Homesteading 2.0

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Here's my own personal philosophy about what it means to be a homesteader. I'll edit this as things evolve, but these are some of the basic points. Now, keep in mind, each person should only do what they can. Not everyone has a farm or a huge back yard. Even if you rent a room in a house and that's all you have, adopt what you can. Or at least aspire to adopt things in the future.

The ideas are simple. Look back to the past for inspiration while integrating the benefits of modern society.

-Grow as much of your own food as you can. Whether it's a couple potted plants on your balcony, or a couple raised garden beds in your yard.

-Cook your own food. Eat real food. Avoid processed food, fast food, and oils except for small amounts of olive or avocado oil. Would your great grandparents eat it or know what it is? If not, then it might not be a good idea. Remember, if your body isn't healthy because of a bad diet, you won't feel good. And what's the point of even being alive if you feel like crap every day?

-Eat thoughtfully, and moderately. In other words, don't waste food. The less we take from nature, and other people, the better.

-Everyone should find an art or craft they love. Whether it's painting, quilting, carpentry, cooking, kitting, building birdhouses, raising bees, weaving, rolling cigars or gardening. No matter what your age or gender. What good is this glorious brain if it's not being used to "create"? These ideas are both hobbies and contribute to your family or community. And you feel a great sense of pride with your work. 

-Ferment something. Learn how to make your own milk kefir, kombucha, craft beer, wine, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, etc. 

-Live with childlike joy at every age. Think back to when you were 10 years old. What excited you about the world? See what you can adapt to your adult life that puts the fun back. For example, I used to ride my bike for HOURS as a child. I added that back in my life and how I "treat" myself to a ride every day if possible.

-Meditate, just a little. Shut off the racing thoughts. Clear the mind. Rest the brain. While it's good to have an active brain, it doesn't need to be swirling in circles nonstop day and night.

-Surround yourself with plants. Fill your windows with potted plants.

-Buy quality over quantity. Spend more money on one purchase that will last longer and you'll love more. For example, I bought an expensive belt about 8 years ago. To this day, I wear it pretty much every day! Basics that can get a lot of use. Instead of many cheap items that are short lived.

-Move your body. Gardening, fitness, walking, running, building, cooking, maintaining the house, etc. etc. etc. You can listen to an audio book or a podcast and be entertained while getting the body moving.

-Surround yourself with beauty, whatever that means to you. 

-Support local businesses. Instead of always depending on Amazon, get out into your local community and spend money at farmer's markets and any other shop or business. This not only puts money back into the local community, it increases tax revenue which ends up benefitting you.

-Respect and appreciate animals. Whether they are the bees pollinating our flowers or the dogs and cats keeping us company. 

-Be as self sufficient as possible. There's no reason to go directly to doomsday prepping. But the more you can sustain yourself without being totally dependent on "the system," the better.

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