Happy Homesteading?!

| 12/12/2016 9:03:00 AM


Hello homesteaders and future homesteaders. Nearly 16 months ago, I wrote a Mother Earth News blog post about how my family and I were going to embark on a journey to become as self-sufficient as possible. I do not want to rely on anyone, especially the government, to provide for me the things that I can provide for myself with using the resources that our good Lord gave us.

Homesteading While Renting

This was all supposed to go hand in hand with starting my all-natural farming/gardening business. I was going to write, grow, raise, and help others do the same thing I was doing. Sounds like the perfect plan, right? It was, except I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain. When we first started doing this, we were and still are renting, and even though our landlord is great, we are still limited in what we can do.

We didn’t get off to the start I was hoping for and I was excellent at finding the excuses I needed to keep my dreams from becoming goals and my goals from becoming reality.

I mean, how can you be self-sufficient living in someone else’s house? I couldn’t cut up the gutters and install rain barrels, I couldn’t put up a wind turbine or solar panels, and I couldn’t purchase any cows or pigs and put them in my back yard! I was able to have a garden and raise some chickens for eggs, but even with that I was too involved in why things wouldn’t work and throwing myself several big pity parties!

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