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We Bought Land! [An Exciting Update On Our Journey To Building An Off-Grid Homestead From Scratch, Slowly & With Cash]
 
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Time moves slowly, and yet so fast.

It seems like we’ve been redesigning careers, working, saving money, and browsing properties for sale for an eternity, yet at the same time it feels like it was just yesterday that we even seriously set goals and began this journey to building an off-grid homestead from scratch.

If you follow this blog, you’ve watched as we setup completely new career paths, finally made the big move to this wilderness we love so dearly, and you know we’ve just been plugging away - working a lot and saving as much money as possible.

Now, a big step has been made in this overall process - WE BOUGHT LAND!

This is a big accomplishment and we’re so happy to finally meet and begin to get acquainted with the land we’ll build out our dream homestead on over the course of many years. Now we have a canvas for all of our imaginings to play out on and it’s such an exciting new dynamic!

I wanted to make a post here to document this pivotal moment and introduce you to our land.
In time, many more pictures will be shared, videos too I’m sure, so be sure to follow us on Instagram if you’re interested in a more intimate look into the process.

In early Spring, we’ll begin building a small cabin to live in, so this winter will be spent brainstorming, designing, and gathering materials. There’s a lot to learn and a lot to do and we’ll share what we glean with you as we go.


Welcome to our beautiful piece of the earth…

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Where is it?

Situated about one hour northeast of where we currently live is an area we fell in love with earlier this year - the Okanogan Highlands.
This area is desolate and beautiful, so very peaceful and inspiring. Once you emerge into the Highlands, it feels like you’re in a dream and like you’ve gone back in time simultaneously. Some combination of golden light on rolling highlands, the vast spaciousness, old abandoned pioneer cabins tucked in the landscape like a memory, the crisp cool air, the snow-capped Cascades far in the distance… all combine to create a place that we both feel is altogether unique and distinct from anywhere else we’ve ever been.

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How much land?

We purchased 20 acres, mostly wooded, with open area at the bottom.
Aspen trees line their way down the property spilling out into a grove at the bottom, pointing to the strong possibility of water being not too far below the surface, while the majority of the property is coated in Larches, Pines, Douglas Firs, and even a few Maple varieties.
We have already found fresh scat of black bear, elk, moose, coyotes, and a single cougar (who might even live on the property in a cave we’ve yet to explore, we’ll know more once we get a trail cam set up in January).
We’re also really looking forward to exploring the geology around the property…

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What will you do for water?

This will certainly involve a lot of trial and error.
We have a few different ideas in mind:
First - we are going to try to catch rainwater, despite the minute amounts of rainfall this area gets. We’ll see how it goes.
Second - we will likely try to dig a well if water is determined to be close enough to the surface. As mentioned above, the Aspen trees seem to be a good indicator that we do have water close to the surface.
Third - over time we will purchase cisterns, which we’ll bury, fill with water, and gravity-feed to the home and other areas as needed.
I plan to utilize permaculture strategies for growing food that create the need for less water, such as hügelkultur and other solutions.

 

What about electricity?

We plan to be off-grid, and will likely start off with just the essentials - a wood stove, oil lamps, and lots of beeswax candles.
Over time, as we save more money, we’ll begin to incorporate more substantial off-grid power systems such as wind and solar. Fortunately, our climate gets over 300 days a year of sunshine!

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How will you work online?

One of the reasons we ended up deciding on this property is because it’s in view of a rare satellite. The way Internet works out here is usually: if you have visible line of sight to a satellite (which are usually placed on high peaks), you can probably get Internet. Otherwise, it’s doubtful.
We shouldn’t run into an issue accessing Internet once we’ve built the necessary infrastructure for a company to come out. Of course, we’ll be without power for a while as we save to afford off-grid power setups. So, there will certainly be a transition period where I may have to find other Internet solutions for a while. (Another reason I’m working hard now to establish passive income!).

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When will you be living on the property?

Our plan is to begin building in early Spring (2019). We plan to build a small cabin - just 14x14 to begin with - which will eventually become an Airbnb one day after we finish our larger cabin.
We’re deriving inspiration from older Nordic home designs, but with modern touches (wooden cabin, painted black, big windows, large platform deck, etc.). Over time, we plan to build a sauna, several studios and work spaces, more small cabins for family to stay in… so we should end up with a proper Scandinavian village in the forest sort of feeling :)
(And you’ll be able to come stay and enjoy it yourself if you wish, thanks to the Airbnb platform).


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I hope these pictures and questions answered have been enjoyable to read or inspiring in some way on your own journey.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below!

And if you’re interested in this sort of thing, we hope you’ll subscribe to the blog and follow the journey as we build an off-grid homestead… from scratch… slowly… with cash!

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Until next time ~

x
Tiffany


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My husband and I are working to build a Nordic-inspired homestead in the Washington wilderness slowly with cash and no debt. You can follow the journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany


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The Route We're Taking To Begin Homesteading With No Debt (& Our Progress So Far)
 
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It’s the first of October, and I figured probably time for an update since our last one!

The purpose of sharing these updates is to show glimpses into our homesteading journey, so that when someone visits this site years from now and sees us living on our land, working from home, with beautiful plants and animals and hand-built structures dotting the landscape, living the dream essentially, and all with no debt… they can go back and see the beginning, they can see the steps we made and the time that it all took.

Not only does this make things more realistic, but I think it could also help people brainstorm ways of accomplishing similar dreams for themselves.

SO WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR?

It was this time last year that we really started to get serious about things. At that point in time, all we knew was that we wanted to live in this very wild and remote place where we could enjoy the slow pace of life and the inspiring landscape. Since then, our plan has ripened and become more and more clear.

The lifestyle we’re working to create is so far from finished, it’s just in the beginning stages really, but we have made progress toward it and every single day we continue to inch a little closer.

Let’s take a look back at what we’ve accomplished in the last year toward our off-grid homesteading goals!



