How Self-Reliance and Voluntary Simplicity Equals Power


They say necessity is the mother of invention, and in my case that's certainly true! Since we live in a rural area, it's not convenient to run to the store each time we run out of something, so I've been on a path of learning to do more for myself if for no other reason than to eliminate the need to drive to an adjoining city to purchase something.

But here's the thing: I've found that voluntary simplicity's an almost addictive activity. The more I learn to do for myself, the more I challenge myself to do even more.

Taylor-Made Homestead Voluntary Simplicity Sunrise

Environmental Beginnings

Sure, I started this journey decades ago for environmental reasons when I lived in the city. I'd discovered that the plastic tub my favorite yogurt was sold in wasn't recyclable, so I sat out to see if I could make my own homemade yogurt to eliminate that daily piece of landfill-bound trash. As it turns out it was way easier (and cheaper) to make myself than the advertising folks led me to believe.

Hmmmm... wonder what else was I misled about? Is it really too difficult, complicated or time-consuming to do things for myself? I've been pleasantly surprised to find out the answer is almost always: no, it's easy!

Taylor-Made Homestead - Homemade Yogurt and local honey

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