Wow, it’s been almost a year since I’ve written here. It’s not because I’m a slacker, but because I’ve been so busy with other really good things. We are making stuff happen! Our lives are radically different today than 1 year ago.
We’ve made some major strides toward our dream of homesteading in a peaceful, rural place. Our budget has led us away from California where we were born and raised. We won’t be ready to move for another year or so, but we’re considering putting an offer on a funky off-grid hobbit-esque home on over 40 acres in the Arizona high desert. Yup!
How are we pulling this off? Well, it’s been almost 3 years of planning, saving, paring down, and intense talks after the kids are tucked in.
Here are some ways we’re “practicing” for such a huge change, since like many HSPs, I’m not a fan of sudden, abrupt changes. I like to ease into them with adequate preparation.
- Most important- Saving up a huge chunk of our income (still a mustachian) to build up our emergency fund and fatten our retirement accounts. This will buy us time to make our move, take a sabbatical from work, and possibly switch careers.
- Getting used to off-grid living by exercising the “muscle over motor” mentality. We’ve started to cut down on electricity by hang-drying, getting rid of TV, turning off the electricity at night, etc.
- Becoming more self-sufficient, and therefore buying less stuff. We used to receive amazon prime packages almost every day. Now it’s a rare occurence. I haven’t set foot in a mall in almost a year. I’ve had to say no to target runs. I’m committed to shopping exclusively second hand for all our clothes this year (besides underwear!) but I’m even trying to cut down on my thrifting. When we’re living off grid in a rural town, I won’t really need many clothes or accessories. If it doesn’t pass the “can I wear it on our homestead?” test, then I don’t buy it.
- Building real life connections instead of internet connections. I’m really trying to nurture real life friendships. This can be difficult for a homebody introvert like myself. However, cutting down on social media naturally causes me to seek out real face to face time with friends and family. I’m only on facebook (no other social media). Oh, and my computer kicks me off of facebook after 20 minutes thanks to stay focused app.
- Learning homesteading skills. We’re also trying to grow more food, create our own rich dirt by composting instead of buying bags of soil, and planting from seeds or cuttings instead of buying plants from home depot. Our small suburban backyard is looking a bit like a jungle. I’ve also become a self-proclaimed “crazy quail lady”- we currently have a dozen quails that we hatched at home.
I wanted to share our homesteading dreams with you because finding out about my high sensitivity is what prompted these dreams. I realized it would benefit me and my mental health to carve out a peaceful, nurturing lifestyle. I wanted to honor my love of nature and my desire to nature-school my kids. These longings are leading us away from our fast-paced suburban lives to places I never dreamed of.