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I don't have a job in the traditional sense, but instead have multiple sources of income. I tutor, sell a bit of produce (hoping to expand that income stream), sell my husband's photography, and write occasionally. It is not as lucrative as my previous career, but I am happy. Both my husband and I sleep better at night knowing that we aren't completely dependent upon my formerly high-paying job for everything.
In all honesty, we moved here on a whim, or perhaps a semi-calculated whim. We did have parameters, but enough to leave us flexible. We knew we wanted to live in the vicinity of the Pacific Northwest, in a place where we could be closer to nature. We wanted to be outside the major cities, but my husband still wanted to be in a town. We looked for areas that matched our criteria and took a giant leap of faith. We figured we would keep moving if we didn't like our first choice.
It was really hard to adjust at first, but as we got to meet our neighbors and make new friends, things became easier. I really don't believe any additional amount of research would have helped us in our decision. It wasn't until we were living in our new community for a few years that we fully understood what makes it tick. It took us a bit longer to be sure that we fit, which after some adjustment, I think we do.
Thank you for your comment!
The pleading was very extensive and it was not easy. I made my initial case based on the facts I uncovered in my research. Then I carefully added other facts here and there. We discussed what our life would be like if we made certain changes. I guess that was what changed his mind – the plan. Of course this plan deviated a lot, but we are getting to a much more resilient lifestyle.
It all came down to compromise. If I got everything I wanted, we would be living in an off-grid tiny house in a rural area and almost completely self-sufficient. My husband wanted a more "normal" lifestyle, in town with a home in a neighborhood, close to stores and restaurants. So we relocated in an area that has a little of both. We have a house that is much smaller and less expensive than our previous home, but not a tiny house. We are in town, but can get lost in the forest with a 20 minute drive, and fish 5 minutes away. We are not completely self-sufficient, but we built a covered hoop house, have a large garden area, and planted fruit bushes and trees on the land we do have. We make less money, but have less debt and a lot less stress.
Best of luck in your resiliency journey!