working in a rural town long-term - a raw perspective on a simple life

Visualizações 315 362
50% 1 1

working in a rural area - my perspective from years in the countryside: in this video I wanted to share some challenges my community faces, including lack of affordable housing, limited resources, and increasingly rampant wildfires. Rent costs are quite high, and very few options for young working class people, which is a problem when a population is rapidly aging and needs the support of workers. Still, there is resistance to change despite the knowledge of these issues, and that’s understandable too. I don’t have too many opinions myself on the matter, this is a complex issue, and I am no expert. But I thought it would be interesting to share! Much love.

My book - The Cottage Fairy Companion - is now available for pre-order!
Also available at my local bookstore, Trail’s End Books:
Other purchase options (including international) available on my linktree:

❤️No obligation whatsoever, but if you would like to donate to support this channel $8 will get a thank you postcard (my own art) from me in the mail (please note: you must include address in your note so I can send it!). It is much appreciated:
(Now and then a postcard has been returned to me or lost in the mail. If you have not received a postcard e-mail me at! I send them out once a month, so definitely don’t be too worried if it has been a couple weeks but do contact me if you have any concerns. )
Thank you!



Business e-mail:

Information and conservation efforts in the beautiful Okanogan County:
🌎 Take action to protect our lands (no donations necessary):
🌙 My favorite charity:
☀️Take Action:

Additional music found at @
(Get a month free with my referral code)

Sometimes I use affiliate links, allowing a purchase to give me a small comission! Thank you!

Publicado em


3 Set 2022



Baixar vídeos:

Carregando o link.....

Adicionar a:

Minha playlist
Assista mais tarde
Comentários 1 021
TheCottageFairy 3 meses atrás
Hello everyone ❤️ just wanted to share some things that my community is thinking about right now, I thought it would be interesting! Of course all of this is outweighed by how much I love living here, but I thought it would be interesting to share, as I have only made a couple videos about topics like these. I hope it inspires people to get involved and be part of positive change, I find it to be so fulfilling and motivating. Perhaps it’s the preschool teacher in me, but I always loved being honest with my students about challenges the world faces while using it as a tool to inspire hope and positive action. And to be clear, this really isn’t intended in any way to be negative, if you hear me out before commenting I think you will see that my full message is always positive ❤️ Sending much love!
Наргис Атаджанова
Я только сегодня увидела вашу работу, это настолько чисто,полна любви,радует сердце, очищяет мысли.
MON'S URBAN PATCH 2 meses atrás
Hey just letting you know an easy way to pick cherries is to bend the stem upwards. I used to pick cherries and pears so I thought I would let you know x
Keith Lomas
Keith Lomas 2 meses atrás
Sorry to learn that some people in your community are economically challenged in putting food on the table. I think we should all go back to having little plots to grow veggies. If we have no access to such an allotment then potatoes and things could be coaxed to grow in pots of some sort. I guess this is called (attempted) self-sufficiency. 🙂
Susanna Zeller
Susanna Zeller 2 meses atrás
Thank you for yet another lovely & inspiring video Paola, take care😊💜🧡🌈🌈🌈🌺🌺🌺
Teresa 2 meses atrás
Your kindness and gentle honesty is so inspiring and refreshing during these troubled times. Your beautiful content leaves us with gentle reminders of the beauty of life and that we have a role to create positive, hopeful change. Thank you for sharing your beauty and vision. You have inspired me to approach social media for my new business in a different way. With empathy, intentional slowness and taking time for self and to pursue what is important and vital to us as human beings. Saludos desde Colombia. 🏞
courtneyawalsh 3 meses atrás
Housing security on earth should be a much bigger and more urgent priority than multibillion dollar rockets to the Moon or Mars. Skewed priorities. Great video as always, Paola! I’d rather watch your peaceful mini films than any violent, big budget, low soul summer blockbuster? Any day. You are a better cinematographer and storyteller than anyone in Hollywood right now. By far. 🙏🏼
V M Mês atrás
I do not see living on a piece of land in the country. I am a city person. While I fantasize about my ability to grow food and live freely, I’d starve to death and have only weeds to show for my efforts. I don’t think I could take having a coyote kill my chickens and pets. I couldn’t deal with a skunk or a snake under my porch. I’d be lonely and afraid at night where there aren’t street lights. I am terrified by large animals and very reluctant to kill small animals for meat. If you want a homeless person to enjoy and embrace rural living, take one person in. House them nearby and teach them gently all the ins and outs of running a small farm. Help keep them from rip offs and mistakes. Drive them to rehab, to get their food stamps, and if they need a needle clinic, get them a good supply to support their addiction until they can go without. Anxiety and loneliness cause addiction. If you are going to commit, put your ass on the line and be Christ like in your devotion.
V M Mês atrás
It takes a great deal of work to make a home. A great deal of our housing security issue is due to alcoholism, drugs and the crime it produces. Cities have the resources such as hospitals, needle clinics, social programs, and food centers. What I see is the social programs are most often offered in cities and those with issues of housing security are placed in a high rise apartment building. The problem with this is someone with dementia, alcoholism, or drug addiction may forget they have placed a pot on the stove and cause a fire. There may be neighbors preying on neighbors because they need more money to support a habit. Tiny house villages may be a better answer. There needs to be a higher monitoring for social needs in an area where people are left on their own in a home. Loneliness is often the very center of the problem. We need adequate social services to serve each person placed in housing so each individual feels welcomed, unafraid, knows where to get help with problems like a plugged toilet, a fire alarm that has a low battery and keeps chirping, a dripping sink, a broken refrigerator, a vacuum cleaner that is putting out more dust than it is cleaning. It isn’t fair to expect someone to start off at the same place as someone who is used to living in a house. These frustrating problems can lead to stigmatization and ultimately drive someone back into a habit they are trying to kick.
Alexis Alexi
Alexis Alexi 2 meses atrás
But how are the ultra rich going to escape?
Greeshma 2 meses atrás
​@Deborah Faith
cmpremlap 2 meses atrás
It’s true!
Charles d'Anjou
Charles d'Anjou 3 meses atrás
Because I'm a science geek, I decided to conduct an experiment. Using a blood pressure cuff, I measured my BP before watching this video. Results indicated stage 1 hypertension. After watching, I measured again and my BP was well into the normal range. Therefore, Watching Cottage Fairy videos is good for the heart. While unable to test for mind or soul, I do believe results would be similar ;-)
Roaming Mompreneur
Roaming Mompreneur 2 meses atrás
Cutting off on watching the news cured my hypertension.
Vedawattie Ram
Vedawattie Ram 2 meses atrás
I like to watch before bedtime .
Y. M.
Y. M. 2 meses atrás
@Holly Holly What other channels have helped you? Do you mind sharing?
Jackie O
Jackie O 2 meses atrás
Good experiment
Sarrah Lee
Sarrah Lee 2 meses atrás doing it now...🥰 but I already feel it 😊🤟🦋
Anthony thisiseye
Anthony thisiseye 2 dias atrás is always a pleasure 🙏 It's beautiful to see how she is living the words she speaks and sets the example for her community and many other rural places globally. I am grateful for the cottage fairy and others like her. For many, especially me, they are the catalyst we need to build create and improve upon this paradise we all share. 🙏🌹
Veronica Byers
Veronica Byers 3 meses atrás
I live in a small, mountain tourist town with the exact same housing issue - many locals work multiple jobs! (We can only afford it because I work remotely.) I'm happy to see them building more affordable housing even if that means a slightly denser population. (And yes, the hospital and even Urgent Care is 45 minutes away from me, so I feel you on that!) On a lighter note, your hair looks especially stunning in this video - that braid is so long and ridiculously thick it looks like Disney Princess hair!
