You know, a lot of homesteading is trying out new things. Figuring out how to do all sorts of projects. Seeing what veggie works in this corner of the garden and finding out what doesn’t work. Repeating the successes of the year before and learning from the failures. With that comes a certain amount of insecurity. It’s only natural until you get to a comfortable experience level with whatever it is you’re projecting or growing and even then there are uncontrollable variables that force you to rethink and adjust.
A homestead/farm is a living, breathing thing. It’s constantly growing and changing in a million different ways. That sapling you planted just a couple years ago is now a huge tree. That coat of paint on the fence is already ready for a facelift. That throw pillow you liked last year isn’t working for you this year. And the animals… their needs require vigilant adaptation.
When/if you’re in the trenches, mud up to your knees and you’re feeling tired or a little like you have no idea what you’re doing, keep these few phrases in mind.
It’s okay if you make mistakes. We’ve made more than I’d care to admit… like the chicken/duck coop that we have to basically crawl into to feed every day because we didn’t want to spend the extra money or time on larger posts when we were building it, knowing that we should have and will have to someday redo it now… or the raised garden fortress that we were sure would be the Fort Knox of gardens to protect our crop and somehow, rats STILL managed to get in and eat it all for the second year in a row. All that wasted work. All that wasted time.
This way of life is full of little successes and big failures. (Sometimes, you’ll even yield big successes!) Don’t get discouraged. Remember why you started. Learn from your mistakes. Keep your short-term and long-term goals in mind, and enjoy the process. The process is the best part of homesteading anyway. 😉