BEGAN NEW CAREER PATHS [SUCCESSFULLY] THAT ALLOW US TO LIVE WHERE WE WANT

It was around this time last year, having just returned from the wilderness of northeast Washington (where we now live), that I sat in a coffee shop in a little town in Kentucky wondering how in the world I would ever be able to live in that remote wilderness that I loved so dearly full-time. How could I really make a life there, and a good life at that? With three people per square mile, jobs are few and far between.

I had no idea that just a couple of months later, I’d be making a full-time income online. It’s amazing what could be around the next corner if we’re willing to give it our all. You really just never know…

Read more about how I self-educated to be able to work online from anywhere here. I’m slowly working on an Ebook that will outline the details of exactly how I made this happen, so sign up for the newsletter to make sure you don’t miss out when I publish it.

Here’s a little coffee shop I found just north of here in Canada a few weeks ago where I can go get some work done when I need a change of scenery.

Here’s a little coffee shop I found just north of here in Canada a few weeks ago where I can go get some work done when I need a change of scenery.

The September view from my desk. What a difference a year can make!

The September view from my desk. What a difference a year can make!

 

A few months later, in January of this year, Eric decided that getting his CDL would be the best (and quickest) way to be able to live and homestead in a remote area. The few jobs that do come available out here often require a CDL, and at worst he could always go over the road then return here on days off.

He signed up for a really reputable CDL school which ended up being only a few miles from my father’s home in Wisconsin, ironically, and in February of 2018 we transitioned there for a few months while he completed the schooling and training.

Now he works for a wonderful local company and has probably one of the most beautiful routes that a truck driver could have - driving through the beautiful Washington and British Columbia mountains all day, then returning home to me each evening. We expected he would have to go over the road and we wouldn’t see each other for weeks at a time, but things worked out in the very best way they could have.

Does he want to be a truck driver forever? Of course not. Eventually, Eric plans to write music again and to hone a craft— he’s especially drawn to woodworking and blacksmithing— and turn those things into his full-time work. But, for now, our lines of work allow us great freedom to live where we want while making lucrative enough incomes to save for buying land and building a homestead in the near future.

Check out my blog post How To Make A Full-Time Income From Your Off-Grid Homestead for some more ideas to help your brainstorming.



RELOCATED OURSELVES & ALL OF OUR BELONGINGS TO THE AREA WE PLAN TO HOMESTEAD

For us, this meant going across the country, from the South to the Northwest. We moved 2,300 miles away!

This was a big move and took a lot of planning and preparing on our part, all while beginning entirely new career paths.

Living for a full year in an area before buying land in it is very important - I realize this now more than ever.

The specific places we now know we want to buy land near have evolved since we’ve been here and we’ve met local people who tell us about certain areas and point us in the direction of land for sale that is not listed on the Internet.

So moving here was essential, even though we aren’t yet ready to buy land or start building.

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ARRANGED A LIVING SITUATION

At the beginning of summer, I wrote an update to let you all know about our current setup. We’re still in that same setup and plan to stay in it until we’re ready to start building.

It is essentially an RV on our friends property that they’re letting us stay in as a kind of work-trade, and out of the simple goodness of their hearts.

We’ve been tempted many times this summer just to rent our own place, but were able to talk ourselves out of it each time remembering that all of the money we would put toward rent could be put into our little savings box instead! Besides, actually finding a rental home out here is… not realistic.

I have to say that one of the biggest sacrifices we’ve made throughout this whole journey so far is not having our own place - we both miss it terribly and long to have our things and our aloneness and more space. But this is a crucial part of the journey to having our own homestead — saving money! So, if it doesn’t contribute to that goal, we try to steer away from it.


WINTERIZED OUR LIVING QUARTERS

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We just finished winterizing the RV, using strawbales, and we still have to purchase a few hundred dollars worth of supplies to insulate the water hoses. This winter might be a little difficult - living in an RV with paper thin walls in a climate that sits under feet of snow for six solid months. Our biggest concern is the above-groud external water source…but we’ll see how it goes!

Again, sacrifices like this might have to be made while you work to save enough money to buy land outright and build your own house, which is what we plan to do within the year!



ACQUIRED HUNTING & FISHING LICENSES

This will help cut down on food costs while familiarizing us more and more intimately with the landscape.

In fact, as I type this, my husband is out with a friend hunting deer and grouse! After working sixty hours this past week, and not getting in bed until after 11 last night, he was up at 4AM to go hunt. Let’s hope it’s fruitful!

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Here’s our to-do list between now and next Spring:

  • Sell the 2wd Honda Element

  • Purchase two 4wd vehicles (one rugged truck and one that is better-suited for travel)

  • Save money! This means working a lot and minimizing expenses as much as possible

  • Start milling lumber to build the house with (this will require buying an Alaskan sawmill & appropriate chainsaw)

  • Find land

  • Build a small livable cabin so we can transition full-time to the homestead!


    It might not sound like a lot, but these are pretty great feats. The route we’re taking —to build a homestead slowly with cash— requires a lot of time and patience before the rewarding payoffs start trickling in. Once this list is completed, we will have a home (with no debt or monthly payment!) and land to build sustainable systems on that will feed and nourish us in all kinds of ways. From there, we can install off-grid power systems, huge gardens, build more structures for personal shops and studios, and just have fun with it!


SO YOU WANT TO BEGIN HOMESTEADING BUT AREN’T SURE WHERE TO START?

I would suggest doing the following:

  1. Figure out the area you want to live long-term on your off-grid homestead

  2. If work options aren’t available in that area, or you want to be able to work from home, start researching how to make a full-time income from your homestead. I’m not talking about filling out surveys and making a little here and there, I’m talking about self-educating and really skilling up, then beginning to do work for people, thereby building a portfolio slowly, and taking it from there. I managed to do this in under a year, and so can you. Check out:
    Self-Educating To Be Able To Work From Anywhere and How To Make A Full-Time Income From Your Off-Grid Homestead

  3. Minimize expenses and save money - if you don’t have a budget and you live paycheck to paycheck, you’ve got to do better. Sorry. Even if it’s $20/week, you can do without something and put that money back. Saving $1,000/year is better than zero. Going through life with no budget, making impulsive buys for short-term dopamine release, will not get you anywhere. Sit down and list out your monthly expenses (including bills of course but also food, gas, miscellaneous things that tend to come up, etc.), then subtract that from your monthly income. Whatever is left is what should be going into a Savings envelope. Seven months from now, you might come across acreage for sale with owner financing available but they want $1,500 down. Budgeting and saving now could be the difference in whether or not you can buy that land then.


