In my quest to rack the internet’s brain about homesteading, I’m learning that there are hundreds of thousands of people who want to leave their day jobs, move to the country, and simplify their lives. As a general rule, I don’t think people (as individuals) are stupid. So why is it that it feels as though most people think that moving to the country will be easier than living in the city. In reality, all environments have their own noises, pollution, problems, pressures, and stresses.


In actuality, simplicity can be achieved by anyone who is looking for it. The first step is to figure out what is most important in your life, then cut out the excess. If we turn off the background noises in our lives, it allows us to focus our concentration on the things that we find rewarding.

This doesn’t mean avoiding everything you don’t like and saying no to everyone who asks for help. This means actively chosing to spend your free time enriching your life instead of doing things that are time wasters.

In my life, I’ve learned that social media sites are huge time wasters for me. I’m not advocating that everyone should jump up and delete their facebook account – but I can tell you that I did, and I’m very happy with my decision. I do miss my Wild Thing 2 mama’s, and I miss hearing the updates of my close friends and family – but I no longer feel a constant need to refresh the page just to see an update about my old high school friend’s brother’s girlfriend’s supper choice.

I was spending 10-20 minutes a day on facebook. That’s 105 minutes a week – or 91 hours a year. I’m going to use that time to learn to quilt, make hard cheese, and read more books to my kids.

What are you wasting time on?