Hi, I’m Dawn. I’m the mother of 3 healthy daughters, a work-from-home executive and stay-at-home mom, blogger, urban gardener, and a libertarian.
My mission with My Libertarian Lifestyle is to show others what practical libertarianism looks like in the setting of a modern, and often chaotic household. I write about how libertarianism is more than just a political philosophy for me—it’s my way of life.
I’m super passionate about creating a peaceful, healthy, holistic life for me and my family, and I’m convinced that through individuals making incremental lasting changes, our children can live in a more peaceful and prosperous world.
Most of the time, I stick to writing about how libertarianism applies to day-to-day life in a typical modern family. But I also write about self-maintenance, ethical consumerism, organic gardening, evidence-based approaches to health and holistic wellness, and share my own practical tips, real food recipes, tried and true home remedies, and more.
What’s So Great About My Libertarian Lifestyle?
My Libertarian Lifestyle is all about the effective, practical application of libertarian principles to daily life, self-reliance and sustainability at home, as well as gentle parenting methods, ethical shopping, using food as medicine, and holistic, evidence-based wellness solutions for ourselves, our homes, and our communities. This is liberty, in theory and in practice.
My goal with My Libertarian Lifestyle is to inspire other like-minded individuals with hands-on ways to live free today—and every day—just by applying libertarian principles to activities in their daily lives. I also hope to show the softer side of libertarianism, as well as dispel some common misconceptions about what libertarians are really like. I believe that together, we can create a more empowered, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous society. I can’t change the world alone, but a group of determined, empowered, free-thinking individuals can. As individuals, we have tremendous power.
Here are just a handful of ways we—as autonomous individuals—can make real, effective, positive changes in our own lives and at home that have a ripple effect:
- We can live peacefully in how we interact with others, and consistently reject the initiation of force or the threat of force. This is known as The Non-Aggression Principle. By using the power of persuasion, practicing what we preach, and using gentle parenting methods, we can raise our children to be peaceful adults who value autonomy, reason, and tolerance, and treat others with respect.
- We can take control of our own self-defense, and security. Take self-defense classes. Connect with neighbors and look out for each other. Empowered individuals don’t have to be victims; we can stop violence in its tracks.
- Seek independent, trustworthy sources of information and reject mainstream media. When you find a great new independent source for news and information, tell your friends! Teach your children critical thinking skills so that they’ll be able to recognize when they’re being snookered (whether intentionally or unintentionally).
- We can become more self-reliant by growing our own organic, hormone-free and antibiotic-free food and medicine. We can teach our children how to do it too! With a little effort, we can grow urban gardens or container gardens with fruits and veggies. Consider raising backyard chickens,or setting up an aquaponic system. Maybe even trade fruits and veggies for eggs and raw milk. We can also actively and passively harvest rainwater, and we can use solar energy.
- Every dollar we spend on food and other products and services around the world steers the direction of industry and innovation, the types of products made and packaged, and how they’re made and packaged, as well as the types of services offered and how they’re offered. As informed consumers, we should mindfully invest in what we know is best!
- Use and support free and open source initiatives whenever possible, and tell your friends about them too.
At My Libertarian Lifestyle you’ll find all of my best practical tips for how to apply libertarian principles to daily life, as well as tips on self-reliance, natural and sustainable living, ethical shopping, urban organic gardening, real food recipes, ways to hack your health, natural remedies, gentle parenting methods, and so much more.
Some Randomness About Me
- I practice what’s known as Peaceful Parenting. Many libertarians and non-libertarians also practice this gentle parenting method.
- In my spare time, I do some organic gardening and composting in my little urban garden in the desert. I grow all kinds of things—food, medicine, shade, privacy, fragrance… Sometimes I trade fruits and veggies for fresh eggs or other home-grown organic produce. In the near future, I hope to get set up for rainwater harvesting, and I plan to raise backyard chickens soon too! Can’t wait to share these adventures with you!
- I’m kind of a crunchy mom. I don’t eat gluten or anything with orange food coloring. I make my own toothpaste and deodorant. I use coconut oil and ACV for just about everything. I make effective home remedies—some from medicinal plants grown right in my backyard.
- I had severe asthma and allergies as a kid. I was sick often, and was prescribed a number of medications (with side-effects) to control my asthma and allergies. Over the years, through simple diet and exercise changes, I’ve been able to resolve my asthma and allergies, and thanks to these lifestyle changes I rarely get sick anymore.
- I’m an animal lover, and I have 3 very spoiled dogs who follow me everywhere. They come in small, medium, and large sizes, and they’re all named after fantasy/sci-fi characters. Super nerdy, I know. My dogs are all healthy and thriving on a grain-free diet.
- Reading and research are a huge part of my day job, as well as something I do in my spare time—I love learning! I’m into evidence-based, ancestral solutions for health and wellness, urban gardening and permaculture, and libertarian philosophy.
- When I read for fun, epic fantasy is my absolute favorite! Some of my favorite fiction books/series are: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, and American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
But enough about me; I want to know about you! Say hi in the comments of any post that interests you, and tell me about yourself.