A goal this big doesn’t happen overnight (which is why most people have 30-year mortgages). But it can happen in a year or two, and debt-free, if you start educating yourself now and outlining a solid plan of action.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below. I’m more than happy to help in any way I can. We’re all on this path together, after all.

Until next time ~

x
Tiffany


 

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My husband and I are working to build a Nordic-inspired homestead in the Washington wilderness slowly with cash and no debt. You can follow the journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany


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Self-Educating To Be Able To Work Online From Anywhere (The First Step I Took To Homestead, Live in the Wilderness, & Have More Freedom)
 

Less than one year ago today, having just returned from the wilderness of northeast Washington, I sat in a local coffee shop in a small town in Kentucky, perusing the Internet.

I had just returned from spending the summer in the Washington wilderness and I was hell-bent on figuring out how to live there full-time.

Not just live there, but live there in a certain way - I wanted land, a homestead, not to be crippled by the intense winters from lack of proper equipment, I wanted to be able to make a lucrative income so that I could establish an off-grid homestead in the wilderness and enjoy daily life on this landscape I loved so dearly, without it always feeling transient.

In a place with only three people per square mile, jobs are few and far between. Especially good ones.

But even if there were jobs available, I wanted to escape the morning alarm ritual, living life by a clock, wearing busy-ness as a badge of honor, commuting to work each day feeling like a cog in a machine.

To build out the dream that existed only in my imagination, though, was going to require money.

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I wanted a small but cozy home that felt inspiring, I would need water systems, power, high-speed Internet, 4wd vehicles, snow plows, a sawmill, I would want to design long-term food growing systems and have animals…

The cold hard truth is that homesteading requires capital.

You can, of course, live in the wilderness in a tent and carry on in the hunter-gatherer fashion (something I’ve considered many times, and did a bit a couple of years ago while recovering from toxic mold exposure), but even then you’ll need some money. It’s just the way society is setup nowadays. We rely on it for a lot, but that is the topic of a whole other conversation ;)

The upfront work that has to be done and the money this requires both allow for long-term relaxation and enjoyment. Eventually, you won’t need nearly as much money because you have all of these systems in place that allow you to be more self-sufficient.

For anyone looking to actually enjoy living a peaceful life in the wilderness, on land that is theirs, in a home that they own, with systems in place that are sustainable and off-grid and reliable, there is a lot of initial work that has to be done. And most of that work is far from dreamy.

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I have spoken with so many people, and I used to be one myself, who state how they want to live in a cabin away from it all, reading, writing, photographing, spending plenty of time outdoors, growing their own food, and so on. The off-grid, wilderness living dream.

But I don’t often hear about the details of how they’re actually going to pull off this dream, and most importantly - sustain it.

And so, dreams remain dreams and they carry on conventionally, not getting much satisfaction out of their days, or always dreaming of a different way of life…

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Not this gal.

I had a clear vision of what I wanted, and after courting this dream for many years, I finally started getting serious about it that September day in the coffee shop.

I wasn’t willing to let a lifestyle that felt so deeply right in my heart just remain a dream.

If other people had achieved this way of living, so could I.

 

Digital Nomad Stories

In the coffee shop that day, as I sat sipping my breve latte, watching the urgent traffic pass by outside, and despairing at my situation, I came across a new (to me) phrase: digital nomad.

Simply put: these folks were working online from anywhere in the world, and many of them were doing so using skills they had taught themselves. I read story after story of success and my brain began to churn…

I had been redesigning my website that day (I was a freelance health content developer at the time with a far-from-lucrative income, so I was also working at a local craft shop), and I had just finished a digital nomad story about a lady who was a web designer and who was living and working in Bali that summer (saving money because the USD stretches a lot further there!) and would be heading to Austria (or somewhere) later that year to live for a while.

Wait… a web designer? With no college degree in computer science or…. something?

I switched tabs at lightning speed, logging into one of the main freelancer sites I used to connect with clients. In the search bar, rather than typing in “health writer” or “nutrition blog posts,” I entered a new query: web design.

Oh!

But I didn’t know any programming languages at that time…

So I did a more specific search for web design on the platform I had used to build a couple of my own websites on in the past.

This returned projects in the $1,000’s instead of projects in the $50-$300 range I had been draining myself dry with.

Light bulb moment? Yes.

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All Aboard The Self-Education Train!

I spent the rest of that week and the subsequent weeks learning so…many…things about how I could develop better web design skills, really learn the platform I had chosen, seeking tips and advice from other self-taught web designers, researching my target audience and client base, and redesigning my own website in a big way!

I put blinders on to the rest of the world during that time and learned as much as I possibly could.

Looking back to that week brings a huge smile to my face, mainly because right now I sit typing this in a whole other coffee shop - the only coffee shop in the nearest little town to where I now live, in the wilderness of northeast Washington!

It’s safe to say: The work has paid off!

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I’m still within the first year of being a self-taught web designer and I definitely didn’t expect things to go as well as they have.

Am I rich? Nope. Not even close.

Do I generate a decent full-time income? Yes.
Do I do so with significantly less hours of my time than the standard full-time employee? Yes.

The best part? I started generating a worthwhile income right away.

It turns out web design is in big demand (and a lot of other online skills are, too). And nowadays I have a larger toolbelt of skills I can offer my clients, more skills that I’ve taught myself which continue to prove valuable in the marketplace.


How To Make Money Online

I still have a long way to go, and hopefully my business just continues to grow.

I’m still learning rapidly in order to boost my chances of success and produce high-quality work, but I feel that I already have a lot of valuable insight to offer others who want to follow along this same sort of path.

