Homesteading Mistakes and Lessons Learned, Part 2: Forget the Big Picture



When we sit around day dreaming and writing up plans for our homesteads, often, we are looking at the big picture. We are seeing our end goal. What we want our homesteads to look like, after all the blood, sweat, and tears have been poured into getting it to completion. In doing this, we often skip right over the blood, sweat, and tears parts and forget to consider the time, energy, effort, and finances it is going to take to get it to the point of completion.  

We also end up missing out on a lot of the fun, the lessons, and making a ton of wonderful memories with our families.  

In the first part of this series, I shared how my family bought our homestead totally sight unseen. And although it was in some ways a mistake, it was what we did with our time there that became the bigger mistake. 

Our land was beautiful, mostly flat with some rolling hills, had several out buildings, a pond, and we could absolutely do everything we had ever wanted to do on that land. Except, we skipped right over all the blood, sweat, and tears and wanted it done yesterday. We didn’t take the time to soak it up and enjoy every step of the way. As a result, we started way too many projects at once, ran out of money, and were unable to complete any of the projects we started. This situation is what led to us all feeling discouraged, disappointed, and much like we were failures.   

Lesson Learned: 

Had we just taken the first year to adjust living at our new homestead, to make connections with the community, put our resources into our home and a second car that was better on gas, we wouldn’t have had to leave our homestead.  

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