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When I was diagnosed with cancer many years ago, I found myself collecting inspiring quotes that I would write on little bits of paper and post around the house.

Some were over my desk. Others were on the bathroom mirror or tucked inside my checkbook.

They were little daily reminders to keep plugging along. It was a way for me to tell myself, “It’s okay, you’ve got this.”

Now – 4 years later – I am still cancer free. (and grateful)

But I have kept many of those inspiring quotes tucked in various corners of my life – Except now I sometimes change them out to focus on whatever I am working on at the moment.

The one currently over my desk has never changed.

It is a favorite because it covers a lot.

It applies to everything from a new project I might be starting, to a challenge I may be facing, to a new skill I may want to learn in the world of homesteading, DIY food crafting and well…in life.

It says…

Be unstoppable – from the tips of your fingers to the tips of your toes.

This morning, as I sat down to write about something completely different (don’t worry, I’ll get it next week), I realized that quote was a perfect blog post topic.

Because trying to live a more sustainable life or live closer to our food can feel like an uphill battle sometimes, can’t it?

You start out with good intentions, but things seem to get in the way.

You want to eat better, but there are conflicting reports about what is good/bad to consume.

You decide to be more organic, non-gmo, hormone-free, etc but so much of that food can be expensive.

This makes you decide to do most of it (or at least some of it) yourself, but so many of the skills needed feel complicated and time-consuming to learn.

And many sources make you feel that you need an acre of land and goat to be part of the DIY and artisan food movement.

Or they make you feel that you can’t possibly learn enough to even grow your own food.

And this leads to thinking that perhaps this is all just too overwhelming to even start.

Hold it right there.

You Need To Be Unstoppable:

Don’t let your current situation stop you from living the sustainable lifestyle you want to have.

You don’t need land.

You don’t need money.

All you need is a willingness to dive in.

It’s all about baby steps, not giant leaps.

It helps to have a mentor, a few books or just few friendly bloggers (wink) to guide you and freely share what they know.

But the trick is to dive in and tackle it bit by bit. And slowly, you will see the shift and the change toward the life you yearn for.

You may start by buying organic produce occasionally at the local farmer’s market and before you know it, you have tucked a few veggie seeds into a flowerpot on your balcony.

Boom! You are one step closer.

And there is always more to learn.

That is the beauty of this lifestyle. You are never “done”.

You never get to the point where you kick back on the porch with a homebrew in your hand watching the free-range chickens scratching in the backyard and say, “Yep. I’m done here. I know it ALL now.

That will never happen.

What does happen is that you are always moving on to the next adventure! There is always more to learn and more projects to try and THAT is what makes this so darn fun!

Don’t let that quest for knowledge feel overwhelming.

Instead, embrace it. It is what makes this a wonderful and delicious life-long project.

So, I just wanted to congratulate you for taking this journey.

I know you are on it because you are reading this. And I’m glad we are on this journey together as we both learn new skills and share/exchange what we learn.

So together…let’s be unstoppable!

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

12 Comments:

  • Carol says:

    I loved this post. Thank you! It was just what I needed to read this morning.

    • Pam says:

      Theresa, I WAS feeling overwhelmed about making these changes! I’m making a career change – as well as a change (gradually) to a much healthier lifestyle… & I’m having to do all of this, with no money. Reading this post has helped me so much! (Partly, it helped just knowing that I’m not ALONE in feeling overwhelmed! Lol.) Thx so much!

      • theresa says:

        Oh Pam – You are absolutely welcome. Sometimes I get overwhelmed because I lose focus. So many things to do (or fix) that I don’t know where to start. One thing I started doing last year that really helped was to start each morning with intention. What I mean is, the night before I write down what my main focus will be for the next day. I don’t mean my “to-do” list. I mean, what will be my main goal or main focus of the day? Things like: To make sure I give myself some quiet moments throughout the day, or To stay focused on the goal of eating healthy…things like that. I think to myself, “I only have to stay focused on this for one day” and it feel less daunting. It doesn’t always work when the day gets away from me. But it helps a lot when the focus is in smaller bites. Hope that helps at bit. 🙂

  • Barbara says:

    Honestly, tonight it all felt overwhelming. So thank you for this post. I did get to the farmers market today to buy a gazillion organic apples to make your applesauce, so I guess that was one small step forward!

  • maire says:

    Was feeling slightly overwhelmed at my huge house and garden to do list this morning. Having read your post I’m feeling a lot more positive and ready to get stuck in. Thanks

  • Ginger says:

    Oh my gosh: yes! I love this. One small change I’ve made lately: once a month I buy local, organic milk. I’ve been fretting over what a small thing this is– I wish I could afford this stuff the other three weeks of the month. But this post makes me feel… unstoppable. Start small. “Boom.” I am one step closer. Thank you.

    • theresa says:

      You are welcome. I think that is an excellent step. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and enjoy the journey.

  • Allison says:

    I am a nurse and I listen to your podcast driving home after work. It gives me peace and a little rejuvenation of the spirit. Thanks!

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