The result of last years hard work was that for many weeks this past winter all we had to do was buy milk, cheese, butter and eggs ( because the girls weren't laying). And in the end we realized that we did not need that extra income. My "pay" from my new job was time with my family, a sense of security that comes from a full pantry, and the increased efficiency that comes with working with food storage. Menu planning, eating with the seasons and a more local diet were the fringe benefits.
Fortunately, when the decision to take on this new "job" was in the forefront, Sharon Astyk was beginning her Independence Days Challenge. At the time oil was climbing over a 100.00 a barrel. The idea of Peak oil was hitting the mainstream media. Bear Sterns was toast and the economy was beginning its free fall. There were other reasons to participate in the challenge other than what was happening in our own life. There are forces outside my control but participating in the challenge has changed the way I think about the challenge. At the time it seemed like a good idea because it would provide some insurance for own circumstances. In the end the discovery has been that it is probably a wiser way to live. It put the actions of living a simple life in focus.
So this is the second year of the challenge which is good 'cause I need a kick in the pants...
Care to join the challenge?