Progress on the homestead is exciting but there is always more to do.

Progress and Setbacks

I don't want to always write about the challenges of homesteading because there are so many rewards.  Reality is there will be many challenges and it is your mindset and faith that will get you through the tough hurdles with a smile on your face. 

Right now, we are full steam ahead!  So exciting. The fleas are gone! We are putting in our wood flooring and building our garden fencing.  You check out our current projects on our YouTube channel here: Country Living Experience on YouTube 

My wife is very relieved

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Homesteading Hurdles: The Mental and Physical

Homesteading can be a struggle. It surely is not easy. The twists and turns contained in this lifestyle can tax you physically and mentally. By far the hardest hurdle to overcome is the mental hurdle. We are about sharing our experiences with you, both the good and bad. Here is what has been happening with us lately.


Yes, there are fleas in our country home.

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Homesteading: 7 things I wish we knew before deciding to start

We are fast approaching our 1 year anniversary of moving forward toward life on a country homestead. (Wow, I really cannot believe that it has been that long.) I say "moved forward toward" because we still have not technically made it to our homestead. We are still currently residing in a rental house even though we have already purchased a country home on about 8 acres.

What are you waiting for you ask? Well

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Transitioning to being a Homesteader. Changing your mindset and thinking.

When you decide to throw away the rat race and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life to a more peaceful yet challenging adventure in the countryside, you have already made many important decisions. The thoughts of "Why am I doing this job?", "Why am I sitting in this traffic?", "What is the point of keeping up with the Joneses?", "This Organic produce is crazy expensive. I wish I could grow my own." all pass through your head and come up for discussion within your family. 

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8 Big Costs To Consider When Starting Your Country Homestead

As we all know, it takes money to accomplish our dreams. Some have more than others. We have a finite amount. It is ok to have little or plenty. We are writing from our perspective and understand that you may have less or more. We hope that this article helps those whom may be in a similar situation to us. If it helps others outside of our financial means, then great. We will be even happier.

It should not be taboo to talk about how much money you have or have not. Without disclosing really personal information, we will give you an idea of where we are at in this article. 

Starting Point

Everyone will start at a different place.

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31 Skills Every Homesteader Should Learn Now!

Where are we all coming from as homesteaders?  Some of us are coming from a city life, some a suburban life and some were raised in the countryside.  We all have different skills that we bring to the table.  Some of us have bounced between different places our entire life.  I for example, grew up in the countryside from age 10 to 18.  My parents attempted to teach me skills for a self-sufficient lifestyle.  I personally was only interested in sports and girls.  Luckily, the skills I observed and took part in stuck.  Though I had been apart from that lifestyle for some time, they quickly returned to me once we decided to make our transition to a country lifestyle.  I did live a city life for quite some time but some skills are like riding a bike.

No matter where you are in your learning path, feel confident that you can acquire the skills you need to live an off-grid country lifestyle. I know I was extremely excited to learn new skills and relearn old ones. 

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6 Easiest Money Making Strategies For Your Homestead

Yes, This Is Hard Work!

I am sure many of you already know that Country Living/Self-Sufficient Living/Off-Grid Living is hard work. Additionally, trying to make money from of your homestead is equally challenging.  We have employed several different strategies for making money that will pull us away from our 9 to 5 jobs.  We plan on implementing more in the future.

I know what you are thinking.  How can you concentrate on all of these strategies at the same time?  

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Tips and Tools for finding Homesteading Land

The goal for our blog and YouTube channel has been and will always be a three-fold endeavor, to share with you our existing homesteading knowledge, to share our experience of acquiring new knowledge and skills to run a country homestead, and to share all our experiences in transitioning from a city to a country lifestyle.

One of the greatest challenges to date has been to find property to start building our homestead.  This is an exhausting process that has been frustrating to say the least.  We are sharing our experience with this issue in order to help you prepare your mindset for the roller coaster ride that is country real estate.  

We have chronicled several of our property search challenges on our Youtube channel, living experienceWe will continue to bring you along for the journey when we search for land and show you our positive and negative findings for each piece. 

Land in East Texas is a HOT commodity right now.  

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