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PonchoMeg's Guide to Hippie, Bohemian, Free-Spirited Living: Information for the Counterculture

Updated on February 17, 2015

A Place for Modern Day Hippies, Bohemians, and Free-Spirits!

Do you feel as though you don't quite fit into society and what's considered mainstream and normal? Do you like to challenge authority or ideas? Are you creative? Do you believe that music and art and self-expression are more important than things like jobs, bills, and social status? Are you a natural philosopher? Do you believe in the power of peace and love?

I think you are in the right place...

This page is meant to be a resource for those who know that they are different somehow. It is a place for hippies, bohemians, and free-spirits of past, present, and future. It is an informative reference for those in the mainstream as well, to help them to understand members of the counterculture. And it is also a very personal look at who I am.

I am Meagan, known to the online community mostly as PonchoMeg: The Modern Bohemian, thanks to the success of my blogs, my social media presence, my poetry, my books, my modeling, music, acting, and my online articles. I myself am a Modern Hippie, Bohemian, Free-Spirit, and I am proud of it. But I have also suffered for it.

Many people don't understand me. Some days, I barely understand myself. But that's okay. What's worse are people who don't understand and are simply hurtful. For example... I have been called a "dirty hippie," people have assumed that I couldn't be responsible or hold a job (here's a shocker for them... I have been working since I was 14....), and many people assume that all I do is sit around all day and do drugs and listen to The Grateful Dead.

Why so many close-minded views? Well... partly because people don't know any better. Maybe if I can reach some of those people with this hub, it will make a difference. If I can show people the beauty and honesty of living such a lifestyle as I do, instead of simply reinforcing old stereotypes, maybe it will help them to accept others with similar lifestyles.

Now, I won't say that there won't be ANY of the old stereotypes on here, because, let's face it... the Hippie community IS pretty supportive of marijuana, walking barefoot, and listening to jam bands. But what I want people to see is that it's okay to be different. It's even okay to disagree. But let's band together to stop the hate, and just get along.

"Come on people now... smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now." - "Get Together" by The Youngbloods

Peace and Love to ALL!!!

What is a Hippie, really?

A hippie is not just a remnant of the past. Modern hippies exist today, but in different forms, more suited to fitting into the world as is than hippies of the days of Flower Power.

While hippies of the 60's really rocked the boat with their free love, drug exploration, protest rock, peace rallies, communes, festivals, riots, innovative fashions, "green living," incorporations of Eastern religions into Christianity and Paganism, and of course, lava lamps and shag carpeting, modern hippies are a little more... well, restrained. Mostly because all the hard work was already done for us! Sex and drugs and rock and roll are not as taboo as they once were; fashion is broad and eccentric nowadays; "green living" is trendy and on point, and peace and love are seen not only as hippie ideals anymore, but as the powerful forces that they are.

So... modern hippies are lazy hippies? No. Not at all. We just approach our battles differently these days. Well, not entirely differently. Art, music, fashion, media, movies, theatre... they will always be ways of expressing hippie views. But what hippies today have that hippies of the 60's didn't have (but were inventing) is technology! Internet! Connectivity to the world with a clicking of a few buttons. Amazing. So the modern hippie is a tech-savvy hippie. Not always though; there are still a few "off-grid" / commune types out there. Meaning, that modern hippies still don't always fit the same conventions as each other, just as the "old school" hippies didn't. They are originals! Unique, but able to blend or standout at will. Because they do what they want, when they want, HOW they want. So they are selfish? Yes, and no. Modern hippies believe it is important to love oneself and live for oneself. But yet, they also believe in peace and love for ALL. Hmmm....

So... what is a modern hippie then? A lazy representation of the iconic hippie of the Flower Power days with a flair for technology and social activism on a more socially acceptable scale who does what they want, says what they want, wears what they want, lives how they want, and yet strives for peace and love and to help others? Maybe...

What is a Modern Bohemian?

