Okay so this week I had planned to talk about the importance of adaptability and the ability to interpret signs that we need to make changes. I had even written up a draft but I was having a hard time with it. It was coming out clunky and uninspired and I think that's because it isn't really what's been on my mind this week.
This past weekend, we had the neighbours over who run the vegetable co-op that we bought into last year. They were very patient and inspiring and answered the ten thousand questions I threw at them about food production, soil preparation, composting, etc., etc., etc. By the end of the conversation, we were discussing a position working with them throughout the spring and summer. I'd actually get to answer the question “What do you do?” with “I'm a farmer.” I mean, learning how to be more self-sufficient, understanding where our food comes from, the opportunity to work outside and learn about something really important to me. That's been the dream since we got out here! The catch of course is that I would be trading labour for knowledge and a share in the co-op, leaving Erin the sole breadwinner in our house.
I actually even had a hard time typing that just now. I mean, it isn't the first time she's done it. When we got serious about looking for land in October 2014, I left my position at Comtech so that I could facilitate more trips out to see properties and to get all our ducks in a row as far as trades and paperwork. She kept working during that time and it worked out pretty well. Then once we started building, we switched. She left a career she loved working for the City of Airdrie and I picked up a construction job in Calgary. Now we've been fortunate enough that she has been offered a 60% remote position back at Airdrie which coincided perfectly with my leaving the Calgary job. I had been picking up the occasional paid position helping the neighbours with projects but I was still getting my resume out there for... what?
The fact is this is why we downsized. So that our finances could be covered by minimal paid work while we learned homesteading skills, or riding skills, or nunchuk skills if we were so inclined! We've been smart about it. We have a nest egg in case things all go horribly. We have a very detailed budget that gets revised regularly. In the meantime though, why not spend your daytime hours... your most PRODUCTIVE and BEST hours... pursuing that big dream? Why not enjoy all the hours of your day instead of going to a place at 8 and counting down the time until 4? Or at least aiming for that?
Fact is, it's still tricky though. There's still the stigma that says what you get paid dictates your value as a person. And that's a hard one to shake off. I will say this though; this is the most involved in and excited I've ever been about life and I truly can't wait to see where it takes us.
Thanks so much for listening. That was one I just needed to get off my chest.
Have a great week!