Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Lazy Homesteader

Here lately I have fell off the bandwagon. I am not sure why. It may be because usually we use our winter months to dream of our summer plans but this winter we worked on the things we didn't finish in the fall...therefore I could possibly be feeling somewhat burned out. Maybe it is because it is impossible to change the nature of humans... We are consumers. Maybe my lack of motivation has been because I have battled stomach virus and head colds since January. I am not sure of the reasons I am feeling unmotivated but either way, trust me, I plan to get that motivation back!

My first strategy is to list the reasons why I chose this life style.

1. I am a rebel and this is my way of sticking it to the man.

2. I love the idea of being able to depend on myself... I am just control freak like that. ;)

3. I love to be outside, around nature. It reminds me of what life should be like (verses the synthetic versions of life that commercialism has created for us.) I get a different feeling of connection to the world when I am living off the land.

4. I want my family to be healthier and happier people, which for us has been achieved by working in partnership with nature by growing our own food and living a more sustainable life.

My second strategy is, as Kevin over at The Weaving Spider unintentionally reminded me, I really should watch more documentaries. They seem to fuel my ambitions. Next on the Netflix list... Capitalism!!!

And my final move, spend more time outdoors. Nature always has a way of putting things in perspective for me.

On that note I leave you with this... My motivation....
(the kid not the frog!)


  1. Love your attitude, Leigh! We've got to get ourselves back to the garden. Love documentaries - watch them all the time. If you ever need any suggestions, I'm your guy.

  2. Oh, and thank you for the shout out.

  3. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who goes through this. Burn out and being overwhelmed can creep up fast!

    Be well ~Andrea~

  4. Kevin, Have you watched who killed the electric car? That is another one I really want to see. Btw, I have really enjoyed reading your blog and happy to share it with my friends.

    Andrea, thank you. I too find relief in knowing that I am not alone. I think that there is a misconception to the "Simple Life". It is far from simple. It takes a lot of effort, physically emotionally and psychologically. But with most things that take investing... the pay off is worth it.

  5. I have not seen that doc, but I've heard of it. I'll add it to my ever-growing list. Thanks for the tip. Two documentaries you might enjoy are Paradise Lost, which is about three teenagers in Memphis accused of killing a couple of boys because they listened to heavy metal and dressed differently, and Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, which illustrates corporate greed quite effectively.

  6. Beatiful blog!