Yes, rurban is a word, it is a blend of rural and urban meaning: of, relating to or constituting an area which is chiefly residential but where some farming is carried on. The first known use of the word dates back to 1918.
My dream is to live a rural life, homesteading and getting back to basics, but life does not always allow us to follow our dreams when we want to and reality is reality. For me the reality is that I am a single mother, providing for my daughter, but wanting to live part of my dream, so I am living a rural life in an urban setting. It is not always easy being so close to so many conveniences. It is sometimes very tempting, and to be honest sometime convenience wins out. For the most part, though, I try to do what I can to live my dream, to lower my carbon foot print, instill values to my daughter that are not based on our consumerism mentality and simplify my life.
Are you saying to yourself, how can you mean simplify when it takes more work to tend the garden, preserve food for the winter, make your own gifts? For me all of these things, plus more, do simplify my life, nourish my soul, and relieve the stress of our fast paced life that seems to get faster every day. I know my neighbors, I patronage my local businesses, I use the phone, I engage in face to face visits and build community every day for myself and my daughter. All of these activities enhance our life more than I ever imagined.
I found myself over the years sharing my knowledge and skills with friends, colleagues, family and strangers – so I thought why not try and share it with even more people and who knows maybe we can build a movement that helps all of us and the planet we call home, Mother Earth!