Advantages To Homesteading

regionally adapted bean, Woods Mountain Crazy Bean

 

When I was in high school, I understood homesteading to be something that was only done back in the 1700 to early 1900s at best.  However, as I have been living on my own for some years, I have come to realize something. Homesteading is still modern. It can be.  There are some advantages to homestead.

So, what is homesteading and what are the advantages to homesteading? Homesteading is a lifestyle. As a matter of fact, while I am going to explain some advantages to homesteading in this post, here is a great post that gives the definition of homesteading as I have come to know it.

One of the advantages to homesteading is that it builds character:

Homesteaders learn to have resilience and grit. Now, I have met a few people who were uncertain about what grit means. So, here’s what the Miriam-Webster dictionary states as the definition of resilience: “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change”

Grit is similar to back bone. People who homestead do develop grit as well. Not everything that we try our hand at will be successful the first time around.  Miriam-Webster dictionary gives this as the definition of grit: “ firmness of mind or spirit unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger; managed to survive by his grit and guile”

Grit and resilience are not only a big help in homesteading successfully, but they also transfer over to your work life and relationships.

Developing a new lifestyle

Another of the advantages to homesteading is that you develop a lifestyle of learning. You also develop the ability to better provide more for yourself and your family. Whether that means learning how to make a gallon of yogurt from a gallon of milk that you bought at the grocery store, learning to make your own bread. It can also mean learning to raise your own meat or veggies.

roast duck in pan
Our family considers duck to be “party food.” It’s that good!

Can you think about any other advantages to homesteading? Let us know in the comments below.

Until next time,

Homestead in health y’all!

Emily

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