I'm curious about this..............how many of you were early participants on the old Countryside forum or were subscribers to CS or TMEN for several years while living a city life, and actually made your dream come true in the last few years? There were a lot of us on the CS forum who talked, planned, dreamed and gathered knowledge while we got our courage (and finances) ready to take the plunge. I remember that as a wild twenty year old girl, I wanted to drop out of society and live self-sufficiently; way out in the boonies. I bought books on chickens, goats, growing vegetables, and my personal favorite "Practical Homesteading" by John Vivian. It wasn't until about 5 years ago that I sat at this computer and typed in the word "homesteading" that I saw it as a possible reality for me. All of the sudden I'd found lots of folks who really lived this way, and even more who wanted to! That may have been one of the happiest days of my life. It certainly was a turning point, because I spent every waking moment for the next few years planning my escape from the city. Fast forward, and here I am on my little homestead. I bought 5 acres of raw land, and started living. I have peace and quiet, starry nights, fresh eggs, clean water, and the promise of homegrown apples and blueberries. I have a deposit down on 3 goat kids for this spring. So many wonderful things to look forward to. Sure, I still work fulltime in the city, but when I'm home, the city seems a million miles away. So, are you where you want to be? I want to know if other forum folks inspired you and gave you the courage to live your dream. It worked for me!