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Homesteading freedom

Rose Nell and Anna with sunflowers

I buy my freedom with my frugality.
                        --- Vicki Robin

The homesteading dream is all about freedom.  The homesteading life is all about figuring out what to do with that freedom.

Mark is a great one for reminding me to fill my life with what is truly important --- family, friends, good books, long baths, walking in the woods, and petting Huckleberry.  Your list may vary.

Follow your bliss.
                        --- Joseph Campbell

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I sometimes feel guilty for being so happy when everyone else seems harried and unhappy, but this is a good reminder that I do earn it by choosing not to live like them. Have fun with your bliss!
Comment by Bethany James Thu Jun 25 18:35:43 2009
Thank you --- you too! I feel a little fluffy posting about happiness for an entire week, but it's so important!
Comment by anna Thu Jun 25 20:21:50 2009
I'd forgotten the quote "follow you bliss". Also brings to mind Randy Pausch... Follow your childhood dreams. It's a very inspirational video.
Comment by shannon Fri Jun 26 21:11:23 2009

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