Hugo 2 meses atrás
n o j a b f o r m e . i n f o Take care
wendyA 3 meses atrás
@Veronica Byers me too! I have very thick hair too, but less as I age. But not as thick as hers! I had covid too, major hair loss! It’s coming back now, and I’m not used to these layers coming in my face. Nevertheless, thankful the major ball full of hair loss stopped!
filicefilice 3 meses atrás
@TheCottageFairy Environmental Health Trust - please have a look on them chanel
Veronica Byers
Veronica Byers 3 meses atrás
@Tammy Houshour Good point - my hair falls out the minute my thyroid numbers aren't perfect. (Yes, y'all my hair does NOT like to stay in place, LOL)
TheCottageFairy 3 meses atrás
Thank you so much ❤️
ZiggyKitty 3 meses atrás
“We are not born to this land, we are born of this land.” We should be treating it, and one another, as such.
NENYE O 3 meses atrás
@Mike Noneofyourbusiness like???
Jan Trewhitt
Jan Trewhitt 21 hora atrás
You are correct in your perspective of life today for all of us! We need to do as much as we possibly can in our communities. Thanks for this video! Blessings.
Alberts Traum VLOG
Alberts Traum VLOG 3 meses atrás
It was really refreshing to hear the downside to rural living, instead of only the dreamy and positive sides. Thank you for dealing with that topic.
Sharon Skains
Sharon Skains 3 meses atrás
For such a young woman, this is a very insightful video. I am not very young (almost 75) and my greatest heartbreak was never being able to live as you are doing now. My plan, which would have worked, was to stay in Southern California, work for a decent retirement, then go home and buy a place with land. It never crossed my mind that the community where I grew up, and where I left when I was nineteen, would get worse politically instead of better. I could not live and pay taxes to support an area where hatred still outweighs love and compassion. Thank you for your videos. You have no idea what they mean to me, and how much beauty they bring into my life. Facing a situation realistically is far better than pretending that problems don't exist.
Wulf Sorenson
Wulf Sorenson 2 meses atrás
@Adriana Lmao there’s no community for older people in London. I’m born and raised there - who are you trying to kid? 😂. Also the rents and house prices have gone completely insane which means the quality of life there is completely unaffordable. It will get way WORSE when energy bills go up in October. London was great pre lockdown in 2019. Not any more
Courtney Schwartz
Courtney Schwartz 2 meses atrás
You can also look at it this way: Moving back would restore some balance. People like you moving away has been fueling a growing imbalance. As painful as it is to see a community become fueled by negativity, it is also a paean to your power. Coming home, you can restore your community.
Wulf Sorenson
Wulf Sorenson 2 meses atrás
@Jackie O primarily caused by open boarders and mass immigration pushing up rents and house prices and displacing the locals.
Jackie O
Jackie O 2 meses atrás
Yes, so many places have become unlivable because of high taxes and high crime.
susan 2 meses atrás
I would think that the change in the area is for the better. Sanity over insanity.Truth is not hate.
Samantha Sancho
Samantha Sancho 3 meses atrás
I don’t find anything down about this video. As the title states, you’re being honest and shedding light on something that is very important and you’ve done so in such a graceful way. Thank you Paola. 🤍
TheCottageFairy 3 meses atrás
Thank you very much ❤️
MsKatalind 3 meses atrás
My once small town is experiencing this. We were once very much like Mayberry. Crop fields, cow pasture, mom and pop shops are now gone. Many people from up north have moved in in droves and they are still coming. Land is being clear cut everywhere. Wild life has no place to go. Housing developments are being built on every corner and strip malls and fast food places popping up all over. Our roads can’t support the major traffic we now have. The people who have moved here said they moved her because they love the “small town feel” but then got here and started complaining about not having all the urban conveniences they’re used to. Once C19 hit and businesses started to let employees work remotely from home they were able to move to rural areas anywhere in the US for cheaper than staying where they were while still bringing home a nice paycheck. The taxes are so high to live here now that many people whose families have a long history here can’t afford to stay and being forced to move. It’s such a mess. I will admit I miss my once quaint small town.
MsKatalind 2 meses atrás
It’s heartbreaking. I’m hearing it’s happening all over. Small country towns are turning into things of the past. I miss seeing crop fields and pastures.
Francesca Poteet
Francesca Poteet 2 meses atrás
Thank you, an older girl from a small town that my great great grandparents and on back helped settle, gone crazy with all of what you write about, in Georgia.
Roaming Mompreneur
Roaming Mompreneur 2 meses atrás
@Alex Campbell I know at least 20 people that have moved in the last two years from New York and New Jersey to Tennessee, Texas, and Florida. I haven’t made any long-term friends in New Jersey because everyone I know ends up moving or is planning to move.
robynloveschocolate 2 meses atrás
This same thing is happening here in Ontario Canada. Where I live, the price to rent a one bedroom apartment is so high that to do so I would have to share it with at least 2 other people...and I work over 40 hours a week. It's so disheartening to think about what the future will be like...
Pat L.
Pat L. 2 meses atrás
What you describe is so sad and happening everywhere. Where I live you can’t even afford to rent much less buy. I am older and my house is paid for but my heart breaks for the young individuals that are trying to make ends meet. Humanity will crush humanity for sure. 😢
Vanessa Hunter
Vanessa Hunter 3 meses atrás
Rural communities used to have somewhat affordable housing, but no jobs. Now there may be jobs, most are low paying and at least 30 minutes drive, but no rentals at all. If you can work remotely you have more options, but I'm not sure that's either sustainable or even constructive. City dwellers remember times like 50 years ago when you knew everyone on your block. There was a strong sense of community. Same thing if you lived in small towns. These days that's not true for either location. Maybe instead of running away to escape a crummy life, we'd all do better to stay put and focus on building a better life by rebuilding a sense of community?
Jacquline Ard
Jacquline Ard Mês atrás
A smaller town setting is definitely important to those who prefer a slower pace of life. I wouldn't try to escape the problems I have from being a small town dweller by running to a city since I couldn't tolerate the change in energy. Some urbanites aren't suitable for long-term living in a small community even if they can find jobs. It's an energy clash that can depress some people.
Rebecca T.
Rebecca T. 2 meses atrás
@Hannah Rose Well said.
ooievaar 67
ooievaar 67 2 meses atrás
@Hannah Rose The watching at screens all day, tiktok, snapchat (where youth can see where their friends are ! not good !) etc etc. It all feels so lonely and full of despair. Thats how I feel too sometimes (male 55, Europe) it is hard to stay positive in a (more and more) virtual world. Real things are more fun ! Live music, playing music, performing a craft etc etc. Doing things together. We dont really have gatherings at malls here but I see what you mean. Luckily european cities are more bike friendly, we dont need a car (though it is handy). I was in France a few weeks ago and in the village I was at there was no supermarket or bakery (1500 people) the next one 5km down the road: nothing. I had to go 14km in order to find a boulangerie for bread and croissants (and back). That is what is happening in rural Europe. The countryside is dying and aging, the best spots are 2nd homes for the wealthy and people move to slightly bigger towns where there are hospitals, schools, work etc. But indeed: people hardly know one another anymore. It is hard to get a real life in reality. And if people DO something, whatever it seems, lots of it has to end on instagram, YT etc. Why? cant we just go anywhere anymore without having to show everything ? with everyone ?
ooievaar 67
ooievaar 67 2 meses atrás
totally agree. Even here in Europe meaning and a sense of not belonging anymore to anything, anyone is an issue. In France and Spain rural areas are drying out. They move to bigger towns. I personally prefer a mid size smaller town with a hospital, schools, public transport etc and public services. The least we need if we dont own a car. A sense of community = the problem today !!! Nearly everywhere, and it all seems to be virual, digital instead fo real people visiting and DOING things. We all wathc screens, communicate on it etc, I try to escape that too, but it is very difficult, you need to focus on the positive things and people and seek company and ask and give help ! Together things are more fun
K T 3 meses atrás
Remote work usually requires good internet. Good internet in remote place is very pricey(
Vee Simmons
Vee Simmons 3 meses atrás
I don't find any negativity in what you presented here. The concerns you raise are a realistic part of everyone's life. Your love for community is evident in every video you make.
