It’s finally happening!! We’re moving to the mountains!!!

It’s finally happening, y’all!

I got a job in North Carolina! I will be working at a college in Asheville; serving in the same capacity that I do my current college, working with veterans to secure their education benefits. I am so excited that I get to keep doing what I love and move to the mountains and start doing even more things I love!

So, now starts a whirlwind of chaos as we finish a few things in the house in Florida and put it on the market. Then, in less than three weeks I will move to start my new job. Which means I also have to find a place to live near my new office that allows pets… Not an easy task, especially from a distance. I also have to figure out the logistics of moving all our stuff since we aren’t moving at the same time. (Michael will stay behind until the house sells and/or he gets a job in North Carolina also.) The list goes on and on and on…

As soon as the house in Florida sells, it will be time to buy some land in North Carolina and start building our homestead! The next year (and probably the rest of my life) will be one wild ride and I am so excited!

I have talked to many other people who are interested in a similar path. I know when I was just beginning to think about going down this rabbit hole, I read SO many stories by other people who had done it before me. It helped me think the whole process through and really inspired me when I felt discouraged. I will share some of these books and blogs, as well as my personal experiences, on MountainBound.org and the new Mountain Bound Facebook page. So, if you are interested in learning more about this lifestyle please follow Mountain Bound on Facebook and keep checking the website and see what it’s all about! I will do my best to post frequently about our progress, even during the chaos.

*happy dance* “We’re goin’ to the mountains… We’re goin’ to the mountains… We’re goin’ to the mountains…” *happy dance*

Web design noob!

Creating a website while on a mission toward self-sufficiency means I must learn at least some webdesign— so I can create and run the website myself. It is very challenging, especially with everything else going on right now (more on that in a later post). But, I have started teaching myself using codeacademy.com and some youtube videos. There is so much to learn! I have completed the HTML and CSS training. I am now working on the PHP training.

I decided to take the leap and create this site before I really knew what I was doing. You know what they say, experience is the best teacher! So, I’m diving in and doing what I can and learning as I go. You can see how it’s going… the site is very basic. And I haven’t figured out how to make it do several things I want it to do. But, as I progress, you will begin to see the evolution and growth of the site.

As I mentioned in the first post on this blog, I have been planning to create a website for a while. I was inspired to finally do it after listening to a great podcast from The Survival Podcast. Jack, the guy who does the podcast, interviewed Austin, from Homesteady (who has a podcast and website of his own). Halfway through the podcast, I decided it was time, I decided to take the leap and start my own website. Not a .blogspot type (like my first blog), but a website I would own! This meant doing a lot of research on purchasing a domain and web hosting. 

If you are thinking about creating your own website be sure to do some research before you jump in. There is a lot to consider. Give the podcast (linked here and above) a listen.  I also found The Site Wizard and several of their pages to be a helpful starting point. I have provided links below.

How to Start / Create a Website: The Beginner’s A-Z Guide
How to Register Your Own Domain Name
Important Precautions to Take When Buying a Domain Name

After I learn more, I will share it with you.

Do you have your own website? What are some of your favorite resources for building and maintaining your website?

Do you have a WordPress site? What are your favorite plug-ins?

We Are Mountain Bound

Hello, people of the internet!

My name is Sarah and I am the new proud owner of MountainBound.org.

This project has been in the idea phase for years. I started a cooking blog years ago to get a feel for blogging but over time I decided I wanted to have a blog with a little more possibility. What do I mean by that? What is Mountain Bound going to be about? Well, I will tell you. But first, let me start with some background….

Bound: (adjective) Heading toward somewhere.
Mountain Bound: Heading to the mountains.

My partner and I currently live in South Florida but have been planning a move to the mountains of North Carolina for a few years now. We are at the point in the process that all we need is for one of us to secure employment and then I will put my house on the market and we will make the leap. Once we get up there, we will begin the process of purchasing land, building a home (or renovating an existing home), and growing a homestead. In the meantime we have been learning all we can about the homesteader lifestyle that we intend to live once we get up there, and we are putting into action all that we can now.

Bound: (noun) A leaping movement upward. (verb) Walk or run with leaping strides.
Mountain Bound: Huge (read: mountainous) leaps in knowledge, skill, character, health, etc.

The cooking blog I started was kind of a natural place to start for me because one of the first things I began learning was to cook from scratch. I have always enjoyed cooking. I grew up cooking with my mom regularly. After moving out of my parents house though, I became a consumer of mostly convenience foods. You know, the packaged stuff you add water too and it only takes 10 minutes and zero thought. After a few years of eating that way I began to realize that I was completely unhealthy. I had gained quite a bit of weight and I was sick all the time. So, I started making changes. Over the last few years I have honed my skills and now most of the meals I make are from scratch and healthy (or relatively healthy).

The next natural step was gardening. I took the stance that to cook truly “from scratch” I needed to grow/raise the food myself. Last year, we had our first garden and I loved going out into the yard to pick the ingredients for that day’s dinner. We don’t have a garden right now because our focus in the last 6 months has been on getting the house ready to sell. But, I can’t wait to have a HUGE mountain garden!

We desire to attain a certain level of self-sufficiency (I will write a post about self-sufficiency and what that means to us in the near future). We try to “DIY” everything that we can. For example, instead of hiring someone to replace the flooring in the house, we did it ourselves (with some help from our families). In this process, we learned another new skill, laying tile.

Bound: (adjective) tied, in bonds.
Mountain Bound: Tied to the mountains in spirit.

Why have we started this journey? In part, because we feel drawn to it; tied to it. We knew we wanted to move to somewhere we could start this new life we are building but we had the whole country (whole world) to consider. It didn’t take us long to settle on the mountains of Western North Carolina, for so many reasons. For the last couple years we have been going up there to visit and explore and every time we have to leave to come back “home” to Florida we don’t want to. And not just because we don’t want our vacation to be over. But because the mountains really feel like our home. We feel at peace there. We have already rooted our heartstrings in those mountains and we can’t wait to go home and really put down roots.

So, what will Mountain Bound be about? It will be about our journey. It will be about all the new things we learn. It will be about building a homestead, raising our own food, self-sufficiency, and anything and everything that is related to this journey. This may include tutorials for projects, recipes, stories about our experiences, and anything else I think people might be interested in seeing or being a part of. There is SO much to learn and do and I am so excited to be able to share it with you.

By now you have likely figured out why I chose the name Mountain Bound… Because we are Mountain Bound, in just about every way it can be meant.

I hope you will join us on our journey!