Can I do it?
12 years with my head down and bum up working in a job that I dont believe in just to make great money! Now I am tired of it and it is affecting my mental and physical health. I am forgetting my interests. I respect the environment and love what it offers. I also love the idea of sustainable living and land regeneration. My question is, can I indulge my interest/passion and support a family? This is my first step to change at 36. I have no idea! Can I do it?
Start small, plant a productive garden!
Of course you can do it.
Depending on how far you want to go with it will depend on how easily you can support your family. Having no idea about your current lifestyle, income etc etc I won't comment on that.
I made the change at 37. I worked my guts out running my own business out of a factory in the city with the "dream" always in the front of my mind. I looked at it as though I had to play the game hard to be able to eventually leave the table with my chips and say no more.
I made enough to get a place in a beautiful little valley not too far out of Melbourne that will eventually be the final step out of the system. The kids are loving it, we're all learning new things everyday, we've got animals, vegetables, we've been regenerating the land which was severely neglected and abused by previous owners and life is great.
I still run my own business though which is at the moment paying off the place and supporting some of the necessities I can't yet provide, but in time I won't need that either.
Make sure you're all on the same page though before you take the plunge. It's hard work and it's a long road but god does it feel good!
These things will help:-
1 Having no debt
2 Being able to buy enough land and a roof over your head that is not falling down
3 Not wanting much
4. Having a small money income for things like rates, insurance?, taxes,emergencies and things that cannot be begged. borrowed or bartered.
A friend of mine , 40 years ago. before self sufficiency was invented. had a small farm at Kurrajong NSW
She had a small income from some inherited family shares. She made her own cheese, soap, wine (Elderberry, packed quite a punch) and grew most of her food. She spun and weaved a lot of her clothes. She did masses of voluntary work for HDRA
She was investigated three times by the Australian Taxation Department because they could not believe she could exist on so little income