About the Author {Jessica Lane}

About Jessica E. Lane

My name is Jessica (wife and mother of three) and I am the author of The 104 Homestead. I am beyond thrilled that you have decided to join me on my journey to self-sufficiency!

I’ve been asked many times what started my journey. My homesteading journey actually began when I was laid off from my job while I was six months pregnant with my third child. As anyone who has had more than one child knows, you tend to show earlier and earlier each time. There was no hiding this baby-to-be and I realized after several interviews that imminent delivery made me a less than desirable job candidate. The only way we were going to continue to make ends meet on a single salary was if I figured out ways to cut corners and limit our costs. I began making things that I ordinarily would have purchased (meals, cleaning and personal care products, etc.) and before I knew it, I was tending chickens and planting gardens with a newborn wrapped on my back. I have now been seriously homesteading for three years and I have no regrets. In fact, I’ve never felt so accomplished.

The 104 Homestead blog was created in 2013 as a result of an epiphany that I had. After being bitten by the homesteading bug, I knew there was so much more I wanted to do. Rain barrels and bees and quail, oh my! I quickly became overwhelmed and I felt defeated. How was I going to accomplish all these things I dreamed of?

I realized that every journey is just a series of steps. I needed to break down my huge goal into small, manageable goals. So I grabbed a piece of paper and wrote down the four seasons (of course in Maine, our seasons are a bit different: nearly winter, very winter, still winter, not too bad). Then I chose a few goals that I could strive for in each season. These were goals I could feasibly reach. Eureka!

I wanted to shout out to the world that I KNEW how to become a homesteader… so I did! I created a free-hosted blog with no vision of where it would go and I wrote my first ever post A Piece of Paper: Creating Homestead Goals. Since that time, my site has been upgraded, people have been subscribing, and readers are following us from all over the world. I’ve even published three books. Who knew that little piece of notebook paper would change my world?

What I Believe

My mission with The 104 Homestead blog is to teach new and traditional methods of homesteading that can be implemented on any homestead. Content in this blog can be tailor-fitted for every home from a city apartment to a farm on the prairie. I am a firm believer that…

Anyone can make steps towards self-sufficiency. 

There is no “right way” and “wrong way” to do things. 

Even small steps can make a huge impact.

I try to cover “a little of this” and “a little of that” so that everyone can find content that applies to them and their unique situation. Need some help simplifying your home? Check out Simple Living Skills. Do you want to start cooking from scratch? We’ve got great real food recipes and cooking tricks In the Kitchen. Are you raising poultry or livestock, or even considering it? You can find all the resources you need in Feathers & Fur. Think you can’t plant a garden where you live?  See what I have to say about the matter in Gardening & Outdoors.  Want some inspiration to see how people who live like you are homesteading? You’ll want to read Inspiring Homesteads.

Learn more about Jessica…

Favorite Goal Setting for Modern Homesteaders

A short story of how I got into homesteading and the dream I had for first "real" year. Find out how I created attainable and manageable homestead goals.

I have a dream and it’s a big one. My dream is to live a simpler life where I do for myself and teach my children the values of taking care of themselves and the world we live in. Basically, I want to homestead.

Starting a homesteading lifestyle when you live on slightly less than 1/4 of an acre and a short jaunt from the heart of your small town’s village can be a daunting task. I knew I had big goals, but I wasn’t sure how to manage them so they wouldn’t overwhelm me.

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A Day of Homestead Living

I was chatting with a few of my blogger friends. We were all frustrated and overwhelmed for a variety of homesteading reasons. One had goats go missing when her electric fence shorted. Another lost several of her crops to a freak hail storm. Another just felt like there wasn’t enough time in a day to get everything done. I can relate. Can you?

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My Interview with Trayer Wilderness

I had such a great time chatting with Tammy Trayer of Trayer Wilderness on her podcast, Mountain Woman Radio. I wanted to share all the things we talked about.

I had such a great time chatting with Tammy Trayer of Trayer Wilderness on her podcast, Mountain Woman Radio. I wanted to share here the links to all of the things Tammy and I talked about on her show. These are great resources if you are just getting into homesteading or you want to learn more about the things we discussed.

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My One Year Homesteading Anniversary

Wow, my homesteading and blogging journey started just a year ago today. Both the blog and my simple-living skills have come so far. It’s crazy to think that It All Started With a Piece of Paper. The ultimate “a-ha!” moment. Why I felt the need to sit down and start blogging about it, I may never know, but I am so happy I did.

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