Chasing the Dream – Take That 1st Step NOW!

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.

CHASING THE DREAM! A dream without action is simply a dream so even if it's baby steps, start taking those steps today! #TexasHomesteader

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.

CHASING THE DREAM! A dream without action is simply a dream so even if it's baby steps, start taking those steps today! #TexasHomesteaderWe 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.

CHASING THE DREAM! A dream without action is simply a dream so even if it's baby steps, start taking those steps today! #TexasHomesteader

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!

CHASING THE DREAM! A dream without action is simply a dream so even if it's baby steps, start taking those steps today! #TexasHomesteader

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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25 thoughts on “Chasing the Dream – Take That 1st Step NOW!

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  6. shelley

    I live in a part of Texas that is all small towns comprised of ranchers and farmers. I’m going to share this on my FB page because I know they’ll also enjoy your story.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Awesome Shelley – thanks. Couldn’t we all use to see a little kindness in our FB newsfeeds to push aside the rampant ugliness crowding it these days? ~TMH~

  7. Alicia Owen

    Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop. I recently did a YouTube video on just this: To just go for it! 🙂

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  9. Lauren @ Mom Home Guide

    Love your story. Thanks for sharing it at Motivation Monday on Mom Home Guide — it was picked as a feature this week!

  10. Wendy

    I love that you just “went for it!” My husband and I keep dreaming about making a huge change, but right now it is just a dream — mainly because we can’t agree on what that change should be, haha. I would love to open a bed and breakfast, but that is so far off of his “dream radar” that he can’t even fathom it. Oh, well, one day… 🙂

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I know what you mean Wendy – both partners have to be on the same page to make the leap successful. RancherMan & I spent many months/years discussing what each of us wanted, what was important and what was not. When our desires for the future finally aligned, we knew it was time to leap. It’s been every bit as blissful as I hoped it would be. 🙂 ~TMH~

  11. Jamie @ Medium Sized Family

    It is so easy to feel paralyzed with fear at trying something new, especially something you’ve had your heart set on for such a long time! I’m really trying to step outside my comfort zone and meet the life goals and dreams that I have so I don’t have regrets later. It’s tough, but worth it!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Good for you Jamie! I like my comfort zone, but I’m also stretching out of it to be able to accomplish my goals. It’s been wonderful! ~TMH~

  12. lee @ lady Lee's Home

    How wonderful! You make me want to get in the car and drive to the land we just bought to start move some rocks around… Sometimes I think that maybe we are just crazy to hope for a dream like this one, but then I read a post like this one and I just know that if you are willing to get dirty and believe, your dreams can come true.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Thanks Jenny. Sometimes it’s just comforting to know that someone else has had the same hopes & fears you are experiencing. Dreams do come true! ~TMR~

  13. Lisa Lynn

    What a great story! It’s great that you made this change in your lives and are sharing your experiences with us! I would love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Hop tonight!


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