What drove us to living a simple life.
Have you ever had the feeling that the world was closing in on you, that you wanted to run and hide and find a place where you could be alone? Well, that was us six years ago and is what drove us to living a simple life.
At that time, my husband and I ran a successful web hosting and design company. We loved our customers, but we were on call 24 hours a day. The rat race of keeping up with the latest technology, along with living in the city was so far from our upbringing that the culture shock finally got the better of us. It was a hard decision to sell our business, our home and give up our security, but in the end, we knew we had to make a drastic change toward living a simple life quickly.
We lost some friends; upset many of our clients, shocked our family, and it took us a year to make any sense of what we wanted to do next. We took a year off and planned the changes we were going to make. We knew that if we didn’t change the path we were on, one of us was going to an early grave. I had terrible stomach problems from the stress, and it took a year for Craig to key down from being on call for ten years.
During our year off we made plans, lists, goals and talked about every scenario possible. We dug deep into what made us happy and wrote them down and read them often.
For me living in the country and being a homemaker was all I dreamed of. For Craig, it was being able to walk out his back door to go hunting and to go back to what he loved and knew best…drilling.
In the very beginning, we looked at the biggest picture and then tried to figure out how we were going to achieve our goals one step at a time.
Our list is still one in progress, but we get to cross new things off every year and that is such an accomplishment. Will it take us our lifetime or at least another five to ten years to complete? Probably, because we are doing it one-pay check at a time and only tackling one goal at a time.
Here is what our list looks like. We work backward, so the top of the list is what we are aiming for and just for the record we are just starting our fifth year of working on this list.
2. Build a barn
Build solar panels and go off grid
6. Grow sunflowers and make our own oil
7. Grow corn for feed
8. Grow wheat for milling
9. Drill a water well in the fruit orchard
10. Live on one income.
11. Pay debt off (We have no debt but our house and car.)
Build a house (We downsized to a very small house that could fit our budget.)
Raise meat rabbits
Raise meat chicken
Raise bees for honey
Plant a herb garden for medicinal health
Plant enough garden to preserve enough vegetables to last a year
Buy a tractor (A 1940 Ford 9A was all our budget could afford, but it is working for now.)
20. Plant a fruit orchard (Our hot, dry summers and no water source in the orchard is proving to be a challenge, out of twenty trees we only have five that survived.)
Build a small temporary barn (We are out-growing this tiny barn but for the time being it is still serving its purpose.)
Live in the 5th wheel until we can build (We just sold our camper after living in it for two years.)
Dig a well and add a septic
Sell our house in the city
Change our “must have must do mindset”
Our lives have changed in the last seven years! I am no longer a basket case, and Craig loves going to work.
We may not have a lot of money in the bank, we don’t drive brand new cars and we don’t live in a big fancy house, but what we do have is a newly found love for the sound of a rooster crowing, a pig splattering mud on our face, seeing the stars stretch out across the sky and the smell of freshly turned dirt.
If you are dreaming of a life somewhere other than where you are, make a list and work backward by taking one small step at a time.
As with everything in life…life changes and we must change with it. In the summer of 2017, we put our homestead up for sale so we could write a new chapter in our lives. It doesn’t mean our homesteading life is over it only means we get to take our simple living philosophy on the road with us while we take a break from homesteading and travel the country in our RV. We invite you to follow us as we take simple living to a whole new level with Our Simple Homestead …on the road.
A dream is only a wish until you write it down, and then it becomes a goal.
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