When I think of the title of this blog post, which is actually the name of an amazing magazine and an event, I think of flower crowns and the Age of Aquarius. But it’s none of those things.
Being new to what I consider a hobby, I have found that there are many people out there scared to try being self-reliant. And many others who are grasping this concept full force. I have always, ALWAYS been a fan of apothecary anything. When I was a kid, I wanted to be Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet (the DiCaprio/Danes version). I wanted to be Miracle Max the in Princess Bride. I wanted to be a Sanderson sister in Hocus Pocus… and Aunt Frances and Aunt Jet in Practical Magic! They all encompass the potential power of plants.
In college, I studied Intercultural Communications, not to travel with it, but to learn more about customs in other cultures and resources available; different healing methods and rituals. I collected old National Geographic magazines and cut out the pictures of anything visually intriguing and put them all over my bedroom walls. I always wanted aloe vera plants in my bedroom. While most girls where swooning celebrity crushes, I was nose deep in a book or magazine learning. Always learning. Or creating. I tried making a stink bomb once as a practical joke.
Even today, my husband calls me a Hippie (is there anything wrong with that?) and has jokingly (but with a hint of seriousness) told me that my oil knowledge and habit is getting out of control. ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART, Honey! 😉 Let’s see what happens the next time he is sick and wants me to make him what he coins a “Magic Pill.” To quote Seinfeld, “No pill (soup) for you!” If I have to handle his collection/hoard of building material (“But that could be made into… [blank]), then he has to put up with my habits/obsession as I take a victory sip from my pomegranate lemonade kefir water that fizzed all over my work desk (try explaining that to your co-workers who already think you are strange)!
Modern Day Homesteading is a push and pull for all things in the self-sufficient category. Bettering yourself, your health, and your life without relying too much on the modern world. Not giving in to commercial and chemical laden products, unless you have to (for example, I do believe modern medicine has a place).
Anywho… tangent. Back to this informational Fair by Mother Earth News! Modern Day Homesteading has registered for the Seven Springs, PA event, Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17! We can’t wait to learn and expand our knowledge. They offer dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food and more! Tickets purchased here in advanced are only $15 and your kids are free (under 17)! If you are looking for a family-oriented, good time, I suggest you attend. If you are looking for something in your element and this is it, please come! If you are afraid to be self-reliant and want to learn more, this is for you! And who knows, maybe we’ll see you there!