My name is Sarah Jones (Hamelman, before I got married). I was born in Northern Kentucky, raised in Southern Indiana, and I’m now purchasing land in Western Montana with my (incredible) husband, Devin.
As a kid, I grew up with horses, a creek, and chores that involved firewood, bailing hay, and feeding critters. When I was nine, my dad was murdered on Father’s Day, we were extremely close. Although I held it together and never cried in front of anyone, I don’t think I’ve ever truly ‘got over it’. I don’t have depression, but I certainly have bouts of inexplicable sadness now and again. I’m working through that, and I’m doing my best to turn that into a positive experience by improving myself and eventually helping others.
Throughout my school days, I basically exhausted myself to be the best I could through my grades and extra curricular activities . In high school I worked 40 hours a week mucking stalls, on top of being at school 8 hours a day. Some nights I cried myself to sleep out of sheer exhaustion. I wanted to become an Equine Vet so bad that I could taste it.
But during my senior year, something in me changed, and I began to lose steam. My heart was trying to tell me that this path wasn’t quite right, but my head refused to listen. I had put in too much time, and too much energy to go back now.
My first semester of university started fine, but the more I listened to my heart, the more I realized I needed a change, and quickly (because time in college is money you know).
I have always wanted to improve the world somehow, someway. From the time I was five, all the way up until I turned eighteen, I thought that could be done as a veterinarian. I could cut my rates significantly to help more creatures and wallets, and I could educate the general public on better animal husbandry. I thought that would be enough, but God had a different plan for me.
Have you ever heard the saying “Pay Attention to what breaks your heart because chances are, that’s where God wants you to serve“?
That saying is part of what helped me recognize my purpose.
Watching my fellow friends and neighbors struggle financially, while putting in 70 hour work weeks, not getting to do what they love, with no real guidance or way out- broke my heart.
Realizing that my own life may not be any different than theirs, was heart wrenching too. I didn’t want to struggle mentally, emotionally, and financially, to attend a university I didn’t love, for up to ten years, for a path I didn’t absolutely love. As a vet, I could be a shorter trip for a few equine people in emergencies, provide discounts for some, and employ a handful of people in my life– but that’s about it. We most certainly need someone to do all of those wonderful things, but I’m not the right person for that job.
I desperately wanted to help people realize their worth, get a better hold of their finances, live simpler, and experience a better quality of life.
To accomplish this, I had to eat some humble pie, cut my losses, and take the leap of faith. I dropped out of college (that got the town gossip going!) started projecting my voice, and living the lifestyle I’m promoting. It’s one that I love, one that I know will work, and one that I want to share with the world.
Along the way, I met someone. He was someone I instantly clicked with. Someone who I shared countless values, opinions and lifetime goals with. Someone who just ‘got’ me. He basically was (and is) the masculine version of who I am. We quickly realized we wanted the same things out of life, so we pursued them together, and got married.
Though we married almost a year ago, we’re still in that honeymoon phase (no one told us when we’re supposed to end that, so we’re gonna run with it for as long as we can!). We live full time in his Peterbilt with our puppy Blair, and we’re searching for that perfect Montana homestead. I’m blogging along the way, and you can follow our journeys and my financial research through the blog “Diamonds N’ Denim”.
Thank you for reading, thank you for your encouragements, thank you for your criticisms, thank you for sharing, and most of all, thank you for embarking on this lifelong journey with me.
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