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Finding purpose and peace: A single mom's fresh start in the Texas countryside

An aspiring homesteader and Licensed Master Social Worker in rural Central Texas

Hana doing her daily homestead chores

I’m excited to invite you to my conversation with Hana Oh, a recent rural transplant, mother, goat, sheep, cow and chicken keeper, and newly Licensed Master of Social of Work who lives with her young daughter about an hour outside of Waco, Texas.

Hana's parents immigrated to the United States from Korea in the 1980s. She was raised in the evangelical faith in the culturally diverse city of Houston, Texas. In the fourth grade her parents relocated to a rural community just outside of Austin, Texas. Looking back that year was a particularly hard and traumatizing time in her life,

"Houston is one of the most diverse and cultured cities, so going from that to being one of very few children of color in a white, rural town was difficult. My brother and I experienced racism at school, but didn't have any language for what we were experiencing and just didn't know how to name it or talk about it. We moved back to Houston a just year later."

Hana's lived experiences have shaped who she is today and have called her to work towards positive change in the world. Feeling the enormity and weight of the collective problems we are facing as a society, Hana returned to school to study social work so that she can dedicate her energy and skills towards making tangible, impactful change.

In this episode we speak on the power of collaboration, being called to a purpose greater than yourself, why real progress takes time, and her experiences living in rural Texas during such a difficult and contentious time in U.S. history.

I so appreciate the way Hana uses her compassion, energy and intention to work towards impactful change on a local level. Her vision for the future is a world where anyone can walk down the street at any time of day or night and feel safe. Yes. A thousand times yes.

I also really appreciate her approach to transitioning to rural living by moving slowly and not rushing into trying to do or master all the things all at once. I think it is easy to jump into rural life and want to get all the animals, grow all the food, do all of the things, but there is really something to be said for observing and moving slowly with intention - by listening.

I hope her words were inspiring to anyone feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of problems we face and anyone embarking on their homesteading journey and feeling overwhelmed by the never-ending "to do" list. I encourage you to think about ways you can make a small impact in your own way, using the skills and connections you have. We all have a part to play in the making a better future.

Thank you Hana for sharing your story with us!

Follow @ohhana on Instagram.


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