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October 29th, 2013 at 04:09 pm

So much to say! I typed this post out and it somehow got deleted, so hopefully I can remember all that I said.

I am 4 years into a degree for Website Design. I have this semester, and one class left in the spring, plus my internship. Right now Ive worked as a Secretary for going on 3 years. Its a very stressful and time consuming job, which I dont really enjoy.

Husband works at a sporting goods warehouse and gets to play with guns all day and drive machinery that lucky punk. Smile

What Id love to do it work a couple days a week somewhere to stay busy, and mainly do freelance web design from home. So I can raise a family, and take care of the farm.

Ive always been into setting goals and saving. I opened my first checking account at age 12. When was a kid I saved every dollar I got from every holiday, I mowed lawns and did odd and end things for money. When I was 12 I bought two horses, fenced our property, bought a horse trailer, and bought all the gear to go along with them. Thousands of dollars worth of stuff before I even had a real job.

I didnt stop there. I was always an entrepreneur. At 13 I began buying and raising fancy breeds of chickens and goats. I shipped them from all over the country to get the best I could find. While other kids bought toys I bought livestock and paid for their food. The day I was legal to get a real job I started working as much as I could. Everyone thought I was crazy, but it paid off. I paid cash for a truck at 16, and completely paid my way through college without debt from the profits from my animals.

Years later I still have my goats and I believe its a viable business. There has been some setbacks, but Im always improving. My goats have been sold across the country. From New Mexico, to Michigan, to Pennsylvania. The Saint Louis Zoo has even sought after my herd, and now they use my goats in their petting zoo and their trick shows. How cool is that!

I think it goes to show that with a dream and a desire you can accomplish anything, even if your young.

While I might have missed out on some of the teenage experience I feel like I put a good effort into improving my future, and the hard work was worth it.

My husband and I were able to buy and remodel a house even when he was out of work for 6 months, while even now our friends are still renting.

The hard truth is, goals can take a long time. After our bills are paid we only have about $300 left a month to save. So we are slow going. We dont have tv, we watch movies, we dont have internet, we dont drive new cars or go to the gym. But we are happy with our lifestyle, because we are looking towards the long haul.

13 Responses to “More About Us”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Goals and focus are huge!! I'm always impressed with people that raise animals because I know it has to be a lot of work.

  2. klarose Says:

    That is why I picked goats. lol. They are smaller, and not too much for me to handle. Husband does NOT help with my herd, there is no way I could wrangle a cow.

  3. snafu Says:

    Good on you! You didn't mention age but I'm guessing early 20's. I wish more people had goals to work towards. I'm confident you'll be successful with your plan to do freelance web design.

  4. klarose Says:

    Yep. We are both in our early 20's. So we have a long time to save.

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'm totally jealous that you get to live on a farm. When we were shopping for houses 2 years ago, I tried to talk the hubby into a farm, but he was having none of it. I grew up rural in Ohio and he grew up in Washington D.C. figures. So, we live in the burbs in the Midwest, and I've converted about 600 square feet of my backyard into a mini urban farm!

  6. klarose Says:

    In my area farms are quite common, but oddly I'm the only one of my friends that has any livestock.

    Urban farms are so cool! I'm intrigued by how much people can produce in small areas and I am always reading about it. The 4.5 acres I have is considerably small compared to most farms around here, so I'm always looking for space saving ideas and self sufficiency.

    While I love the animals, I am a horrible gardener. My parents always gardened, and have been more than willing to share their bounty with husband and I. But hopefully next year we will get a little garden started.

  7. Bob B. Says:

    My oldest daughter has her own goat enterprise. Plus chickens and ducks. We also renovated a farm house - my family's homestead built in 1882. Also - we sure didn't have the income we have now a dozen years ago! When my wife quit work when our oldest was born, our income was about the same as yours is.

  8. soogar Says:

    A former colleague and classmate of mine from Purdue University also shows and breeds goats. She has a good head on her shoulders as well.

    I'm in the city but I'm living vicariously through you! I miss the midwest!

  9. PatientSaver Says:

    A tip when you write posts. They get lost here all the time...there's a glitch in the system they never fixed...but if you create them in a Word document, then copy and paste here, you'll ensure you still have the original Word in case it doesn't "take" here. Losing a post can be very frustrating, and we don't want to miss a word!

  10. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, the nine year old neighbor I help with homework loves, LOVES "your" goats at the zoo!

  11. LuckyRobin Says:

    What breeds of goats do you raise? Are they meat goats, dairy goats, or show goats? We are thinking about getting goats in a year or two and I am in the research phase. I am looking at kinder goats as they are a dual meat/dairy breed, but I am also thinking about some of the dwarf types. I hear you on the wrangling animals front. That's why I do chickens and rabbits and sometimes ducks. Easier to manage at this point, especially in the city, but once we move goats and feeder pigs are on the agenda.

  12. klarose Says:

    No WAY! Lucky Robin!! I breed Kinder Goats! lol. That is ironic. If you have any questions I'd love to help in any way I can. I love my Kinders.

  13. LuckyRobin Says:

    Small world, isn't it? They do seem to be an ideal breed. Thanks, I may take you up on that when we move out of the book reading phase and further into the research phase.

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