For this reason, I’ve decided to write a small E-book which will delve far deeper into my story. In this E-book, I’ll be explaining the exact steps I took to get to where I am now.

I’ll share personal information and tactics used, how I self-educated, how to get clients as a beginner, how to build a portfolio, how I got paid to learn instead of paying to learn, and yes - even details on first year earnings.

I’ll also help you brainstorm ideas for other self-taught professions, not just web design.

If you’d like to be notified when this E-book becomes available, sign up for the newsletter here to be notified:


Something else that would be really helpful, since I’m writing this Ebook right now, is if you have any specific questions for me, let me know! Please!

Just leave a comment below here and feel free to ask me anything. I’ll try to make sure the E-book answers your questions.

Thanks so much for your input.

Until next time ~

x Tiffany

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My husband and I are working to build a Nordic-inspired homestead in the Washington wilderness slowly with cash and no debt. You can follow the journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


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Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany

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Status Update On Our Homestead Journey: Current Setup as of June 2018
 

One of the primary reasons for ever starting this blog was to give a more transparent look into what it takes (or at least - what it has taken us) to build an off-grid homestead from scratch. 

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So many of the off-grid homesteading blogs out there are people who are already doing it, they're on their homestead living the wonderful homestead-y life. But we, along with many of you, simply aren't to that stage yet.

We're in the very beginning of this transition, which - unless you have a lot of money - can be a lengthy process. 

We haven't built our home, we aren't growing our own food, we don't even have our own piece of land yet!

As overwhelming as those things can feel, we have to keep perspective...

What we have accomplished is:

 

  • Eric getting his CDL, allowing him to live anywhere (and increasing his value around here where the few good jobs that do come available are CDL jobs)

  • Tiffany becoming an online entrepreneur so she can work from anywhere (very important when you want to live in the middle of nowhere with no jobs available)

    Check out our comprehensive list of ideas for making a full-time income while off-grid homesteading if you haven't already. There's a lot of useful info there.

  • Saving enough money to move across the country with all of our belongings

  • Establishing a solid living arrangement in a wilderness where rentals are few and far between

 

All of the above items took 8 months to accomplish. It can seem like forever when you're in the middle of it, so you must have a clear vision of your overall plan to help you stay the course.

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Of course we're itching to have our own land (right now!), a home built on it, and be waking up each morning to work on and enjoy it, we have to remember that we are making leeway, that progress is being made day by day, and that we have already accomplished a lot designing lifestyles that allow us to live in this gorgeous wilderness which is the canvas our homestead dreams will emerge from. In due time.

So for the sake of transparency, and for those interested to see what the transition to an off-grid homestead actually looks like while it's underway, not just years down the road when everything is setup and going, here is what life looks like for us at this moment in time...


Our Current Setup In These Beginning Stages of Our Homestead Journey 

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WILDERNESS LIVING

Yes - we are living in a wilderness. And it is incredible! 

A county twice the size of Rhode Island, with not a single traffic light of any kind, and 3 people per square mile. 

No light pollution makes for the most incredible night sky, and being nestled in between the North Cascade Mountains to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east makes for superior wildlife observation (and landscape inspiration).

After waiting and waiting, we're finally here. And to be honest, right now this feels like enough. 

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FULL-TIME RV LIVING

One of the obstacles of living here is that rentals are hard to come across. I mean - very few and far between. This is probably true of most remote areas. 

The solution to this problem came through community, through established friendships. 

In the Autumn of 2016, Eric began working on a landscaping project for a man and woman who live in the area. Long story short - we all became wonderful friends, and years later here we are, on their land. It is their RV I sit typing to you in right now. 

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This was offered to us months ago, and we debated for a while about holding out for a rental. A place to put all of our belongings in, decorate as we pleased, and all of the other comforts that come along with having your own place. 

But the more we mulled this over in our head, the more reasonable and attractive their offer became. Saving money is, after all, an important part of us taking the next step to buy land. And living in the RV, with a sort of work-trade arrangement, allows us to save money that would otherwise be spent on monthly rent. 

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>>>Tangent>>>
This is one of the reasons I don't recommend rushing into a new area just because it sounds nice. There's a lot of work that needs to be done (again - unless you have a lot of money) beforehand. 

We have lived in this area on and off since 2016, which has given us time to understand it better, meet people, make connections, and so forth. 

Our current living situation came from a connection that took time to establish, as good friendships do. 

I would also caution against moving someplace remote without having solid relationships nearby, because even the most rugged individualist hermits can get flat tires (on really remote mountain roads in an area with NO cell phone reception of any kind) or acute illnesses and need support.

If you've never really been in those situations, in a truly desolate area, I don't expect you to actually internalize that there are indeed times when you will need other people. And they will need you.

I used to think - living in rural Kentucky & North Carolina - that I knew what "isolated" meant. I thought if I came upon bad times, I'd be fine - build a fire and wait it out, walk someplace, take care of myself... now I know this is romantic and unrealistic thinking.

 Until you've been someplace like this area, trust me - you don't actually grasp the words desolate or isolated. (And of course I have no idea what isolation truly means in the sense of the Alaskan bush, or the Siberian taiga, because I've yet to experience it on that level... it's all a spectrum).

These are whole new levels of personal responsibility. But even that won't always take care of you.

My point: Relationships are important for long-term stability in an area. Even a vast wilderness. 
>>>End tangent>>>

Our RV setup is cozy and we are so grateful for the opportunity to be here in this heart-home, our beloved northwest wilderness, working toward the next steps of the overall journey. 

 

A FOCUS ON MAKING AND SAVING MONEY

And while we're here in the RV, we're both working hard to grow our incomes and save as much as possible to buy land. 

I work online and spend a lot of my day on client projects, my own projects, reaching out and responding to new potential clients, and more.

Eric has been hired by local folks as well as businesses in the nearest town (population: ~1,000) for landscaping projects, which he is fulfilling before going back on the road truck driving. He hopes to find a local truck driving position that pays well, but if that doesn't happen, we're prepared for the fact that he may have to go over the road again for a while. These are all just necessary steps in the overall path to design the lifestyle we want to live. 