Cara Ortega
Cara Ortega 3 meses atrás
Love what you have to say, it is so true. In my original home town, the growth happened unbelievably fast. People fell in love with the culture, the location and quaintness of the area. Then they started complaining that the place didn’t have this or that… basically what they left behind. They started creating what they left behind until they created the landscape and HELL they had left behind. Felt our culture was oppressive, but they failed to recognize that some things that happened is our history and it is part of OUR culture. Completely destroyed our community and it is not recognizable as it once was. Very commercialized, very touristy, very snobbish. Locals, both young and old, can hardly afford to live there because of increased property taxes, etc, and housing shortages. Their way of life was shoved down our throats with very little respect for indigenous knowledge or people. Hope other communities learn from what has devastated us. I’m talking about Santa Fe, New Mexico. I am a northern New Mexican, an endangered species. Peace and love to you!❤️
Ma’am 2 meses atrás
Worried this will happen to my small town
Kp3 2 meses atrás
Sounds like you’re talking about my area in Northern Idaho 😓
Senbebe 2 meses atrás
Aww I’m so sorry to hear that 🥺 your story is such an important reminder on informing ourselves on respecting different peoples’s cultures. Those people likely didn’t intend for that to happen and probably didn’t realise what they were doing but hopefully they do gain that insight and will in future prevent that cultural loss. It’s so sad to hear that that has happened to your town hopefully something can be done to recover that lost cultural aspect of your town I hope you’re doing well ❤️
Vikki Cantwell
Vikki Cantwell 2 meses atrás
Cara this really is food for thought… I live in SF Bay Area and wish to retire in a small community somewhere in the Pacific Northwest where there is no fast food/coffee or big box stores, only community and the beauty of nature. But many people are moving out of CA just to leave the state and I can see exactly what you say happening. It’s sad but true and helps me understand why some of our western states are less than happy to have a bunch of Californians move in - it changes the dynamics. I’ll be visiting Santa Fe and Taos next month for the first time, will remember what you’ve said and try to look beyond what is for what was. I’m sure it’s beautiful!
ooievaar 67
ooievaar 67 2 meses atrás
well, I live in the Netherlands (Holland) and here places lots of places also are spoilt by tourists, wealth, rising prices. It is a global phenomenon. Been to Mexico once, and it get your point. Actually what we all love to see and expierence is purety. Like a native forest, original housing, buildings, people in folk clothes etc etc. Sometimes it is pure poverty. Thats why it is all still there in the first place !! But the more people are coming in, the more the beauty they came for vanishes. Then it is just an act instead of real behaviour....Like a flower, or fish, you cant expect it to have he same colours or behaviour in a vase or an aquarium as in the wild. Culture and nature are fragile.
Evangeline 3 meses atrás
Recently on a Saturday afternoon I was in my local dollar store and there didn’t seem to be any employees in the store so we all just lined up at the self checkout and paid for our items. I was so glad to see that no one was just walking out without paying or yelling for an employee. We’re in a rural area and we don’t want to lose our store.
Gracie M
Gracie M 2 meses atrás
@wendyA sad, so impersonal and less jobs in the near future.
wendyA 3 meses atrás
Sadly, they also understaff too. I went to thrift store…they just put in self checkout. I wanted to pay cash…no one at the till. Worker said, wait over there. I waited 15 min then just left. They want cashless society next, is what that is.
ZiggyKitty 3 meses atrás
We are obligated to be critical of where we live because the contrary, to ignore issues, will never bring improvement. Ignoring a leaking roof and broken foundation will not leave much of a home for children of the future. We can always do better, while still enjoying the moment and finding joy in what we have and where we are and with whom we spend our finite time. The is isn’t a negative mindset, it’s a necessary one and one as you said, would be better to consider as a community. We can do this, we can forge ahead to a better, safer, kinder, more thoughtful spot. I appreciate you bringing attention to all of this, to the effects of climate change. Thank you for continuing the conversation so that we can be more mindful of the people we vote into into seats of power and be more sure that they will vote in the best interest of the people and the land on which we rely to survive.
We Love Life SGB
We Love Life SGB 3 meses atrás
...we are all on our own evolution.
uptown3636 3 meses atrás
While watching and listening, I felt my breath slow and my jaw unclench. The disarming honesty and beautiful images worked together to make my anxiety melt away.
aj. 3 meses atrás
Much love for everyone here. Wishing you peace and happiness.
Alberts Traum VLOG
Alberts Traum VLOG 3 meses atrás
Thank you, wishing the best as well!
Cat Woman
Cat Woman 3 meses atrás
Right back at you.All the best..
peaceful hideaway
peaceful hideaway 3 meses atrás
Back at you! 💜
A P 3 meses atrás
We live in a beautiful small, off-the-beaten-track town in New Zealand. It's very quiet here, not that many job opportunities either and rents are very expensive and not a lot of houses available to rent. We are not from here, we just stumbled upon this place and loved it's natural beauty. We were lucky, we bought a property 20 years ago before the price of land went through the roof. We were able to build our own small house. Our property was completely overgrown with weeds which we have removed (well, most of them) and planted thousands of trees which are thriving, together with the bird life. We see this as our small contribution to make the world a better place. And it has really made a difference to our own well-being and happiness.
Ananya Basu
Ananya Basu 17 dias atrás
I too want to live in New Zealand.😉
Bernice Babe
Bernice Babe 3 meses atrás
@A P totally agree. I am a Northlander transplanted to the SI. We are blessed with a stunning country.
A P 3 meses atrás
@Bernice Babe No, North Island - there are very beautiful places too. 😃
Bernice Babe
Bernice Babe 3 meses atrás
South Island?
Shirley 3 meses atrás
Sounds lovely and level-headed too!
Hilary Wallace
Hilary Wallace 3 meses atrás
We have same housing issues here in Scotland . It is important to occasionally do a video like this , and fir anyone considering moving to a rual area it is important to know of the challenges as well as the benefits. Hope you are feeling much better after your illness
Blackthorn Sloe
Blackthorn Sloe 3 meses atrás
Appreciate your authenticity and the strength it takes to share your thoughts and inner processing .it takes a lot of strength to be that vulnerable . It feels as if you are trying to work something out on a very deep level . May there be safe spaces and people in your life as you do this . Don't sacrifice the depth of your process just to give people that you don't know their daily dose of cheerful .
chelsey owens
chelsey owens 3 meses atrás
Well said. It's really important to let yourself speak about what's important to you, for you. We all have things that are important to us and that we want to fix and talking about the truth is a way to make things better. It was so brave to post this and we appreciate learning.
Cecily Erker
Cecily Erker 3 meses atrás
Yes, you being authentic is an invaluable service! People need to see other people navigating both the highs and lows in life to realize they can also do it themselves.
Welcom Welcom
Welcom Welcom 3 meses atrás
Totally agree - couldn't have said it better
Zahraa 3 meses atrás
Totally agree👍🏻
D Reed
D Reed 3 meses atrás
So well stated!! Thks for sharing this...
Sparrow Geiller
Sparrow Geiller 3 meses atrás
Your videos are a balm for the soul. I appreciate how much beauty you capture. I share your concerns, and I think we do need to keep the discussion going about what to do. We are all on the same team, Team Planet Earth. May we ALL thrive and prosper together, and by ALL, I mean all sentient beings and everything that is.
Not Your Ordinary Scrapbook Channel
I loved this video! It was shared authentically and is a huge issue that should be addressed.