The term Bohemian used to only refer to peoples of Bohemia. But now it refers to the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, involving musical, artistic or literary pursuits or other creative or spiritual endeavors and often involving travel, as an adventurer, vagabond, or gypsy.

When I think of Modern Bohemian in comparison to Bohemian, I think of RENT v. La Boheme. Both are based on the same story, but each creates Boho characters who fit the times. Puccini's Bohemians are truly Bohemian, but Jonathan Larson's Bohemians are Modern Bohemians.

Modern Bohemians live life their way. They do what they want. They believe in creativity and freedom and change! They can be a mash-up of Hippies, traditional bohemians, gypsies, dandies, and/or free-spirits, who live life their own way but fit no category. They usually embrace modern technology, can fit into modern culture (sometimes), and appreciate some modern things, but they also have a fire inside for vintage, antique, and secondhand. They probably drink coffee. (I know I do!)

Modern Bohemian Lifestyle - Free-spirited photos that document one Bohemian's life.

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I drew a giant peace sign in the sand at a beach in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.This is a necklace I made.  I love making jewelry.  It is such a fun creative activity.Peace and Love Baby!!My fun, vintage vase!  I love secondhand stores, vintage shops, and antique sellers. Love! Love! Love!My "Late 2010-Early 2011 Look."  I love changing it up when it comes to hair color.Grand Rapids Electronic Music Night.  Modern Bohemians, Hippies, & Free-Spirits love music festivals!  They're so much fun!I love performing! Here I am with Will as we perform with The Sunset Club a few years ago.I love taking artsy photos of myself. I may be a little obsessed.I love the sun! This is a beautiful sunset I shot at The Homestead.My mom often told me that sometimes you just have to "go with the flow..."Some of my fun art, some yummy, healthy food, and my uke!It's OKAY to be DIFFERENT! In fact, it's FANTASTIC!My very first book of poetry!Peace and Love to ALL!Humanity - Embrace it; don't erase it.Cat nappin' with my Ava.I Declare World Peace. If you do too, spread the word!Even when times are hard, you have to smile!Warhol-esque artsy photo. PEACE!My babies! Ava is my tortie (adopted from the KSPCA) and Zaneeta is ALL grey girl (adopted from the streets). I love them!I love changing up my style. In 2014, I went for a mix of Bardot and Rocker-Chic. Living is art...
I drew a giant peace sign in the sand at a beach in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
I drew a giant peace sign in the sand at a beach in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
This is a necklace I made.  I love making jewelry.  It is such a fun creative activity.
This is a necklace I made. I love making jewelry. It is such a fun creative activity.
Peace and Love Baby!!
Peace and Love Baby!!
My fun, vintage vase!  I love secondhand stores, vintage shops, and antique sellers. Love! Love! Love!
My fun, vintage vase! I love secondhand stores, vintage shops, and antique sellers. Love! Love! Love!
My "Late 2010-Early 2011 Look."  I love changing it up when it comes to hair color.
My "Late 2010-Early 2011 Look." I love changing it up when it comes to hair color.
Grand Rapids Electronic Music Night.  Modern Bohemians, Hippies, & Free-Spirits love music festivals!  They're so much fun!
Grand Rapids Electronic Music Night. Modern Bohemians, Hippies, & Free-Spirits love music festivals! They're so much fun!
I love performing! Here I am with Will as we perform with The Sunset Club a few years ago.
I love performing! Here I am with Will as we perform with The Sunset Club a few years ago.
I love taking artsy photos of myself. I may be a little obsessed.
I love taking artsy photos of myself. I may be a little obsessed.
I love the sun! This is a beautiful sunset I shot at The Homestead.
I love the sun! This is a beautiful sunset I shot at The Homestead.
My mom often told me that sometimes you just have to "go with the flow..."
My mom often told me that sometimes you just have to "go with the flow..."
Some of my fun art, some yummy, healthy food, and my uke!
Some of my fun art, some yummy, healthy food, and my uke!
It's OKAY to be DIFFERENT! In fact, it's FANTASTIC!
It's OKAY to be DIFFERENT! In fact, it's FANTASTIC!
My very first book of poetry!
My very first book of poetry!
Peace and Love to ALL!
Peace and Love to ALL!
Humanity - Embrace it; don't erase it.
Humanity - Embrace it; don't erase it.
Cat nappin' with my Ava.
Cat nappin' with my Ava.
I Declare World Peace. If you do too, spread the word!
I Declare World Peace. If you do too, spread the word!
Even when times are hard, you have to smile!
Even when times are hard, you have to smile!
Warhol-esque artsy photo. PEACE!
Warhol-esque artsy photo. PEACE!
My babies! Ava is my tortie (adopted from the KSPCA) and Zaneeta is ALL grey girl (adopted from the streets). I love them!
My babies! Ava is my tortie (adopted from the KSPCA) and Zaneeta is ALL grey girl (adopted from the streets). I love them!
I love changing up my style. In 2014, I went for a mix of Bardot and Rocker-Chic.
I love changing up my style. In 2014, I went for a mix of Bardot and Rocker-Chic.
Living is art...
Living is art...

