We all have goals for our self-sufficiency, our farms, and our flock. The more clearly we can define our goals – really see them – the more likely we are to work smart to achieve them. Join me in setting goals and envisioning your flock’s future!
We have long dreamed of a homestead in West Virginia. We knew what we wanted: more than 10 acres, southern exposure, a strong spring, another body of water on the property, a large pasture, views, and – in my husband’s case – spruce. We found many of those things and many amazing things we hadn’t even hoped for on an amazing property in Arkansas. I would have happily moved across the country to live on this property.
However, a better opportunity arose and we sold the property in Arkansas to buy a property in West Virginia which has all we were asking for and much more. It is in the mountains my husband loves and closer to home. The soon-to-be-ours property is at 3,800 feet in the frosted spruce in West Virginia in the same area as the Snowshoe Mountain Resort. It is 14 acres and has southern exposure, such a strong spring that it has been used to plumb the house since the 1930s, a stocked pond, a large pasture, amazing views like those in the picture above, and the most ancient, amazing spruce grove my husband has ever seen. If all goes well, there will be pictures soon.
We knew what we wanted, and we imagined living on a property like this. We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to live there. This experience has inspired me to take the same approach to other goals in my life and taught me to be specific in defining what I want. If you know what you want, you can move towards it and know when you’ve attained it instead of accepting what meets your minimum standards of satisfaction.
There was a time when we had no way of financing this, no conceivable path in sight, but we decided that we would find a way and that it would happen, no matter what. Committing ourselves to achieving our goal, no matter how distant or unrealistic it seemed, freed us to pursue unconventional strategies. It took us about nine years to get here, but here we are and it feels amazing.
This didn’t just happen to us. We spent many hours figuring out how to take the next step and then the next after that. The purpose of setting the vision is to let us know where we want to go. Setting goals helps us to be more attuned to related information in our daily lives that can become opportunities to gain resources or education. With clear goals, we can evaluate opportunities that arise and help us decide if they take us closer to our goal or off of our path. We can decide how to use our energy, time, and resources.
Setting goals is like making a grocery shopping list. It helps to make sure that you remember to get everything you need and to avoid the temptations that would get you off-track.
Setting Homestead and Flock Goals
Now I want to define my goals for my homestead and my flock for the next stage of my life. First, I will imagine what I want my life to look like. I will give myself time for ideas to arise. Then, I will write them out to define them completely. Rather than minimizing my goals until they seem practical and attainable, I am going to envision what would be ideal. I’ve never grown out of daydreaming, and I suggest you don’t either! After my goals are set, I will mobilize my time, attention, and resources to pursue my goals.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. – Les Brown
I will be setting goals, and I invite you to join me!
- Spend some time thinking about how you would like to improve your flock, your management, or another aspect of your homestead.
- Define what you want in each of the areas listed in my next post.
- Write down your ideas in a journal.
- If you feel like sharing, post your goals in the comments here or on Scratch Cradle’s Facebook page.
- You can also pin pictures of what you would like to see to the Homestead Vision and Action group Pinterest board. Leave me a comment on any of my pins on the Vision and Action board and I will send you an invitation to join!
- After we set our goals, we will choose one to begin working towards now. We will brainstorm ideas on how to take the first steps!