Pauline McKelvey
Pauline McKelvey 3 meses atrás
This is a wonderful example for others to follow in having the courage to speak up about the need to become conscious and adopt a responsible way of living as we all face planetary disasters. I am in a part of the world where the regional centre has been virtually annihilated by unprecedented floods. A year on it is still a disaster, no one was prepared for floodwaters 6 metres higher than the highest flood in the past, and flood 'refugees' are spread throughout the region, homeless and traumatised. There has been a lot of community action and support but it's not enough to put destroyed lives back together once they've been allowed to be torn apart by decades of denial and inaction about the destruction that has been going on . To quote an expert academic commentator talking on tv about the deliberate policy of allowing housing developments on floodplains "Everything has to change, right now". You can apply that across the board.
Todd Merritt
Todd Merritt 3 meses atrás
Was having a bad day and watched your video and it put a smile on my face ☺ your calm voice and honesty and respect for nature brings me joy! Thanks 🙏🏻 Todd M
TheCottageFairy 3 meses atrás
Aw! Thank you so much Todd!
Our Cottage Garden Rangimariē
Thank you Paola, your wisdom exceeds your years. It is easy to romanticise places you think you will be happier. I for one have done this many times, however, I have my piece of paradise now in Aotearoa, New Zealand and I have my garden that has grounded me and healed me through a pretty traumatic past. Climate change is so relevant and it is another hurdle we humans have to endure, yet I feel, that we will all adapt because that is what we do. I feel for you for the threat of wild fires and I hear your trepidation, it must be quite daunting when the season comes around for them. Keep making these videos. I am sitting on my couch after waking up in the morning with my coffee and start my day listening to you and I feel at peace. I bet you do that for a lot of people. Take care Paola, arohanui (big love)
J Bellbird
J Bellbird 3 meses atrás
Kia Ora Koutou. Hello everyone!
Zahraa 3 meses atrás
your words are nice
John Hopkins
John Hopkins 3 meses atrás
Country living looks so appealing as the daily stresses of city life set in. No better place to find oneself in this life’s conscious interlude!
Sunnyday 2 meses atrás
@Nancy S definitely ! I find some of the past 2 years’ increase in my mountain town by a tourist area has brought a huge influx of new people and also we are the highest dog ownership per capita now . Non dog owners can’t go hiking without fear of loose dogs now - horse riders have the same fear ! Growing pains . Dogs chase and kill wildlife and it’s so upsetting ! The dog feces is also a huge problem . I like these videos because I stay home now instead of walking in the state park and forests - instead of walking along the river and lake I stay home and have plans to garden more and walk my block . I’ve wondered how other towns are dealing with the huge increase in people and dogs .
Nancy S
Nancy S 3 meses atrás
@Aurora Speaking from experience, living in "the woods" is not like that at all. People make A LOT of noise (target shooting, ATVs, shooting off semi-automatics, blasting music, screaming parties, incessantly barking dogs) and sound carries a lot more in less densely populated areas. Unless you live on 1000 acres, the people around you are still problematic.
Aurora 3 meses atrás
i agree, there's good and bad to everything, but living in a detached home in the woods, with no sound problems from neighbours, nature all around you, it is worth the long drive to a hospital, although not ideal for vulnerable people. Your quality of life and sanity is still far better to live this life style.
TheMinimalBrunette 3 meses atrás
I've been definitely experiencing some of the same struggles where i live in the countryside, dear Paola. Anxiety is the leading feeling in young people especially... Thanks for touching such a delicate truth!💖🌿🙏
Donna 3 meses atrás
One way to help out a small local grocery store is a volunteer to stock the milk and other perishables for 3 hours in exchange for $45 worth of groceries. If many people in your community worked on such a bartering system, many would thrive. It's a good temporary alternative. Of course, the volunteer would have to sign a waiver as to any injuries since worker's comp would not apply, especially if they aren't allowed to drive a forklift. Arrangements can be made to work around the legalize issues. All small communities need to think outside the box.
Tim Gordon
Tim Gordon 2 meses atrás
👏 Exactly,our school has seniors volunteers,gym open to roller skate,and entertainment like the old days,heard hospitals are taking volunteers,like we were candy strippers, ANYONE REMEMBER.👆👆👌✌️👁️ DOROTHY ASK‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
Kp3 2 meses atrás
@Silvy wow that’s rude. She makes plenty of her own money on her own.
Silvy 2 meses atrás
Or just get a job. Women like her have the luxury of daddy bringing in the money and doing the work while she just relaxes and enjoys.
Seedy 2 meses atrás
The insurance would not cover a moonlighter.
Sara M
Sara M 2 meses atrás
@Sara W Funny, I have a book about '70s co-op bulk food stores just like that. I wonder if yours was in it :)
reneezancewoman 3 meses atrás
I remember when the smoke got so bad that you had to leave home. It's definitely a time of difficult change. In my little world, I'm trying to help the situation by growing things that help the bees and by creating art that involves/encourages recycling and promotes sustainability. It feels like only little drops in a giant lake, but it's something.
Brenda P
Brenda P 3 meses atrás
You did such a beautiful job presenting a very difficult problem in a very difficult time in our world. As a 64 yo Boomer, I sure do appreciate young people like you who have the ability and the energy to address and take action on these problems. Thank you for your videos-they are a beautiful and magical reprieve, and always inspiring and deep and healing. 🙏❤️
Laura Crevillen
Laura Crevillen 2 meses atrás
Hi Paola - being honest and realistic is not being negative. It's being truthful and transparent. That's the only way we can face painful events in and around ourselves 💚
Keren Valentin
Keren Valentin 3 meses atrás
Hello Paola, this video was honest and kind, you were truthful and that means a lot. We who live in cities sometimes take nature and the beauty in which you live in for granted, which is sad. I love rural areas but I don't have the opportunity to live in one. Everyone should be concern and proactive in the areas which we all live in. We should be working together to make it a place where our children, and grandchildren can live good lives and thrive. Great video to bring awareness. Hope you are doing well. I love, love your garden and all the beauty around you. Especially your gentle and loving heart.
Veronica Maria
Veronica Maria 3 meses atrás
I live in a rural area in the heartland. Many young have left to seek employment, many older individuals have left because basic medical care is 32 miles away. At the same time, crime is rising exponentially in the metro area closest to us (about 1 1/2 hours away). It's just tough everywhere. Thank you for the reminder to be involved in our communities. (your kitten became a bona fide cat!)
YANIKE ON PURPOSE 3 meses atrás
Very interesting. The Conscious planning of community infrastructure is necessary. I remember working for a Jewish family & was intrigued as to why they only lived in 2 parts of London. I was told that if their community is scattered everywhere, there would be no one to fill the synagogues, attend schools etc. Trust me that community is renowned because as massive as London is you will ONLY find them in 2 areas. They have their own bakeries, supermarkets, banks, hell, they have their own ambulance & police service. Their planning & fore-site is just incredible.
Margaret Piddock
Margaret Piddock 3 meses atrás
We too have the same problem with housing in the UK, its so hard everywhere, there are many people who live in the countryside, and their growing family are unable to move near them, because of cost. We desperatly need more affordable homes. There are positive and negative things about anywhere we live. I love how you embrace the countryside and truly appreciate it x
nicola bishop
nicola bishop 3 meses atrás
I live on a Southern Gulf Island on the West Coast of Canada. We are experiencing housing shortages and not enough people to work. It's juxtaposed with being a very desirable place for tourists to visit, and I'm not sure our infrastructure can handle much more. Also, folks with more money, then perhaps the average, are buying homes here, but aren't fully contributing community members. It's a bit of a conundrum. It's beautiful, and I love living here, and, it's good to not sweep the difficulties under the rug.
Rieriema 3 meses atrás
This video is incredibly beautiful. The shot at 1:24 took my breath away. I love your way of capturing all these moments. Also this video made me think about some aspects and problems that I didn't really think about before (not enough people that work in a supermarket in rural areas, the housing problem...). After watching this I can just say that I really like your outlook on things and this video is just stunning.
