Sunday, June 6, 2010

Master One Skill Befor You Move On To The Next One.

I have the care of my egg hens down really well! I get steady, good eggs from my hens with no problems. Now, I am ready to add dairy goats. I think it is important to master one skill before you move on to the next. especially if your looking for success. Nothing is worse than having two or three things going wrong at the same time. Every problem needs your attention, and being pulled in more than one direction is stressful. For me it's easy to get myself into that situation because I get so excited about my farm, but I have learned having success is so gratifying and much better than being impulsive. So for me it's one thing at a time when it comes to expanding my farm. Every new addition needs housing of course, but also tools for processing and so forth. I need to plan all that out to be able to financially afford my new project. Life on the farm is so good it's better than my dreams. Happy Homesteading Becky


  1. Hi Becky,
    You are a wonderful encouragement to me as I plot, plan and dream about my own future homestead. My husband and I (and 5 children) are waiting patiently for his military retirement in two years. We're stationed overseas and so dreaming is really all we're able to do right now. I have purchased and read almost every homestead how-to book published, but it is the stories of how real people (such as your family) have started their homestead dream that are my most enjoyable reads. Your blog was a wonderful treat for me to stumble upon. Great work inspiring other would-be homesteaders!

  2. Becky, I just got my goats last week. You are right, you need to take on one thing at a time. I started my chickens over a year ago. I love both the chickens and the goats. You will LOVE the goats!

  3. I completely agree, but also, I would add:
    1. Follow through until you no longer want to.
    2. Take notes. Eventually, you will want to finish it.
    3. Do your 100%.
    -its ok to set something down, go on to something else, and come back to it later.... IF you detail it so that you can pick up right where you left off. With so much to do on a homestead, sometimes, finishing a project before you start a new one is just not feasible... but, on the other hand, too much on your plate will keep you from completing anything..

  4. I completely agree. I have learned this myself. I get too excited and start on too many things at once, but I can only do so much in a day (especially with a full-time job and 2 hour commute per day!) I have had to learn to do only what I enjoy (gardening & animals right now) and until those are mastered not adding to it. Last year, I had a decent vegetable crop. I felt I had finally gotten the hang of gardening and owning a pot bellied pigger, so we added a puppy. We then decided to add chickens to the bunch. Unfortunately, the pigger passed on Feb 25th. I miss him immensely. But we followed through with the chicks. Now, we are onto learning all we can about chicks, puppies, keeping up the garden and home. With two full time jobs. :-)