Everyone who has become a 'homesteader' knows that everyone goes about it differently and goes to different extremes due to their needs.
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Homesteading: Broadly defined by Wikipedia is 'a lifestyle of Self Sufficiency'.
So with that said what would you do in your modern life to prepare for a change in a lifestyle and go from living a modernly convenient lifestyle to one where you would rough it for a while without electricity or plumbing to start from scratch and build up from there.
How would you prepare for this?
Please leave your comments on how you would do this.
I wrote down a list of needs like shelter, lighting, Water, Electronics (aka, my computer so I can continue to blog when I go through this transition), cooking, refrigeration/freezing, Heating and cooling, communications and how to keep things fairly 'normal' in my families life too. I will do a post soon on what I learn from you and my own research.
Why would I do this?....leave our job, our modern conveniences and start out new??
I believe there is more out there that we can create for our family that will bring us closer together, closer to God and teach us things we would not be able to learn otherwise.
I believe this change in lifestyle would be very rewarding, bring more happiness, contentment and simplify the life we have.
In our society we have had a mentality of 'get everything first, then live our lives.' You know what I'm talking about. The big truck you can't afford or the house that takes at least two incomes just to pay the mortgage...and the list goes on. I want to avoid this kind of thinking.
I like the saying, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." I really feel our mentality as a people is changing for the better. We are looking for ways to become more self sufficient and be the kind of people who are able to help our neighbors when the need arises because we are more prepared to do so. We don't want to wait for a government to dig us out. It is our own insurance we can give to ourselves.
Do to life's unforeseen circumstances we don't know how things will turn out. Sometimes we really do put it all out on the line. But if you have a desire to do something and have Faith that it will work and you're doing it for the right reasons then I think it is very much worth the TRY.
Camille Loves being a Mother of five, wife to an amazing cowboy, A photographer, blog writer, and an Adventure seeker.
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