Elaine Artemieff
Elaine Artemieff 3 meses atrás
Very insightful and inspirational. As always beautifully done! 💚
Katheeja Suhail
Katheeja Suhail 3 meses atrás
It's so hard to find people who are driven for good causes and also be humble about it at the same time. You are a true inspiration. As much as I am passionate about climate change, I've never been informed on community welfare. This video opened my eyes ❤❤❤
Darth Caradhras
Darth Caradhras 3 meses atrás
I'm a city boy here, what kinds of ways do newbies like me clash with the sustainable rural living that you mentioned? I'm very curious if I'd be guilty of them myself! Lots of love!
Somnis Veritas
Somnis Veritas 3 meses atrás
I grew up in rurally, and I agree the youth drain is one of the largest issues. Its very difficult for a person to move from high school to a career path that does not involve commuting to a city if they dont come from a family with wealth already established to front the costs, and if they choose the college path will need to relocate to a city in most cases. I disagree about wildfires being the result of climate change. I grew up where major wildfires are the summer norm. The fires today are worse because of mismanagement of the wildlands. Regulations put in place in starting in the early 90s made it increasingly difficult to reduce the fuel load the fire needs to burn. Decades of this build up have left many areas a bomb just waiting for a spark. Many of my family lost their homes a few years when their town was removed from the map by a fire. Still the towns persist in refusing to cut defensible space to protect communities there. They threatened to fine someone I know because they plowed a fire break on their land in violation of regulations saying you could not create a fire break by taking things down to the soil. Its madness that gets people killed. The other factor is the population growth in relation to infrastructure to sustain those lives. CA population has exploded since the 70's but the last major reservoir to retain water during the wet year cycle was completed in 1979. When you have 20+ millions of new people, the agriculture to feed them, etc all increases water demands heavily. Its only now they are discussing projects to increase water retention capacity which is important since the area tends to only have wet years two or three times a decade. If you cant capture what you need then its going to be painful. Man once again is responsible for their plight, not Mother Nature.
Somnis Veritas
Somnis Veritas 2 meses atrás
@MoeffMaehUndMuh Without the fuel load there is no disastrous fire, heat from climate change be damned. What is easier for us humans to change right now? Like today. Going completely carbon neutral right now letting the hundreds of millions living just on medicine and food created by fossil fuels die or changing regulations so people and towns can manage their own wildlands surrounding their homes? Back home I could get a ticket just for hauling out a tree or dead brush laying on the ground without jumping through regulations to obtain a permit. Its insanity costing us the ecosystem and lives when Mother Nature does it for us burning everything out.
Tanya A. Illustration
Tanya A. Illustration 2 meses atrás
@Jackie O You are right. This is terrible.
Jackie O
Jackie O 2 meses atrás
And the population growth is all immigration because Americans have had a negative birth rate since the 70s
Tanya A. Illustration
Tanya A. Illustration 2 meses atrás
YOU ARE RIGHT! THANK YOU FOR SAYING THIS! About the wild fires and lack of water reserves! My husband is originally from Spokane, Mead(rural) Washington state and he says the same thing about the wild fires. I lived there with him for 8 years and fires were a summer normal with barns burning down, fields burning and taking houses with them, and wells going dry. It is because of mismanagement of wild land, land management regulations and a population explosion. As for the price of housing: CA residents move in with lots of money and price locals out. My husband is 3 generation WA resident and we couldn't afford to buy a house in WA state. We moved to the South and within 2 years of settling down, bought land and a house. CA transplants did the same thing for Portland OR, where I am from where people are forced to live on top of each other in tiny apartments, sheds or leave the state altogether. My brother left for Florida, another brother is leaving next year and so is my sister - housing is VERY expensive and cramped. Again, thank you for correcting her statement.
MoeffMaehUndMuh 2 meses atrás
Thanks for your perspective on the topics! I have something to add to the wildfire topic: I agree that mismanagement is a big issue but there is clear proof that climate change contributes to it as well. Generally speaking the changing climate leads to increasing drought and higher temperatures, which increase the fire hazard. It is a multifaceted problem with both climate change and mismanagement being huge factors :)
Susan Finn
Susan Finn 3 meses atrás
I see you and Luke are also upcycling some of the old surveying sticks we have loads of at the office. I have used a bunch of them to build doors for the deer fencing I have used both on my porch, and on the front yard fencing I put up this year. I think I will get some more to make some trellises! Your place is so beautiful.💜
Suzanne McLean
Suzanne McLean 3 meses atrás
You live a life that we all dream of - peace, quiet, in touch with the land and hopefully free of stress,. Especially as we reach retirement after a busy life, that’s all we long for. You are so lucky to have this life while young. Enjoy every moment it’s so special.
ABC123 3 meses atrás
I am ALWAYS amazed by the number of comments your channel brings in. It is obvious how much people need and want peace, quiet and solitude. Somewhere along the way, we, as a society, lost our values. We chose materialism and consumerism over peace of mind. People spend and buy because they think “things” will make them happy. Instead, they make themselves increasingly miserable as they enslave themselves with more and more with debt amid rising costs. Yes, Paola, you bring to us great beauty by filming Gods creation and the simple life. It is a proven fact that stuff doesn’t soothe the heart and soul. Only time and reflection give us joy!
Mindy D
Mindy D 3 meses atrás
The lack of affordable housing for workers is an issue now all over the country, cities and small towns. It's a tough problem without a good answer.
Beth Grant-DeRoos
Beth Grant-DeRoos 3 meses atrás
15+ years ago area real estate started asking folks who were coming here to the Sierras of California, why they wanted to buy property here. This came about because to many people who have visited the area from the San Francisco Bay area, had this fantasy mindset. And once they moved here, they complained of the deer eating their vegetable gardens, rose bushes, and young fruit trees they had planted. The possums and skunks. And when told not to put feed out for the deer, they ignored the advice and expressed shock when they saw a mountain lion kill a doe eating the feed they had put out. Or when snow was up to their roofline, and snowplows were coming through every 3 days, not daily, and if grid connected, and they had no power for days or weeks, they accused the county of not doing their job! So real estate folks started asking the 'why' questions. As well as 'do you know....'?
Elendil ^^
Elendil ^^ 3 meses atrás
Thank you, thank you, thank you for speaking out about these things. It is much needed. 💚
Tara 3 meses atrás
I loved this video so much! Couldn’t agree more with what you shared and am proud of you for speaking out on your lived experience, fears, and hopes for now and the future.
Ariana Houle
Ariana Houle 3 meses atrás
Sending loving and peace-filled thoughts to everyone.
Beth M
Beth M 3 meses atrás
What I love about you and your videos . . . you/they are always so thoughtful, engaging, poetic, visually stunning, organized, introspective, motivating, inspiring, and expertly edited. You weave a story together so beautifully! I can't wait to read your book, because I know it will also have all of these elements! Your community is truly lucky to have you in it! Thank you for giving us something of value every time you upload!♥
Red Christopher
Red Christopher 3 meses atrás
Retirement is on my horizon and I am considering something more rural than my current suburban existence. I'm adding these issues to my list of things to consider in my future plans. I'm glad you brought them up.
Red Christopher
Red Christopher 2 meses atrás
@Seedy That is interesting. I wonder what that is about? Is it that the retirees don't have much money to spend, or they do have money but don't want to spend it locally?
Red Christopher
Red Christopher 2 meses atrás
@Nancy S That has been my unfortunate observation as well. And not just rural towns. Where I live they consider anyone who wasn't born and raised here an outsider.
Seedy 2 meses atrás
Don't come to Montana or Idaho. It is the same deal. People come in, retire and don't contribute to overall infrastructure regarding jobs.
Phabulous 1
Phabulous 1 3 meses atrás
@Nancy S Very wise advice. Much discernment is needed.
Nancy S
Nancy S 3 meses atrás
Choose carefully. In my experience rural towns are not filled with people like Paola.
