March 21, 2014

Life Plans & Goals, Detours and Flexibility

As most of you know, our big goal is to save enough money to buy and move to a mortgage-free homestead. Earlier this fall I shared our goals, timeline, and plans to achieve this goal. Well as many of you pointed out... things rarely ever go according to plan... but that isn't always a bad thing.

Earlier this month Nathan met with his HR department to go over his retirement benefits. We didn't expect that he would get much since he wasn't planning to be a long-term employee and since Oregon's public employee retirement system has had to make so many cuts in recent years to stay afloat. However, he was pleasantly surprised to find out that he would be eligible for a small pension as long as he worked for the city for at least 5 years, which will be in September of 2018.

Well, the only problem with that was that we were hoping to move to the homestead in the spring of 2018... But of course we don't want to leave money on the table, so we are deciding to be flexible and to rearrange the timeline. So our new goal is to move to our future homestead in the spring of 2019.

While part of us definitely doesn't want to wait an extra year, it isn't that much more time in the scheme of things. It will also give us an extra year to save up some money, which will give us an even better shot of making it on the homestead.

The lesson of the story is that we are learning to embrace flexibility... a trait that I imagine will be important for us especially once we actually move to the homestead. Because as many people remind us, life rarely goes according to your best laid plans.

So for now, it looks like we are going to have a little more time to enjoy some of things that we do like about living in Portland (especially its proximity to the coast...), and to take time to enjoy the journey along the way...

(This post was also shared on From the Farm, Homestead Barn Hop, Natural Living Mondays, Mostly Homemade Mondays, the Backyard Farming Connection, Tuesdays with a Twist, Maple Hill Hop, and Old Fashioned Fridays)


  1. Patience and being wise with resources -- so hard sometimes when we live in a world of immediate gratification! You are thinking, planning, making wise decisions -- and working together towards your goals. You will get so much further with this attitude and being on the same page.

  2. Take the blessings where they lie. There's a reason you are having to stay where you are for now. Trust it. The universe always works in your favor. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks Rebecca and Daisy. We know that it is for the best, now just to work on those patience skills!

  4. THANK YOU for sharing with us on the Mostly Homemade Mondays link up! I hope you join us again this week. Enjoy your weekend :)

    Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple


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