Not sure how many people are following this particular thread any longer, but it came up on search, which means it is still active, so others may still be finding it. I thought perhaps a small update may be of some value. What I discovered in the process of 'bugging out' is to be realistic. I found that a lot of my expectations were definitely out of whack with reality, in terms of what I could achieve, and it what time frame. That said, necessity really is the 'mother of invention', so did manage to get a lot of things accomplished, though it was with a lot of hard work and effort, much like anything in life. I ran across an article recently with laid out the expectations fairly clearly for living off grid
, and perhaps I should have taken the time to read more, and do more research before taking the leap.
In all cases, realism and practical expectations definitely will help in the beginning of your process to going off grid, and will ensure you don't find yourself loosing faith in yourself, and in your abilities to succeed.