Living off the land

January 26, 2017

The plan is in action now, so no turning back. Once I realised there was no turning back? I was sick—literally sick. Overwhelming thoughts that I really was crazy rushed through my head.

Now it could be proven I was walking on the crazy side. When people looked back over history they could pinpoint this moment as the crossroads of something great or destruction and despair.


I don’t know where the idea came from, but I think it started to materialise when I discovered that we would have to move due to the house that we were renting being sold. The big downfall of renting a place is you never know when you will have to move. I love my little house, but being in debt is still my biggest issue. I want to be debt-free and build my own cottage. So a sacrifice has to be made. Time is running out for me. I’m forty, I’m single and I need to sort this out myself.

I could sit around and wait for a knight in shining armour, but what I have learnt from the past is it is better to be your OWN knight. Blaze the trail and don’t wait. Life is worth living and it is worth getting every little inch out of it.

So the decision was made and I am moving to the country to live off the land which will reduce my expenses by over half.

It’s crazy. I have had mixed reactions from people I know. The general consensus? “You won’t last.”

But that’s not enough of a deterrent to not do it. I will have solar power and—dare I say it—a long drop toilet (this will take some getting used to). There is fresh water from a tank, and of course WIFI (the first thing I sorted). Though it might be a little slower than I am used to….

Our accommodation will be a large caravan for a few weeks while we sort out the main cottage. It needs to be sealed and made liveable you see.

Sounds scary, right?


It isn’t when you look at the last few years of my life. I have been moving into a more minimalist life for a while now, reducing my possessions, and I stopped purchasing new things. Now I only buy things if I absolutely need them. I no longer consume just to make me happy. If I am spending money, it is for trips and travel. I want experiences over items.

And we live in a small cottage now. When I moved into it I didn’t believe I would cope. I had always lived in large houses with a lot of stuff. But breaking away from that has been so liberating.  Keeping things simple has given me more than I could ever imagine. It frees up so much, and it declutters your mind.

So over the next few weeks I will be decluttering more. I need to reduce my stuff again by half.

One of the first things to go will be the big TV. We stopped using it months ago anyway. This is seriously insane…. I’ll be the women on the land with no TV!

Although I am scared, I am excited too. I think this is the right next move in the newest chapter of my life and I am excited to see where it goes. I have nothing to lose.

This will be my biggest adventure yet, to see if I can live off the land and still have the work lifestyle of my dreams!

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