Some of you may know 18 months ago I sold out and went back to Corporate America. 10 months into the job, I found myself caught in the Never Good Enough corporate culture. I find myself feeling like there is not enough time to do my job, not enough energy to take care of my family, not enough relaxation on weekends to get me thru the next week. Let alone take care of my garden. And for what? A little extra money to improve the quality of our lives??!
I keep telling myself THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY.
6 months ago, at the start of fall, I was reading an article in Mother Earth News. 5 families cut their household expenses by making self sufficient lifestyle choices like growing their own food. We are a typical suburbanite family of 4. I would love to be able to cut our expense so there is a little money for the extras. I decided I was going to give this self sustaining lifestyle a try. I was full of enthusiasm. I made lists of ideas and plans, lots of plans. I need to determine if having a few chickens and growing a few tomatoes could REALLY make that much of a difference?
Don’t get me wrong. I am not packing up and moving to Montana to live off the grid. I want to determine if there is some hybrid sustainable life that would allow me to live in civilization with electric, television and grocery stores a few miles from my house. Could there be a combination of modern suburban life and sustainable independence that strikes that perfect work life balance and frees me from the corporate hamster wheel.
It has been a long, cold snow filled winter. I am about to start my journey. Each week I will try to post an entry into this blog along with pictures testing my theory that there truly is a better way.
It is the beginning of April, we are still having snow and frost. I estimate our growing season is already 30 days shorter and I am starting out behind schedule. I have not been able to plant the potatoes because the ground is frozen solid. But a commitment is a commitment. Frozen ground or not the chickens have arrived…