Welcome kindred spirit. Thank you for stopping by. Why homestead? Why live off-grid? Two great questions whose answers vary depending on each individual’s unique circumstances.
In my case, back in the old days of the 1970’s, I had a career in electronics. It was an entertaining and challenging choice and I was prepared to work my life away until I retired in the standard, conventional way. But I’ve always had an adventurous, independent streak, and it wasn’t long into my work regimen that I started to question whether this was all there was to life. Get up in the morning, drive to work, pay the bills, make the company owner prosperous, get old and eventually hit the checkout counter.
Seemed there had to be another path through life and it was my work supervisor who suggested homesteading. That suggestion changed the course of my life. Since then, I/we have homesteaded off-grid for a total of 37 years.
We all have our reasons for considering a change of direction in life. Why did I choose to homestead and live off-grid? I wanted more out of life. The concept of being self-reliant and self-sufficient had great appeal. The freedom to get up in the morning and decide how I would spend my day was enticing. I wanted the satisfaction of raising my own food and heating and cooking with wood I cut myself. I sought the security of knowing that I was free from rising food costs or any threats to the food supply. Independence from the power companies by generating energy from the wind, sun or both was empowering. Essentially being my own boss and determining my own destiny was the ultimate prize. I was content with the unconventional life this path offered. I was young and comfortable in seeking adventure.
Getting Started – The First Steps
My first advice to you would be to do some research about homesteading and living off-grid. Talk to others who have lived the life. Understand that the lifestyle is not utopia but it is extremely satisfying to pursue self-reliance.
Realize that you don’t have to make an all or nothing clean break from your conventional life. Becoming a bit more self-sufficient can be done in stages. There’s nothing wrong with being in suburbia and growing a garden to help with your food needs. By the same token, there’s nothing wrong with living so far remote that you only shop twice a year as we do. And then there’s everything in between.
Ask yourself a few questions. Why am I considering homesteading? Why do I want to live off-grid? What do I want to accomplish? These questions will form the basis of your overall game plan and once you have the answers to those questions, you can formulate the next steps.
We can’t help but notice all the programs on TV dedicated to homesteading and wilderness living. There’s even a show devoted to helping those who have so misjudged the complexities of off-grid homesteading that they are at the point of failure. In looking back over the years, I realize I’ve made my share of mistakes too, yet I’ve overcome them and have ultimately thrived with this chosen lifestyle. In our own way, this site will be dedicated to providing information to those who are already prepping and off-grid as well as those wishing to do so.
We’ll go on this journey together. I will write many posts from the perspective of someone who is just starting out or who is simply considering an off-grid, homesteading lifestyle. We are here to answer questions and based on the feedback we receive, we would be delighted to write a post specifically addressing the questions. In the meantime, I will make occasional posts on the very first steps and thoughts to consider before going off-grid. We will then build together from there. We want you to have the best chance to succeed.
Until next time, keep the dream alive! We wish you a great day!
Ron and Johanna
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