Are you trying to start your dream homestead, but just haven’t made it happen yet?
For years, I was stuck. Wishing. Hoping. I wanted to live the homestead life but just wasn’t quite there.
As I look back now, I see the reasons it took me so long and what things were holding me back. I want to share my 5 biggest mistakes along my journey, in hopes you can avoid them in yours.They might not be surprising.
They might even be stupid.
But they were ALL things I struggled with from the moment I realized I wanted to break away from my 9-5 and live closer to the land.
Maybe you can relate?
#1) I thought I either had to live in the city or on a homestead.
Basically, I thought that I either had to be a person who lived in the city and held a 9-5 OR I had to be some crazy person off in the wilderness 1,223 miles from the nearest town carving my own toothpicks from leftover logs.
I didn’t realize there could be an in-between.
The truth is – regardless of what my life looked like, it’s always been a blending. Even out here on our 30-acre homestead I still do a lot of normal things everyone else does, like work!
#2) I (wrongly) believed I wasn’t ready and it wasn’t the right time.
You see, I thought I had to know all the things about homesteading first.
And I didn’t believe the time was right because I hadn’t met “Mrs. Right” yet or had piles of cash to get started.
And that I didn’t think I could do it without a FULL and complete plan of action.
One day I just did it. I decided this was the life I wanted to lead and went for it – to hell with all the “should haves” in place first.
Then, and only then, did everything start to come together.
#3) That I needed to own land.
Yea, for a long time, I waited. Because it didn’t seem logical without owning land. Pretty straightforward right?!
Well, that was total baloney too.
I ended up starting our homestead life in several rental homes!! I ended up spending more years being a rental-homesteader than not.
#4) That I didn’t have the time.
Are you following a pattern here?
Total crap, again.
I thought that I needed to have tons of free time to live that “dream” life. After all, those homesteading folks just sit around and whittle everything from scratch right?!
No, that was so wrong of me to think that.
So, I started incorporating more and more sustainable homesteading pieces into life as I could make the time for. In fact, I like to say that we started homesteading overnight once we came to understand this.
(True story: I actually whittled a wooden spoon to help convince Beth to move across the country to be with me. And IT WORKED!)
Now, drumroll, please…
#5) I dreamed and schemed, but didn’t actually do it.
I would spend days and days thinking about how life would be good when…
or I’ll get that started when…
And that never got me anywhere as you can imagine.
But one day I took a small step, symbolically a giant leap, that kickstarted the whole homestead thing – It was the simple act of taking an action that ended the cycle of wanting and actually living.
Actually having my homestead.
Actually growing my food.
Actually having land to tend.
Start Now, Not Later
All this to say – take a look at where you are today. What can you do to further your goals/dream? What obstacles like these are you using as excuses keeping you from the life you want to live?
I want to empower you that like me and many others like me, have been able to make it happen, and I know you can too.