I’m Issa Waters, and I started LoveLiveGrow in 2009 when my partner, Joshua, and I moved out of the Atlanta suburbs and into a log house in the Tennessee Valley on a little plot of land we call The Wallow.
The Wallow is where we raise pigs, chickens, ducks, and sheep, plus we garden, preserve food, heat our home with wood, and all the other tasks and projects that make up our homesteading exploits.
As a new mama, I share my life with my son, Dylan. Sometimes I write about our relationship together, sometimes I write about parenting philosophy and politics, and sometimes I just post cute pictures of him because I really could just look at him all day. My love for Dylan drives a lot of my life right now.
I’m a fat person, and I’m happy that way. Fat acceptance activism is a powerful part of my life. I have recovered my love for my body back from the clutches of my hateful culture, and I want so badly to help other people navigate that path. I’m also a person with depression, and I don’t shy away from taking that head on, either.
Everything about me is sprinkled with a bit of counter-cultural freakiness. I am polyamorous, an atheist, and a Burning Man participant, and sometimes when I go out into the world I feel like an alien. It helps if I don’t look at magazines.
I try to be fucking fearless, and I fail as publicly as I can.
I plow ahead, even when I don’t know where I’m going.
I’m violently determined to be myself, exactly as I am.
I have a really precarious relationship with commas.
Now, head to the front page and read some things!