We were going to buy land as soon as possible, but we've now decided to chill out, slow down a little, save more, and wait for land to come available in our favorite wilderness areas, places around here that feel best to us.

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By springtime, if nothing has come available in those areas, we'll have saved even more money and will be ready to buy many acres outright. 

A note on goal-setting:
If you have long-term goals like we do without having a clearly defined budget that you actually abide by, it's likely those dreams will just remain dreams. (This is such an important topic, I'll probably write a blog post specifically about budgeting to meet your goals soon).


KEEPING AN EYE ON LAND FOR SALE IN SPECIFIC AREAS

Throughout our time in this region, we've honed in on areas we love the most, places we imagine our homestead being.

Right now, we have two primary areas within the county that we're watching. 

As we save money, we also keep an eye out for land in those areas.

The longer we're able to save, the more prepared we'll be when that land does become available.

This is definitely an exercise in patience and restraint since we're itching to have our own land and  to start building.

Sometimes getting to the next step can make a person impulsive, then in hindsight the action wasn't really the best idea and didn't produce the greatest outcome. Being a naturally impulsive and spontaneous person, I've had to learn through a lot of trial and error that sometimes just being still and not making a move is actually the best move. 

Ah life, you teacher ;)


WORKING ON PROJECTS

So while we save money and explore the wilderness and work hard, we also find time for fun projects!

Some of these projects contribute to our future and others are just for sheer pleasure. 

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There isn't much I can think of that is more enjoyable than being inside our little RV home, way out here in the middle of nowhere, as the blue light of dusk overlays the landscape, and taking a book or an embroidery outside, sitting in the chair, listening to birds settle in for the night, watching deer graze, the pink alpenglow lingering at the tops of the mountains across the horizon, and the sound of wind moving through the heavy evergreen forests. 

A few nights ago, we both sat outside reading at just this time of day. Before coming in, we did a lovely little mindfulness exercise by being quiet and really feeling the wind on our skin and the sounds of everything, all bringing us into the present moment. It felt so soothing to the mind that we sat there much longer, in silence, so long that we both observed the brightest star in the sky disappear behind a tree as the earth turned...

How fortunate we are, even now - no land of our own, no home of our own, uncertain about many things - but together, here in a place we love so much, allowing ourselves to take the path less traveled and to go deeper and deeper into existence. 

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Thanks so much for reading! We have a lot planned in the months to come, so we'd love if you'd subscribe to the blog to follow along on this journey and all of the things we'll be getting into out here. 

Please leave a comment letting us know what brought you here - homesteading? Wilderness living? Or something else? We'd love for you to feel this blog is a conversation, not a monologue. So, please, say hello :)

Talk with you soon,

x Tiffany

 

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This is a space to share glimpses into daily life here in the Washington wilderness - full of nesting & nomading, & forging deeper relationships to self, to old ways, & to the natural world.

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


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Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany

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Finally! We're Moving To The Wilderness!


Our long-awaited, long-prepared-for, cross-country transition to the wilderness is officially underway you guys! 

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As many of you know, we've been preparing for over a year to leave modern life in eastern America for a life out west in one of the last true wildernesses of the lower 48, to build an off-grid homestead from scratch and live a quiet life. 

I've self-educated and worked diligently on my portfolio and now have a stable business going where I can work from anywhere there's WiFi. 

Eric has completed his CDL licensing and on-the-road training period to make him more valuable where we're going.

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We've spent a long winter in Wisconsin planning, preparing, learning and implementing and now it's go time!

So we're now back in Kentucky, where Spring is in full force - flaunting gorgeous green sights and green smells all around, and we'll be here for one week spending time with loved ones, cleaning out storage units, possibly selling our vehicle, and just generally running around with our heads slightly cut off (I took on a design project, which maybe wasn't the best idea this week!).

Monday morning, we'll be locking ourselves inside a very large Penske truck and hitting those westward roads! 

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Once we get settled in out west, I'll make a post about how the voyage went - we've got some interesting things planned along the way, and some funny ways of going about things (you'll laugh when you see how we're going to save money on lodging!).

We'll be looking for land first thing, and we hope you'll come along as we settle on a property to build our dreams upon. 

This is just a quick post to update everyone on what's going on since this is a pretty big step in the overall process.

Thanks for your patience while my blog posting is less frequent. I'll be blogging regularly once we get settled.

A lot of people have been asking me about making money online, so I think that's a topic I need to share more about. 

Make sure to subscribe to the blog down below! Things should really start picking up now that we're actually going to be in the wilderness! Ah. That feels so good to type out.
 

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Safe journeys everyone!
Until next time...

x Tiffany

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How To Make A Full-Time Income From Your Off-Grid Homestead: A Comprehensive List of Ideas
 

I can't tell you how many people I've talked to who would love to move to the wilderness (or someplace rural) to live a slower life, more connected to the natural world, but ONE thing prevents them from making the leap.  One thing.

You can read articles about the hardiest breeds of chicken, how to grow food, and how to install off-grid solar power all day long, but there is a fundamental step that precedes all of this homestead knowledge, something you have to figure out first...
 

How to make money from your off-grid homestead?
 

Homesteading requires money, particularly in the beginning stages.

Honestly, the startup is the hardest part. 

One you've been on your homestead for some time, a snowball effect will probably start to happen and you'll find more and more ways to generate cash as you get systems established on your property. 

The real struggle most people have is transitioning from a modern 9-5 setup with reliable income to a remote area that offers very few jobs, and the jobs that are available typically pay less in rural areas. 

But, I have good news: solutions do exist! You don't have to be confined to the rat race for the rest of your life.

 (Thank goodness, right!?)

With proper planning, you can absolutely make a legitimate income from your off-grid homestead. 

I've developed a comprehensive list of ideas for off-grid homestead income. They primarily fit into two categories: local and online. 

The strategy you employ is up to your own wits - maybe you jump on one single idea and really give it your all, or maybe you weave together two or three ideas in order to secure a full-time income capable of supporting your homestead dreams.

