Busy couple of days working on the website here. Cleaning up, updating the URL and adding a store front page. Stay tuned and thank you for being along for the journey.
Now that Christmas is over I can share a project I have been working on and am so excited to see where it goes.
I have always been interested in learning about herbs and there medicinal properties.
Once were on the homestead I was able to start growing several varieties.
I am now taking a Master Herbalism Class and after an amazing session with Legacy Home and Garden at Farm Where You Live to learn how to make healing salves, I have been busy making my own salves and butters for special people in my life to help with specific needs.
I also did a special lip balm for my granddaughter, and I am so happy she has edible lip balm free of toxins.
The RV we lived in when we first moved here is now my little workshop until my She-Shed/Apothecary is done.
I am now perfecting recipes, partnering with a local coffee roaster and a honey farm to have the best quality, local and sustainable ingredients possible.
The hardest part of homesteading is when you lose your animals to predators. Unfortunately, we lost our 2nd chicken to our rescue dog that we are training to protect them. I came home to find Ursula in the yard. She was our trouble maker and last one in each night, the girls were quite upset tonight. Tomorrow we add overhead netting to out smart the ladies from getting out.
Hello all and Happy Thursday!!
I am so excited to share the new logo with you all!! I want to thank you all as you have hung with me as this page and the blog has evolved and grown. The past 10 months have been a lesson in learning to slow down, enjoying the process of learning and creating, Whether it has been learning to garden, cooking and baking from scratch, raising animals, remodeling the homestead, it all happens at the pace of nature. In it’s own time. I feel like the passions and lessons from the last few years here are coming together. As we close out the year and head into a new one, I hope the fresh perspective and outlook I have gained and will be sharing here will be valuable to as well. Wishing you all a peaceful and beautiful day.
Spending Sunday in the kitchen. Canning beans, making dog food, infusing oil with herbs for salve. While it looks messy, my heart is at peace. I am finding joy in slowing down and providing for my family in a way that is healthier, sustainable. I am learning skills to pass down to my kids and grandkids. God is truly blessing me in this stage of life and I am grateful. What is bringing you joy and gratitude in your life now.
This weekend we were at the Farm Where You Live event. It was an amazing weekend of connecting with other homesteaders and learning from those passionate about the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Guest speaker Joel Salatin spoke on the 7 fears we encounter when homesteading. Honestly, it applies to pursuing any dream. Fear of not succeeding, of not knowing enough to start, making mistakes, losing money, are all boat anchors holding us back. Just start. Do one small step in the direction you want. If you want to garden, plant one plant. Cook from scratch, pick one recipe and master it. Learn to raise animals? Volunteer or intern at a farm. Your dream is waiting for you, all you need to do is step your fears and be relentless in pursuit of the life you are meant to live.
Whether you are a homesteader or starting any new direction in life, there will be people that will not understand.
Why make yogurt when you can buy it? Why grow vegetables and deal with bugs when you can go to a farm stand? Why have so many animals?
Pursuing success looks different for all of us. What brings your heart joy and your soul peace is what brings you into your true self and creates a beautiful, abundant life.
To me, that is success.
It is okay if people in our lives don’t understand. We may not understand the path they are on either. By showing grace and compassion to one another and to ourselves, our definition of success becomes limitless.
Keep following your dreams, no matter how big or small. Reach out to others pursuing similar goals for support and knowledge. Make all the mistakes to keep learning and growing.
Your version of success is waiting for you.
This morning I am sitting bundled up in a house cold enough to see my breath, by a wood burning stove my husband is using muffler tape to hold together and am listening to the team prepare our driveway to pour the concrete for our new garage. I am writing in my gratitude journal and my husband come in to tell me that our water main has been hit. I look out the window to see water bubbling up through ground.
Another aspect of this house incorrectly done. It is barely below ground and a plastic pipe is all that is bringing water into our home. Without this find, it would have been below our new slab and new garage and when it burst…which is inevitable with it not being copper piping and would have been leaking under the work we are having done.
So now we have trenching and digging and copper piping to buy to make it correct. I have no water to the house, so that will make today interesting but I still sit in gratitude.
I am still warm and safe even though there is chaos around me. I have clean, bottled water to drink. Fortunately, my husband made coffee this morning start my day with as I set my intentions for the week. There is always a silver lining, a new perspective to see, an opportunity to grow.
So it looks like this week, I will be learning plumbing and getting a workout digging. Good thing I have dry shampoo until I can wash my hair again.
Things will look a little different on the blog this year. I am moving across the country to South Carolina. We bought a small farmhouse that we will be remodeling. Follow along our adventure as build we our dream life. I will be drinking all the coffee, sharing lots of positive affirmations to stay centered and getting in my workouts to not lose my sanity.
Today in my 90 Day Challenge group, we focused on the importance of gratitude. For me, gratitude has been the biggest factor in helping me live a life of joy and happiness.
But how, you may wonder will gratitude help you lose weight or workout more.
I believe that everything is mindset.
When you are white knuckling your way through “I have to lose weight” “I have to exercise”, I don’t believe you are setting yourself up for long term success.
You may reach your goal, but without gratitude, without joy, what will keep you wanting to maintain that goal?
Gratitude is also the easiest practice that you can start and maintain. All you have to do is be grateful in that moment. No matter what the circumstance or what is happening, there is something to be grateful for. A lesson learned. Your life experience has made you who are in this moment which is an amazing person. Wanting grow and change is also amazing!
So how do you start. When you open your eyes in the morning, “I am grateful for this day.”
When you make your bed “I am grateful for a comfortable, warm, safe place to sleep.” If your kitchen that was clean when you went to bed now has dirty dishes “I am grateful for dishes to wash and clean water to use to wash them”. For each time during the day a negative thought or frustration comes, we can reset by just looking at it through gratitude.
So when we don’t want to do the hard workout, you can look back to your morning for inspiration. “I made my bed, I drank my water, I had a healthy breakfast, now I GET to move my body. I get to be strong and healthy for the people I love in my life , I get to be strong and healthy for me.”
Being grateful for having clean food choices to make, for water to drink, to be able to workout, to have a home to clean, to have a bed to sleep in, takes us from feeling like we are living a life of lack but to a place of abundance. And I do believe when we attract abundance in one area of our life, it spills into all the other areas of our life.
I am grateful for each and everyone of you reading this. I hope your day is filled with gratitude and abundance.
Today I was working out and my granddaughter asked what I was doing. I told her was working out and when she asked why, I said to be strong. Then she said “Stella is strong” and started working out with me.
Body confidence and positivity starts with us. Our children and grandchildren are watching and listening.
I get to workout to be able to pick up and play with my grandchildren.
Forget the scale or fitting into a certain size. What in your life is important to you that you need to be healthy to enjoy it. Make that your why.
Be strong, be confident. You deserve it.