Home in the Heartland

It feels like just yesterday I was writing my first blog post for my first official online biz. Flash forward two and a half years and that biz has exploded beyond my wildest dreams. But I felt like I was missing something. This thing that used to be just me and my computer screen is now a team of 14, and I felt lost in it.

No, before you start thinking crazy thoughts, Think Creative Collective isn’t going anywhere. In fact I expect it to continue to blow all my expectations out of the water.

Home in the Heartland + behind the scenes with our 1960s fixer-upper | Simply Home

But I needed to get creative again. I needed an outlet to fuel me.

Simply Home was born years ago, perhaps even before TCC was a thing, but it stayed as just a twinkle of an idea in the back of my head.

Since Jared (my hunky hubs) and I met, we’ve always talked about living this Simple Life. We’ve even binged on podcasts about Homesteading, pondered a chicken or two (haven’t tried that yet with two Beagles), and talked about building our dream house on “half a farm” (apparently to be a farm you have to have so many acres - and Jared only wanted half that many).

Amidst the choas...

And yes, that was my first office

We’ve made what we have for now work - just a simple 1960s fixer-upper. Flanked with two giant sweet gum trees and a full-fledged straw bale garden in the back.

In the years since owning our first home we’ve:

  • Spent hundreds of hours scraping wallpaper
  • Painted every door, trim and wall
  • Patched the hole in the ceiling (where Jared fell through the attic)
  • Replaced every wall outlet and light switch
  • Went from lawn chairs to an electric recliner (perhaps excessive, but I have a love hate relationship with it)
  • Planted thousands of flowers
  • Harvested tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, watermelon, lettuce, carrots, spinach, basil, rosemary, beets and more
  • Ditched cable for AppleTV
  • Made hand soap, bar soap, face wash, laundry detergent, and bug spray from scratch

Now it feels like home...

And There are still projects left undone

And made this little home of ours work for our family.

I hope you’ll join us on our journey as we discuss urban homesteading in the heartland, my oil obsession and life as an entrepreneur.

It’s a pleasure to have you.

I’m sure we’ll chat again real soon.