Crafting the Life We Want

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I've been a little bit taken by quotes lately. In fact, I have loved searching for ones that resonate so much, that I've attached them to pictures I've taken of our travels over the past 5 and a half years and shared them with those who follow this little blog on my Facebook page for it. I know it may not mean much to somebody else, but I sure thought these words were enough to share with others. And here is something else I found that I'd like to expound upon, as it pertains to everything we are doing here on our land: tiny living, owning property, starting a farm --- all of that. Here it goes.

The first step in crafting a life you want is to get rid of everything you don't. Joshua Becker

Did you get that? A life that you want? Not just tolerate, not just go through the motions... But what you've dreamed of? It's simple. Give up some things. (Keeping your faith + morals in check)

To us, most recently, this means downsizing. We went from 1600 square feet to 288 square feet at the new year. We have a garage full of stuff I am tired of looking at.... If we don't come up with a yard sale by the summer, I think I'll just haul it off already! It's just stuff. This is a big part of it... Getting rid of stuff we don't want.

Another part of this is to "get rid of" the house we didn't want. We loved the house we moved from, but it was time to move on, if you get what I mean. We tried for a while to sell it, then we tried for a while to rent it... And at the last possible minute, we have renters. So it's not "gotten rid of" quite yet, but in theory, it is. We have moved out, found a way to cover that mortgage, and moved forward. We are getting rid of "stuff" we don't want.

This part is kind of touchy. We have been getting rid of things financially that we don't want. It comes in time, but it comes in various forms: medical bills, taxes, credit cards, various cancellation fees... The house is also a part of this, because now we have rent to cover it. But in all honesty, we have been slowly going through things financially to get where we need to be. And it takes sweet time. But we have gotten rid of (or currently are ridding of) expensive phone service, poor internet service, broken healthcare coverage, tax surprises.... You get the picture. Step by step.

Getting rid of things feels freeing. Every time I call in a bill, it's one less thing to think on. It frees some mental space. Every time I sell an item, it's one less (little) thing crowding our garage. It feels so good! It really does. Getting rid of stuff in your life you don't want.... It just makes sense. Why wouldn't you?

I know why I wouldn't, at times. I just feel stuck. But becoming unglued is the only way to move forward and create the life you want and need. Keep listening here.

It took some sweet time of conversation, convincing, blaming, excuses, and maybe even dumb luck to take that first leap into creating the farm on our land. We didn't really prepare anything. Not like that list of first steps I shared, at least. Well, a bit of it was done. The fence was built. The tractor was fixed. The pasture was mowed. The soil was tilled. But some things we didn't do....We didn't get a soil sample or add any nutrients in, we didn't use the well, we didn't order seeds (we bought them locally).... and we're not quite sure about preparing for markets yet, either, which start here in a couple of weeks. Gulp.

But we did it. We took the first big step, and it looked different than we thought, but we did it. We are crafting the life we want. Starting the farm ever so slowly (but is it smart to jump in like this? that's another story, ha!), living tiny and getting rid of stuff, moving onto our property and feeling more a part of the community. We are crafting! Is that a thing?

Well yes, yes it is. Crafting the life you want is about taking those first steps toward what that looks like... Less time chasing things, more time spent with your people. Maybe you need to switch your cell service, get rid of the TV, move into a camper, move cross-country, find a new job, chase that dream somehow, some way...  Learning about what truly matters in this life....

Taking that first scary step into creating (or crafting) the life you are looking forward to and want and need and love and feel at peace with is so, so, so worth it.

1 comment:

  1. I love how passionate and dedicated you are about this new lifestyle!


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