Like many would-be homesteaders, I'm hanging with a traditional job in the city, trying to save up as much as possible so that I can finally make the break. Problem is, it never seems to be enough. As I have gotten older, the need for security has become pretty dominating in my life. Being a single woman, I think, has made me (perhaps realistically) fearful of being unprepared. I read about various list members' financial struggles and the fact that in many rural areas, getting a job that pays a double-digit hourly wage is not always so easy. So in many ways it makes sense to do my earning now. The risk, of course, is that you stroke out and die before you ever get there. There's a part of me that says, "Just do it now." I realize that an essential part of self-sufficiency is making do and figuring it out, and that homesteading wouldn't be homesteading if you had everything you need. In fact, I'm drawn to the homesteading lifestyle precisely because of the elements of simplicity and challenge. So I struggle with the question when enough is enough--both in terms of savings and in terms of preparation in general. I wonder if there are others out there who have grappled with this question. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.