Homesteading is all about being self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency looks like using less energy or creating your own energy, producing your own food, and living simply off the land. This ultimately aligns with creating a lifestyle of sustainability. Homesteading is also called living Off-The-Grid or OTG. Living OTG means that the home does not rely on municipal utilites such as electric, water, gas, or similar utility services.
Today, I want to highlight a couple – Jesse & Alyssa – who run a blog & YouTube channel called Pure Living for Life. On the blog they share their reason for sharing their journey…
“We started this blog so that we can help others that wish to pursue a similar lifestyle. There are many homesteading blogs out there that teach you how to start a garden, how to store food and how to raise chickens, but not many focus on the actionable steps of quitting your life in the city and starting a new, simple life in the country… especially when you’re on a tight budget. We hope that by sharing every detail of our journey (including our monthly expenses) that we can show others how it is possible to get out of the rat race with a little creativity, ingenuity and hard work. From buying land to building a home, we hope to show others actionable steps they can take to create a more simple life.”
Their blog highlights the reality of sustainable living and essentially is an inspiration for those select individuals who want to drastically change their lifestyle. On their blog they have information about solar, water, heat, food, gardening, construction, RV living, Winter months, and money management. I love their blog because they were living in the city and working corporate jobs and made an intentional decision to change their lifestyle. Therefore, their blog is a great resource for any homesteading beginners.
Jesse & Alyssa decided to homestead in the sense that they bought land and basically are starting from scratch. However, this is not the only type of homesteading. One urban homesteading concept that many people talk about is apartment homesteading.
On the blog Survival at Home, the author Patrick Blair describes Homesteading in more general terms –
“In my mind, homesteading is doing things the way they used to be done… Any time you are trying to be more self-sufficient in life, you can consider yourself a homesteader.”
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For instance if you want to try out the homesteading lifestyle, first try apartment homesteading. Some aspects that encompass homesteader’s lifestyle are:
- DIY or make it yourself
- Be frugal
- Storing Food (canning/dehydrating/freezing)
- Reducing, Reusing, Recycling
Fair warning – the life of a homesteader is constant work. Makes sense though, right? If you want to be self-reliant and sufficient then a lot of the convenience and ease of modern daily life is taken away.
If you are further interested in Homesteading, of course check out Pure Living for Life on Youtube & on the blog. But, also check out these 21 Best Homesteading Websites and Blogs for more info!