The Ready Life

The Ready Life

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!


February 27, 2024 30 mins

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!

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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 fermenta...

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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.  

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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.

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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 vers...

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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...

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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 v...

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In this episode of the Ready Life Podcast, we provide sound advice on choosing the most energy-efficient refrigerators and freezers for off-grid living.

We explain why energy efficiency is pivotal for off-grid living and delve into how the most unassuming lifestyle changes can significantly reduce power consumption, eventually slashing thousands (or 10,000s) of dollars off the price of an off-grid power system.

This episode also ex...

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In this episode, we dive into the topic of food storage. It's an aspect often overlooked, but important for everyone regardless of where you live or what your financial status is.

This is NOT another "buy a year's supply of freeze dried food for your bunker" approach. It's a rare but practical method of food storage called the "Rotating Pantry Method" which works on the principle of "Store what ...

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In this special '2024 Plan for Preparedness' edition, we're diving deep into our personal strategies for success and clarity in the coming year.

We'll walk you through six pivotal steps that have revolutionized our approach to homesteading preparedness, offering insights and tips that you can apply right away.

Whether you're a seasoned homesteader or just starting out, this episode is packed with actionable adv...

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In our special Christmas episode, we delve into a topic close to our hearts: balancing preparedness with family unity.

Over the years, we've observed the challenges of aligning preparedness or homesteading goals when not everyone in the family shares the same enthusiasm. In this episode, we share 10 practical tips based on our experiences, aimed at fostering understanding and togetherness.

While we work to prepare our family, l...

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December 12, 2023 26 mins

In this episode, we share the journey of 20 years to get to a new beginning that will help you reach your new beginning!

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Discover how we successfully built our solar system without incurring debt, even during the lowest earning period of our marriage. We're excited to share the strategies that not only helped us manage our finances effectively but also empowered us to achieve our homestead dream of owning our place free and clear.

Join us for this episode packed with actionable tips and inspiring stories, perfect for anyone on their path to finan...

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It's the thing that almost no one does but everybody should--design your solar power system before buying anything. Why? And what could happen if you don't? Tune into this week's episode to find out.

We share experiences from homes that incorrectly sized their systems, and the challenges they faced as a result. The point is to make your power system fit your lifestyle, rather than the other way around. Messing this up...

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In this episode, we're diving into the Thanksgiving story, bringing out the lessons of the pilgrims and Squanto and how they tie into our own mantra of 'prepare to share'.

Join us for a mix of storytelling, practical tips, and a bit of Thanksgiving warmth. We’re all about learning from the past to better our present, embracing gratitude, and really living out that 'prepare to share' way of life. Hope you'll ...

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Dive into an extraordinary tale of winter gardening in one of the most challenging climates in the continental US. Our special guest, Dawn Trammell, shares her inspiring journey of transforming a snow-covered backyard into a productive garden. It's not just about defying the cold; it's about redefining the conventional gardening calendar.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone intrigued by the resilience of nature an...

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Step back in time with us in this eye-opening episode as we dive into the health preparedness lessons learned from one of history's deadliest pandemics, the Spanish Flu of 1918.

Discover how a simple yet powerful hydrotherapy remedy known as fomentation treatment offered a beacon of hope during this global crisis. We'll explore the astonishing results people achieved with resources they had at home and discuss how these tim...

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Leaving aside the politics, civilians living in Gaza are in a mess right now. Little to no water, food, power, or sanitation. Believe it or not, our situation in America could be very similar if the right (or wrong) things happen.

In this episode, we unpack some lessons we can learn from one of the most fought-over places on earth. And as usual, we've got some solutions to propose.

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It's one of our favorite times of year--applesauce time! Here's what we're up to...

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Picture a grocery store and all the various departments. Now picture what those departments could look like in your home grocery. It's an exciting thing!

On this episode, Nancy Meissner joins us to discuss what it looks like to have a well-rounded plan for food security.

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