Creating a Life to Help You Really Live

There is a peacefulness here in the mornings. The sun shines hopeful light over the mountain sides and the breezes are light. The changes in season are obvious and there is a certain beauty to the washed out pallor of late autumn. During this season, I feel very thankful for everything in my life. Truly, honestly, thankful. For my husband, my children, grandchildren, friends, animals, nature, health, comfort, and this lovely piece of land where the hearth fires burn. We purposely build a life that feeds us, inspires us, and fuels us. A homesteading life.

A homesteading life looks different in different situations with correlating bonds. We have chosen that I be a housewife. I make a little off of book royalties, and herbs, and this and that, but my place is in creating a home. We used to think that homesteading required two people at home. But we learned the hard way that to homestead in the state we were born in, one of us had to get a full time job. Many farmers and homesteaders do. In many cases, both parties work outside the homestead.

Having and pursuing a trade is a wonderful way to work towards self sufficiency. (A note on self sufficiency: it truly takes a community to sustain, but we will use the phrase to denote taking care of ourselves and others to our full ability.) If you can do something well, and it is a needed skill, then you can often support, or help support, your family with it. It is important that we begin to encourage as many folks to go to trade schools as college. The next generation will be stronger for it.

How does one get started homesteading? There are a few gals at my husband’s work that want to come down to our farm and learn to make cheese. I will be happy to teach them. It won’t be long before they begin to bake bread. Or make their own candles. Pretty soon, they have goats and a small dairy. Homesteading grows. You see something you would like to do yourself; sewing, crocheting, gardening, baking, cheese making, soap making, candle making, wood working, raising farm animals, wine making, herbalism, and decide to learn how to do it. You incorporate that into your life. Look at your grocery list, what can you learn to make? Do you need to buy all of the packaged boxes of junk or can you learn to make granola bars, cookies, and bread? Can you make cream of celery soup? Can you make gravy? Spaghetti sauce? Can you grow the tomatoes for it? Oh, then you are really going. Pretty soon you have a full out farmstead.

My granddaughters, Ayla and Maryjane, wearing the dresses I made them.

The peace of mind and pride is profound in this lifestyle. Do it yourself. Even if it isn’t perfect, you did it! The peace of mind of knowing you can heat your house if the power goes out. Feed your family for awhile if there is a natural disaster. Take care of yourself if an economical collapse occurs. There is peace of mind in knowing what you eat and what you drink were grown by you, prepared by you, and there are no crazy chemicals in your cupboard. Your cleaning products are truly clean, your muscles toned from doing everything by hand, your heart light at watching the fruit of your labors expand. This lifestyle is filled with planning, hard work, and life and death, but it is truly living. Being in the midst of it all. Purposely creating a good life filled with sustenance. A good life that feeds you, inspires you, and fuels you. A homesteading life. Start today. What would you like to learn?

Becoming an Herbalist

Congratulations Sacred Owl School of Original Medicine class of 2015!  Thirteen more herbalists have entered the world to help people.

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What happens when a woman gets the nerve to learn something new outside of her already hectic roles of motherhood, job force, home maker, and/or business owner, and spends three months in class?  You get a lot of crying and laughing and learning from each other, the teacher being no exception.  Should this be my last in-person class then I went out on a high note.  This was such a spectacular meeting of thirteen plus me and I count myself blessed to have learned so much from this group of eclectic ladies.

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I make no illusion to the fact that we have no idea where we will be anytime soon.  But what I do have to offer still is my correspondence course.  A compilation of chapters covering each body system, the herbs that are specific to that area, ten ways to turn them into medicine, aromatherapy, animal medicine, wild crafting, starting a business, and my time via phone or email to help the student succeed from anywhere in the world.  The student would have a full year to complete the course.  I have a gift to those of you that have wanted to take my Certified Herbalist Course through my school the Sacred Owl School of Original Medicine, class registration is from now until the end of July and the course has gone from $250 to now $100 and includes a free copy of my book “The Homesteader’s Pharmacy; the recipes of Garden Fairy Apothecary”.  Call or text 303-617-3370 to sign up.

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Keep learning, Folks!