Some days I feel really discouraged with where we are in this adventure.
We have this end goal in mind, this dream of being entirely self-sufficient, living off the grid. This goal is decades down the road. I don’t get discouraged by the fact that we aren’t there yet.
I get discouraged when I think that I still go to the grocery store for most raw foods or that we don’t have goats or chickens or rabbits. I feel like we should be somewhere further down the road. Not where we are.
But then I look at everything I have learned to do. Canning, bread making, soap making, sewing, building furniture… and I realize we are much further than I thought.
These skills take time, time to learn and time to refine. I get discouraged when I forget this.
But I’m human and this is what we do, right?
So lately I’ve been bummed on my progress and I needed to check myself. Seriously. There’s no need to get down when we have made many steps in the right direction. So in the process of getting my head right, I realized I could make this list…something I couldn’t do a year ago!
20 Things We Don’t Buy
- Laundry soap
- Canned tomatoes
- Bath soap
- Salad dressing
- Dog treats
- Canned beans
- Dish washer detergent
- Chilled teas and sodas
- Bread crumbs
- Plastic bags
- Bug bite creams
- Green onions (the only thing I am successfully producing at this point)
And with that I am happy. Where do I want to see us go in the next year?
I will try to grow all of my own tomatoes and can what we will need for the year. Since I think I’ve already destroyed my tomato plants and am considering starting over, I may need to make some adjustments, like canning tomatoes from the Farmer’s Market.
I will be making all of our own bathroom products (soaps, lotions, etc.). Since we don’t actually go through these quickly we haven’t really had an opportunity, but the time will come…
I will make all of our condiments: ketchup, mustard, pickles, and relish.
I will preserve more of our food for winter, whether from our garden or the Farmers Market.
How do you manage your long term goals?
I always find myself looking at the big picture rather than the many amazing steps we’ve made. I need to remember the journey is just as noteworthy as the destination, which is why I write this journal of sorts- to share the good and the bad on our road to self-sufficiency. Where are you on your journey?