I thought I would take a second and talk about how my husband and I homestead while working 40 hours a week.
It has taken a long time to get where we are today in our homesteading journey. I remember starting our journey in a little moldy apartment by the beach. We had a little container garden that held our tomatoes and blueberries. We had seedlings growing on a make shift garden window (a shelf that hung between the two cabinets in front of the window, Hey you gotta do what you gotta do right!) I learned how to make deodorant and can strawberry jam. We had no idea what we were doing but knew exactly where we wanted to be. I found a few blogs that I fell in love with and admired. I wondered how in the world did they do all of what they did. I felt there was no way we would ever get to where these bloggers were. I mean how could we, we worked 40 hours a week working.
As years passed and we gained skills and confidence, my mind set changed from we are never going to be where “they” are, to we are actually doing it.
It is so easy for us to compare. So easy for us to see a small glimpse of someones life and go straight to admiration. But what I’ve learned, is that, it took those that I “admired” years to build what I saw. It took hard work and dedication to this very unique lifestyle.
A lot of the time I get the question, “how do you do all of that?” Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard work man. But we love it. At the end of the day we feel content.
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But how do we do it?
We live almost two different lives. We get up and go to work. We follow a routine, we demand from others sometimes what feels like the impossible. We tend to stress out about things that, in the grand scheme of things, don’t really mater.
We come home and put in more work on our homestead until it is time to go to bed. Whether it is re-strawing the chicken coop, planting a crop, brewing a batch of kombucha or kefir, canning food or brewing new tinctures to sell. We are dedicated to building and living this lifestyle that makes us feel as if we were meant to be here. Makes us feel connected to this one life we were given. This lifestyle makes you stop and feel the energy around you. It allows you to appreciate life rather than question it. Sure we feel lost with a decision at times or a direction that we should go, but it never stops us from feeling the energy in which surrounds us.
When you think of homesteading many think, land, livestock, acres, country, work from home jobs, homeschooling. But the thing is, the thing I have come to learn is, that homesteading is a lifestyle. A lifestyle where you leave the land you live on better than when you received it. A lifestyle where you are mindful of the where your food comes from. A lifestyle where you are willing to get down and dirty without being a baby! Homesteading is learning what you are capable of. You don’t need acres to do that. You don’t need livestock to teach you where food comes from. You don’t need to homeschool your kids in order to be a “homesteader.” These perceptions are often times what hold people back from moving forward. I talk a lot about what my family does, and I get people who are interested in a lot of it but they always revert back to, “I don’t have land so I can’t have a garden. Or “I am to busy to can my own pinto beans.” Well……
We do not live on land.
We don’t live in the country in the middle of nowhere. We don’t homeschool our kids. The only “livestock” we have are four chickens that if our HOA knew we had, we would get busted. And we definitely don’t work from home.
That doesn’t stop us from living this incredible way of life. We live it because it makes us feel good. No excuses, no distractions. We make time to do what we love.
And we love homesteading.
We have to stop admiring others. We have to stop comparing. We have to realize that where are exactly where we should be in that given moment. Something that is extremely hard to understand.
If you are unhappy, make a change. But once you accept, once you realize that no one is stopping you but you, you live in a place of content.
So whether you live in a little moldy apartment in the city, work full time, consider yourself a bad gardener, the homesteading life is never out of reach.
Happy homesteading y’all!