This week we are celebrating our second year since we moved to our little slice of heaven and started to turn it into a homestead. As we continue to marvel how time flies, we wanted to share the lessons we have learned and how the little things we learned after six months on the homestead and even after one year have continued to change and evolve.
What We Learned from Our Second Year on the Homestead
Some Days You Will Want to Quit
Some days you will want to quit and that’s allowed. Some times you need to take a moment and figure out what you want and what you want to accomplish. For us, the move meant leaving everything we had ever known behind and moving to a place where we had NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT. Some days we are so tired we just want to quit, but then we wake up in the morning, and the Rooster crows, and we know there is no place we would rather be.
It Takes a Village, It Takes a Team, It Takes People
No matter how self-sufficient you want to be, you will always need help. It takes Teamwork, or “Family”-work, or whatever you want to call it. But going it alone, without the help and support of your family and neighbors makes harder than it needs to be. Be thankful for them.
It Takes Time, Enjoy the Journey
Time is your ally. It may not feel like it at first. At first it feels like a race. It felt like a race for us when we first moved out here, but the trick is not to let that overpower you. Then it’s easy to make it sustainable because ultimately you want to be able to sustain living this life and have it sustain you.
It’s OK to Take a Step Back
Like I said in #3, in the beginning it feels like a race. We felt it and we did let it overpower us and we let ourselves get carried away. Then we had to back off. We got put some of the animals on hold, pass them off to good homes so we could reassess and get prepared. It’s OK to take a step back, now we know what we are getting into and what we need to do to prepare for the next round.
Surprises Will Come
Everyday is a surprise. They are not always good, they are not always fun, but some days they are both and it’s wonderful! Even then, we wouldn’t want it any other way and as a bonus we always have good stories to share with our friends!
Above all, we are grateful for all the things we have learned and the experiences we have had and we look forward to what the next years have to bring.
Books and Reference Materials:
- The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!
- The Homesteading Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (The Handbook Series)
- The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself
- 5 Acres & A Dream The Book: The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead
- Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Back to Basics Guides)
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