10 Mindsets To Prepare You for Rural Living

Ten Mindsets for Rural Living

A rural lifestyle rarely seems to be chosen, and instead is more likely something you are born into.  I realize this is not always the case, however, and I also know there are many cases of people trying to leave it behind, only to return.

I fall into the category of being born into it, and also of leaving it for a short period of time.  It was never my intention to live in a downtown or suburban area for an extended period of time, but my time away made me realize I was meant for rural life. And as rural as possible.

So while I already felt comfortable and confident living a rural lifestyle, there are still some things I needed to remind myself of.   And the area I live in now is slightly more rural, with less developed areas near it…… aka less shopping.

1. Appreciate what you have.  I suppose this goes for everything in life, but it can apply here, too.  Whatever amount of land you have, or number or quality of outbuildings–  make the most out of them and adapt them to your lifestyle.  Our barns are old, but that didn’t stop us from filling them with chickens, ducks, and horses.  We made some changes but we chose to strive for functionality, and had to let perfection go.

2. Be prepared for a variety of neighbors and surrounding properties.  If you’re lucky you won’t have neighbors for miles…;)  But if you do have neighbors just remember the area may not be zoned.  I grew up in an area with zoning, but the township my husband and I live in has no zoning.   Personally it doesn’t bother me too much what my neighbors’ properties look like, but luckily everyone keeps their places in nice condition.  This is not always the case in un-zoned areas.

3. Don’t get too attached to cable.  Because more than likely your only option will be satellite.  IF that.  We personally chose to forgo satellite, and it’s the best thing ever. We love our HD antenna.  If you’re interested…check it out the RCA HD Antenna on Amazon.  It’s amazing–we get all the basic channels….and for FREE.

4. Embrace minimalism.  {Or learn to love shopping for everything online–I feel like this is no issue ;)}  Growing up we kind of had the best of both worlds….lived in the country in a very nice area, but were 15 to 20 minutes away from several very nice shopping areas in Northwest Ohio.  Now, I’m an hour away from basically every store I used to frequent.  But guess what?  I’m fine. My husband and I use Amazon Prime.  And my shopping has decreased.  It really helps us to live simply, and embrace the minimalist lifestyle.  If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a minimalist, check out our recent guest blog post.

5. Accept the seasons.  Regular care of your property and animals must go on even on the coldest of days.  Frustration is expected, but you still need to enjoy what you’re doing.

6. Love your animals.  Chances are if you’ve chosen a rural lifestyle, then you’ve also chosen to raise animals. Whether pets or livestock, a heart for animals is absolutely necessary.

7. Realize that not everyone will understand your lifestyle choice.  Whether its coworkers or just friends who live in a suburban area, every now and then you’ll get a blank stare or a dropped jaw.

8. Have a plan for trash and recycling.  I don’t want to get into an environmental fight here…but out here we burn trash.  For some extra money we could have a garbage truck make a special trip our way, but we choose to burn. Like the rest of our neighbors.  We do recycle, though!  But no one comes to pick it up…we stockpile it until we throw it in the truck bed and head to town.

9. Don’t be afraid to get messy.  Taking care of animals or a large garden or field can be quite messy.  But if rural living is for you, it’s worth it!

10. Be proud to be rural!  It takes a special person to embrace rural life and truly understand the rewards.

What made you choose the rural lifestyle, and what is your favorite part?


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