I woke up at 4:30 this morning. In order to take care of all of our animals and get out the door in time for work, it’s essential.
4:30 am is early. It can be hard to do.
When I told myself I HAVE to get up to take care of these chores, it was difficult to get out of bed.
But then I changed the conversation I have with myself.
I decided I GET to take care of my critters. My turkeys, my egg chickens and my meat birds.
I’ve had agrarian dreams for as long as I can remember. I primarily wanted egg laying chickens. I thought my homesteading yearnings would be quenched by having a few chickens running around.
Not so much. We started off with six hens. Then we added more chickens, and now we have 17 laying hens and one rooster to watch over them.
This year, I got to add two turkeys and chickens raised for meat.
My garden is huge and we got our first plum from our plum tree.
All of this takes a lot of work. And in order to balance this, my work life and time with my family, I have to get up at 4:30 am. (and having an amazing husband helps!)
But the reality is that waking up at 4:30 in the morning is what living my dream looks like right now.
So it’s really wonderful that I have these chores to do. I love them, and I love having my animals. I love providing a good life for them and eating off of our land.
I move differently throughout the morning when I realized that I get to do these chores. When I “have to” do those chores, I trudged. I was bleary eyed. But changing “have to” to “get to”, I look forward to getting out of bed and seeing my chickens and turkeys.
So getting out of bed super early is a luxury for me. So while I may be tired, and sleeping in sounds wonderful, the payoff of homesteading is worth it for me.
I also get to share this with you.
So thank you for reading and sharing in my journey.