Today I wanted to take a minute to talk to you about a new series that we will be featuring on our blog that I’ve titled Homestead Progress. Hopefully, it will motivate and inspire you to continue (or begin) living a more self-sufficient lifestyle, in whatever capacity you are able. Homesteading is a journey, and we are all on different parts of that journey; I want to showcase that!
A homestead isn’t built overnight.
Looking back, I realize that our homesteading ventures began years and years ago. Even though I began this blog when we had a couple acres of land, our journey really started long before that. Hubby and I were both stationed in the military overseas, and had started growing a handful of plants in containers outside of our apartment. Each time we moved, our garden grew a little more, and eventually we lived on enough land that we were able to start adding some animals to our little homestead. Here we are, well over a decade after our journey towards self-sufficiency really began, and we’ve just recently been fortunate enough to buy our own slice of heaven, with enough land to farm and hunt on.
Self-sufficient living is something everyone can accomplish.
There’s an unfortunate stereotype that homesteading requires animals, mad gardening skills, or the ability to own land. I’m sure there’s someone out there who will want to argue with me on this, but I strongly believe that homesteading is a state of mind, and we can all homestead on our own levels, in our own time, and within the means available to us.
If I tried to tackle every homesteading related skill at once, I’d have long ago given up on this lifestyle.
It’s true; if I hadn’t done things little by little, over a period of years, I would have never made it this far. I wasn’t brought up farming, preserving my own foods, or gardening. I never used a wood burning stove until years after I was married, and I could have never told you the difference between hardwoods or softwoods if you’d ask me just a couple years ago. A self-sufficient lifestyle takes time, patience, and hard work. And it definitely doesn’t happen overnight.
You can still live a more self-sufficient lifestyle, even if you never intend on owning land, animals, or doing everything yourself.
While you might find yourself intimidated by childhood stories like Little House On the Prairie when words like homesteading or living the simple life buzz past your ears, you don’t have to do it all to be a homesteader. Just choosing to make simple changes in your life to be less dependent is enough to open the door into the homesteading world. You can begin by starting an herb garden in your window, learning how to cook from scratch, sewing some of your own clothing, or raising a handful of chickens. Don’t think that just because you don’t want to take on everything the stereotypical definition of homesteading encompasses that you can’t do something to become more independent.
I believe that homesteaders, regardless of their level or progress, should be recognized for their hard work.
No one says, “I think I’ll get into homesteading,” because it’s easy. The life of a homesteader is hard work, and those who think otherwise find out the truth pretty fast. It doesn’t matter if you’re slaving over a meal cooked from scratch, bending over weeding the garden, or feeding 50 head of cattle (or doing it all!) – doing things yourself takes time and work.
Over the past couple years, I’ve had a chance to read and follow a lot of pretty amazing homesteaders online and in person. One thing that I’ve noticed, is that not a single one of them does things exactly the same, and everyone has made a different amount of progress on their journey. I want to take the time to feature some of the homesteaders that I’ve learned from, come to look up to, or just have something pretty awesome to offer you. I have faith that the variety of homesteaders that I feature will offer you some motivation for you on your journey to become more self-sufficient.
What inspires you to be more self-sufficient?