Where are you on your homesteading journey?
Homesteading is a journey. But it’s one that doesn’t have any clear directions. I was thinking wouldn’t it be nice if there was a map that would show you that you’re on the right path? So I created this 12 step plan to help you with your homesteading dreams.
It’s a journey, not a marathon
Homesteading is a journey. But it’s a journey that there aren’t many maps for. Because of that, you see the destination — a paradise, with a 3 or 5 bedroom house, off-grid, and a pastoral scene out the kitchen window, the smell of home-baked bread baking in your off-grid Amish wood cook-stove, and the gentle sound of chickens cooing under the kitchen window. And you see where you are at right now — just home from the farmer’s market, after work on Friday, with a couple dozen farm fresh eggs, two boxes of apples, and a couple of butternut squash, and a basketball game to drive your son to in 30 minutes, a Sunday school lesson to plan, and a dessert to bake for a potluck tomorrow — you think you are a long ways off — running a treadmill instead of walking your journey. Don’t be discouraged. If you weren’t born on the family farm and destined to inherit it soon, you are right where most of us modern homesteaders started our journey.
Those of us living our dream need to whisper confidently to those following behind, “Hey, you can let up on yourself, it’s a journey.”
“Don’t be so hard on yourself, enjoy the home-baked bread, even if the inside is a little doughy. It’s a journey. You’re on the right path.”
“Stop talking that way to yourself. You won’t say that to your best friend! So what, if a few tomatoes got mouldy before you finished making and canning the salsa! You’re doing fine. Just take the next step.”
“Did I mention, it’s a journey. Take one step at a time.”
A map for your journey
I was thinking of this thing called “homesteading” and I was thinking wouldn’t it be nice if there was a plan or a map that would show you that you are on the right path. Not only that, but a map to show all those folks who ran out to buy the 50 acres and now have to drive 2 hours each way, every day, to a job in the city, just to pay for it, that they missed the turnoff. Those poor, tired folks get home so exhausted and hungry that they don’t have the energy for home cooking, so they open a box and a couple of cans every night. That’s only if they didn’t hit the fast-food joint before they hit the expressway.
So I created this 12 step plan. If you do each step in order and keep them going you will arrive at the fulfillment of your dream.
So have a look at the “map”. Where are you on your homestead journey? Did you skip a step? It’s not too late to go back and fix that.
And if you are one of the folks that bought the acreage but you’re too tired to cook from scratch or grow your own food and you’re making the 4 hour a day commute in order to live your dream — that you never see except to sleep there, well, may I gently suggest that you re-evaluate your position — realign your compass.
I love you. I want to see you strong and joyful on the journey. So check your compass, and stay focused on the next step. That’s all you have to do. Here’s JOY for your journey!
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Little Mountain Haven says
What a lovely and encouraging set of steps!
We’re a mix of them I suppose, missing some steps but having others.
We’re still renting but are blessed to have a huge garden and now chickens and great landlords that support what we do. We have our own creek and free water. The big downside is that we live in a mobile home with terrible air flow therefor no wood burning stove which is a downer for the many power outages we get in the winter. It’s also not our land, so we are hesitant to invest too much into it, like a fruit orchard or a large greenhouse. But the dream is there, and patience is the key, one day we’ll have our own land. It’s nice to be able to learn and harvest the skills in the meantime. I feel blessed to be able to wild forage here for many things. I guess to remember and appreciate the little (and big) things you do along the journey. 🙂
Pat Chapman says
Nice encouragement..I am not really “homesteading”..although I would love to if I were younger(65)..but I am so grateful for all your tips & information that are allowing me to try to live (wherever I am) in more harmony with the earth,air,fire,& water around me. I have also been encouraged by your guidelines for gluten free cooking and really enjoy soaking up the energy that you create , here on your website.
So mostly I just want to say thank you, thank you,thank you thank you…..In gratitude..