What’s the best place to start a new blog series? An introduction of course! Giving my readers an idea behind this series and hoping you will join along as it unfolds over the year.
This is something I have thought about tackling for awhile. A few years ago I had planned to blog about it in real time, but life got in the way. Honestly, I think this is better. A look back at where we were and how we got to our current state.
This series will take you along as we journey from city dwellers, 9-5ers, living an unhealthy yet fun lifestyle to country living, self-employed, healthier lifestyle, and simple living. The change took place over roughly a four to five year period, 2011-until present.
Join as each month, I will write about a different topic leading to our present day selves.
In the process, I hope to inspire and/or challenge those of you who may be thinking “it’s time for a change”. What I present here is not a “how-to guide”, but merely the story of our transformation. Each post will include challenges faced and how we overcame them.
A few before images: Urban cycling, favorite pub, our house in town, food on hand during an ice storm, Olivia, me ready for football, my “orange blur”.
A comparative look at before & now:
Worked at IU (Amy) Self-employed (Shane) Both self-employed, work from home
Made more $$ Make less money
Dined out most of the time Cook most of our meals at home
More expenses Less expense
Lived in 1200 square foot home Live in just under 700 square foot cabin
Lived on a 1/4 acre in town Live on 107 acres of forested property
Frequented our local pubs Visit our local pubs much less frequently
Consumed more junk food Consume fresh, home-made food
My yoga practice was sporadic Daily yoga & meditation practice
Higher levels of stress Lower levels of stress
Traveled some for work & personal Less travel
Urban cycling, mountain biking Hiking & 4-wheeling, little cycling
One household cat 2 cats & our first dog together
Football fanatic Not much interest these days
Heated our home with electricity Heat exclusively with wood
Watched some T.V. Do not own a T.V
Despised winter Appreciate & enjoy winter
A few images from now: Our cabin, 4-wheeler, wood stove, yoga mat, chopped vegetables for dinner, wine/book & hammock, Sir Purrs A Lot, Josie.
Have you undergone a transformation you would like to share? Tell us your story (short version) in the comments.