Updated: Nov 4, 2021
Now that I am retired
How do you want to retire? Not financially, but what lifestyle? Do you want to travel the world, RV full-time, spend more time with the grandkids? I always dreamed about a homestead lifestyle, gardens, chickens, and possibly a pond. Now, I was worked in municipal finance (aka glorified accountant) for 25 years in California, which didn’t exactly give me a lot of experience needed for a homesteader. People gave me a lot of flack about romanticizing a labor-intensive lifestyle and said I would regret realizing my dream. Even my aunt, who lived on a cattle ranch for 60 years, told me it’s not as fun as you think. In 2018, my husband and I purchased 14 acres in Louisiana complete with a pond. I bought 12 chickens, I took master gardener classes from the local ag office, I joined a beekeeper’s group, bought lots of books to study. And … I love it. Chickens are hilarious, there is something spiritual about planting a seed and food pops up, good, flavorful food. Sometimes it’s hard, it gets hot here, sometimes the chickens are smelly, sometimes the crops don’t come up, sometimes they over produce, but it is totally worth it. If you’ve ever had just picked tomatoes and cucumbers mixed in Italian dressing, or fried okra straight from the garden, you’ll know what I mean.