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Urban Homesteading – How I Got Started

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Hey, what’s up and welcome! In today’s post, I am going to share how I got started with urban homesteading and some of my inspirations.

Since today was such as beautiful day, I decided that I would do a Q&A and share a few things about myself with my viewers so that you can get to know me a bit better. 

The following questions have come from viewers messaging me and posting comments on our YouTube Channel videos.

Now please bear with me because this is my first Q&A. So let’s get to it and see how it goes. 

The series of Homesteading Q&A’s below were answered on June, 26, 2020.

Am I self-taught?

For the most part, yes, I am self-taught and an avid DIYer. Learning is a natural high for me. When it comes to learning a new skill or gaining knowledge, I am always up for it. 

If you are around me, you will find me researching something new, watching a lesson on Udemy, or attending a class. 

It’s even to the point that if I want to change or build something for my house, I will see if I can do it first myself before I buy it. If I can DIY it, I will research it or go to a store and ask questions until I get the information I need. 

I mean, seriously. I’m that chick that will walk into a home improvement store like Home Depot or Lowes and say, “Hey, this is what is the project I want to do. If you give me a breakdown of the materials and instructions I need, I can go from there. 

Who did I learn from (my inspiration)? 

Let me start by saying I am a tenacious sponge. I am open to learning from anybody willing to teach. For example, I love watching YouTube, read books, articles, and speak to family, friends, and people I met in the store. 

Growing up, my father was the handyman around the house, and my mother was the decorator. 

I have seen him rebuild the back porch and renovate our kitchen. I can recall countless times of seeing him working in the basement, tinkering, and putting stuff together. 

When it comes to my mom, I would like to say that she is a designer by passion. It’s something she’s never got a formal education for, but she’s always loved everything design/ decorating. From color coordinating outfits, putting events together, redesigning a room, and anything else creative, she has always loved the process. 

So indirectly growing up around that, I guess, piqued my interest as I grew older. 

My sister Tera and my significant other, Ronn, are another inspiration because they know gardening. She is excellent when it comes to vegetable gardening and using natural herbs to heal, and he is passionate about creating pollinator gardens and food forests. 

When it comes to Ronn, compared to my yard, he’s been gardening way longer than me, and I always learn from him. Hopefully, he will let me post a video of his yard eventually. I love it because it is wild and more fun. 

What inspired me to start Urban Homesteading? 

I didn’t get started by going to school or getting formal training. Instead, I would say that it started from my childhood. I worked on projects throughout the house with my dad. 

However, I didn’t take things seriously until I got older, and that didn’t take off until I dealt with an eye-opening experience that affected my current way of thinking and living.

In 2017, my family and I got into a car accident. During that time, I was taking my son to the barbershop. On the way there, a guy practically T-bones us going 50 miles an hour on the cross street. He struck us so hard that we jumped the lane and ended up in a parking lot. 

Thank God that my car didn’t flip over anything, but it was totaled. My children managed to walk away with minor injuries. 

As for myself, I was not so fortunate. I was able to walk away, but I spent the next few months dealing with back issues and surgeries. So from 2017 to 2018, I spent a lot of time at home, and that’s when everything took off. 

For the next few months, I was in recovery. While sitting at home, I watched channels like DIY network and HGTV or looking up new Pinterest ideas to keep me busy. Over time, as I recovered, I took on different interior design projects such as upholstering a chair, repainting a chest, or redesigning certain areas of my house.

It’s funny because the main reason I did it was to heal and break the monotony of being in the house. While I was recovering, I didn’t realize that doing these projects also ignited my passion for changing my lifestyle and creating positive changes for my family. 

What has homesteading taught you?

Homesteading has taught me to appreciate life and to live in the moment. Before I started homesteading, I found myself in a constant state of survival. I spent so much time rushing and running that I didn’t take time out to appreciate the little things in life, such as good health, sitting in the sun, family time, etc. Since then, I have become a true believer that life is a gift, as we should spend every day being thankful for it and taking it in.

Where I plan on going with it?

As far as I can take it, I don’t believe in putting limits on myself, only goals. In addition to owning my own inner-city garden, I desire to be debt-free, have multiple successful businesses, and eventually renovate houses. Overall, I am leaving myself open to going as far as I can. But the most significant focus right now is to support my family, learn what I can, and pass it down to my children.

My favorite thing about Urban Homesteading? 

I love the challenges that you face every day and that each day is different.

I love building garden beds, fixtures, and learning how to grow food to feed my family.

I also love the fact that I am working towards financial freedom. It’s so much to do! 

My most significant accomplishment? 

My biggest accomplishment is loving and knowing who I am and not being afraid to want more out of life. I know it sounds clichΓ©, but it’s so many people out there (including myself) who go through life running around and not knowing where to go or what to do. Knowing who you are, choosing healthier alternatives, and doing what you love to me is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Advice for others who are interested in pursuing Urban Homesteading? 

Just do what you love and start small. When it comes to homesteading, don’t be afraid to take your time. Changing lifestyles can be a big step for someone, especially when they are brand new to it. 

No matter if you start by sewing pillows, creating a small garden, or repurposing items, make sure it’s something that you genuinely have fun doing. 

Also, if you have a family, don’t be afraid to get them involved. Whenever I get a chance, I include my family in the process. It builds the love we have for each other, and it creates a long-lasting bond.

Well, that’s my Homesteading Q&A for today. If you have any questions for me, please let me know in the comments below, and I will make time to check them out! 

With that said, until next time, make sure that you have a fabulous day and stay supertastic!

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