The ideas below are real; I've seen them work for other individuals and families, which means they can work for you if you play your cards right.

And remember, if you're serious about wanting to live the off-grid homestead life, the sooner you can begin establishing these income streams, the sooner you'll be on your land. So let's get started!


LOCAL INCOME IDEAS IN A RURAL AREA

 

  • BUILD A RENTAL PROPERTY ON YOUR LAND

    This can be a bed and breakfast style Inn or a stand alone cabin. You don't have to get fancy! Airbnb's most popular listing last year was a treehouse with no bathroom and no running water.

  • DEVELOP A CSA

    CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.They work like this: You, the producer, will determine what you can offer in your CSA package. Maybe it'll contain so many pounds of organic produce, a jar of honey, a dozen free-range eggs, sauerkraut, butter, herbs... whatever it is you're producing on your homestead.

    Do the math to figure out how many members you can sustain and at what kind of intervals -- one box a week per member, one box bi-weekly? -- whatever the terms are, you and your buyers will agree and they'll sign up for your CSA!

    There are people in America making six figures from this type of setup!

    If this is appealing to you, you'll definitely want to read The Market Gardener.

 
  • BECOME A HUNTING GUIDE

    If you're an experienced hunter and you live in an area with the right kind of demand, you can become a hunting guide.

    If this sounds appealing, but you aren't an experienced hunter, you can start learning now and within a year have a lot of experience under your belt. Guide schools are available, too.

    In Western America or the far Northeast, this can be especially lucrative as hunters travel from all over to hunt big game like bears, moose, and elk.

    Do a Google search for "hunting guide jobs" to learn more about which areas have the highest demand.

    (This is how Erik Salitan from the TV show Life Below Zero made his income in the far north Alaskan bush).

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  • PLOW SNOW

    If you plan to homestead in an area with significant winters, snow plowing is very in demand. We know this first-hand.

    Investing in a snow plow for the front of your truck makes you instantly valuable.

    This is an excellent way to make money in the depths of winter in a rural remote area.

  • LEASE PART OF YOUR LAND

    The two ways I've seen this done that have worked are to lease land for hunters to hunt on and for people to graze their animals on for a season.

    But there are more ideas too, like offering space for campers to camp or farmers to grow crops.

  • SELL AT A FARMERS MARKET

    Once you start producing goods from your land, take the weekly haul to the farmer's market!

    Pro tip: You can make even more money if you sell value-added products like sauerkraut, kimchi, baked goods, and other homemade goodies.

    Friends of mine used to make a decent income from their delicious kimchi which they sold out of every Saturday at the local farmer's market.

    Again, read The Market Gardener. Trust me. And read about my gardening method, which produces a TON of organic veggies in any climate.

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  • BECOME A TRAPPER

    Running a trapline is still a way of life in many parts of the US and Canada.

    Marty & Tom from the TV show Mountain Men both trap as a means to support their families while living in the deep wilderness.

    Google "how to become a fur trapper" to start learning the steps you need to take.

  • OFFER A SERVICE LOCALLY

    If you have experience with a rural skill like landscaping, fence installation and repair, or irrigation system installation and maintenance, why not start a local business?

    My husband Eric has a lot of professional landscaping experience, for example, and in the area we live there was only one other landscaper in the county (a county twice the size of Rhode Island) and she was looking to retire. So Eric saw an opportunity and jumped on it! Now he has local businesses in town and even real estate companies calling on him to complete projects for them this summer.

    This is one lucrative stream of our diversified income living in the middle of nowhere!

  • SELL FIREWOOD

    This is something else Eric has done in the past.

    We love to go explore the beautiful wilderness we live in, so we started taking along a chainsaw and coming back with a truckload of firewood! In our area, this sells for a couple of hundred dollars, plus we got to enjoy a day together while getting exercise in the beautiful wilderness.

  • START SEEDS & SELL VEGETABLE STARTS

    Think about it: a seed costs a few pennies, and a vegetable start costs anywhere from $2-$4. Turning a few pennies into a few dollars sounds pretty smart to me.

    It doesn't just have to be veggies, you could start hard to grow perennials for increased retail value or even fruit trees.

    If this interests you, definitely check out my post detailing the most productive way to grow food because every single seed I started in my hoophouses using that growing method turned into a healthy veggie producing plant!

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  • START A NURSERY

    Take growing veggie starts further and begin your own plant nursery!

    I'm a little biased because this is something I want to do in the future, but hear me out.

    Greenhouses and hoophouses can be very cheap to build. Combine that with the cheap cost of seeds, build your own soil, catch your own water, and you've got a profitable business with relatively low startup costs.

    Not to mention - what a dream! Being a plant nurturer, from your own property, as your "job!" Pfft. Yes please. I used to operate two commercial greenhouses and it was the most pleasurable work.

    If this sounds like an attractive route to you, you'll want to read So You Want To Start A Nursery.

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  • RENT OUT VALUABLE EQUIPMENT

    If you have valuable equipment, consider renting it out to local residents. 

    This could include anything from chainsaws to excavators. 
     

  • ROAD MAINTENANCE

    Again, if you have the right equipment, grading roads is a great way to make money in a rural area where many roads are not paved. 
     

  • BECOME A WILD GAME PROCESSOR

    Rather than butcher the animal and package it themselves, many hunters will take their kill to a local wild game processor.

    If you're already familiar with butchering wild game, great! If not, this is definitely a skill that can be learned. 

    Another big benefit to this sort of work is that many hunters aren't interested in certain parts of the animal so this would give you access to furs and bones which have plenty of potential to be crafted into valuable items. 
     

  • MASTER A CRAFT

    Maybe you have a homestead skill that you're just naturally drawn to - knitting, making honey, growing vegetables, woodworking, making sauerkraut, baking, horseshoeing, making goat milk products, etc. 

    Go full force into it! Get so good at that craft that people can't help but take notice. 

    Someone who comes to mind right away is Mark from Honey Grove, who started baking bread casually many years ago, began selling it at the local farmer's market, and eventually his breads were so loved and in such high demand that he opened a brick and mortar. 