Why is Nothing Enough
Why is Nothing Enough 3 meses atrás
I've found that there are struggles in every location we go to, some much worse than others. My human mind is always searching for the bad stuff and if left unmanaged, I will just dwell on the negative all of the time. Thank you for your content to influence my perspective. 🌞
Lu St
Lu St 3 meses atrás
The yellow fabric was stunning in your hair. I love how realistic this video is. I live In a very small community and we are experiencing the same challenges. We have housing shortages and the workforce is in dire need. Change is not readily accepted. Thank you for verbalizing the concerns and encouraging us to offer our help.
Kimmberlie 3 meses atrás
Congratulations on one million subscribers. Your beautiful artistry and soothing soul has brought so much joy to us.
always learning
always learning 3 meses atrás
"Even though our problems seem more and more complex, the solutions still remain very simple" - David Attenbourgh. I find it very frustrating when I know that we can solve so many of our problems like affordable housing , unemployment , environmental issues etc...but corporate greed and lack of good political decisions making is preventing that from happening. But I do have hope, because I know that many of our problems have been created by us and can be solved by us- all we have to do is decide to change the better.🙏
Jodi Girl
Jodi Girl 3 meses atrás
I love the sound of the rain! It is my favorite. I live in drought striken Northern California and rain is so precious! We lived for 20 years in Paradise, California that burned down in a huge forest fire a few years ago. We had already moved away before the fire, but going back to see the devastation was absolutely heartbreaking! Climate change is real and it's scary. ♡
Dian Moffatt
Dian Moffatt 3 meses atrás
Living in rural New Brunswick, I can absolutely relate to everything you've spoken of. As more consider relocating to the country from urban areas, it's important that they appreciate the challenges and just how delicate our local ecosystems are. For these people, I strongly encourage them to befriend the wonderful individuals who grew up here to learn from them, and please leave your hoa's behind. As for this next generation, yeah, they really are amazing and I truly believe that they'll make our world a better place, with our support.
Merbella 3 meses atrás
It's an important conversation for sure. Affordable housing is a major issue of our time. And lack of resources has effected many more Americans now than in recent history. Hopefully we'll make it through the storm together. 🙏
Marisa 3 meses atrás
how did you learn which flowers are which and what parts of them are safe for consumption? Example, tomatoes are clearly obvious but most people don't realize the leaves or plant itself is actually toxic to both pets and humans. Rhubarb is safe but its leaves contain high levels of toxins. As someone who loves teas I would love to learn what to grow and how to harvest it while understanding which part of the plant is and is not safe. I fully understand about the cost of living. I live with my parents and I honestly don't have a choice. As they are getting slightly older it causes me a lot of anxiety to think that in a few short years I may find myself homeless because of the insane costs of living. I collect disability because of extreme PTSD. I often struggle to leave my home without becoming very sick. I take medications that I wouldn't be able to afford without this program, yet the housing allowance that it provides isn't even enough to rent a room anymore. I have been considering tiny house living or even getting a camper or something in that regard so that I have some stability even if it's not ideal, it would be better than being completely without housing. Shelters are filled to their max. Houses are about 10x the price they were when I was in my early 20s. It is very scary to be part of this generation of people who statistically are unlikely to ever own our own homes and to know that the people who have always helped us in that regard are not going to be around in 20-30 years, and even if they are, they can't manage the cost of these larger homes anymore either. I don't know what the answer is, or how to get there, but it's definitely an issue. And, as you said, the essential workers who literally keep our societies going, are greatly underpaid and are also burning out. We were blessed that my parents and my son had "essential" jobs the last few years, two in a grocery store and one as a truck driver, my daughter wasn't so lucky because she worked at a restaurant that wasn't "essential". So many people, including myself, have gone into a lot of debt because of the last few years. Unexpected and necessary expenses like medications, masks, masks for kids in school every day, the price of gasoline, and so on just pushed so many of us right up and over the edge. It has been a real struggle and I am certain that most people regardless of their job titles or yearly income, have been impacted in some way. For the longest time you couldn't go to the hospital for an emergency without first testing negative. Now, Dr's and Nurses are stepping down because they are beyond burnt out and they have their own traumas from the past few years. There are shortages in every field. Thank you Paola for bringing this some attention and still bringing a calm to it. I realize everything will work out, because it has to. It is just hard to see HOW right now. Sending you much love and good health!
Shirley 3 meses atrás
@Mike Noneofyourbusiness Oh Mike You said the Silent Part out loud
Deborah Danhauer
Deborah Danhauer 3 meses atrás
@Mike Noneofyourbusiness That was mean 🙁
Marisa 3 meses atrás
@Mike Noneofyourbusiness books and many other resources are very contradictory, hence why I asked Paola what SHE'S used as she clearly has had great success with her resources!
Deborah Danhauer
Deborah Danhauer 3 meses atrás
@Shirley Thank you! It’s a lot of hard work, but it won’t take 30 years like a mortgage would, and if you pay as you go you don’t have any debt. Of course, the most environmentally sound home is the one that’s already built, since the resources were already used. But not everyone can afford a mortgage.🐝❤️🤗
Shirley 3 meses atrás
@Deborah Danhauer sound advice. Some can afford if only they didnt buy the latest Iphone and $100 blue jeans. It's also easier and probable if you have a like-minded commited partner. I applaud your ingenuity.
The Willowz
The Willowz 3 meses atrás
Love from a small relatable town in rural North Idaho! I can’t believe I caught the upload as it happened!! Hope you are feeling better!!! 💜
TheCottageFairy 3 meses atrás
Thank you!! I am feeling so much better ❤️
Alberts Traum VLOG
Alberts Traum VLOG 3 meses atrás
Francine H.
Francine H. 3 meses atrás
Thank you for talking about these topics! It is true that if each one of us do our part, even just a tiny bit, we can work toward making positive changes to help our natural world.
peaceful hideaway
peaceful hideaway 3 meses atrás
Sending you love, Paula and hope that things will get better in your area as well as everywhere else in the world! Thank you for being such a light during these tough times, even when exploring sadder topics. 💜🙏🤗
A Aloha
A Aloha 3 meses atrás
Thank you for raising awareness for these small town issues. 🙏🏼 Affordable and ecofriendly living is a problem everywhere. People with normal jobs are being outpriced. The waiting lists for social housing (rental) in the Netherlands has exceeded 10 years is some city’s. Status holders (equivalent of a greencard) were prioritized in one city this summer. At the same time as a single parent with a daughter in college to be an elementary school teacher, we can’t afford her to move out yet. In social housing it may take until she’s 30 or 35 years old before she’s moved up the priority list enough to get a house. She can only afford to buy a house if she marries someone with a better paying job. 🤔 Weird isn’t it?! In the mean time there are people owning several villa’s, just for holidays.
Gail Sprangers
Gail Sprangers 3 meses atrás
While you spoke, I was smiling. I'm 66 now and have seen change in so many places. I was like you not wanting people to do things to the land I loved the way it used to be. My grandmother's 57 acre farm I used to lay in the fields and climb in the barn and run down the front field, across the dirt river road and splash in the river. Bon fires on the beach along the river in the evening and sitting on her front porch just looking out over the quiet with family. It's all gone. Roads run like patchwork through what used to be her hayfields and neatly placed homes line paved roads. Even the beach seemed to have narrowed. I went there with my sister years ago trying to remember the exact spot where her home once stood with the elm tree near the dirt drive. I never returned. Change is inevitable. Today my children have grown and are raising their own families. Blessedly they are near and we are close. The dirt patches where they played in the yard are now beautiful grown lawn and I spend my time raising chickens and tending to my gardens and enjoying my retirement and time with my husband. I know the daisies in my gardens are there only while I tend to them and my vegetables will only be there for the season. I can't stop change and perhaps it's really not my place to try to control what others do with the lands they own. I can control my land while its mine. Hopefully my example of caring for my land will insire others to do the same. The people around me thankfully care for their land as I do. I look at how things are now and move on rather than yearning for how things once were. I remember my mom talking how things had changed since she was younger and I do the same to my children's children and so this is the way of life. Change is inevitable and even though things that we find comforting and familiar change, it is now someone elses fond time for them to look back on in years to come and say "I remember when".