Hippie, Bohemian, Free-Spirit Style - Modern Bohemians Love Fashion!

Unique Fashion for Unique People...

Because Hippie, Bohemian, Free-Spirit People are so independent, creative, and unique, it is hard to describe exactly how one dresses. However, I can give you some ideas of things that are often associated with them, and show you examples of things that I know at least SOME of us wear.

Some things you might see on a Hippie/Bohemian/Free-Spirit - Notice that I only said "some"

  • Long, flowing skirts in solids or prints. They are usually in Earth tones or in bright, artistic, colorful tones. Prints will often represent other cultures and ethnicities, highlight fun and fantastical imagery or artwork, or will be of something that occurs in nature (flowers, animals, etc.)
  • Jewelry. Real. Fake. Classy. Costume. Vintage. New. You'll often see a lot of hemp, turquoise, and handmade beads, and also many layered necklaces and a plethora of chunky bracelets. There may be brooches, pins, and cuff links right along with the cheesy peace sign earrings and obligatory hippie buttons.
  • Hats. Getting dressed is like getting in costume, and often, you may need a hat. Floppy beach hats, cowboy hats, berets, top hats, beanies... pretty much anything goes, as long as you have the guts and gusto to pull it off.
  • Moccasins, sandals, and other comfortable footwear. Moccasins are great for indoor and outdoor use, sandals such as Birkenstocks are just so darn comfortable and good for your feet, and other cozy footwear like flip-flops, slippers, clogs, and boots are cozy, convenient, and yes... comfortable.
  • Heels, thigh-high boots, and other uncomfortable footwear. So... Modern Bohemians sometimes want to make a different kind of fashion statement. High fashion is art after all, so it's okay to mix modern art into the wardrobe. With heels and boots, the sexier the better (but you may still see basic pumps and combat boots) and as for other uncomfortable footwear... well, all I have to say is, sometimes, it hurts to be beautiful. Or... well... it hurts to be art.
  • Headscarves, shawls, wraps, belts, capes, and ponchos. Just as with jewelry, these accessories are wanted in any and all forms. Why? Because when not worn on the body, all of these can serve as decoration within the household: over tables, covering lampshades, across the tops of windows, on the back of chairs, as a part of an elaborate work of wall art, or just hanging on a doorknob. It's pretty groovy.
  • Secondhand. Vintage. Antique. Homemade. These words mean a LOT to the Modern Hippie/Bohemian/Free-Spirit. Most of my own closet can practically be divided into just these 4 categories! (In fact, probably only about 20% is bought new or received as a gift)
  • Tie Dye. If you have any hippie in you, I would hope you had a least a little tie-dye.
  • Jeans. Whether they are torn, worn, frayed, and dirty or crisp, clean, dark and skinny... jeans are always cool.
  • Leggings, yoga pants, jeggings, etc. Especially if they are in bright colors, groovy patterns, or have peace signs or something on them!
  • Harem pants and palazzo pants.
  • Frayed t-shirts
  • Crocheted dresses, crop tops, ponchos, vests, skirts, etc. If it is crocheted, the answer of whether we will wear it is always YES!
  • Wooden purses. They are AMAZING! Like having your own little treasure chest.
  • Wrist warmers, leg warmers, and fingerless gloves. Add a little warmth AND fashion!
  • Vintage or new band t-shirts. We'll talk more about this in the music section, but some things you may see on these band t-shirts would be:


