When I started this blog several years ago, I was in my early 20’s, in a period of unemployment, not knowing who I was, or where I was going. All I knew is that I had food sensitivities, and that I loved cooking and baking. I wanted to share that passion.
Over the past five and a half years, I have been in the city, surrounded by the city lifestyle, and had different jobs during this time. As the years progressed, the more dissatisfied I have gotten with this city life and lifestyle. At different times I have gotten sucked into it, and into the whole spending money (even if you don’t have it) to have fun.
For the past 16 months I have been at my current job, and before I was at my current location, I had spent a season followed by a few months off (unemployed) at a different location of the same company. I have been working retail stock crew… this season was particularly rough. With more hours, came a bit more money, and a whole lot more exhaustion. With that came turning to alcohol and spending money needlessly to try to help cope with that. I was going to Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Dutch bros, and evening black rock far too often, I also went out for fast food on my way home way to many times.
Now that the season is over, and my hours have been dramatically cut again, I am like “how did I get myself here?” financially. The past few weeks, I have definitely been reevaluating my priorities, and realizing that it is time to be making some major changes in my life.
During the season I really lost sight of what and how I believe God is calling me to live, and that this season has helped me realize is a very major way that trying to make a life here is unsustainable, and I cannot go on like I have been much longer. I have also realized how little I really need to live, and for me to really thrive. I do not need a lavish lifestyle, all I need is a simpler life, where I can literally reap what I sow, and by working hard, I will see the fruit of my labor.
Living out where I currently am, the lifestyle is predominantly based on money, and doing things, and going out to eat, and grabbing a coffee while your out, and with that coffee, some sort of light meal or sweet treat to go with it. A lot of social activities are based on going out. Not to mention the actual cost to live here (housing / rent prices, property taxes etc) are skyrocketing.
I am over here, looking for an out, and looking at places with a better cost of living, less expensive land prices, where I could hopefully own some land, and become more self sufficient. Granted a certain amount of money is needed to survive, but I want to be able to do as much as possible with less. I want to be able to raise and grow as much of my own food as possible, and eventually share the abundance, that I (and hopefully my future family) can’t eat before it goes bad, and share that with others who need it.
My original desire for this blog was to share what knowledge I had about Homemaking with others, and help preserve something that is slowly (or not so slowly in some cases) fading away.
While that original desire is still there, it has grown and changed into something a bit different and so much more. While I am back to living on practically nothing, I wouldn’t change it for anything. I am cutting out the unnecessary things. I haven’t used a streaming service in a few months, I haven’t bought clothes in a while (I have plenty), I am cutting out trips to Starbucks, Jamba Juice and the other places, no more alcohol (not on a moral principle, but on cost and calorie principle), and really evaluating what I really need.
The one thing at this point I am not quite ready to scale all the way back on is Smith Teamaker tea, I know I need to scale back on it a bit, but I cannot give it up, or only on special occasions when I am in town, quite yet. That is something I will just have to really budget for.