3 Things to Love About Cultivating Abundance

3 Things to Love About Cultivating Abundance

Cultivating abundance for people, plants, and wildlife is a lifestyle that requires a great deal of hard work. It can be challenging, but it also brings immense joys. While there are many things I love about cultivating abundance, there are 3 that stand out to me.


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For me, cultivating abundance really boils down to connecting with family, nature, and the land. From these 3 connections come 3 aspects of cultivating abundance that I love the most.

3 Aspects of Cultivating Abundance I Love the Most

  • 1
    Connecting with nature and the living world around me.
  • 2
    Watching my little ones experience nature.
  • 3
    Exploring my property with my family.

1. I Love Connecting with Nature Through Cultivating Abundance

Connecting with nature is something I love about homesteading

I love sitting next to my new pond listening to the water flowing down the spillway.

Just the other day, I was sitting by a pond on my property that I recently built, just listening to the water cascading out of the pond.

Rewilding my property and connecting with nature is something that I love about cultivating abundance.

I often find myself sitting down on a log or even on the ground in various places around my property. Just sitting and taking in the view across the site—observing the movement of wildlife, the flow of water and air over the land, and other aspects of nature.

Really, just watching and taking in the living world around me.

Taking time for observation is key to how I design my property. It tells me which areas get the best light or where rainwater flows, and it clues me into wind patterns and micro-climates.

But it also heals me.

Life can be stressful. Too often we’re just racing from one activity to the next, and it’s hard to remember to stop and enjoy the moment. By being outside and connecting with nature, I can alleviate stress and become more grounded and at peace.

Then I can return to my day-to-day life in a more whole-hearted way.

2. I Love Watching my Son Experience Nature on Our Property

Watching my son enjoy nature is 1 thing I love about homesteading

My son just loves experiencing nature and I love watching him explore this world.

The other day my wife and son were out exploring the land. They were walking by our new pond and came across an old fence post lying on the ground. My son just wanted to sit down and enjoy watching the pond.

My son is not even 2 years old, and he’s already drawn to the natural world. I honestly think it’s in our DNA. So many of us spend most of our lives un-learning that side of ourselves, only having to rediscover it later.

It’s amazing to me how naturally my son takes to the outdoors.

He loves watching the birds at our feeder or the hawks soaring overhead. He relishes telling the deer to “GO!” (We have spent the last year trying to fence them out, with varying levels of success…), pointing out “buddies” (spiders), and sitting down on a log to take everything in.

I just love watching the way he comes alive experiencing nature on our property. When I see my son’s excitement, it reignites my own sense of childlike wonder at the beautiful world around us.

3. I Love Exploring my Property with my Family

Know your priorities when you start a homestead

I love exploring my property with my family. Here my son and wife are picking wild strawberries just outside our backdoor. It is truly a joy to explore our property as a family.

Exploring my property with my wife and son is simply a joy. Picking raspberries, cherries, strawberries, and other home-grown delicacies is a wonderful way for us to spend time together.

Oxygen, movement, and spending time in nature are natural healers, and sharing that time together as a family really strengthens our relationship.

It still seems unreal to me that we can simply step outside our front door to the trails and paths where we can watch birds fly or enjoy spotting bees buzzing between the flowers.

Exploring that beauty together, holding our son’s hands, is truly precious and amazing.

Cultivating abundance is a lot of work, but the result is a place filled with abundance for people, plants and wildlife. It's a great place to raise a family and to simply enjoy being alive.

I’m so grateful to be able to share this abundant life with my family.

What do You Love About Cultivating Abundance?

Something to Love About Homesteading

Cultivating abundance can be challenging, but there is so much to love about it. You can truly make the living world around you come alive. What do you love about cultivating abundance?

There are so many reasons to love cultivating abundance. For me, it's about connecting with family, nature, and the land.

What about you?

I’ve shared a few of my reasons, but I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below saying what you love about cultivating abundance.

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Daron is a restoration ecologist, lifelong gardener, and founder of Growing with Nature. He created this site to help people enjoy wildlife, grow food, and help heal our living world. He has managed the restoration program for a local non-profit, and he’s applying principles of restoration and permaculture to transform his property in western Washington to forests, wetlands, hedgerows, food forests, and permaculture gardens. He holds a Masters in Environmental Studies and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Water Resources. He loves sharing the joy of growing food with his two beautiful children.

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