    The Beatles

    The Rolling Stones

    Pink Floyd

    Led Zeppelin

    The Grateful Dead

    The Moody Blues

    The Doors

    Phish

    Bob Marley

    Janis Joplin

    Jimi Hendrix

    Joni Mitchell

    Joss Stone

    Amy Winehouse

    Daft Punk

    Extreme

Fashion Goes For Furniture As Well - dressing and home decorating are two similar activities...

A fountain may be found in a free-spirit's home...
A fountain may be found in a free-spirit's home...

Imagine a house where creativity reigns. A place where lots of people can stay (size does not really matter for this by the way), a place that feels homey and comfortable... basically a place where people are free to be who they are. Hippie/Bohemian/Free-Spirit homes are like that. Individualized, artistic, creative, and a bit tongue in cheek, these homes are often full of artwork, vintage finds and furniture found dumpster diving. There may be great, elaborate, and beautiful oriental rugs right underneath a table made from a large cable spool in these homes. These homes may actually be vans, trailers, shanties, tents, or cabins, but they may still have lava lamps, chandeliers, disco balls, or all three. Incense and/or candles will constantly be burning in these homes. This is because: 1. The house needs a better smell, as no one has done the dishes and everything smells like cigarette smoke and weed. 2. The house needs to maintain a good energy, and good scents are conducive to such an energy. 3. Incense and candles are classic, sexy, and energy efficient. Plus melted wax can be used for all sorts of fun! AND/OR 4. No one can afford to pay the electric bill and light is needed.

Hippie fashion is totally groovy!
Hippie fashion is totally groovy!

Hippie, Bohemian, Free-Spirit Music - Which can be anything...

The Beatles
The Beatles

"Music expresses that which cannot be said, but upon which it is impossible to remain silent." -Victor Hugo

It's hard to say what types of music Hippies, Modern Bohemians, and Hippies listen to, because anyone who classifies themselves as one of these pretty much likes what they like, whether it fits a stereotype or not. But, I will attempt to at least reveal some of the more popular musical trends among this crowd, as well as let you in on a little of what I personally love.

Music

Music is a big deal.

Whether it is made on street corners, in basements, recording studios, or onstage, members of the counterculture like music because it expresses what cannot be said in words. Music can take you to a higher level, on drugs or straight-up sober. Music fits and changes moods, inspires revolutions, and defines periods in history.

The most popular music includes:

Rock (especially protest rock)

Psychedelic

Folk

Indie

Jazz

Jam Bands

Pop

and for Modern Bohemians, electronic music.

Here is a list of music that wouldn't be surprising to find in a music collection of a Modern Hippie, Bohemian, Free-Spirit.

  • The Beatles
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Who
  • Janis Joplin
  • Joni Mitchell
  • The Doors
  • The Moody Blues
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Bob Marley
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Pink Floyd
  • Queen
  • The Grateful Dead
  • Phish
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Joss Stone
  • Bob Dylan
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • Ravi Shankar
  • Frank Zappa
  • Richie Havens
  • Joe Cocker
  • Blood, Sweat, and Tears
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
  • The Animals
  • The Byrds
  • Van Morrison
  • Cat Stevens
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Etc.

MY Take on Modern Bohemian, Hippie, Free-Spirited Music - It's not all about what's stereotypically "hippie."

Cloud Magic, Sarah Price, music
Cloud Magic, Sarah Price, music

MY Take on Music...

