As much as I love my gardens and my yard in our current house, Hubby and I want to get out of the city. It has been a shared dream of ours to own a big chunk of land in the middle of nowhere. The details around it have changed and been revised over the years, but the general premise is still the same: land, in the middle of nowhere.
Right now, the dream is just that, a dream. With our current job situation, there is not really any way for us to live anywhere but where we do now, in the middle of the 9th biggest city in the US (based on 2007 census data). Further complicating things is the fact that hubby and I both love our jobs so neither one of us is quite ready to make a change on that front... yet.
So what do two space loving, gardening, bee-keeping, chicken-raising, do-ers do when stuck in the city? Well, we practice--small scale. Most of what this Horton Living blog has been is a record of our practice and skill building for 'someday' when we can escape the city and get some land to play on.
The biggest thing we did to move toward our dream was to get out of debt and pay off our mortgage. During our payoff, we learned to live cheaply and now we are doubly rewarded in that we have our former mortgage payment that is now being saved for our near future and we also learned to live on a lot less.
Granted, we are not there yet, but we have crested the hill and finally our 'snowball' is rolling in the right direction and growing for us.
This weekend, we had the opportunity to review and revise our dream a bit. For the first time, we went with a realtor to look at a piece of land... in the country... in the middle of nowhere! Woo Hoo!
The long long story short, we both loved the property and land, but were scared off for reasons that I plan to put into detail. The single best outcome of this weekend was that it has reminded and refreshed both hubby and I regarding our shared dream. We want land. Wishing and dreaming is all well and good, but there is a lot that we need to put into practice NOW to be ready for when we can make this dream come true. It also opened our eyes to the fact that there are two questions that need to be answered: What do we want, and how do we get there?
(picture me yelling this like some deranged cheerleader)
What do we want? LAND!
How do we get there? WITH A PLAN!
Go team Horton!!