanting to better another’s life is critical in allowing my soul to discover without regret. There is no doubt that this holistic approach has served as an influential guiding light over the decades. Taking a page out of my own book of life, the agricultural methodology of permaculture will serve as that beacon of resiliency on the Moving Forward Sanctuary. Permaculture functions as an “approach to land management that adopts arrangements observed in flourishing natural ecosystems.[i] ” The foundation of permaculture is rooted in caring for the Earth and its inhabitants. There are 12 design principles of permaculture, each with a different but uniting vision. Today I am going to focus on principle number eight; Integrate rather than segregate. Integrating rather than segregating will serve as a cost-cutting paradigm, among other objectives, during my design process. Ensuring that nothing is wasted and that all aspects of the sanctuary are reused, one such aspect of integration which will serve as the primary heating source in a multitude of capacities will be a compost pile. Building a tiny house along with a chicken coop and a barn to house a few pigs and other animals is my goal in the first few weeks of the sanctuary. As we are all aware, all animals create waste. City dwelling provides septic as the means of disposal. However, this waste can be recycled into amazing compost which will be used not only as fertilizer for the food grown on the property, but as a heat source to keep temperatures warm for the animals and myself. A compost heating source is a labor-intensive process of brilliance that will provide incredible heat for 18-month periods. Following the instructions provided at https://www.instructables.com/Compost-Heating-System/, my goal is to have this heat source built and operational within the first week. Not being dependent on gas or electricity as a heat source along with the ability to naturally develop compost will be the backbone for my thermo-engineering venture at the sanctuary. Stay tuned for pictures to come. This process will be epic! [i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture, January 28, 2021.
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movingforwardsanct
Jan 26, 2021
In Welcome to the Forum
Get over it! Put your past behind you. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and keep moving forward. Profound words of motivation that serve as the foundation for millions of Americans daily. In today’s snowflake, cancel culture, identity politicized society where participation trophies are expected and individual accountability is absent, these platitudes of motivation can be endearing for the proper ear. But who possesses a proper ear? Circumstances vary and these inspiring clichés exist mainly in a vacuum for one specific moment in life, but our existence is a fluid dynamic that is ever-changing and always adapting. Furthermore, why should I accept advice from another who has never walked in my shoes and experienced the extreme hardship I have because of another’s abuse or neglect wielded towards me? Welcome to some of the struggles derailing an individual’s ability to move forward in life when your past is riddled with trauma. The previous example is one of the main purposes of the Moving Forward Sanctuary because society’s mindset does not empower victims of abuse or trauma. Rather, this omnipresent attitude handcuffs a survivor’s ability to fully heal due to the glaring discontent between what a victim feels and understands and what the public accepts or fails to understand. For those of us who struggle with mental conflict because of survivorship, traditional methodology for treatment typically includes some form of psychotherapy. Anecdotally and as someone who has been in therapy for nearing 30 years, counseling is not enough. Counseling offers a medium to open a channel of discussion and begin venting troubled thoughts and emotions. Therapy sessions fail miserably in one regard, however. As the time on the clinician’s clock strikes zero, the patient is left to manage the residual demons that arise once Pandora’s box is opened at the beginning of the treatment session. Exiting therapy riddled with more anxiety, hostility, frustration, and confusion is a feeling that I know all to well. What is not shared from these so-called experts is that these abstract emotions brought to the surface during therapy manifest into physical reality. Newton’s first law of thermodynamics applies to the human body as well. “Energy cannot be created nor destroyed; it is simply transferred.” The negative energy that is now a part of a person’s being remains a toxic scavenger in the body. The brilliant Dr. Gabor Mate details in his book, When the Body Says No, “that emotional stress is a major cause of physical illness. The brain and the body systems that process emotions are intimately connected.” For those of us who experienced a childhood full of abuse and neglect, the negative energy created during trauma manifests real physical ailments in the body including heart disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, a greater risk of addiction, self-harming, depression, and so much more. This manifestation is commonly referred to psychoneuroimmunology in medical circles. Psychoneuroimmunology is “an area of study that focuses on emotional and other