Blog Update, December 2013 – Designing A Board Game

Intentional communities are of great interest to me. I lived within one (of sorts) for a couple months while I was on Kaua'i island for 4.5 months this past summer (2013). I'm actually going to be visiting the "co-op house" of Buffalo (an urban intentional community) this evening.
Ever read Ishmael? I've found that Ishmael readers/fans tend to be seeking community. It's one of the books on my recommended reading page.
This summer I'm going to be working on doing my part to save the bees by planting rosemary, sage and other flowers. I am totally against lawns. What a waste! I love the bumper sticker that says, "Food! Not lawns!" If I had a car, I'd have the bumper sticker on it.
I love to travel. For thanksgiving I visited family in Kansas, Oklahoma and North Carolina. March I'm planning on taking a trip further south to visit friends and family in Florida and Georgia. I love the southern climate. Most people would be surprised if I disclosed how much I make yearly (much less than average), because I travel a lot and I support my husband and I. And we eat an all organic diet high in fruits and vegetables.
I'm thinking about making an ebook on the subject. It seems like most people have no idea what to do with their money, and instead of using their money to bring them things they really want, things that really impact their well-being positively, they instead turn their money into things that actually bring them down.
[In 2014 and 2015 I actually did write the book. It is Living Big & Traveling Far on $8,000 a Year (or Less!)]
I'm currently working on a board game design. The prototype actually ships today, so soon I'll be play-testing and ordering replacement cards for anything that doesn't work with the balance of the game. I'm a board game enthusiast. I love how games give a great excuse to be with people without needing anything to talk about. People can have little in common and still enjoy a game together. You can appreciate someone's ability to be a gracious loser or a staunch ally in a game even if you have little in common when it comes to interest or lifestyle.
As someone who lives on the fringes of social norms (no TV, no movies except documentaries, lots of books, raw vegan, nutritionist who keeps studying and studying, working from home, doesn't drink or smoke or eat any refined sweeteners, enjoys public speaking, etc), I find it can be hard to relate to day-to-day life of many people. So we play board games together. I can enjoy anyone's company if they want to play games. :D
So that is a small update on where things are for me now in my life.
~ Raederle
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