This isn’t your typical Modern Day Homesteading post. But, I shall share with you that life sometimes gives you curve balls beyond your control. 

I am currently unemployed and about to receive benefits until I can figure out what it is that I want “to do” with my life. While the benefits aren’t much, they sure protect me from having to seek employment for minimum wage, giving me enough time to pursue greener pastures.

During my first week of f-unemployment, I have been able to work out for the first time in forever, figure out how to cut grass with a push mower (being a female– I have only ever used a reel mower or a riding one), chop off over 6 inches of dead hair, sell all of our old accruing baby stuff, and plan a kick-ass backpacking trip with a forever friend.

While I was planning on going on this trip prior to losing my “real job”, I have been able to do more research and find a bunch of wonderful, awesome things to do besides a standard hiking trip. Traipsing through lupine fields? Ok! Hiking a real life version of the shire? Eff yeah! Dining (with alcohol) on an old fashioned train through the valleys of New Hampshire? It’s happening!

Currently, right this very moment, I am sitting in the airport awaiting take-off for a bucket list adventure. If you would have told me that I would be doing this 6 months ago, I would not have believed you. I was always so rushed, so behind. Waiting to fix the next broken thing while trying to figure out how to deal with a current broken thing. I was frazzled; life was hectic; and I was no longer becoming the best version of myself. To which, I say, standing up for my beliefs and getting fired for them was the best decision I have ever made “career” wise.

Happy travels!

Franconia Ridge

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