Peaceful Country Living: Why You Should Make the Move
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Peaceful country living? Why are more and more people making the big move from fast paced city life to quiet, slow-paced peaceful country living? I think I know the answer to that, since that is exactly what we did! We didn’t move to the suburbs outside of a city or even to an urban area. We moved to a rural area and haven’t looked back since. We found our peaceful country living.
I used to be just like you.
I drove 120 miles round trip in bumper to bumper traffic to and from work before and after a 12 to 14 hour shift as a Registered Nurse. We had neighbors so close to us that we could literally hear them flush their toilet and see inside their front room when their curtains were open. We could hear every conversation they had and, of course, vice versa. We learned to talk quietly and keep the curtains closed when we were home.
We missed football games and dance recitals because we had to work. We missed parent-teacher conferences because we had to work. We had bills to pay, food to buy, brand name clothes to purchase. We had to keep up with the lifestyle of a middle class city family, right?
I would find myself grinding my teeth at night, having nightmares, getting headaches, more depressed, especially when I had to miss something for the kids, and overall just miserable living where we were. Can you relate? If so, continue reading.
Why did we work so hard for so many years? Because we had a plan..a dream. We were getting outta town! When my husband retired from his job, and the children moved out on their own, we knew it was time. Student loans were paid off in full. Car payments paid off. Credit cards cut up and thrown away. I just couldn’t make one more round trip drive to work. I just couldn’t deal with one more near miss on the freeway of crazy fast paced drivers around me. It was time. Now or never. We took the plunge.
The home and property we chose was at 8, 200 feet high in the Colorado mountains on a steep grade, winding dirt road. I would not be able to drive that road in winter to go to work everyday when there was 3 feet of snow on the ground. I had to find a work at home job that gave me extra income.
I am blessed to be a nurse and even more blessed that I found a part-time telecommute job as a nurse educator that I can do from home on the comfort of my computer. I only have to drive into the city once or twice a month for meetings and it is a 4 hour round trip for me now that we live in the mountains. I can handle once or twice a month.
I also make extra income with multiple streams of online work at home sites and survey sites. You can read my blog post How To Make Money and Save Money When You Live In A Rural Area to learn even more ways to add income while working from home. You won’t get rich, but you sure will have fun and have a few extra bucks each week to add to your bank.
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Pros and Cons of country living
Pro: I have chickens!
There is nothing that says country living than having lots of chickens! In the country we can raise as many animals as we want and not have to worry about our neighbors complaining about the noise and smells of the animals. We get fresh organic eggs and protein also.
We purchased 18 acres and a fixer upper home and spent half of what we would have paid to live in the suburbs or urban areas. Our closest neighbor is almost a mile away with very few other neighbors scattered over the mountain area we are at. We love it that way. Little by little we fixed up the home and property through literal blood, sweat and tears until we were able to make our final move.
I have never felt such peace in my heart than sitting on my deck overlooking the mountains sipping my cup of coffee in the morning and watching the chickens scratch and peck and watching the deer graze in the field. I hear total silence. No flushing toilets. No cars speeding by. No sirens from ambulances or police cars. No neighbors radios or TV’s blaring. Total silence.
By total silence I mean birds chirping, a gentle breeze blowing, a tractor plowing a field down the dirt road, deer running across the field, dogs playing. That is what I mean by silence. Peaceful, calm, serene silence. The kind of silence where you never want to leave. The kind of silence when you are thanking the good Lord everyday for giving you such a beautiful, and what you once thought of as an unreachable blessing. Yes, after moving from the city to the country, you can hear total silence.
We have large family bar-b-queues on the front deck. The children and grandchildren bring 4-wheelers and bicycles and have a blast riding and hiking around the mountains. It is the ultimate playground for our grandchildren. You learn the value of family, friends and nature and forget the value of objects and things.
It is not easy to get to peaceful country living. It took me and my husband several years of frugal living and carefully planning to make our dream come true. We made sacrifices to get to our paradise on the mountain.
It is hard work living in the mountains on 18 acres. There is always work to be done. Wood needs to be chopped, animals fed and taken care, car tires and car maintenance in tip top shape. The nearest hospital is about an hour away. Common sense and being careful in day to day activities takes first place.
It snows..A LOT in the Colorado mountains . Not just inches, but feet. It is very common for us to get 2 -3 feet of snow during the winter months. On those days we light a fire in the wood stove and settle in for the days ahead.
Forest fires are common. Last summer we had an extremely dangerous forest fire near our newly purchased home. The winds were 80 miles an hour, no rain for weeks and the wildfire took off like a bullet. Below are actual picture I took off my front deck. When I saw this fire and how close it was to us, I came this close to packing my bags and heading back to the city.
Making The Decision
Now is time for you to make your decision. My husband and I went to the extreme side of rural living, but not everyone has to do that. Even moving to the suburbs outside of a city can make all the difference in the world to your peace of mind and put calmness in your life.
First step is to just planning. Just grab a piece of paper and pen and write down the area you are looking at. Nothing specific, just the general area you would like to be.
Second step. What can you afford and how can you afford it. What are your income sources? Do you work from home? Do you have retirement income? Write down all your income sources and all potential income sources such as raising chickens and selling the eggs, raising goats and making soap and cheese for added profits. Do you want a move in ready property or can you handle a fixer upper? Can you save and put aside a certain amount each paycheck to put towards your new home?
Third step. Thoroughly investigate the area you want to move to. Do you have water? Can you have animals? Are there any schools nearby if you have children? Where is the closest shopping market? How far is the nearest hospital? Make several trips to the area you are most interested and get to know your potential neighbors before you put good money down on a property.
Fourth step. Follow steps 1, 2 & 3 over and over again until you are ready for the big move! As I have stated, it is not easy. It takes time and a lot of planning, but to me and my husband it has been worth every drop of sweat we have put in over the years. It is challenging and not easy. If someone tells you that moving to be in the country is easy they are not being truthful. It takes time, money and determination to make your new property into your new home.
So, take your time, put your ideas and plans down on paper, save your money, investigate several potential areas and then make the move! It’s all about peaceful country living.