I love music. I'm a music teacher, a singer, a songwriter, and I play several instruments including trombone, piano, and ukulele. I listen to music, I analyze music, I use music in music therapy, to change and mold my moods, and to set the right mood for any event. I perform music, I write music, I LIVE music. I love music so much, that I am open to just about anything. I like almost all music. Of course I have my favorites, as anyone does, but even my favorites come from different genres.

But, it doesn't matter what I like...

Being a modern day hippie, bohemian, free-spirit means that I don't have to just like what is normally considered "hippie" music. I mean, I do like the normal, stereotypical "hippie" music - the protest rock songs that changed the world, the folksy pop ballads about love and peace, and the psychedelic songs that blew people's minds - but my love of music goes far beyond labels and stereotypes. Being a modern day hippie, bohemian, free-spirit means that I can like whatever I want to like and never have to justify it to anyone. It feels good.

I can listen to oldies, funk, rock, pop, jazz, country, blues, rap, ambient, whatever... Why? Because if it is music and it moves me, it doesn't matter where it came from; all that matters is that it touched my heart.

Cool Music Stuff on YouTube!

Books - Books can be great resources, wonderful sources of entertainment, or even act as an escape. Books can be inspiring, fun, moving, and life changing.

The Bohemian Manifesto
The Bohemian Manifesto

Modern Bohemian, Hippie, and Free-Spirit Books to Read


The Bohemian Manifesto - Lauren Stover

The Hippie Handbook - Chelsea Cain

RENT - Jonathan Larson

The Princess Bride - William Goldman

The Egyptian Book of the Dead - E.A. Wallis Budge

Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman

The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

Scenes de la Boheme - Henry Murger

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

White Oleander - Janet Fitch

Girl Interrupted - Susanna Kaysen

Tao The Ching - Lao Tzu

The Way to God - A collection of Gandhi's words

Ishmael - Daniel Quinn

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Summer Sisters - Judy Blume

Wicked - Gregory Maguire

The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

Hippie - Barry Miles

Plus: Poetry (especially that by Christina Rossetti, Edgar Allen Poe, Keats, Shelley, Byron, and Yeats), Plays (such as those by Oscar Wilde), Religious and Spiritual Texts, Children's Books (Like... Where the Wild Things Are), and other books that talk about hippies, Bohemianism, counterculture, drug use, etc.

The Beauty of the Bohemian Life: The Poetry of PonchoMeg: The Modern Bohemian (Volume 1)
The Beauty of the Bohemian Life: The Poetry of PonchoMeg: The Modern Bohemian (Volume 1)

This is my first book of poetry. I love poetry - it soothes my soul.

 
Going Green!
Going Green!

A Passion for Causes!!!

We can change the world!

There is something about being a Modern Bohemian, Hippie, or Free-Spirit that inspires in each person a desire to change the world somehow. Whether it is through social justice, a creative and artistic revolution, education, or a triumph in the field of animal rights, we want to make a difference. Here I provide a short list of just a few of the many causes and organizations that hippies, bohemians, and free-spirits are often a part of:


ASPCA

Greenpeace

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

NORML

The March of Dimes

Heifer International

Peace Corps

WWF

"Be the change you wish to see in the world..." - Gandhi

There is nothing wrong with wanting to make the world a better place! Peace and Love to ALL!
There is nothing wrong with wanting to make the world a better place! Peace and Love to ALL!

Other Things Modern Bohemians, Hippies, and Free-Spirits May Be Into...

  • Fitness
  • Meditation
  • Healthy Living
  • Positivity
  • Gratitude
  • Spirituality
  • Reducing, Reusing, Recycling
  • Dumpster Diving
  • Traveling
  • Busking
  • Partying
  • Performing
  • Being a Muse
  • Reckless Behaviors
  • Sexual Adventures
  • Dressing in Drag
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Blogging
  • Cosplay
  • Spreading Peace and Love

Peace and Love to ALL!

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Your Thoughts?

