Over 3 decades of homesteading in the city, I find that each year our goals and resolutions evolve with the years. For a mature city homestead like ours, goals are definitely different than a newbie and little more challenging, I think. Chickens – check, Bees – check, Solar – check, Garden – check and so on and so forth. 30 years of checking off the check list there’s little to check off the “master to do list.”
Over the years, we’ve seen aspiring homesteaders succeed & some have sadly failed in their efforts. Many commit for the long haul, whilst others have ridden the self sufficiency wave for awhile and neither have the time or energy to continue. Commitment to such a lifestyle is one of the challenges that we all face, especially when a new year brings about setting goals for personal or physical growth. Our mantra is: “Living a simple, self-sufficiency/sustaining life is not always simple!” It takes sacrifice, hard work and the willpower to see it thru the hard & challenging times. Having said that, I also believe it acquires one to adapt to changing times, sometimes it’s just not possible to DO everything and you have to be willing to admit that. It takes a family and community.
This year, for me, one of the challenges is keeping the growing homestead organized. A well organized homestead is a happy one. Especially with a busy schedule, one can’t afford to spend time looking for this or that. Our homestead is not only a home but a business and community space so sometimes the lines get blurry. And that’s where the other challenge comes in, setting up boundaries so we don’t burn out. Keeping a healthy balance is critical and you have to believe in your own self worth.
So with a new year just starting, what challenges are you facing?
Weigh in city and rural homesteaders!
In closing, like to share something that our friends and fellow city homesteaders wrote
The point is, we are all in process. None of us are perfect. No one has a corner on the crunchy market. We try to do everything we can and to always be doing better. But, we will never “arrive” because as soon as we do, we’ll learn something new and amazing and perhaps even terrifying and we’ll re-evaluate and adjust. It’s called life.
— Courtesy The Provision Room
I also want to thank those who took time to “welcome” us back to the blog world. We truly appreciate your readership and support.