For the last 18 months, we have been in planning mode. Planning a change of job for hubby; planning the sell of our house; planning the purchase of property; planning our move to the country; planning for animals; planning for outbuildings; planning . . . . planning . . . . planning . . . .
The problem with all of our planning is that it really isn’t moving us any closer to our goal. While we have certainly been busy planning, we have not been busy living on our homestead. We’re not busy planting the trees for our orchard. We’re not putting in our raised beds for our garden. We’re not building a chicken coop which means we’re not raising chickens. We’re not putting up fencing. We’re not putting up a barn. We don’t have goats. We don’t have sheep. No ducks, pigs, horses, guinea fowl, or any other animals we’ve talked about having on our little homestead. I’m frustrated!!! Hubby is frustrated!!!
Planning isn’t a bad thing. For a matter-of-fact, a life change as big as the one we are trying to make means planning is necessary . But hubby and I had to begin asking ourselves if all our plans made sense. Was it time to scrap all the plans we had made and start all over again? Should we keep some of the plans and change others? Should we keep things the way they are and just wait? Would changing the order of our plan create forward movement?
Ultimately we decided that it was time to make changes. It was time to start planning a new plan. We had begun to define insanity – doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. We need a more workable plan that gets us on our homestead more quickly. A plan that moves us toward our goal instead of walking in a circle. A plan that allows me to sooner, rather than later, begin sharing stories of the joys and struggles on our property. Pictures of our land, our orchard, our garden, our animals and our home. A plan that creates positive momentum.
I wish I had wonderful details to share about our new plan, but there is still a lot of discussion taking place as we are planning our new plan. What I can tell you is that it feels good to let go of the insanity. It feels good to look at things from a different angle and to start over again. While the plan may change, our goal won’t change. We will one day be living our homesteading life. Now we just need to figure out a faster and better way of getting there.