I am curious how many homesteaders or wanna-be's are working full-time jobs away from the homestead. In our case, I am home full-time while DH works full-time, but we still never have nearly enough time to do all the things we would like to be doing in regards to homesteading. Of course, our ultimate goal in doing homesteading is to pay off all debt (we do not have a mortgage but we do have a few more years to pay for our land), retire on our own terms and hopefully early, and work only when and where we feel like it...which will probably be mostly at home. We are of course alreay enjoying the healthier lifestyle that goes along with country living...but we get very frustrated at how long it seems to be taking us to set things up the way we really want them. Sometimes it feels like we're just "dabbling" in homesteading. I guess it's a start. So I'm curious...what is your situation? If you have been able to become truly independent, I would love to hear your story...what did you start with, how long did it take, what sacrifices did you make, did you have help, what would you do different, was it worth it, etc.