how to avoid homestead burnout

9 Ways to Avoid Homestead Burnout

How can you be burned out from a lifestyle you love?  It happens to every homesteader at some point, but here's "9 Ways to Avert Homestead Burnout"! Homesteading is one of the most wonderful and exciting things I've found to do on this earth!  However, homesteading is also a very demanding endeavor: physically and emotionally! Our bodies and minds are stretched to the max most days, and without careful consideration, we can find ourselves worn out and demotivated. You Matter I know what you're thinking. Life is busy.  We're busting our tails trying to make this homesteading thing work!  There's no time for "me". As...

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the mental health benefits of crafting

The Benefits of Crafting for your Homestead & Mental Health

There's nothing that I look forward to more than picking up my knitting needles at the end of a long day's work on the farm.  Knitting, or any form of crafting, can be so relaxing for our minds and bodies, as well as a great way to unwind.  But the benefits of crafting for your homestead & mental health go far beyond that!  Everything including cooking, food preservation, fabric arts, gardening and baking are all creative activities, and I'm just scratching the surface! "Back in the day", our grandmothers and great-grandmothers even made the family's clothing and quilts as a matter...

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3 big things to be thankful for

3 BIG Things to Be Grateful For

It's Autumn and the farm is beginning to slow down.  The holidays are around the corner and soon, last year will be just a memory.  Around this time, I begin to reflect back over the year.  I go through a bit of an "assessment" of myself and the farm.  It's also a time for gratitude and "3 Big Things to Be Thankful For". Practicing gratitude has been scientifically shown to improve our mental health as well as our physical health! To be honest, there are hundreds of reasons to be thankful, but most of them fall into one of three categories. ...

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6 Benefits of the Homesteading Lifestyle

6 Benefits of the Homesteading Lifestyle

After 10 years of homesteading, pretty much from scratch, I've learned a lot.  I mean, A LOT.  My strength, both mentally and physically, has grown exponentially!  Allow me to unpack some of my thoughts with "6 Benefits of a Homesteading Lifestyle"! 1.  Mentally Stronger I've always considered myself to be a strong person.  I don't cry often and I'm able to get through just about any crisis without falling apart.   But being on this farm requires more than just being a strong person.  Homesteading requires mental strength along with fortitude.     Homesteading isn't a 9-5 thing, nor is it a "clean" thing and by...

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54 WAys to BE More Sustainable

54 Ways to Be More Sustainable

In "54 Ways to Be More Sustainable", you'll discover big and small ways and ideas to promote sustainability in your home...no matter where you live! Creating more sustainability and self-reliance in your life brings more freedom from unfulfilling jobs, stress and debt.  By becoming more sustainable, we gain confidence and freedom that we can indeed provide quite a bit for ourselves!  Where to begin to become more sustainable in our lives?   54 Sustainable Living Tips and Ideas   1.  Take Inventory  What do I mean by "take inventory"?  What I mean is to take a look around at what you have access to where you live.  It doesn't...

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How the death of a friend changed my homesteading

How the Death of a Friend Changed My Homesteading

A close friend of mine died suddenly this week.  It was a very untimely death and came as a great shock to all her knew her.  She was in her 50's and in great physical condition, but she drowned at the beach while on Spring break with her children.  Absolutely heartbreaking.  So, today I want to talk about "How the Death of a Friend Changed My Homesteading". As we approach the day of her funeral, it has become very evident to me that it's the "mother" who truly holds the family together.  Without Mom, everyone and everything seems out of...

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