Hello and welcome! My name is Danielle and I call myself the Country Yuppie. I currently reside in California where I work as an interior designer and project manager but my true passion is country living. Give me acres of pasture with my garden growing, animals grazing and a home cooked meal on the stove and I am in my happy place.
As a little girl I grew up in the suburbs but always had a fascination for the life my friends lived on their farms and ranches outside of town. I remember my mom actually felt badly because I never wanted to invite friends over. I always wanted to go to THEIR house! Blackberry picking, sleeping out under the stars, lunch by the river and riding horses bareback was where I felt at home. I told myself I would live like that one day when I grew up.
My sophomore year of high school my family moved out of the growing suburbs of California to a tiny Wyoming town of 444. A town the size of my high school class! Living in the Midwest for a number of years deepened my desire for life in the country. A ranch felt more like home than any shopping center and a work pick-up more fun to drive than a sporty car. Don’t get me wrong. I’d still drive the sporty car! Road trip anyone?
Then came the day my folks said they were moving back to California to which I said, “I’ll visit at Christmas.” I was in my late 20s and thought Colorado would be the place for me. Long story short, I ended up back in the suburbs of California. My folks now live 60 miles away and it is a blessing being close to family. However, for a time I felt lost wondering how I could get back to that feeling of home I felt as a little girl. My life didn’t look anything close to having land and animals and a place I could call my own. Hello California real estate! So I’d daydream about all the things I WOULD do once I was there. Someday. Hopefully.
Then one day, mid-day dreaming, I decided to stop sitting around just hoping and, truthfully, feeling a bit sorry for myself. It wasn’t getting me anywhere. I decided to start making the most of what I had. I was going to start learning the skills that I knew I would need later. Skills like growing plants from seed, cooking from scratch, learning to cook with the seasons, gardening, and raising chickens in my backyard. You know what? It was when I actually started putting one foot in front of the other that I could see doors of opportunity opening up for me. That was and is exciting!
What about you? What’s your story? Are you ready to start your journey or maybe you’ve been on it for some time but would enjoy the company? I know I would. I’m so inspired by others and there are many people I can thank for helping me get off my bum and get to work! I hope this blog will encourage and inspire you. I believe that together we can learn to take what we have and make the most of it, not just for ourselves but, to bless others. After all, that is the start of true country living.
Now let’s have some fun!