Ingrid Menninga Toronto Real Estate Agent
It's so true what you say. It's also so easy to over-romanticize what once was. And there is a lot of improvement that's easy to forget. Live how you like and don't hold others hostage to it, in my humble opinion. I would never want to move back to the 32 acre farm I grew up on...but I am happy to have a half acre nearby.
Andee Christian
Andee Christian 3 meses atrás
Your words are very worthwhile, no matter what topic! We all have to work together. As a wheelchair user and minimalist, I enjoy outdoors nature, birds, lakefront, flowers, every day. I encourage everyone to not wait til your days are numbered to start living and enjoying the universe.
Beth O.
Beth O. 3 meses atrás
Paola, I thank you for this message that you presented in your always very genuine and gentle manner. We must all try to pitch in, if it is at all possible. We must love and care for our earth, our home. You are a lovely, incredible teller of both stories and truths. ❤
Gloria Morris
Gloria Morris 3 meses atrás
Thank you Paola for your thoughtfulness. You have touched on some very important subjects! I live in Ontario Canada and in our small town close by us, the Tim Hortons coffee shop has had to reduce it’s hours due to a lack of employees. Right now they are moving people from Toronto to the area and setting them up in apartments so that they can work here. In itself, this is not a bad thing because I suspect many of these people are new immigrants to Canada, but, we should have people in our area who are willing and able to work too. Since COVID and after many income subsidy initiatives, unfortunately, some individuals have lost their desire to work for their incomes.
Rachael R
Rachael R 3 meses atrás
I love starting my Sundays with you 💜 Thank you for sharing.
Moongold 3 meses atrás
What a beautiful sunset and the sound of the rain on your roof. So lovely. Those cherries 🍒 you picked looked fabulous. What do you plan to make with those gorgeous gems? Those pieces of cloth that you had dyed turned out pretty. I wish you peace, love, harmony and All of Life's Blessings Paola and to All of those who see this. 🧡
Hannah Rose
Hannah Rose 3 meses atrás
Those cherries make my mouth water! We also have the affordable housing problem here on the east coast of Canada. In part it was created by people selling houses in other provinces to get away from Covid, and looking to Nova Scotia as the "ideal" place to live (if there is such a thing in a pandemic). The revenue from the sale of their house was able to afford the purchase of three properties in this province, and, the resulting bidding wars took housing away from Nova Scotians. In fact, I am one of the homeless people. (I say "homeless"--I have stayed with this person and that, not able to live as I would chose, or be myself, or work at the things that are fulfilling. I don't see the housing situation as getting better any time soon. Wracking my brains as to what "new thing" I can create that would provide at least a temporary home for me and point the way for others.
Caitlyn 3 meses atrás
There's always this fight between new generations and old generations. Young people cause change and older people want things to stay the same. Neither generation can full fill their purpose without the other. They both need to learn from each other. Young people need the wisdom from older people who've lived and learned. And older people need the innovations and fresh ideas of young people to solve problems that they never thought could be solved. Working together on anything is always the best way but people are too selfish and want things their way, not a way that benefits the good for all. There's much hope though. People always come together when they find a common purpose to full fill. Itll happen just have to be patient.
Natalie Rocke
Natalie Rocke 2 meses atrás
I always love spending time with you in your videos! Thank you so much for inviting us along the way!
Meg 2 meses atrás
Thank you for this! I know there are many people who would give anything to be able to live somewhere like you do, but it's important to remember that the grass isn't always greener and nowhere is perfect. I live in a rural area but I have to rent a small flat (I love it but it's totally falling apart, and I'm not allowed pets 🥲) and I would give anything to have a garden or some land like you, it's so beautiful and dreamy to watch! That being said, we are close to a city as well as the country, so there's more opportunities as a young working person than perhaps there would be in the middle of nowhere. Everything is closer together in the UK that's for sure! I wouldn't change my location for the world, but hopefully one day I will get my little garden and the chance to rescue some animals :) 🐇🦔🐈
Helen Knefley
Helen Knefley 3 meses atrás
I always find your videos inspirational and encouraging. Thx for all you do❤️
Think for yourself John 3:16
You have brought up some very important concerns about living rural and the unexpected things that life may bring our way. I'm so happy you are feeling better Paola. Keeping you in my prayers. You're not a downer You're a realist dear ♥️♥️.
Mangisty 100
Mangisty 100 2 meses atrás
I needed to hear this one, I get so saddened and overwhelmed with everything going on in the world, from beautiful endangered animals / poachers, to inflation, homeless, fires, drought, etc. I do what I can but sometimes I feel like it doesn’t matter…thank you for your encouraging words 🙏🏼❤
luanne dimaggio
luanne dimaggio 3 meses atrás
It is the same over here in the Colville area. So hard for young people. It is so important to respect our areas around us. Love your community.
T 3 meses atrás
"I believe anywhere you find love and safety is a paradise" ❤ It really is about cultivating that space wherever you are
Phabulous 1
Phabulous 1 3 meses atrás
“I believe anywhere you find love and safety is a paradise.” Thank you for this reminder. I find myself thinking if, this, that and the other were possible… but, yet in still, all our needs are met and then some. I would truly love to live more of a country setting. I think I’ll make that a matter of prayer. 🙏🏾 😊 Paola, please continue to make these wonderful heart felt, soothing, cozy videos. They mean a lot; and looking forward to the next, etc. 💕 Sending you my love.
Verena Graham
Verena Graham 2 meses atrás
I love my rural community and wouldn't change it.I think we each have a roll to play in bettering our environment. Each of us have different ways we can do this .I grow my own food and try to walk as much as I can.I do use buses .We are all facing the challenges together ❤️
Deirdre Clark
Deirdre Clark 3 meses atrás
I live in the UK and we have had a drought! Hottest weather for over 500 years. Climate change? Hose pipe bans. Very strange. Europe is badly affected as well. really enjoyed your video. Thanks.
J LD 3 meses atrás
We are all in this together. Love from western US. ❤️
Seriously Whatever
Seriously Whatever 3 meses atrás
"Today needs to be lived" my new motto!
Constance D Gordon
Constance D Gordon 3 meses atrás
"I believe anywhere you find love and safety is a paradise" I love that thought 🌻💛 Thank you for bringing attention to this
s s
s s 3 meses atrás
Paola you are so inspirational, aesthetic, creative, eloquent, honest and I watch your channel with each new episode with such enthusiasm and thank you with gratitude for the hard work it must take to bring out these treasured videos each week.
Sheila London
Sheila London 3 meses atrás
Thank you for sharing this! I am currently struggling with the mindset in the town where I live and have been actively "romanticizing other places." You've given me good things to think about.
Bethany that's me
Bethany that's me 3 meses atrás
Thank you for sharing. I've been fortunate enough to live in some remote places in both Oregon & Alaska. I've found what you've described very much resonates with those places & in my heart.
Sofía Muner
Sofía Muner 3 meses atrás
Gracias Paola por hablar de estos temas con tu comunidad de seguidores. Aquí en Argentina hay muchos incendios forestales por lo que entendemos lo que mencionas. Acercase a ayudar a los afectados, reunirse para crear propuestas comunitarias ante estos hechos climáticos o simplemente comenzar en casa a hacer pequeñas acciones que aporten al bienestar de la Madre tierra y nuestras comunidades es un gran aporte para la humanidad. Abrazo enorme. ME ENCANTA QUE COMPARTAS TUS OPINIONES PERSONALES, ES MUY VALIOSO
Julia Frauke Thiele
Julia Frauke Thiele 2 meses atrás
A very inspiring video. Keep speaking out of your heart - you're doing well! ♥
Rhonda Tolle
Rhonda Tolle 3 meses atrás
As always, enjoyed this video so much. I am very inspired by the way you live. I more often buy from thrift stores or don’t buy at all. You have helped me connect with nature so much more.
