Progress Report #1

It’s been one week since we made the pact to live and breathe our goals and I just want to document the process for my own reflection and to tally up the accomplishments of the week.

It’s not that we just suddenly decided we would divest from the status-quo and run into the woods. As a natural progression of our lives, our interests and the skills and knowledge we have acquired, it just became apparent that the next logical step was to implement a plan that carried our development towards our goals. Our goals are everybody’s goals. We all want fewer bills, more time with family and friends, and to enjoy our work. The universe has just revealed to us a way to do that and we were fortunate enough to be paying attention.

For years it seems that I have been hurdling towards self-sufficiency without ever really realizing it until recently.

This week we decided to really start looking at our finances as a catalyst for our transition. We are a young family of seven with a modest household income. It was never a possibility to us that we had the financial means to save for the future we wanted and we always just kind of thought we would have to wait until the kids were grown and moved out and hope we were still in great health with strength to do all the DIY and gardening and stuff later in life.

We sat down and looked at how we were managing our finances and decided to see our mortgage broker ahead of our upcoming mortgage renewal in September. What an inspiration that meeting was! I want to be candid about this aspect of our goal planning because I feel it is one often unaddressed in the realm of ‘off-grid homesteading’ blogs and vlogs and online resources. I feel like if we can achieve success then surely we can inspire many other working class folks to do the same.

Simply-put, never underestimate your power to save. We didn’t believe that we had any reason to discuss finances with an advisor because we didn’t believe we had sufficient finances to be advised about! If I can offer one piece of advice to anyone wanting to divest from the status quo and be less consumer-driven, debt-laden, or time-restricted, it would be SEE A FINANCIAL ADVISOR. We have a saving plan now that gives us renewed optimism that we can have all we dream of and a solid plan to do so within a short timeframe. Much shorter than we’d have ever thought.

While time takes care of the financial aspect of our future, we have other things to get in order.
I will be doubling down on my efforts to minimize our home and simplify the way we live. This week I employed some tips I passively gained from Pinterest and Kon Marie. “Don’t organize by room; organize by category”

Like who needs this many shoes??

I cleaned our basement so we had a huge clean slate for organizing the rest of our belongings. We downsized our collective shoe museum to 2 pairs each (still FOURTEEN pairs of shoes oh my!), I purged the kids toys; we sold some devices and game consoles; Mike and I cleaned out our clothing collection (kids still to do); and we started piling all of the books, papers, and craft supplies so we can decide where to donate them and what must be tossed.

Pretty good progress so far!

Next week I’ll be focussing on organizing my seeds, our apothecary, and coldroom. From now on, a huge priority in our lives will be food security: Optimizing plant use on our property and from nature. This is something I’ve grown passionate about over the last several years. It’s amazing how supportive nature is in providing nourishment, medicine, and health maintenence. We have an abundance of free resources all around us if we just take the time to look and learn.

Calendula salve for skin chapping and muscle pain

Spruce tips make a yummy snack and are a vitamin c, potassium, and magnesium booster

Mullein flowers make an excellent cough syrup to soothe an itchy throat. The leaves help treat respiratory illness.

Horsehoof and Labrador Tea for headache and congestion

Having a simplified home will create space for, well, space. It’ll give us the ability to honor the possessions we choose to keep- it will enable me to better organize our food security and ensure we are always prepared to harvest and process resources as they come in and properly store them for future use.
Another part of the process is being more accountable to my blog. It’s in a transition stage now; previously I used it to document my home decorating, holiday and yard projects. I would really love it if I could develop connections with others who are looking at ways to live more intentionally and I have committed myself to contributing regularly and learning how to network. I want to make sure I get good information out to others and have more access to the wisdom of those who have forged the path before us.

While purging the house and saving money, learning to be a better writer/’documentarian’, studying, and honouring the family food supply; I have to remember to be patient, have fun, and live in the moment. It’s all very inspiring and exciting but what’s most important is to not miss the moments that pass as our family travels the road to our successes together. We are enjoying and benefitting from making room in our lives for intention and fulfillment and I can’t help but feel like it’s all kismet ♡

Happy Homesteading Xx