• Kelley Rouland

America Full Circle

Updated: May 13, 2020

Like so many Americans right now, my overwhelmingly busy schedule has come to a screeching halt thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I'm finding myself with an abundance of time. My days at home have led to riffling through old photos, sifting through boxes shoved in the back of closets, and visiting those forgotten spots that hold treasures from the past. I recently came across my old cello I hadn't played in 15 years, and although it remains a part of my past, revisiting this long-ago era was such a comfort.

It's as if time is standing still just long enough to remind us who we are and where we came from.

On a much larger scale, many Americans are finding themselves revisiting a part of our nation's past. Over the past few months, we've experienced a lack of medical supplies for our frontline workers and empty grocery store shelves. In episode 10 of Born To Inspire Podcast, I speak with Amy Fewell, founder, and CEO of Homesteaders of America. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S, Amy has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people requesting information on homesteading. Could it be we're moving towards a culture where we are more self-sufficient and less dependant on outside sources to keep us afloat? Homesteading requires a look back at history to learn the techniques once used to grow food naturally. Wouldn't it be amazing if we brought back an old way of living that's been long since forgotten?

It's as if time is standing still just long enough to remind us who we are and where we came from. Suddenly, we're moving at a slower pace, spending more time at home with family and on video chats with relatives. It seems on every level we are coming full circle, with some modern technology in the mix.

You can find more information on Homesteading at


Amy Fewell also has two podcasts on homesteading: Homestead Girl Talk UNSCRIPTED and Choose Simple.

Episode 10 of Born To Inspire: Homesteading Anyone?

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