3 Reasons Living in the Country Will Change Your Life

I'm a country girl. I'm a country girl in the sense that I am much happier in the quiet of my own home than in the busy streets of a city. I can appreciate city life, and I've been fortunate enough to have been to two or three really great cities. It's just that whenever I'm somewhere that's so busy, I'm always longing to be home. 

If you live in the country, you probably understand. If you don't live in the country, don't worry. This post is still for you. Here are three ways that you can live a country life without living in the country.

1. Quiet


We're so lucky. We don't have to worry about sirens, street fights, strange people pounding on our door, or loud neighbors. Living in the Des Moines area (I know, not a huge city), I experienced all of those things. Heck, living in Lamoni was not without its noise either.

A quiet place, a quiet space, or even a quiet moment gives you the opportunity to take a breath, and collect yourself. Even though we live in the country now, we still lead busy lives. Coming home to the quiet of my living room with nothing but the sound of a crackling fire is something I really treasure.

If you don't live in the country, that's okay. You can still create a sense of quiet, a sense of peace. Turn off the TV, your phone, and other devices. If you have a fireplace, light it. If you have a candle, light it. Create your own quiet space in a way that works for you.


2. Nature


When we lived in the city, we would take weekend trips either home or to local parks to enjoy some trees and greenery. Now that we're on the farm, we don't have to go anywhere but out our door to enjoy some natural beauty.

If you're in the city or in town, you can still take time to enjoy nature. You'll be better off for it. Find a walking trail, take a trip out to a local state or county park, or bring nature to you! Pro tip: succulents are the best plants to have. They are resilient and can go days without water and still thrive. In fact, too much water (like with any plant) damages them. Plus, they're the cutest.


3. Necessity (most important).


This one is the most important to me. I've learned so much from coming back home where I'm 70 miles from the nearest Target or shopping center. I've learned that things aren't going to make me happy and they're not going to make me feel better about myself.

Sometimes, I get so excited for a trip to "the city". The clothes I could get! The shoes I could buy! The cute household accessory that would work so well in my living room! No sooner do we get to the mall and I'm just longing to be back home with my dog and fireplace.

We're all human, and we all have insecurities. It's so easy to think, "if only I had this cute outfit, then I'd feel better about myself!" or, "I really need to pick up this item for my home/apartment so that I can finally feel at home". But that's not the case, my friends.

I love clothes, shoes (yikes), and beautiful things as much as the next person. But I've become so much better at realizing that I have what I need and that if there's something within me that's making me feel crummy, a material item isn't going to fix it. Most likely, reasons number 1 and number two (quiet and some nature) are going to help me more than a new pair of boots.

If you live near the temptation of material items on demand, try and go a weekend without buying anything. Except food, maybe. Or gas. It's so nice living on what you have instead of longing for things you don't actually need.

I'm a firm believer that the little things are the big things and that the "big" things, like an expensive car, expensive home, or expensive clothes do not provide happiness. I'm a big believe in security. Make yourself secure financially, physically, and emotionally. When you focus on this type of security, you realize that the other stuff is just stuff.

Living in the country isn't the only way that these three things can enter your life. It's just one way. I hope you can find ways to implement these methods into your life, no matter who you are or where you live.


A Letter to Myself: Approaching the New Year

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, I'm on the fence. Sure, it's nice to map out in detail specific goals you'd like to achieve. On the other hand, why wait until the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve? Each new moment can be a time to make a change.

So, instead of writing out an itemized list of achievements for 2017, what if we write letters to ourselves one year from now? It has the same charm of a time capsule, but we only have to wait one year, and it's a softer approach than conquering a to-do list.

Here's mine:

Dear future Rose,

I'm proud of what you have accomplished in 2016. You set some goals, albeit small, and met them. That doesn't mean every pursuit was a success, but you're doing a better job of looking at mistakes as an opportunity to improve instead of a reason to feel sorry for yourself. Keep it up!

This year, I hope you work toward your goals with consistency. I hope that you continue to try and make health a priority. I hope that when you make mistakes you are more gentle with yourself.  I hope that you learn to take criticism better. I hope that you practice the art of listening, as opposed to the art of waiting for the other person to finish speaking so you can reply. Do this with everyone, from your students, to your family, or to strangers.

Continue to appreciate the wonderful life you've been given. Remember that the small things are really the big things. Take risks, and when you do -- bring your camera! If you think you'd like to take pictures of something, don't leave your camera at home! Capture some awesome moments.

Stay consistent. Work hard. Try to be better.

Best of luck,


I'd like to extend the invitation for you to write a letter to yourself a year from now. You don't have to share it, but if you feel comfortable sharing leave a comment below. 

Happy New Year!