psychological states that affect the immune system, rendering the patient less or more susceptible to disease or the course of a disease.” Simply stated, abstract thoughts, feelings, and emotions express as physical ailments within the body. What is a survivor to do with the omnipresent negative energy that exists? If a solid foundation of support with corresponding positive avenues to release the poisonous energy are not available, one must redirect the toxicity into a palliative purpose. Personally, I have found intense exercise to be incredibly soothing. The destructive energy that I awaken with daily is now used as training fuel for my routine attacks on the gym. Furthermore, a real, identifiable intention must be exacted. A purpose greater than oneself and a purpose that results in the healing of not only one’s soul, but the pursuit of happiness and peace for another as well. This may sound paradoxical considering that most victims of past trauma feel isolated and alone, but the ability to provide care, love, and a sense of safety for someone or something else is genuinely healing. This pursuit of betterment redirects the noxious energy into growth and empowerment for another. No greater purpose can be realized for someone who has struggled in this world at the hands of an oppressor than to share in peace and love with a sentient being of a common past. The Moving Forward Sanctuary provides healthy avenues to redirect the cancerous emotions that exist within survivors of abuse and trauma into a healing purpose for another. This cycle of life thus provides the individual who embraces this path with a greater level of healing within their soul as a truly therapeutic reward.
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movingforwardsanct
Jan 25, 2021
In Welcome to the Forum
The Moving Forward Sanctuary has been a mental labor of love for nearly 20 years. Originally developing the concept around the new millennium, the belief that all sentient beings deserve love and a place to call home was firmly entrenched in my being. As someone who has experienced truly little of both during his lifetime, I recognized the value of receiving stability and support and wanted to ensure that no one, or anything else felt the way I have for so many years. Fast forward to 2021 and my dream is slowly but surely manifesting into a reality. For this reality to take place, the sanctuary needs land. Typically, land is passed down through the generations. Unfortunately, as someone who grew up without any lineage, this traditional path was not in the cards. So, the next best thing would be to purchase an adequate piece of property to begin the ascent. Determining where and how much land has proven difficult. Considering the mission of the sanctuary and the fact that all beings, whether human or animal, would be provided a place to live and prosper for however they are in this world, many factors must be considered. Hierarchical rankings of what is most important is rather mundane and a waste of time. Subjectivity and personal mindset direct that narrative. Therefore, I have taken a scientific approach and have been guided by pragmatism. To be able to grow vegetables, herbs, and a variety of plant life along with provide the necessary sustenance for animals along with shelter, freedom to roam, safety and security, and the possibility for future growth, I have settled on land within one to five acres. This size would not be too big to care for, but not to small to impact growth potential. Additionally, the quality of the land needs to be right as well. My initial interest was to purchase a piece of property in Wyoming. The land was pristine with amazing mountainous views, isolated from neighbors, and had tremendous potential. Unfortunately, with less than 11” of rain annually, the lack of precipitation negated this pursuit. So, I turned my interests towards the Midwest which provides more from mother nature at an equally affordable rate. Quickly I found myself researching Missouri and the fertile water frontage throughout the state. All seemed to be progressing splendidly until I realized that the land available within my price range also possessed a caveat, a minimum square footage for all residential units. This 1,000 ft² minimum for housing is about five times the size of the 200 ft² tiny house I will construct for my residence on the property. After researching states that allow tiny house developments, I came across North Carolina, more specifically the Ashville region. This location may still be in the cards, but real estate brokers have not been responsive to my inquiries. For any of you that know me, I have extraordinarily little patience for those who do not follow through after I reach out for help. Therefore, I have circled the wagons and brought my focus back to Southwest Ohio where I currently reside. The rural areas of Cincinnati provide all that I need from mother nature and because I have lived in this area off and on for the past 8 years or so, familiarity serves to be useful. My search continues here in Cincinnati. I have no doubt that the appropriate piece of property will come across my internet search. It is only time until I sign the papers for the land and the Moving Forward Sanctuary infrastructure build can begin. I will keep you all posted!
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