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Hello everyone! This is my first blog which tells a little about my background and my journey to become a radical homemaker.

I grew up in a small town in south Georgia. I guess it would be considered more of a farming community than anything else. My ENTIRE family grew up, and still live, in this area. Family was a huge part of my childhood. I saw my grandparents at least once a week, and went to school with my cousins. Although we lived surrounded by farms, my family never owned a farm and I can only name a few people who farm. Occasionally growing up we would pick corn or peas at a neighbor's home. I fondly remember sitting around my grandmother's living room shelling peas. When I was in high school, my dad started growing a small garden every spring. At that time, I was too busy with friends and boys to help out with the garden. I graduated high school and went off to college to find myself and a career path.

I have to admit that the concept of a radical homemaker is a new concept to me. Being in my 20s, I'm still trying to find my niche in this world. I graduated college without a plan. I married my wonderful husband a month later and we moved to another state for his job. I started attending a cutting edge cosmetology school with the hope that my interests in natural cosmetics and aesthetics would lead to an exciting career as a highly sought after hair stylist. I was proved wrong. After a few months of trying to fit in with the other students and keep up with the
latest trends in fashion, I became overwhelmed and frustrated. I felt like what I was promoting as a cosmetologist stood in direct contrast to what I valued most. I quit school and began searching
for a job. I was able to find a job here and there, but nothing made me happy. I became depressed and hated myself for not having a career path that was going to bring me success and a big financial

After several months of soul searching, I realized that being a housewife was what made me the
happiest. I enjoyed being able to support my husband, properly take care of our home, and make a home cooked meal every night. This was a new and radical concept that my husband, as well as a few others, had a little trouble understanding. While my husband wants nothing more than for me to be happy, he couldn't understand how being a housewife could bring me joy and fulfillment. Because I felt pressure to find a job, I started doing a lot of soul searching and looking into my past interests to find a career I would enjoy. I thought about how I spent my time as a child. I had once loved sewing and crocheting (or at least attempting to). I'd always loved living in the country and the sense of freedom if gave me. Many a day of my childhood was spent pretending I lived on a farm in the 1800s. I was always dragging off my dad's tools and scrap wood to “build something”. I discovered what made me happy, I just needed to figure out a way to turn these things into a profitable career.

During this time, I delved deeper into research on living an environmentally friendly lifestyle and
began implementing more and more of these ideas into our daily life. We started eating mostly organic foods, using natural cosmetic and hygiene products, recycling, and limited the chemicals we brought into our home. I started finding information about becoming more self sufficient in order to lessen our environmental impact. This completely captivated me. I started buying books about homesteading and farming. My plans for my future were starting to taking shape.

This is how I came about my intended career path. I want to become what has been termed a
“radical homemaker.” My dream is to buy a few acres of land which I can farm organically and raise alpacas and chickens. We're currently renting a house, but we hope to buy our own home next spring (just in time to start a garden). My husband has come to realize that this is how I truly want to spend my life and fully supports my decision. He just nervously jokes that he hopes I don't
become Amish. :)

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Comment by Cornelia on April 26, 2010 at 11:51am
Jessi, thank you so much for sharing your story. I hope you find the site to be a source of support for you as you take this path - it takes persistence and bravery to go against convention! Please do keep writing and sharing!
Comment by Michelle Price on April 26, 2010 at 2:07pm
I'm giving my notice this week to leave my corporate job and become a radical homemaker! I applaud your decision. I am reading Radical Homemakers, Reclaiming Domesticity From a Consumer Culture by Shannon Hayes.


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