I'm a city raised boy who dreams of the country life, so having married into a family of farmers was a wonderful thing. Both Janene and I dream of life on a farm - homesteading, gardening, and raising the kids in the country. Every time I visit one of the family farms, I feel even more drawn to "the life."
We recently had the chance to attend a graduation party for one of the cousins, out at their farm. Man alive, my soul simply sang at the beauty, and the life. At home, we've started a veggie garden (not quite there, but soon to have almost 600sq ft of space, plus containers, plus blueberries / raspberries), a mini-orchard (with 7 fruit trees), plans for a greenhouse and a full container garden, and full landscaping. We expect to introduce rabbits, bees, and perhaps a goat as well as chickens sometime in the next couple of years. We're working to reduce our footprint, increase our self-sustainability, and introduce practical knowledge and experience in the youth of our children.
As I was contemplating our goals, my personal desires, and where we're at - I realized that the "dream of life" as I've labeled it in my mind is absolutely a journey and not a destination. And it's a journey that we can participate in at any point, no matter where we find ourselves - whether on 100+ acres or on less than 1/4 of an acre in the city... or even in an apartment.
Don't let your current circumstances stop you from making changes in your life towards the life you dream of living. Even small changes can enlighten us, teach us, and move us forward. After all, for most of us huge life change is unrealistic all at once - but we can make many small changes and over time find ourselves rewarded and happier than we ever thought possible.
What's one single small change you can make right now to move yourself towards your life's goals?
*I intend to release multiple posts with photos from "The Valley" where some of the family farm is. But since I have literally hundreds of photos... it'll be spread out over quite a few posts. *grin*