Friday, October 3, 2014

Don't Quit That Daydream

A 115 year old farmhouse for sale in Eastern Tennessee

This little thing called life is funny sometimes. Ironic too. If someone had told me five years ago that we would be looking to buy land and start a small farm I would have laughed in their face. Yet, here I am today trying to figure out how to do just that. 
Truth is, I've changed a lot in the past 4 years. Sometimes it is almost hard for me to comprehend it myself. My goals, ideals and morals have all shifted and I like to think for the better. A dream evolved in my heart and I long for it to come to fruition so badly that sometimes it actually hurts.
We're done with this fast paced suburban life of high taxes and traffic everywhere you turn. We are looking for a home and land far from the hustle and bustle of New Jersey. Land that we can nurture and develop. Somewhere where we can create a small family enterprise that will someday continue to sustain our children and possibly their children. A place where we grow and raise most of our own food. Fresh, good food that doesn't come in packages or boxes. Food that we can share with others in the form of workshops and gatherings. I would love nothing more than to share my passion for canning and preserving with others. I am surrounded by talented friends and family who could use our home to offer workshops of things like photography, styling, cake decorating and the list could go on. I would be wholly in my element to host guests, creating meals and gatherings for like minded creative people.
My husband would rather be outside in a field instead of being trapped in a stuffy office with cranky coworkers. I would love nothing more than to escape working in an industry where commercialism is king and every holiday is slowly disappearing because it's more important to be open for business 24-7 than let your employees spend time with their families. We soldier on every day working to figure out a way to make it all happen.
We spend much of our spare time searching or Zillow, looking in eastern Tennessee and even the western part of North Carolina for the perfect property. My heart skipped a beat a few weeks ago when I found an 1895 farmhouse with a barn and an original two story log cabin on 8 acres. I immediately envisioned setting the cabin up as accommodations for guests. Planting fields of strawberries and other seasonal fruits and vegetables where guests can pick their own then learn how to can and preserve the bounty. Communal dinners set up in the barn after long days laboring in the most rewarding of ways.

These dreams have been so heavy on my heart and mind lately that I was almost startled when a company that helps fulfill dreams such as mine asked me to share my goals. Kabbage is a lending company that specializes in small business loans and entrepreneurs. I usually never create posts for companies ~ that isn't what this place is about. I am not being compensated either, but the fact that I was asked me to write a post about my dreams and goals at a time in life when we are eager to transition and make our dreams come true seemed surreal. Kismet actually. I haven't shared this with a lot of people in detail so thank you Kabbage for reaching out to me so I actually verbalized it all.


  1. This is so wonderful. I love nothing more than hearing about people following their dreams. It's so scary and difficult but the rewards are enormous. As they say, fortune favours the brave.
    Best of luck my friend. I can't wait to come and sit on the gorgeous porch of your dream home, have a glass of wine, a taste of your produce and a good old natter. Because it will happen, I just know it. xx

  2. How exciting to begin a leap of faith like this. You've picked a beautiful area of the country, but of course, I am a bit biased! Please email me if there's anything I can help with. We lived for 3 years in East TN and have now lived in Western NC for 7 years (and don't plan to leave!)

  3. I'm so excited about your vision just reading about it! We just moved back to Montana to live in a suburb, BUT in a much small suburb than Denver. My husband and I will keep working, but our relatives nearby have farms and horses and animals that we will visit all the time now. I know the feeling! It's a scary leap, but I hope when you find the right place that you guys jump on it! Best of luck!!!!

  4. This is so beautifully written! I have some of those same dreams for me and my husband and our future children. I would love nothing more than to get away from the fast paced daily grind. Life wasn't meant to be this way. It was meant to be lived and enjoyed with family and friends. I wish you all the best and that your dreams come true!