In the last year, there have been some major life changes for me. I moved from my family home to the really big city to pursue some higher education and lived in the middle of suburbia for a year (and survived!). I was then offered my dream job in a much smaller city about an hour away from my hometown, and moved again.
While I love my new apartment, it isn’t quite a homestead. In fact, it’s a tiny basement bachelor without a real kitchen or oven. But it’s mine, close to work and in my price range. I’ve had to refine my homesteading goals for this new stage in life, but I have always believed that this is a lifestyle choice that I am making, a shift away from consumerism, dependence on conventional economic models, and a true independence of spirit, faith and values. I don’t need a farm to start any of those things; I can work on cultivating the attitude of success that I need where ever I am.
The homesteading goals I can work on in this place, and at this time are:
- developing economic stability to invest in a future farm (also known as working really really hard, saving money and investing wisely!)
- improving my knowledge base about skills I will need
- having time to think deeply and wisely about the types of philosophies I want to embody on my farm (more on this to follow)
- cultivating an independent spirit
- meeting and genuinely connecting with people who share the same values
I’ll keep you updated on my goals!