From city life to

country living.

Welcome to The Ready Life Podcast and Media Center – your resource for making the transition from city life to sustainable living.

Our podcast features a young family’s journey towards independence and self-sufficiency, with insights, tips, and stories to help you achieve your own goals.

Whether you’re looking to go off-grid, start a homestead, or simply embrace a more sustainable lifestyle, our media center is here to guide you every step of the way. Join us on this journey and discover the rewards of leaving city life behind and embracing a sustainable lifestyle.


We are simply trying to reclaim the birthright of noble independence handed down to us from our forefathers.

– Nick Meissner

who we are.

“Home is not made happy by having a bunch of ‘things’! Home is made happy with love, self-sacrifice, and mutual respect.” – Nick Meissner

Nick and Lisa Meissner – a young family living off-grid on a solar-powered homestead in the mountains of North Idaho.

Nick is a seasoned homesteader with a background in construction, while Lisa is a health educator with a passion for natural living.  Their journey began in the late ’90s, when they decided to leave the “rat race” for a simpler lifestyle that is less dependent on modern systems.

Through on-the-job training and the school of hard knocks, they gained valuable knowledge on how to set up and live off the grid, and now they offer their expertise to those seeking a similar path. Join Nick and Lisa on their adventure and discover the rewards of embracing a sustainable lifestyle ‘Into the Country’.

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