[before_listing images=http://www.www.off-grid.net/wp-content/uploads/ad2f052e26e4c65b056762a370e47faf.jpg youtube=null] Hello everyone, my name is Joe. I am a 28 year old male who is looking for a major lifestyle change. I have made up my mind to go off grid. I currently work as a commercial real estate broker here in Chicago and although I am fairly successful, it is just not the life I want.

So where do I begin? I didn’t grow up in Chicago, I moved there after an enlistment in the USMC and going to college. I grew up in a small town of about 700 people in northwest Illinois. I know how to hunt, fish, camp, and use a compass, and I avidly enjoy doing all of the above. My father is a carpenter and started teaching me what he knew since I was old enough to ask him ‘how.’ I would consider myself a jack-of-all-trades, I can fix most things and I can work on small engines. My ingenuity, trouble-shooting, and problem solving skills are top-notch for someone who only has 28 years of wisdom to draw upon.

I’m physically in pretty good shape, I’m 6ft, 190 pounds, coordinated. I am not married nor do i have kids. I want kids but the more I see what is going on in this country, the less i want to have them. I am not religious by any means, I believe someone would have to be crazy to believe what one book says opposed to another book, when both books say basically the same thing. I believe in science and nature, so to spare myself from the atheist/agnostic moniker, I call myself a Darwinist. Just because i don’t believe in those things, doesn’t mean I am opposed to them however. In my opinion, one of the greatest things about being human is you have the right to choose what you believe in. I enjoy deep conversation about the vastness and possibilites of space, what our planet would have been like 5,000 years ago before man really started making it’s mark, or any number of intriguing topics. I like to enjoy life and I am always seeking some form of adventure.

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I am adaptable, so I’m not really pigeon-holed into any specific region/area. I am looking to make the life change as soon as possible. I understand what it means to be a part of a team. My time in the Marine Corps showed me what a group people who selflessly work towards a common goal can achieve.

I have been thinking about this for over a year and finally decided to put the ball in motion. I feel at home in the wilderness so I figure it’s time to go home before this corporate world takes every ounce of self I have.

I am looking for a group of like-minded individuals who want to set out and do it the hard way, or an established group of individuals who would welcome a hard working person with alot to offer into their midst. My email address is jtvanbr@gmail.com if you would like to contact me. I’m sure if you google it you can find a picture of me or info on me, feel free because I have nothing to hide.

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