Nancy Helgeson
Nancy Helgeson 3 meses atrás
So well presented. Thank you for expressing these important elements of what is important in your community, and as you say, what is important in all of our communities. Community is so important to me as well. Supporting one another is a critical component of our communities.
Lauren in Germany
Lauren in Germany 3 meses atrás
You mentioned the two reasons I also started doing this- I wanted to help people who might not live in such a beautiful part of the world get a change of scenery during the lockdown, and also because as an singer, I wasn’t allowed to work at that time. So I filmed the beautiful places that I could so easily see and shared them. It really helped me connect to so many people, although not as many as you, of course! But it’s a wonderful feeling to still add a moment of pleasure to somebody’s day. Or as you sometimes say: or night! I always loved to hear that, because I often listen to you at night.
Phabulous 1
Phabulous 1 3 meses atrás
@Lauren in Germany Exactly. 🤗
Lauren in Germany
Lauren in Germany 3 meses atrás
@Phabulous 1 and you know she won’t shout what’s up, guys, unnecessarily loudly at the start of the video, just when you are winding down.
Lauren in Germany
Lauren in Germany 3 meses atrás
@Phabulous 1 and you know she won’t shout what’s up, guys, unnecessarily loudly at the start of the video, just when you are winding down.
Phabulous 1
Phabulous 1 3 meses atrás
Me, too! I listen at night after work and I’m in bed winding down; so nurturing as if being read a good nights story before I sleep.
Lyssa’s Letters
Lyssa’s Letters 2 meses atrás
Loved the format of the first half of this video! Your voice when recorded with the voice-over microphone is very soothing!!! And the shots of you creating and interacting with the forest and your garden were so wonderful💗. Once again, thank you for sharing these videos with us!
wolfman 3 meses atrás
When I was growing up as a kid I spent every summer at my parents summer home in Michigan which had a very nice lake and our family had many other family friends and their kids to play with I would walk barefooted almost all the time and I completely dreaded having to come back to "civilization" to go back to school. The area I live in is just outside a major city that I haven't visited in several years due to severe over population and gun shootings at night and during the day from gang wars. Yes rural life can have a downside but I strongly prefer it over "city life". And I stopped going to that home many years ago because it was getting very popular. I sometimes visit once each year for a weekend to see my mom and family. I talk with my mom every week but she lives far from me.
D Reed
D Reed 3 meses atrás
You are truly an old soul. Your comments were very thoughtful, and beautifully stated! I've grown Echinacea and never knew how to make the tea - thks! Love seeing you film Garden and your beautiful hand dyed (sp?) scarves. You are simply a delight, feel like we've just worshipped our planet ❤️ 🤲. 🫂 Hugs!!
Artsy Bina
Artsy Bina 3 meses atrás
Thank you for the video, Paola! Since, you mentioned Jane Goodall, I wanted you to have a look at Save soil movement. As the soil on our planet is under great threat (which means our lives too), the save soil movement is launched on a global level to mitigate all issues related to our environment as they are somehow connected to the soil on our planet. Jane Goodall is supporting this cause. Please do have a look once! And thanks for bringing light on various challenges and other aspects of your life through these videos! Love watching them!❤️💐
Patricia Cinea
Patricia Cinea 3 meses atrás
With Covid we saw another urban migration to more rural areas so rapidly driving up the cost of homes and land. Added to that, technology has allowed more people to work from home. I like to call the latter, "climate cycling," based on my 6 decades of life. Even one Antarctic ice shelf has grown in the last 20 years.
Mountain Goddess
Mountain Goddess 3 meses atrás
So true. It's all a cycle. The fear mongering from governments around the world is over the top. I'm old enough to remember when acid rain was going to kill everything. 🙄
Megan Felt
Megan Felt 3 meses atrás
I live nearby in more southeast Washington in the Blue Mountains, I am glad you got a rain! We did not enjoy that recent chance of rain and so I finally watered my sweet plants today. I want to say that for me, the hardest part of these struggles that are arising in rural America, is the division. We have just been fed so much negativity and talking points we can barely think straight as a country, as this we have lost our common ground. I am a rancher and logger with my husband, this are terrible professions to some folks thinking about Mother Nature, but if done correctly both intensive cattle grazing and small select cut logging are able to build up our earth rather than wear her out. We need to graze our forests again, very mindfully, to prevent such rampant fires. And we can select log them for some timber for our local communities to use and further prevent fires. My husband has logged with horses for over 30 years now and I am just beginning with him. It’s quite magical and very unexpected and thing like this I hope will be considered. Paola, Thanks for being honest and yourself. Lastly, I so wish we could have affordable housing and most everything new we build to sustain communities, be beautiful and efficient. We need more beauty in our built world, it would calm things and center things.
Ingrid Menninga Toronto Real Estate Agent
It's true, there is a tonne of division. But the interesting thing is, we all have so much in common. Often the values are the same or similar...the ways of expressing it are different. I find if I approach it from that perspective, it's easy to understand differences of opinions and see everyone is doing their best in their own way.
Megan Felt
Megan Felt 3 meses atrás
@Realtruth-Sherrie yea I have sometime felt such a sigh of relief from a wooded are that was jus so crowded, after cutting a few trees out. I was raised by tree huggers.. but in talking with older people and I serving the natural world and experiencing sustainable thoughtful logging, I’ve shifted my understanding of it. Blessings on your father.
Realtruth-Sherrie 3 meses atrás
My father was a logger in Ca. Also a farmer as I grew up in the country. People didn’t understand logging at all. I’m older and remember them tying themselves to trees years ago to ban it. When they worked only certain trees were marked for cutting which opened up into meadows in the spring. They didn’t clear cut. Also for safety always had 2 or more water trucks on site. They also made fire safety lines with bulldozers and cleared out underbrush and dead wood before winter set in. Our mountains were absolutely amazing and so fragrant. Such a misunderstood process.. makes me sad
RedPat 3 meses atrás
It’s good to express yourself, sweetie. 🍄🧚‍♀️🍄🧚‍♀️🍄
Gracie 3 meses atrás
I know that many people no longer have an interest in spiritual things, but prayer still is an undeniable source of calm in an otherwise troubled life. Just you and God talking out the things that worry you. And of course thanking Him for all that you are grateful for. The books we read and the music we listen to also ought to rest the mind rather than create anxiety. This has worked for me, considering I am by nature a very anxious person.
susan 2 meses atrás
@Adriana God hears all prayers.God often answers the desperate prayers that come from great sinners who find themselves in trouble.
Asha Deosaran
Asha Deosaran 2 meses atrás
All that beauty of the mountains and flowers and shrubs Paola shows off was made by our heavenly father, all praise goes to him, thank you God. We admire his works but we should never fail to praise him.
Gracie 2 meses atrás
All I know is that prayer changes things. It's the testimony of my life.
Laura Austin
Laura Austin 2 meses atrás
All good and well if it helps you, but praying doesn’t fix problems.
susan 2 meses atrás
@Mike Noneofyourbusiness All prayers are answered by God. Its not selfish to pray for your needs. God is our father and wants us to turn to him for help. Sounds like you where triggered by someone believing in God and not some vague idea of spirituality.
Purrsephone 3 meses atrás
Thank you for the peace and beauty you create in your videos. I support The Nature Conservancy. I am struggling, too. 🍁
JaimeLynn - Sunshine79
JaimeLynn - Sunshine79 3 meses atrás
Love this! And Congrats on 1 Million Subscribers Paola! So happy for you!
Visualizações 964 166
Visualizações 1 058 525
Visualizações 964 166