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  • INVEST IN A SAWMILL AND MILL LUMBER

    It's a big upfront cost, but with a huge payoff over time.

    Not only does a sawmill enable you to mill lumber to build a home and other infrastructure around your own property, but it's endlessly valuable to everyone in your community. Especially if there isn't a good lumber yard in the vicinity.

    (Eustace Conway from Mountain Men milled lumber for cash).

  • TEACH CLASSES & HOST WORKSHOPS

    As a homesteader, you probably have a lot of skills that others want to learn. Why not offer classes on your property or at a local venue?

    Go even more in-depth and offer workshops! Most workshops last a few days so you could host a workshop over the weekend and make several thousand dollars depending on how well you market yourself.

    What you offer is up to you and your skill set, but some ideas are: how to build a chicken tractor, how to grow a no-till garden, bushcraft and survival skills, how to tan hides, how to sew your own parka from a raw fur, and so on.

  • HAUL FREIGHT

    Truck driving isn't exactly on the homestead, BUT it's a great way to be able to live anywhere while having a reliable income.

    The down side is that you might spend a lot of time away from home (unless you secure a local driving position), but the up side is that usually you get several days to a week off at a time.

    CDL schools cost several thousand dollars, but if you don't have the cash upfront you can go to a company-sponsored program and all of the costs will be covered upfront and paid back from small deductions off your paycheck over time. Google "company sponsored CDL trucking school" to find out more.

    A CDL license is a great thing to have if you live in a rural area.

 

MAKE MONEY ONLINE FROM YOUR HOMESTEAD

Making money online is a great route for anyone who wants to live in the middle of nowhere and work from home(stead). 

In fact, this notion is gaining such momentum that a new phrase has been coined: digital peasant.

A digital peasant is someone who combines old-fashioned skills and lifestyles with modern technology. 

I first heard the term used by Steve Maxwell, who makes a full-time income from home while doing things he loves on his homestead. 

If you're a casual internet user but don't have in-depth computer skills, that's ok! 

These things can be taught. Trust me. I more than quadrupled my income from one month to the next by self-educating and "skilling up!" (I'll have to write in detail about that sometime if anyone is interested?). 

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Here are some online income ideas for you to start thinking about, researching, and perhaps learning:

  • FREELANCE WRITING

    Freelance writers can make a great income online.

    If you are experienced in a certain topic - writing recipes, online gaming, finance, travel, photography, yoga, etc. - start writing articles and building a portfolio.

    From there, you can connect with clients on freelance forums throughout the Web.

    The key is to pick a specific niche and excel within it.

    Jorden Makelle was a helpful mentor for me when I began freelance writing years ago, check out her YouTube channel to start learning about freelance writing as a business.

  • GRAPHIC DESIGN

    Maybe you're already experienced in graphic design - great! If not, but it does sound appealing, simply download Adobe Illustrator, hop on YouTube to watch tutorials, and start working on projects.

    This is the best way I've found to learn.

    Google "freelance graphic design business" and learn about how others have made a full-time income this way from home.

  • WEB DESIGN

    Have you ever designed a website from scratch or using Wordpress or Squarespace platforms?

    Websites are in high demand nowadays; every business needs a website to compete in the online marketplace and get noticed.

    I started building a website for my health writing portfolio back in 2016 when I was working full-time at a greenhouse all day (very hot, sweaty, and tiring work). I loved designing using the Squarespace platform. For some reason, it didn't click until more than a year later that I had way more fun designing my freelance writing site than I did actually writing content for people!

    From there, I delved deep into teaching myself web design and SEO and I've never looked back. I still learn every day to increase my skill sets and be able to offer more value to my clients.

    If anyone is interested, maybe I should write a step by step of exactly how I made this career happen because it is what allows me to work from anywhere (so long as there's WiFi) which has enhanced my quality of life more than I could ever explain and made my off-grid homesteading goals a reality!

  • START AN ONLINE DROPSHIPPING BUSINESS

    A dropshipping business basically means you set up an online storefront (Shopify is good for this) and instead of investing a lot upfront to purchase inventory, you purchase the product and get it automatically shipped to your customer after they have made the purchase on your site.

    Does that make sense?

    So, essentially, you work with a dropshipping supplier like Alibaba or Aliexpress, linking from their site to your storefront. You market the products in a creative way on your site, retail the products at whatever price you decide on, and when someone makes a purchase on your site, you fulfill their order paying the lower wholesale cost to your supplier and keeping what is left over as your profit. From there, your supplier ships the product to the customer - "dropshipping."

    In my first month of trying this business model, I had 6 sales and I didn't even know how to market and use SEO back then!

    I learned about this method from Tim Ferriss' book The 4-Hour Work Week, which I highly recommend if you're wanting to escape the rat race.

 
  • BLOGGING

    You can make a full-time income blogging and work from home(stead) by starting a blog and gaining a following.

    This blog can be about anything - homesteading, parenting, food, travel, specific lifestyles, and so on. The more specific you get, though, the more success you're likely to have. Niche is the name of the game in most online endeavors!

    Set up a Squarespace or Wordpress site, or hire someone to do it for you, and start creating content. Market your content through social media platforms like Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and use SEO strategically to build a following.

    Once you have an audience, you can make income from affiliate links, ads, and by selling digital products (or other creative ideas you come up with!).

    Many homesteaders that I know have taken this route in order to work from anywhere.

  • SELL YOUR ARTWORKS OR CRAFTS ONLINE

    Last but not least, if you're an artist (painter, sculptor, woodworker, photographer, etc.), you could set up an online store using a platform like Shopify or Etsy and sell your products online!

    This allows you to tap into a global marketplace, rather than just relying on your local community to make purchases.

    Someone who comes to mind right away is the painter Rima Staines, whose blog I've followed since 2009. She built a home from a horsebox and was able to travel around Scotland and England by selling her prints at festivals and maintaining an online storefront.


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This is a long list of options, but I'm sure there are many more! Please share any ideas you have in the comments, and if you have any questions at all - feel free to ask! I'm happy to share what knowledge I have on the topic. 

