As I have been reflecting on our move across the country and starting this new adventure into homesteading, what I am realizing is that I am more mindful in my day to day life. Cooking from scratch, learning new skills, it requires you to be in the moment. Canning, bread making, infusing oils, waiting on chickens to start laying, none of it can be rushed. It all happens on it’s own time. I spent the last week making presents for family and friends and the simple joy, knowing it came from my heart and my hands has truly made me connected, even though they are far away.
We are all here to learn and live our purpose. The thing that brings you joy each day, that drives us to get out of bed and follow that desire. Do it boldly, with purpose and courage.
Your greatest life and self are waiting for you.
This weekend we were at the Farm Where You Live event. It was an amazing weekend of connecting with other homesteaders and learning from those passionate about the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Guest speaker Joel Salatin spoke on the 7 fears we encounter when homesteading. Honestly, it applies to pursuing any dream. Fear of not succeeding, of not knowing enough to start, making mistakes, losing money, are all boat anchors holding us back. Just start. Do one small step in the direction you want. If you want to garden, plant one plant. Cook from scratch, pick one recipe and master it. Learn to raise animals? Volunteer or intern at a farm. Your dream is waiting for you, all you need to do is step your fears and be relentless in pursuit of the life you are meant to live.
Whether you are a homesteader or starting any new direction in life, there will be people that will not understand.
Why make yogurt when you can buy it? Why grow vegetables and deal with bugs when you can go to a farm stand? Why have so many animals?
Pursuing success looks different for all of us. What brings your heart joy and your soul peace is what brings you into your true self and creates a beautiful, abundant life.
To me, that is success.
It is okay if people in our lives don’t understand. We may not understand the path they are on either. By showing grace and compassion to one another and to ourselves, our definition of success becomes limitless.
Keep following your dreams, no matter how big or small. Reach out to others pursuing similar goals for support and knowledge. Make all the mistakes to keep learning and growing.
Your version of success is waiting for you.
Each sucess begins with us believing in ourselves and making the most of each opportunity that comes our way. Use this affirmation for any area of your life you want to work on: career, relationships, health.
Building a homestead from the bottom up it is easy to get overwhelmed but by taking each day and embracing the lessons that life presents in that moment, that is where the growth happens.
I was recently asked if I thought I bit off more than I can chew with this project. 2 acres, 2 homes to completely renovate, a garden to start, learning to raise chickens and other animals, being away from friends and family. It does sound like alot in that context, but I have a clear vision of what I want. The most clear I have ever had. In the past, it was to be the best I could be in the moment. Wife, mom, friend. Now, I clearly see a life that will being me joy, my spouse, my kids and my grandkids. I have a spouse that shares that vision. We are building a legacy. Something I never imagined when I was younger. To become more than you thought possible before, you have to think it into existence. You have to believe it. Pick thoughts that grow your dreams.
In life, as we work towards our goals, it is hard to stay in the moment and appreciate all the abundance we already have. When we are focused on where we are going, it is easy to miss the little joys we have in our everyday life. This week, take time each day for gratitude for where you are and who you are. The journey towards your goal is yours to be proud of and to enjoy.