I think contentment is an incredibly important quality.
I can’t imagine a more miserable life than one where you are always wanting to be someone or somewhere else.
Even though it’s a continual process, it’s always been a goal of mine to try to make the best of where ever I happen to be at that point in my life. (Though some times have definitely been easier than others!) 😉
The Bible talks a lot about contentment, take Philippians 4:11 for example:
“…for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.”
I think part of the reason that it’s such an important issue is because you can literally drive yourself crazy by comparing and worrying about what you may or may not have. (Trust me, I have personal experience here…)
So why am I rambling on about contentment?
Because today, I want to encourage you that you don’t have to wait until you buy or build that perfect homestead to start your journey into the lifestyle of your dreams.
Perhaps when you hear the word “homestead”, you envision a quaint little farmhouse surrounded by tall oaks and a meandering creek; complete with a grazing Jersey milk cow in the back pasture.
There is nothing wrong with that, and I definitely think that a farm like that graces all of our dream scenarios.
What if you are one of the millions of “other” folks?
- The ones with a tiny backyard, instead of countless acres.
- The ones with an apartment balcony instead of tall oak trees.
- The ones with rocky, hilly land, instead of fertile rolling prairie.
- The ones who have never owned an animal larger than a goldfish.
What are YOU supposed to do? Just write off your dreams and assume you are not one of the “lucky” ones?
Well, I’m here to tell you otherwise. It’s my opinion that ANYONE can have a piece of the homesteading dream, regardless of where you live.
Because homesteading is a fill-in-the-blank kind of venture.
For example, I live on the prairie, so my homestead is called The Prairie Homestead.
I love where we live, but it’s definitely not the perfect homesteading enviroment. It’s incredibly dry, windy, and the winters are harsh. The growing season is short, and fruit trees are very difficult to grow. It’s a far cry from the lush, green farms in mild climates that allow for gardening year around.
But, we make it work. And, I’m learning to make the best of what we have and be content.
Now, you try it.
Fill in the blank according to your situation:
“The ____________ Homestead. “
Perhaps you have a City homestead? A Mountain homestead? A Suburban homestead? An Oceanside homestead? Maybe even an Apartment homestead?
Embrace your unique situation and make the best of it!
Having the perfect farmhouse with the white picket fence isn’t necessarily the magic formula that makes you a homesteader.
The homesteading spirit is really about returning to our roots of simplicity, of making do with what you have.
You may not have land or barns or animals or even a garden space. No matter- it’s more about a homesteading mentality than the size of your spread.
- Live in a tiny apartment? Try growing container gardens, composting, canning, or maybe even turn your balcony into a mini organic garden.
- A member of Suburbia? Convert that corner of your backyard into a veggie growing space, and put up a clothesline!
- Own a few acres? Consider keeping a few chickens for eggs and meat, or even a dairy goat or two!
- Maybe simplifying your life is your way to return to your roots. Declutter, reorganize, re-evaluate what is truly important in your life.
- Perhaps you can fulfill your homestead longings by searching out local sources for milk, eggs, and vegetables. Get to know your farmers and understand their production practices.
So tell me.
How have you learned to be content with YOUR fill-in-the-blank homestead?
This post is a part of FarmGirl Friday