My Self Reliance: Net Worth, Divorce, Wife and Cabin Location (2024)

If you’re a fan of Shawn’s YouTube channel and want to know:

➜ Where his current cabin is located

➜ How much he makes on YouTube

➜ How he saved up for his cabin

➜ If he is single or has a girlfriend

➜ Info about his divorce and ex-wife

➜ What is his net worth and income

➜ Where you can source more details

➜ Discover more of his cabin secrets

Then you’re in the right place!

Let’s journey into his #cabinlife story.

The Channel

My Self Reliance

His channel focuses on cabin living, off-grid lifestyles, sustainability and growing your own food.

Real Name(s)

Shawn James (age 54)

He has a daughter (Emily Aisling, age 22) from his previous marriage. She runs her own hugely popular channel where Shawn often makes an appearance.

Shawn remains single today and doesn’t talk much about his divorce.

His golden retriever is Cali who is 8 years old.

The Cabin

Shawn built his 2nd cabin from scratch.

His 1st cabin was built with help from his family.


Shawn continues to add things as needed:

➜ Additional insulation

➜ A wood heater

➜ A steam sauna

➜ Geodesic dome

He has also built a wood shop.


While Shawn lives in Ontario, I haven’t been able to find his exact address. He may reside in the Boreal Forest.


Shawn has always had a keen interest it being away from the system and the trappings of the modern world.

Through his channel, he inspires many of us to build skills for the 21st century. Not from a place of fear (like the preppers do), but from a place of comfort, lifestyle and aspiration.

Net Worth

Guys on Youtube are typically wealthier than we imagine.

As of 2024, My Self Reliance (Shawn James) has a net worth of $1,700,000 USD.

My estimation is based on the value of his land, cabin, truck, online business and a small portfolio of investments.

So yes, he is a millionaire but lives a quiet life in the woods.


It’s also surprising how much he makes with his channel.

My Self Reliance makes $17,000 per month on YouTube.

He does this through:

➜ Ads that play on his channel

➜ Patreon and PayPal donations

➜ Affiliate links to Amazon

➜ Selling his own merchandise

It’s clear that he’s treating his 2 channels like a real business.


Apart from his daughter, I don’t recall seeing him do any other collaborations with similar channels.

Big Moments

Shawn might be knowledgeable, but just like us, he has experienced problems of his own.

These include:

➜ Moose getting into his garden (he built a fence)

➜ Dealing with some intruders (bears etc)

➜ People trying to find his cabin’s location

All in all, these are just some of the common problems that come with this lifestyle, and Shawn has taken it all in his stride.

Future Plans

Where to next? Will he get married again?

Shawn plans to continue his cabin lifestyle indefinitely.


I haven’t find additional secrets that you wouldn’t already know about (if you’re a diehard fan like me), but if you do have any insider info, then please reach out.


What can we learn from his journey?

➜ Start creating your own garden

➜ Self-reliance is easier than you think

➜ Stay humble yet committed to life

And true freedom is found in the woods.

Final Thoughts

Many of us enjoy Shawn’s channel and will continue to watch for years to come.

He’s become a beacon of light for the off-grid, resiliency and sustainability community, and we’ve learned tons in the process.

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