What the heck is a “Zenstead”?!

I’m so glad you asked!

Several years ago, we set out in search of a new way of life. We didn’t know what to call it!  All we knew was that it made us feel more fulfilled than we’d ever been! “Homestead” wasn’t exactly the perfect word to fit what we were creating. So instead, we called it a “Zenstead”.

Project Zenstead is about our journey to live in balance with nature as we learn to juggle our passions and lifestyle in a way that supports more than just us.  It’s a little bit of homesteading, yogic zen, permaculture, minimalism, and sustainability all mixed together. 

Most importantly, it’s about living beyond ordinary! The goal of the project is to grow food, live simply, and to cultivate happiness.  

Wanna join us?

I’m Kaylee – your main girl here on the blog. I guess you could say that I’m not your typical millennial or homesteader.  You see, at the ripe old age of 20-something, my spouse & I had enough of living the conventional American lifestyle: work, pay bills, buy things, work, pay for things, repeat.

We knew there just had to be something more – a way to live with passion and excitement for life.

We started seeking out ways to live better: we ate real food, we did yoga, we got out of debt, we rode bikes instead of driving, we reduced the clutter in our lives, and we accentuated the things that mattered most to us. And we slowly found ourselves awakening to the possibility of what life could be.

The primary thing we realized during this process is that we had a great desire to get back to the earth. We went all in! And within just a few short years, we went from being completely broke city dwellers who longed for something more to being happy, self-sufficient homesteaders growing our own food on less than an acre!

We aren’t  traditional homesteaders. Not even close. We are part of the new millennium of homesteaders, re-wilders, urban farmers and holistic hippies who are changing the way our culture views our relationship with nature. We don’t always succeed at living this way, but we are learning and trying.

No farm? No problem!

The best part of living this way is that it’s for everyone! We do it all on less than an acre! And you can too! You can start today – no electric car, green thumb or milk goat required! Anyone can learn to live a healthier, more natural lifestyle!

I’m not an expert, but I am passionate about learning and growing and helping others do the same. I share openly and honestly about our crazy suburban homesteading lifestyle – the good, the bad and even the things covered in chicken poop!

Some of the things you will learn here include:

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