I love hearing from my visitors. What do you think of the this guide? Are you a hippie, bohemian, or free-spirit? Do you disagree with me on anything? Why or why not? Have any great ideas, tips, fashion advice, or groovy websites to share? Please... take a moment to write a little something. I'd love to hear it!


Peace and Love to ALL!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens, very well written and with loads of information. If I'm not a modern Bohemian all ready, I know where to start!

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      SunPhishArts 6 years ago

      Really good info here much rather read this than search the web for the info. Nice :)

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Hippie/Bohemian style is back and celebs like Nicole Richie are embracing the look. I think this is a style that will never get old and could only get better from one generation to the next. Awesome lens! Sundae ;-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hippie/free spirit..I really enjoyed your lens with many interesting items to read and looking forward to reading more. Its great that people can get out and live their lives without having to justify what they like to do and like to be.. We are all different and everyone has to respect that in this society and if we want to live the free spirited live well then that is up to the individual themselves..cheers

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      great lens, thanks for sharing ... RWJR

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. I don't follow celebrities at all but if Tapln2U is right and Nicole Richie among other celebrities are starting to adopt modern Bohemian styling can it really be a part of the counter culture at that point?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi there. Great to see a young person speaking up for the modern boho-hippie. I know you're all over the place, really. As are all of us old hippies (we just don't all look the part any more). I have bookmarked this to add as a link as I develop my hippie site, Thank A Hippie, dedicated to the proposition that much about the hippie movement was wonderful and transformative -- and that there are many positive aspects of our world today that resulted from the hippie movement in the sixties and seventies, when I grew up. Love and Peace!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cool lens and ideas

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey anon. Another "hippie" thing is to respect others for who they are and to respect their ideas. If that's ponchomeg's idea of what being a hippie is all about. That's cool. The fact that you disagree. That's cool too. Above all though it's about doing your own thing and showing respect for others who may do things differently.

      P.S. I like your lens Ponchomeg. Looks like you put a lot of effort into it.

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      Meagan Earls 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you all for your comments. I realize there are some negative ones here too, & that's cool. Everyone has a right to their opinions. (I personally try to keep positivity in my life, but some people just need to hate & stir up drama. To each their own! haha) To all of you, positive & negative alike, I hope that you gained something from my little lens here, & I wish you peace & love, now & always. :)

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      Vortrek Grafix 5 years ago

