The last three years have been a bumpy journey of massive transformation in my life. In a way, I’ve come full circle, but I am not the same person who started this journey.
I started this journey with dreams of having a sustainable farm with rescue horses, donkeys, and dogs. I pictured building a spacious home, a guest house, and my ultimate dream barn complete with indoor arena.
In the process of pursuing that dream, my dear husband and I nearly lost ourselves and our marriage. We emptied our bank accounts and put everything in our lives on hold. Everything became stressful. There was no joy left in our lives or in our home.
I don’t regret the journey, but I’m glad that it’s coming to an end and that I have a clearer view of who I am and what I want.
As a follower of the teachings of St. Francis, I crave a more simple life, a life focused on relationships rather than things. I’m drawn to minimalism, whole food plant-based eating, and homesteading, none of which require the 37 acres we had.
One of my dreams had been to have my horses at home, but it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Without an arena, I lacked safe footing whenever the weather was bad, and I never had anyone to share my passion with, so I was always riding alone. I loved seeing my ponies throughout the day, but I missed having other people around to appreciate them too.
The expense of renovating an old farmhouse meant that I never had money to save for a horse trailer, I never had money for clinics, and I never had money for show fees. Since I could ride regularly, my horses were never ready to show anyway.
I’ve been fortunate to find a great boarding facility in our new county where my boys are getting great care. There’s an all-weather arena, so I can ride almost every day, and there are great people to talk horses with. The cost is pretty comparable, and the stress is much lower.
We may not have 37 acres, but we still intend to live the life of homesteaders, converting to renewable fuels, making/upcycling things for our home, and growing our food. Of course, now that we’re moving toward a whole food plant-based lifestyle, we can easily grow enough to support us and to give to our neighbors on a lot just outside the city limits.
I’ll be making some changes to the website to refine our focus, and I’ll be back to writing and podcasting on a regular basis. It will be good to be back!
So what can you expect? Spiritual exploration, self-improvement, upcycling projects, minimalist challenges, whole food plant-based recipes and cooking tips, nutrition information, and–of course–plenty of pictures of dogs, horses, and nature.
If you’ve been on this journey with me and stick around, thank you! I hope you find a kindred spirit in these online pages. If you decide to part ways, I understand and wish you joy on your journey.
Peace & Blessings! 🙂