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Homesteading in Small Spaces: The Homestead Mindset

One year ago we moved from our suburbany townhome into an 1800’s Victorian smack dab in the middle of town. As many of you know, we had originally wanted to purchase a house, but the stars wouldn’t align. So we made the financially right decision to delay home-buying and took action to at least get closer to the life we want. Andrew wanted to be closer to bars, restaurants, and shops. I wanted to be in walking or biking distance of my office. We broke our lease and moved into town.

Just because we didn’t buy a house doesn’t mean we gave up on homesteading. It’s just a different approach, one that I’ve been exploring and have found both exciting and frustrating. I got a lot of positive feedback on the last ‘Homesteading in Small Spaces’ post I did that talked about creative gardening solutions. Today I am continuing that series and discussing the value of the ‘homestead mindset’ – something that takes no space whatsoever.

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Overcoming Crazy Busy/ Setting Mindfulness Goals

Does life ever actually get “crazy busy” or do we just rearrange our priorities?

I think about this a lot. Often, I find myself overwhelmed by everything in our life – all our projects, my job, my relationships. It’s easy to feel like my pace is out of control, and I don’t have enough time for anything. Days and weeks fly by, and I feel like I’m standing immobilized, watching it all pass and making no progress.

Enter: my mindfulness practice. The main goal of a mindfulness (&yoga) practice is to bring us back in touch with ourselves. Mindfulness helps us bring conscious awareness to our daily grind, and to reconnect with the energy that moves us through our days. When faced with all the projects, work, and obligations, I have noticed through practice that my automatic reaction is to pull myself away. To bury myself in thoughts while I perform all these daily chores. To treat the day as “something to get through,” rather than an amazing opportunity to be alive. Continue reading