Introduction to Modern Self-Reliance
For our entire lives, up to this point, we have done everything by the book. We got good grades in high school, in order to get accepted to one of the top technical schools in the country. I, Lauren, studied mathematics and Tim studied mechanical engineering.
We moved to Boston together to find lucrative jobs, making a combined $135k right out of the gate and receiving consistent raises from there. Two years later, we are discontent with our jobs, strapped with student debt and feel the 40-hr work week crushing our souls.
We are coming to think this pipeline builds slaves to the system. The worker takes on huge loans to get a degree to get a job to pay off their loans to buy a house near their job where they take on more loans to afford the overpriced house near their job.
They are then trapped in the job to pay the debt on the house that they purchased to live close to the job. This debt cycle keeps people trapped in their boring/tedious/stressful/consuming jobs, fearful of the pain of failure but never striving toward the pleasure of freedom.
We would love to move to the country side, buy raw land and build our own eco-friendly house. Just like every other city slicker out there dreaming of greener pastures but realistic me knows that this will be a few years out.
In the meantime, I started to search for how we could homestead without acres of land or chickens or cows or even sunny window sills.
Sadly, our apartment building is facing the wrong way to ever get direct sunlight and we are strictly prohibited from all pets. This rules out the balcony garden or window sill herbs so commonly recommended in other urban homesteading blogs.
We want to find ways to break the debt cycle, and make our own happiness right where we are.
We continually search for small steps to bring us closer to our dreams. We focus on small actions that we can take today to become more self-sufficient and less wasteful. We also want to share a few tips and tricks we have learned along the way.
We are focusing on paying off debt, while building skills and habits now to prepare us for the future we desire. We believe homesteading is more a mindset and that happiness is homemade.
Read our full plan here: City to Farm Exit Strategy
This blog focuses on 2 main topics that we feel most passionately about:
- Homesteading Skills
Homemaking skills cover all those habits and skills we have acquired that make us happy, healthy and a bit more self-reliant.
Preparedness is about taking simple small steps today to minimize the impact of future events like disasters, terrorist attacks, job lay-offs or even flat tires. Preparedness should not cause fear of the unknown tragedy but rather peace of mind that you can handle the uncertain future.
We hope you will join us on this journey.
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