Welcome to My Painted Life! My name is Libby Peters. I decided to start this site when I found myself starting over again at 55, feeling overwhelmed and unsure if I could start a new homestead and make a useful and happy life by myself at my age. I learned so many useful things by reading other blogs from people who had gone through the same things that I was going through that I decided to write about my process setting up a new homestead in case that journey was useful to someone else. I was working as an accountant but I wanted to work from home when my daughter was born so I learned to be a paint portraits and spent the next 20 years painting portraits and teaching art and building a homestead, making mistakes and learning what worked along the way. When it came time to find a new place and start again, I eventually came to realize that I had actually learned many things over the last 20 years and I wasn’t really starting over from scratch after all. In this blog I will share setting up my new homestead using those skills that worked for me. If you like working with nature and being a part of the natural world, instead of trying to change it, working with your unique skills and talents and passions to create a more sustainable life, then you’ll feel right at home here, where you’ll find encouraging posts and how-to advice about how to live a beautiful, happy, fulfilling and sustainable life!