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When I was diagnosed with cancer many years ago, I found myself collecting inspiring quotes that I would write on little bits of paper and post around the house.

Some were over my desk. Others were on the bathroom mirror or tucked inside my checkbook.

They were little daily reminders to keep plugging along. It was a way for me to tell myself, “It’s okay, you’ve got this.”

Now – 4 years later – I am still cancer free. (and grateful)

But I have kept many of those inspiring quotes tucked in various corners of my life – Except now I sometimes change them out to focus on whatever I am working on at the moment.

The one currently over my desk has never changed.

It is a favorite because it covers a lot.

It applies to everything from a new project I might be starting, to a challenge I may be facing, to a new skill I may want to learn in the world of homesteading, DIY food crafting and well…in life.

It says…

Be unstoppable – from the tips of your fingers to the tips of your toes.

This morning, as I sat down to write about something completely different (don’t worry, I’ll get it next week), I realized that quote was a perfect blog post topic.

Because trying to live a more sustainable life or live closer to our food can feel like an uphill battle sometimes, can’t it?

You start out with good intentions, but things seem to get in the way.

You want to eat better, but there are conflicting reports about what is good/bad to consume.

You decide to be more organic, non-gmo, hormone-free, etc but so much of that food can be expensive.

This makes you decide to do most of it (or at least some of it) yourself, but so many of the skills needed feel complicated and time-consuming to learn.

And many sources make you feel that you need an acre of land and goat to be part of the DIY and artisan food movement.

Or they make you feel that you can’t possibly learn enough to even grow your own food.

And this leads to thinking that perhaps this is all just too overwhelming to even start.

Hold it right there.

You Need To Be Unstoppable:

Don’t let your current situation stop you from living the sustainable lifestyle you want to have.

You don’t need land.

You don’t need money.

All you need is a willingness to dive in.

It’s all about baby steps, not giant leaps.

It helps to have a mentor, a few books or just few friendly bloggers (wink) to guide you and freely share what they know.

But the trick is to dive in and tackle it bit by bit. And slowly, you will see the shift and the change toward the life you yearn for.

You may start by buying organic produce occasionally at the local farmer’s market and before you know it, you have tucked a few veggie seeds into a flowerpot on your balcony.

Boom! You are one step closer.

And there is always more to learn.

That is the beauty of this lifestyle. You are never “done”.

You never get to the point where you kick back on the porch with a homebrew in your hand watching the free-range chickens scratching in the backyard and say, “Yep. I’m done here. I know it ALL now.

That will never happen.

What does happen is that you are always moving on to the next adventure! There is always more to learn and more projects to try and THAT is what makes this so darn fun!

Don’t let that quest for knowledge feel overwhelming.

Instead, embrace it. It is what makes this a wonderful and delicious life-long project.

So, I just wanted to congratulate you for taking this journey.

I know you are on it because you are reading this. And I’m glad we are on this journey together as we both learn new skills and share/exchange what we learn.

So together…let’s be unstoppable!

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.