A couple weeks ago I found myself talking to someone who didn't have the faintest idea what homesteading was. It's been quite a while since I've been around anyone completely unexposed to this lifestyle, which I think is fairly remarkable, considering homesteading was still a fringe concept ten years ago when the notion of chickens and goat milk first entered my consciousness. It caught me off guard so much, I was only able to mumble out a … [Read more...] about Does This Homesteading Thing Really Matter?
"I have SO MUCH extra time right now... What will I ever do with it all?" How many of you have ever said that? Hmmm... no one? No one at all? I'm pretty sure that's a thought that's never crossed my mind. Time management is a HOT topic, isn't it? Especially with us homesteader-folk who attempt to balance an old-fashioned lifestyle with all the demands of a modern one. One of my favorite books is Essentialism by Greg McKeown. In it, … [Read more...] about How I (Don’t) Do it All
Wide open spaces... Room to breathe... Few neighbors... No barking dogs... Room for the kids to run... Breathtaking views... They are all reasons I love to spout as being my favorite parts of living in the middle of nowhere. And they are all true. In fact, I'd venture to say most of you reading this blog agree with the above as being some of your favorite parts of living rurally, too. And for those of you who have yet to make the move, … [Read more...] about When Homesteading Makes You Lonely…
How's that for a politically-incorrect title? Failure is a pretty distasteful word in our culture. "They were such a failure..." "He totally failed at that..." "Failure is not an option." We've all heard and said those phrases and they carry an extremely negative connotation, don't they? As a recovering perfectionist, I've had a longstanding beef with failure. I hate messing up, I hate making mistakes, and I hate knowing I could … [Read more...] about I’m Teaching My Kids to Fail