Ever wander who actually lives in Fy Nyth and writes this blog? Well hello! I'm Ariel. I'm a single woman in my late twenties living in the western mountain of WY.
I grew up as the oldest of seven children in a conservative homeschooling family in PA. Being the oldest in a large family allowed me to learn many useful skills as I helped care for our home, garden, all my younger siblings, and developed the ability to learn and work on my own. Most of this background I am very thankful for now. The community where I was raised was very close in many ways and I was related to many people in the area since very few ever left after settling there upon emigrating from Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, and Ireland about 8 generations before me. At 20 I became one of the exceptions and moved west. I have never looked back. I love the open spaces, sparse population, and stunning scenery here.
Right now I work as a waitress in a small but busy breakfast joint and in a local day care part time. In the past I have milked cows, worked for a greenhouse, on produce farm, done flower arranging, cleaned, and worked for an experiential education program for teen boys. In general, enjoying the freedom to do what I loved (even if it did not come with a large income) that came with not having a collage degree or any debt associated with it. Now I do have a loan on my house, but am rapidly paying that down and looking forward to being totally debt free once again which will give me even more freedom to do other things. As it is, for much of the year I work three days a week and have a four and a half (if I leave right after work) day "weekend" every week to do other things with my time.
I don't make a ton of money, I don't have a huge house or lots of stuff. Do I feel deprived? Not one little bit. Does this life work for everyone? I doubt it. But for me, I love it. I get to do what I want and spend time with who I want. What else can you do with a degree and a high paying job? Maybe you do need those if you want to do different things. But my life works very well for what I want to do.
I love living in my tiny house and homesteading as much as possible on the ground where I am fortunate enough to be able to park my home. My house and simple lifestyle allows me time to pursue the many things I enjoy. From things like gardening, cooking, canning, drying, and pickling food to activities like hiking, skiing, backpacking, climbing, crossfit, dancing, entertaining and relationships with friends. And of course photography and blogging about my life and house. You can follow my personal blog as well if you like over at Ariel's Life. Below are some more photos of me busy with the many things I spend my time on. Thanks for coming by!