by Texas Homesteader ~
Several years ago we decided we wanted something more than the day-to-day concrete jungle we felt stifled within. We both longed to be in more control of our lives but we didn’t know where to start.
Then in 2000 we found this little piece of paradise in Texas and decided to call it our own. Dreams of a different future for us began to form in our minds.
Shortly thereafter we met a wonderful man that took us under his wing and became our trusted mentor. He helped us buy our first cows and taught us how to care for them.
He even worked those first few for us in his chute, delivering them to our own fledgling ranch afterward. His adult son has also been a great mentor, selflessly helping us in many ways at all hours of the day or night as we felt our way through those first unsteady years. We’re happy to say both men are cherished friends of ours still today.
We were fortunate in those early years that we still held corporate jobs in that dreaded concrete jungle we desperately desired to escape. The salaries earned during those early days helped us go through the sometimes emotionally and financially painful learning curve.
We needed to repair that poor old 1880’s barn. It needed lots of repairs (thank goodness we still had corporate salaries!)
Step by step we discovered how to properly care for our livestock and property. We updated fences and outbuildings. There were ponds to be dug and pastures to be planted. One step at a time we drew closer and closer to the life we dreamed we could live.
But then came the time to make that leap from the corporate world to our long-awaited dream world. We knew this was where our hearts were, but were we ready to pull that plug on guaranteed salary, annual bonuses and retirement funds?
We came to the mutual decision together several years ago. It was scary to jump hand-in-hand into the unknown future. But what a blissful ride it’s been!
Together we’ve dealt with the uncertainties that are to be expected when running your own business. We discovered – many times to our dismay – that although the weather is out of our control it has a huge impact when your livelihood revolves around the health of your animals as well as your grass.
We’ve learned about pasture rotation and A.I., about gentle cows and difficult calf births. There have been both good and bad in the last several years but we are pursuing our dream and it’s a beautiful thing.
Are you ready start taking those first baby steps toward the future you desire? A dream without action is simply a dream – take those steps today!
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