      By definition, hippie/bohemian/free-spirits are creative individualists. Self employment tends to suit this type of person better than attempting to fit into the rather more generic corporate infrastructure. Some might say making self-employment pay off requires many of the same strengths and drives which would propel a person forward in the corporate world. Probably so, but there is one major difference - freedom. It's priceless.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi! I'm writing from Novi and am a Hippie/Bohemian/Free-Spirit working from home as a starving artist! Actually things aren't that bad, but I would like some input on the following: I'm considering moving as the rent is a bit high here and Novi isn't exactly a hotbed of Hippie/Bohemian/Free Spirits -- LOL! What I'd like the input on is, I'm looking into the following cities: Royal Oak, Rochester Hills, Birmingham and Troy. I'd consider a college town like A2 or E Lansing but 2 weeks ago I turned FIFTY FIVE (I actually ordered from the Senior Menu at Dennie's so it's official!) so I'm looking for, well, a bit quieter Bohemian. etc. area. If there are other cities in that area that anyone can suggest of course I'd like to hear about them, too. Oh, the kind of art I do is practically anything that strikes my fancy that in some way takes some item that would otherwise be thrown away and turns it into part of my art: the bottoms of water bottles become flowers, plastic cat food containers become jewelry boxes, , etc. while I also crochet cat beds (a blue fish fitted over a large round cat litter box with a 9 Lives cat bed inside -- the fish then is swallowing the cat! A helicopter, a beehive from an overturned laundry basket...), I paint glass bottles and place candles in them, I design and make my own line of jewelry, I've created a little village of animals, Pawkeepsie Corners, wherein the animals are OF COURSE vegen and they recycle everything, I've done a book on a little purple flightless bird, Stan, who was created in a Petrie dish and is on a mission to figure out who and what he is -- it's hilarious (I think), profound and quite touching, I created a book on my previous cat, Carmel, as he interacted with my designing cat beds and crocheted afghans (instructions included in the book),,, All of this is waiting to be placed on the market as I've not had my health (major surgery on my 50th birthday - I spent my FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY in the the hospital!!) and then the economy tanked and I lost my condo!! I also lost my precious Carmel -- 16 years old at the same time my 83-year-old mother fell and had to go into rehab for the next 9 months as she has dementia, major hearing loss, great difficulty walking and seeing. As you can imagine, she's quite miserable, especially as she has always been exceptionally independent. My one sibling, my brother, also lost his job six moths ago and has had to move in with her. A major reason he lost the job was his health, too in that he has very high blood pressure and diabetes and he simply couldn't do the work anymore (he's 58) so they let him go, and then two weeks ago he had a heart attack!! Good grief, the fun never ends! He had also just filed for bankruptcy before all of this happened, too, as poor health and a divorce two years ago pretty much wiped him out -- join the club, bro -- LOL! But at least I have this weird talent for making something out of nothing (I pretty much had to as we weren't dirt poor growing up but we were withing a stone's throw of it so if you wanted something you essentially had to make one yourself out of whatever you had at hand -- I still have a Snoopy I made out of stuffed baby socks and buttons!) Back to my query about the communities -- Novi is a wonderful place to live but there just is no art community, while the art community in Northville is NOT Bohemian and is next to impossible to break into. The word "snob" comes to mind. I've heard that there are communities northeast of here that are more welcoming for artists such as myself, so any input would be very much appreciated! Thanks for essentially reading my "blog" here and for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts and ask my question!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi, Meagan! What a wonderful lens! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here today. When I think of bohemians, I think about the film Moulin Rouge, which I loved. All the best to you!

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      Carol Brooks 4 years ago from Florida

      What an inspiring lens! I was a hippie during the sixties, a young mother in the seventies, a professional in the 80's and 90's (hey, I had kids to help support.) Then I got burned out on the whole rat race and turned into a modern bohemian/free spirit. Now in my sixties, I am happier than I have ever been in my life. This is who I am.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm definitely a free-spirited hippie. I prefer nature, though I do enjoy the city. My aunt was a hippie flower child. My brother has always thought of me as one. I believe that everything with a life has a spirit. I want to grow my own veggies and fruits. I do love meat, but I can't afford it. I'm trying to make my own clothes -- my fashion is umm... different. I am very eccentric and carefree. I'm an artist by birth and a big music junkie. The only thing I find it hard about being a hippie/free spirit is the money factor. I don't drive, I take the bus. My job isn't really supporting me and I'm in school for the wrong reasons (wanting my fricken degree already, been in school for too long, pride, etc). I am very creative and I don't like depending on other people.

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      Chris1970 4 years ago

      This blog is fun and informative.I have spent most of my life (42 year old)trying to be a normal middle class man and it just hasn't worked out.I have watched so many friends,and strangers, out there enjoying life,being creative,being free.I never had the nerve to be myself and live my life according to my own rules.The past few years have been especially difficult.I was let go from a job after 10 years(downsizing) and almost lost everything.Now that that mess has been cleaned up I would like to live with more freedom. I no longer wish to fit into this society,one that values money and things over people.Art, music, literature and creativity are now my focus.I no longer live to work,I work for just enough to get by but I am happier than ever.I hope I can impress this bohemian lifestyle on my nephews before it's too late and they get sucked into the wasteland that is corporate America.Thank You PonchoMeg for helping me along!

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      adam and eva 2 years ago

      Peace and love to you from 2 free Jesus hippie spirits, living and travelling around south of Spain.

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      Meagan Earls 2 years ago from Michigan

      Peace and Love to you as well! Thank you for sharing your lovely comment and sentiments. I appreciate it.

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