Jaimie Mantzel is creating Videos about inventions, art, philosophy, and living off-grid. .
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I originally started documenting what I'm doing to show others that it can be done.  Growing up, I heard many people tell me that chasing my dreams was stupid, too dangerous, or impossible.  ...that they're called "dreams" for a reason, and should stay in my head.
Well, I decided to go for it, and document it all so one day a kid just like me could get a different message.

That message is... "Don't just follow your dreams.  Run them down with everything you've got!  As far as anyone knows we only get one chance at this life and no one is going to hand you the life you want so go for it, and never give up!"

I recently sold my home, packed up my little family, and moved to a part of the world where I didn't even speak the language.  I'm building a new life here from scratch, and I'm in way way over my head.
I almost stopped documenting my life/projects/philosophy so I could focus completely on the task at hand.

I was amazed at the number of people who encouraged me to keep going.  Somehow without really knowing it the original idea behind the documentation was working.  Now you guys are telling me that I don't have to do it alone.  ...that all I have to do is ask for help.  Its a difficult thing for me.  ...asking for help.

Please help.  In all honesty I'm already committed to the life I'm creating here regardless of how difficult it gets.  I'm currently paying $85 per month on fast internet on a secluded island so I can upload videos regularly, and in HD.  ...which I haven't historically done.  I'm on a shoestring budget working with 2 cameras sent to me by people I've never met (Thanks so much) and using a computer that someone else sent me (thanks so much for that, too).  

Now I have no mailing address... being on a tiny island in the ocean.  I'll keep documenting things as long as I reasonably can.  If you guys can cover the internet I'll keep posting.  With a little more I can hold off longer before I have to get a job doing something less interesting.  Anything over basic survival funds will go directly into the projects I do, and I'll do my best to share that with everyone in a useful/entertaining way.  ...and if someone sends like a million dollars or a pile of building materials I'll totally build a walking fortress science school.  ;-)  ...no, seriously.  ...I might be doing it anyway.

I don't pretend to have all the answers, but I do know that I have a pile of e-mails from people telling me that my videos have made a positive difference in their lives.  Help me keep going because there's some kid out there right now who just needs a little nudge from some lunatic on the internet who says crazy things like "You can do anything!", and "Never give up!"

Thanks for everyone's support through all my ups and downs... emotional, financial, helpful items, and most of all thanks for doing everything you can to make the world awesome.

Jaimie
I originally started documenting what I'm doing to show others that it can be done.  Growing up, I heard many people tell me that chasing my dreams was stupid, too dangerous, or impossible.  ...that they're called "dreams" for a reason, and should stay in my head.
Well, I decided to go for it, and document it all so one day a kid just like me could get a different message.

That message is... "Don't just follow your dreams.  Run them down with everything you've got!  As far as anyone knows we only get one chance at this life and no one is going to hand you the life you want so go for it, and never give up!"

I recently sold my home, packed up my little family, and moved to a part of the world where I didn't even speak the language.  I'm building a new life here from scratch, and I'm in way way over my head.
I almost stopped documenting my life/projects/philosophy so I could focus completely on the task at hand.

I was amazed at the number of people who encouraged me to keep going.  Somehow without really knowing it the original idea behind the documentation was working.  Now you guys are telling me that I don't have to do it alone.  ...that all I have to do is ask for help.  Its a difficult thing for me.  ...asking for help.

Please help.  In all honesty I'm already committed to the life I'm creating here regardless of how difficult it gets.  I'm currently paying $85 per month on fast internet on a secluded island so I can upload videos regularly, and in HD.  ...which I haven't historically done.  I'm on a shoestring budget working with 2 cameras sent to me by people I've never met (Thanks so much) and using a computer that someone else sent me (thanks so much for that, too).  

Now I have no mailing address... being on a tiny island in the ocean.  I'll keep documenting things as long as I reasonably can.  If you guys can cover the internet I'll keep posting.  With a little more I can hold off longer before I have to get a job doing something less interesting.  Anything over basic survival funds will go directly into the projects I do, and I'll do my best to share that with everyone in a useful/entertaining way.  ...and if someone sends like a million dollars or a pile of building materials I'll totally build a walking fortress science school.  ;-)  ...no, seriously.  ...I might be doing it anyway.

I don't pretend to have all the answers, but I do know that I have a pile of e-mails from people telling me that my videos have made a positive difference in their lives.  Help me keep going because there's some kid out there right now who just needs a little nudge from some lunatic on the internet who says crazy things like "You can do anything!", and "Never give up!"

Thanks for everyone's support through all my ups and downs... emotional, financial, helpful items, and most of all thanks for doing everything you can to make the world awesome.

Jaimie

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