What do you see in this photo? Nothing? Look again. It’s our first step at our new home towards our goal of a simpler lifestyle. That water spigot and one other one by the horse pasture were all we managed to put in the first year we lived here. And while I have to admit I was a tiny bit disappointed at the slow pace, I was also deeply exhilarated as I began planning each step.
And that slow pace is exactly what you need to do yourself as you begin this new journey. I can’t tell you how many promising homesteaders I’ve seen start too big and burn out before the first few years have passed. Most of us have amazing dreams of growing an entire year’s worth of food our first season, only to discover there’s a whole lot more work involved than we anticipated. (And our budgets are too often a bit on the leaner side of our dreams, too!)
So start with a water spigot. Or three to four laying hens in a small portable chicken tractor. Or maybe your first step is simply spending a year building community and looking for local farmers and producers to supply your family’s needs.
Whatever way you start, just remember to start small. I met a young lady a few weeks ago eager to get started on her own self-sufficient lifestyle. Yet, even at her young age she had the wisdom to know she needed to spend an entire year studying on her chosen first step–beekeeping. It is those who are wise like her that will succeed in this new lifestyle, not just for a year or two, but for a lifetime.
So start small–and be patient. It will come with each passing day.
Here’s to dreaming big while keeping it simple!