What’s in a name?

We want to start by saying thank you to everyone who has read anything on our blog so far! Blogging is a new world for us and it is so rewarding and exciting to get the views/ comments/ likes from everyone. We’re enjoying sharing what we have learned so far and hope that we can inspire or motivate someone to do something too.  Plant just one thing – you don’t have to wait until you have acres or until you can retire.  Plant one tomato or one sunflower; it doesn’t matter.  Just do something! It will be so rewarding.

A few years back life did a big reset. After the dust settled on that it was clear a plan had to be made. The idea and the want of homesteading and a more simple life style was in the background but it started coming forward. This idea is expounded on in our first blog post if you want to check that out.

Having always kept various journals and date books it seemed only natural to do the same with the homesteading idea. A green journal that had been a gift was picked to be the one to start the daydreaming.



Pages and pages of drawings and writings . Things from TV Shows, original ideas , hopes and dreams were all written down in the simple green journal. Bank accounts, types of loans, dates with a realtor and appointment times. Anything that had to do with finding a place and what to do with that place was written down in the journal. It became a treasure in itself and a constant companion.

There was a 6 month period of doing nothing but working towards a goal. No weekends off, no vacation, no thought other than getting a place started. Pennies pinched, clutter sold off , constantly thinking of how to get closer to the goal. One singular obsession and the journal becoming a manifestation of that obsession.

After buying the property it just felt like it needed a name. There were not even any other names considered really. It was obviously Green Journal Homestead.

It is a fun memory , a fitting name, and a reminder that anything is possible even when it seems like it is not.

That first Green Journal was filled up a few years ago but recently another journal gift had been given to celebrate the start of this blog.



The journal might be new but it is like finding an old friend. The pages are already filling up just like the last one. Ideas flowing on paper just like before. We are very excited for the new adventures to come. We hope that all of you come along with us!

5 thoughts on “What’s in a name?

  1. I came by to return the blog visit and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on mine. I have to say that I SO appreciate journaling. It is such a valuable thing to do. Most of mine is on my blog, starting with when we first bought our place. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve referred back to it to jog or memory about something we did or how we did it. It’s also a comfort to see progress that’s been made when we’re faced with more to do than time to do it in.

    Keep up the good work! Sharing your journey is such a wonderful way to encourage others.


  2. I love the story behind your blog name! It’s a good reminder that I need to get a new notebook. I have a lot of ideas that need a special place as we’re working on some transitions ourselves!

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  3. I’m so inspired by your goals and progress! I too, am a lifelong journal keeper and found blogging as a way to share my own experiences. The scale of your homestead, gardens and stock are ambitious and come with challenges, but you seem to keep it all in perspective. Thanks for your feedback on my project! I look forward to seeing yours evolve this spring and summer.

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