I'll leave you with this: Start now

Though the beginnings of any big endeavor can seem clumsy and overwhelming, you must begin.

Think of it this way: one year from today, you could look back and think: "Wow, I did it! I learned ____ and made ____ happen!" OR will you be in the same scenario as you are right now, wishing you had a way to live the life you dream of living? 

Without sounding like a motivational coach, I want to tell you personally that you can make something out of anything listed here. If you commit to teaching yourself and learning all you can on the topic, in one year who knows what your life could look like... 

I hope this had been at least a little bit helpful. As always, thank you for taking the time to stop in and I hope you'll come back often. 

x- Tiffany

 

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My husband and I left the rat race and moved to the Washington wilderness to build an off-grid homestead from scratch. You can follow our journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany

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First Steps: What We're Doing NOW to Create an Off-Grid Homestead in the Wilderness
 

I come across so many inspiring off-grid homesteading blogs and quickly become captivated by all of the projects going on, photos of people living out their days surrounded by nature, with their handmade houses and huge vegetable harvests, and it's all so inspiring... but that's not where we are right now. Not yet. 

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This blog could sit quietly until we get to Washington, find land, begin projects, and so on ... or I could just start writing now and provide insight into the process. 

The transition itself is such a foundational aspect, after all, and I think a lot of people are curious when they see these happy earth-loving families living beautiful wholesome lives out in the middle of nowhere... how are they doing it? What did the beginning look like? How do they make money living in the middle of nowhere?

As much as we both yearn every single day to be in our beloved Washington wilderness, we realize that this is the process! We're in it! These are steps that have to happen to make this work. 

Here are some things we're working on at the moment to help us make the move to the wilderness to begin our off-grid homestead.

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Eric is completing his CDL training

One of the reasons we're in Wisconsin right now is because Eric found a reputable school here to get his CDL and a fantastic company to begin driver training with. He spent Feb-March in school and has now moved on to on-the-road training. 

We never see one another during this stage and it's emotionally difficult, but he is making great money and learning a lot and this will open up a lot more job opportunities for him later on that align with our off-grid remote lifestyle. 

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I am working and building my portfolio

For those of you who don't know, I taught myself web design & SEO last year as a way to make money working from home. In a remote area like we'll be living in, this is really important since there aren't many jobs available. 

I'm happy to report that my business is going well and I have steady work. Each day, once I'm finished with work for my clients, I dedicate time to teaching myself more and more useful skills as well as sending out proposals to potential clients to ensure that the ball keeps rolling. 

Taking this route and teaching myself these skills was one of the best choices I've ever made and I LOVE the freedom of being a "digital nomad" who can make money from anywhere there's WiFi. 

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Browsing land listings

Browsing land listings in this area is something I've been doing since 2013! It's crazy to think about. 

I keep an eye out on land listings in the area, in case something wonderful that fits our budget comes along. 

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Debating selling everything or moving everything

This is something new I'm pondering - should we move all of our things or sell everything?

The move everything side of me says: You have a lot of interesting belongings, take them. You've paid for a storage unit for all of these months, do you want it to be for nothing? If you get a rental home, you're going to want furniture and things to make the house feel cozy.

Then the sell everything side of me says: It's going to cost $2,500 to haul everything (Uhaul + car hauler + fuel), Tiffany! That's money that isn't going toward your long-term goals at all. It isn't going toward an asset, therefore, it's money lost. Be smart! Sell everything, keep the money, and invest in new things once you get there and better understand what your living situation is going to be like. You might not be able to accommodate a king size memory foam mattress anyway!!

I don't know the answer, but it's a topic we're chewing on. 


Seek out a rental or buy land right away and dive in?

This is another new development since the plan thus far has been: get to Washington, put all belongings into storage, stay in our friend's RV until we find a cabin to rent. Then find land and slowly start building our off-grid homestead as time and resources allow.

Now suddenly I'm getting hit with: Why don't we prioritize land? Why not buy land ASAP, stay in our friend's RV while we build a small cabin on our land and start to implement off-grid water systems, off-grid power, sort out WiFi and so on. 

This would be doing it the real, off-grid, rugged way. We'd essentially be stepping onto a piece of remote land with zero power, zero water, zero WiFi, zero living quarters. 

We talked about this tonight and both feel drawn to roughing it, to going to the property as time allows and working on projects, camping while we're there, hauling in water, and so on. I've never lived without electricity. At a homestead in North Carolina, I did have to haul water from the creek, and I didn't really have sound internet or a modern toilet... but there was power. 

We'll have to talk to our friends and give it some more thought before we put money down and decide on this route. 

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Saving Money

On the topic of putting money down, another focus of ours at this point is saving money. We created a strict budget to abide by and are putting back as much as possible right now.

We sacrificed the comfort of having our own place and opted to spend time with family before moving across the country away from everyone. If you have goals to fulfill and are willing to compromise to make them happen, I definitely recommend doing this to cut down on rent costs. I make sure to clean the house and help out in every way possible to create balance.


Deciding if we should sell the car or not

Our current vehicle is a 2wd vehicle. This will NOT fly in northeastern Washington State where most of the roads are unpaved mountain roads and the 6-month long winter measures snowfall in feet, not inches.

It's inevitable - we will not be keeping this vehicle (which is sad - I love Honda Elements for their spaciousness, low fuel cost, and reliability) but should we sell it before or after the move? 

We need a 4wd vehicle with towing and hauling ability to live where we want to live and do the things we want to do, so it's another thing on our minds to sort out. 

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So that's where we are right now! I hope it's helpful to someone out there to read about these beginning steps. The primary thought behind most things right now is: does this contribute to our long-term goals, or not? 

If you'd like to follow our journey as we transition to an off-grid homesteading life, you can sign up below to receive these updates straight to your inbox.

Until next time, may we all build and live the lives that bring us true joy! 


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My husband and I are working to build a Nordic-inspired homestead in the Washington wilderness slowly with cash and no debt. You can follow the journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany


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