Homesteading can be deceiving.
When you first get into it, it can seem so quaint, innocent, and simple. After all, what can be more romantic and simplistic than building a compost pile, canning your own food, and frolicking with your goat herd out in the pasture?
When we bought our property in 2008, no sooner did we sink the first fence post in the pasture did we realize: homesteading is expensive, y’all.
We started off like many of you– one income, yet dozens of BIG dreams. Improving our land, remodeling the house, building more outbuildings, growing larger animal herds… We had both wanted to own property since childhood, and now that we were actually land-owners, we could hardly sleep from the excitement of the possibilities.
And then reality set in. At first, we figured we would just DIY-everything and be set. After all, Prairie Husband is extremely handy, and we’re not afraid of serious sweat equity. And while all those factors definitely reduced the amount of money we needed to grow our homestead dreams, there were
a few a LOT of things requiring cold, hard cash. It was a constant stretch and stress on our one income.
(One quick note before we go on, because I know I’m going to get emails over this… Yes, you can absolutely employ various homestead hacks to decrease the cost of homesteading, and we do that a lot. But we’ve also learned it doesn’t pay to build things from cheap materials and many times when we’ve tried to cut corners, we regret it later. And honestly, with the time and energy it takes to scrimp, I’d rather spend that same time and energy building an abundant lifestyle.)
There were fence posts, new wire, a old tractor (because hand-digging post holes for 67-acres worth of fence is sheer insanity), outbuildings desperately in need of EVERYTHING, equipment rental, a leach field that quit working about a year us moving in, animal feed, seeds for the garden, and the list went on and on.
Fence Posts and Bullets…
I remember mapping out our projects based on what we could afford at the time. We could buy X number of fence posts that month, so we’d plan on fixing that one stretch of fence. Or in our haste to complete a project, we’d often cut corners and use cheaper materials. I’ve regretted that every single time. The cheap fence posts cracked, the cheap deck boards shrunk, curled, and ripped their screws out, and the cheap barbed wire had to be repaired a ridiculous amount of times because it snapped so easily.
It felt like one step forward, and two steps backwards ALL THE TIME.
It was at this point in our journey, we took a long, hard look at what we were doing… Was it worth it? Did it align with our vision long term? Was this really where we wanted to be? As you might have guessed, the answer was a resounding, “heck yes!” so we set out to figure out how to increase our income to make this crazy homesteading thing work. For a while we even had a small bullet-making business. This was before the kids came along, so we’d spend all our weeknights and weekends in the cold shop casting lead bullets. It was tedious and monotonous, and I didn’t love it. But we were committed to our homestead goals, so we did it anyway. Moving to town just wasn’t an option.
Not too long after that, I started exploring blogging, and started this blog with very few expectations or intentions. Many of you already know the story, but needless to say, blogging has set me on a path I could never have expected in a million years, and it’s easily just as much of a passion for me as homesteading.
But did you know that this blog isn’t really what supports our homestead?
There’s another piece of the story that took us on an even bigger transformation and has forever changed our story.
The Dream Started with doTERRA…
In 2012, a local friend shared a small vial of an essential oil with me. The skeptic in me was hesitant, but intrigued, and after a while, I used it and loved the result. I invested in a starter kit from there, and after having so many cool experience with the oils I had purchased, I started sharing my experiences with others.
Within a year, I was making more from our essential oil business than our bullet business had ever brought in. Within two years, my income had surpassed what Prairie Husband was making as an oilfield electrician. Within three years, Prairie Husband quit his job so he could come home to build our remodel and work on OUR dreams full-time.
Did it come easily? Does anything in homesteading come easily? Homesteading is work. Running a business is work. Having a family is work. But I love the work I do and it’s been unequivocally worth it. (And 1000 times better than making bullets!)
And this is where YOU come in. I am here today to tell you that you don’t have to stay in place where reality isn’t matching up with your dreams. You don’t have to settle for “just getting by.” If you have dreams and burning desires like we did, and you’re not where you want to be, it’s time to make a change, my friend.
This may look different for each one of you, but for us, that change was doTERRA.
doTERRA has fueled our homestead dreams, and so, so much more. It’s brought some of the most amazing people into our life, and there are days I literally have to pinch myself.
It’s Time for a Change
For the last 4+ years, I’ve talked about essential oils, recipes, and how to use them on the homestead. That’s been awesome, but I feel like I’m leaving out the best part. Now I know some of you have zero interest in hearing about essential oils as a business, and if that’s the case, this post is not for you. (Here are some cute baby chicken pictures for you instead.) But I also know some of you reading this post right now have been searching…
- You’ve been searching for financial freedom and ways to pay down debts
- You’ve been searching for a meaningful and fulfilling business
- Or maybe you’ve always been fascinated by the thought of entrepreneurship and how it could fuel your homestead.
If that sounds like you, I’m inviting you to follow the path we took into becoming entrepreneurs. I’m so thankful someone shared this information with me 5 years ago, and I am so excited I get to do the same for some of you.
If you’re a action-oriented person who is ready to make a shift and isn’t afraid to push out of your comfort zone, I’d love to talk to you more about how doTERRA could potentially fit into your life and homestead goals.
Here’s what I know: You never know what can change your life unless you go look. Even if this business isn’t right for you, I hope this will get you thinking of the possibilities. Because y’all, the possibilities are limitless if you are willing to think outside of the box. And maybe, just maybe, this will be the one thing that shifts everything for you, just like it did for us. I can’t wait!