Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is, or what your life as a homesteader should look like?
I remember when I first left my full-time corporate job I wandered aimlessly around our farm trying to find where I fit in.
It took me a long time to realize God had a purpose for me and I just needed to embrace and figure out what his plan for me was.
At that point, I wanted to do it all:
- I wanted a big garden.
- I wanted a barn filled with animals.
- I wanted to milk a cow and raise goats.
- I wanted to spend hours spinning alpaca fiber and sewing.
- I wanted to plant a herb garden and make my own herbal remedies and lotions.
- I wanted to raise bees and sell honey.
- I wanted to bake, can and make everything I could from scratch.
- But most of all, I wanted to be here to take care of my family the way God intended me to be.
In those early days, I tried to figure out where I fit in with the whole “Back to the Land Movement.”
I had never heard the word homesteading and I really didn’t even know what it would look like. Little did I know I had grown up with homesteading parents and didn’t even know it. What I thought was a typical way of life was different from most. I quickly figured out I didn’t need to return to my ancestral roots …I was already living it.
Now the term homesteader or homesteading clearly means living a self-sufficient lifestyle no matter if you live in the country, an urban setting or even in the city.
During the whole process of finding out where I fit in as a homesteader, I had to learn the hard way that I have a set of unique talents and skills that were naturally bestowed upon me.
Those skills didn’t include some of the items on my wish list and I had to come to accept that.
I came to realize that I couldn’t spend my life doing things that I was not gifted at and I needed to concentrate on the things I loved doing and did very well.
So where has that left me?
- It left me planting more raised beds then that huge garden that I couldn’t take care of myself.
- I figured out I love raising chickens, but really don’t enjoy raising pigs.
- I found a source for fresh raw milk rather than milking a cow.
- I found that I can grow mint, calendula, and thyme really good so I concentrate on those herbs.
- I found that three beehives kept me busy enough that I didn’t need to venture into selling it.
- I found I would rather crochet then sew and I enjoyed carding alpaca fiber better than spinning it.
- I found that it’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy a meal out or pick up a loaf of bakery bread when needed.
- Above all, I found that my greatest joy comes from being here to take care of my husband the way he enjoys. The smile on his face when he comes home to a home-cooked meal or knowing exactly where something is he’s looking for and even being here to run errands for him is what God has sent me to do.
I encourage you to look at what you enjoy, what you’re good at and then let that mold you into the life you desire.
Homesteading isn’t about fitting into a box just like everyone else, It’s about taking your God-given talents and making the best of it.
Trust in your ability and don’t be afraid to be unique…no two homesteaders are the same!
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Are you looking to slow down and live a simpler life?
Do you feel like the world is closing in around you, and you want to hide and find a place where you can be alone?
That was us ten years ago!
I'm so happy you've landed here and I can share some of the simple living principles that have made a huge difference in our lives.