Look around you and SEE the potential?

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Monday, December 9, 2013 8:48 PM

What do YOU see when you look at this picture?

Reading the responses to my Inspirational Giveaway post I saw the same theme repeated over and over.  
"I'm inspired by the hope of living somewhere someday where I can grow my own food."
"Going back to the land, simple things.. that is what I want" 
"I aspire to having a homestead... but I make do with what I have... but I still want to get further out in the country!"
Although this type of statement often expresses hope and desire, the problem is it's almost always out there... someday.  Someday I'll have land.  Someday I'll learn to garden and grow my own food.  Someday I'll (insert your dream here).

Well I'm here to tell you that you don't have to keep dreaming.  You can start now.  Today.  You don't have to have it all instantly.  And you don't have to have it all in a few years.  But if you truly want to give this lifestyle a go and stop dreaming about it, then you need to look around and see the potential that you DO have access to.  You may have a sunny porch or a shady side yard.  You may have a deck or even a fire escape outside your window.  Heck, maybe you have a spare room or an unused corner of your garage.  Look around.  Look down.  And especially look up!
Corn and squash growing in plastic totes on the roof of my garage.

My absolute favorite saying in the whole world is this one:
"You don't have to move to change the place you live."
Seriously.  You don't have to move to the country or have any land.  You don't have to wait until you finish school or retire from your 9 to 5.  You can start now, today, with what you have.  Start small.  Get a feel for growing something.  Build your base as you learn.

When you look at the picture at the top of this post do you see potential?  It's a broken down garage, a driveway, a rotten fence, and an obviously overgrown yard.  Doesn't look like much, eh?  Well when I looked at it I saw potential.  I didn't see a blank slate by any means.  But I saw a slate that, if wiped clean, could become a beautiful place.  And so it has.  Not overnight mind you, but over years.  I documented the transition of my side yard into a garden when I bought this house.  It took 14 months to clean the slate and arrange all the elements.  And I've been painting in the details ever since.

So I'm re-posting the video of that transition below.  It seemed liked an appropriate follow up to the question of inspiration.  And I hope it inspires you to take a closer look at the space you do have, how you might be able to use it, and how you can start today while still staying within your means.

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