“The present is what slips by us while we’re pondering the past and worrying about the future.” -Ziggy
We have gone and done it….. We sold most of our worldly possessions. I am still not quite sure how I feel about this, even now that it is too late. My emotions run the gamut from a sense of loss so great to a feeling of liberation that I don’t think I have felt since I was a child. It is terrifying to give up almost everything that we have acquired over the span of our life together. On the other hand, I feel like I’ve been suddenly unshackled by the weight of all those material goods.
In my previous post, I explained the self-sufficient lifestyle that my husband and I were reaching toward. In order to grasp this cherished dream, we have to cut some costs and lose some debt. It seems to us that common sense dictates that we go into this new way of life as unhindered as possible. We have no desire to attain the land that we would farm, only to be unable to make the necessary improvements because we have no funds to ensure our success.
The opportunity to live on a piece of property that we can begin a journey toward self-reliance has presented itself and we have pounced on it. We have the chance to live on a few family-owned acres and get started on our path toward independence. We can have a large garden, pigs, chickens and start learning some of what we will need to know when we are ready to purchase our place. The price for being able to stay on this property is payment of the annual property taxes.
The benefit of making this move is not just the ability start raising our own food now, but by relocating it means that we have cut our annual overhead from $14,400 to a mere $1400 in just rent alone! In order to do this, we have to downsize from a 2000+ square foot house to something that is approximately 900 square feet. We will be purchasing a used single wide mobile home to put on the property, but fortunately there is already water, electricity, and a septic system on the acreage. Of course, any improvements that we make will stay behind when we leave, but the wealth of experience that we gain will go with us to wherever we happen to land.
The thought process behind this step toward our vision baffles a lot of our family and friends. Some of them understand what we are trying to do, but a good number of them think we have lost our minds. However, I feel very blessed and I thank God that we do have family that loves us and believes in us enough to help us move toward our vision.