Jennifer Houghton

Jennifer Houghton is a yoga & fitness teacher, blogger, and green homesteader living in the British Columbia mountains. She spends most of her days chopping wood, digging dirt, learning to fix things, and babying her 3 cats. She's very keen on furry creatures and the smell of balsam fir trees.

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  1. Debbie
    Debbie October 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM .

    I grew up in the country. My earliest memories are of my mom gardening and canning. Funny, I wasn’t really interested in all that back then. All I could think of was getting out of the area and out of that lifestyle. Now, like you, my state of health physically and emotionally/mentally/spiritually is in trouble and all I can think is how much better it was back when I lived in the country. It’s not an easy life, that’s for sure, but there is just something so calming and invigorating about putting your hands in dirt and watching the fruit of your labor grow to provide you with what you need. There is a sense of peacefulness and security that you cannot get by going to the grocery store. Jobs come and go…one second you can be working and the next you are being laid off. That kind of life is not security. But having a piece of land as your resource and having the skills to work with the land to give you what you need and not harm the land in the process is the best security you can have. Now that I realize this, my mother is longer around to answer my questions or to show me how something is done. I have tons of books on homesteading and tons of websites bookmarked, but it’s not quite the same as having a person there to show you the way. I told my husband, once we have the land, everything else will come as long as we work at it. I don’t care if I have to live in a tent or camper or what-have-you in the beginning because I will know that in a few years, with the sweat of our brow, things will improve and that is truly what is meant by living the “American Dream”. Where I am living right now, I can’t even have a garden because I don’t own the land and my yard is very much in the shade. It’s very frustrating to have the desire to garden and not be able to do it. I’m taking this time though to learn and dream. Next year we are moving, not to our own property, but to a place more friendly to gardening. Once we are there I will dive hands first into the dirt and revel with delicious delight at all that I can do. Blogs like yours keep my dream alive and in the forefront of my mind!

  2. Jann Olson
    Jann Olson October 6, 2014 at 8:42 PM .

    I love being outdoors and especially in the mountains! It’s amazing how close you feel to God when you are surrounded by his beauty. I really enjoyed this post and had never heard it called rewilding. It certainly does the body good to grow our own food. Everything really does taste better! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  4. Tracy @ OurSimpleHomestead
    Tracy @ OurSimpleHomestead October 3, 2014 at 5:55 AM .

    Your story sounds so much like mine! When I realized I was on a downhill slide I moved to the country and found a sense of peace I had not felt in a long time.

    I loved your story! Thanks for sharing it on The HomeAcre Hop!

  5. Deborah Davis
    Deborah Davis October 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM .

    Hi Jennifer,
    I am so glad that you lived your dream and moved to live near a forest. I was so moved and inspired by your beautiful prose on the joys and rewards of rewilding. It just makes good sense to simplify our lives, reduce waste, grow our food and live more sustainably.Thank you for sharing your rewilding wisdom and experiences with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it!

  6. Rebecca
    Rebecca October 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM .

    I love your post. This is the same essence of spirit of the things that I write about on my own blog, I am a huge advocate for people moving away from the status quo lifestyle and getting reconnected to nature, and becoming empowered to do things for ourselves, day by day!

    I feel very connected to forest ecosystems, so what you talked about really resonates with me. As we become more and more connected to nature, including what we eat, our health should improve. I do wonder if our disconnectedness to nature and to our brothers and sisters around the globe is ultimately the cause of the majority of our modern problems: e.g., pollution, health problems, war, etc. It would make sense, anyway. Nature is a wonderful healer!

    Saying hello from the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Party Blog Hop #41.

  7. Janet Pesaturo
    Janet Pesaturo September 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM .

    Jennifer, the first part was beautiful, and the last part practical. Wonderfully written! I will be sharing, pinning, and stumbling this. Thanks for sharing it!

  8. LeAnn
    LeAnn September 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM .

    Thank you so much for this post. I needed it. Your comment, “I was in a state of distress: mentally, physically, and deep in my soul,” really resonated with me! I am right there on that precipice and we are working hard on getting that chunk of good Earth to call our own, too. This was perfectly timed fuel for the fire. Thank you!

  9. Alyson @ Starting Over at the Dirty 30
    Alyson @ Starting Over at the Dirty 30 September 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM .

    Wow! That sounds incredible. Your life sounds exactly like the life the husband and I hope to have in the future. You have a new reader in me!


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  11. Isis- Little Mountain Haven
    Isis- Little Mountain Haven September 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM .

    Beautifully written!! So glad I’m striving to do more of this every day 🙂
    Loved your 10 steps!

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