After living in Japan for the last 13 years, my family and I decided to move back to the U.S. in June 2010 and “homestead” a 40 acre plot in central Colorado. I left a wonderful job working as a field service engineer for one of the big Defense Contractors. Being entirely IT related (i.e. managing a hardware, software, networking and customer service), it didn’t exactly prepare me for life on a “farm.” It was truly a wonderful job and one I still miss today. I was rapidly approaching the age of 50 and knew if I didn’t take the proverbial plunge before then, it would most likely never happen.
The idea of “homesteading” and living a life closer to the land had been in my mind for about seven years, that’s when I started to recognize that the financial future of the U.S. was in question. I’ll go into more later in my blog but suffice it to say, I believe that anyone over the age 50 who expects to retire with Social Security and Medicare is in for a surprise. I think we need to all adjust our mindset that most of us will never retire and if we do, it will be because of our doing.
It’s been almost a year that I arrived – on that day I hit the ground running. In that time, we’ve put up a greenhouse, planted a small orchard, raised both meat and egg laying chickens, raised steers, built a rifle and pistol range, raised two German Shepherd pups, installed two bee hives and home school our second grade daughter.
Overall this past year has been a ball and have no regrets about the transition. Please continue to visit and add your comments. I’d like to get a group of like minded folks together for ideas and support. Thanks!