So you have land...Jan 18, 2019
-- But like I said, the first couple years it's a whirlwind of learning, figuring things out, and most importantly not killing anything (or anyone). --
And like being a new parent, when you're new to the land game, there is no harm in asking for help. There is a multitude of resources at your disposal - although understandably it can feel overwhelming and intimidating - especially when it looks like everyone else has "got it figured out". Here's the secret... everyone is doing something slightly different and don't necessarily "have it figured out". Just because your neighbor Joe does this and your cousin Joanne does that, does not mean you have to follow their steps. Just like your kids -- are YOUR kids -- your land is YOUR land. It's perfectly okay to do things very differently or slightly different. (All that being said if their model fits your goals and situation there is nothing wrong with copying what you like and modeling your practices after someone whose been successful.)
Remember when you were preparing to have your first baby, you probably got all the books, took everyone's advice, and prepared as MUCH as possible. Maybe you even felt very comfortable and confident with that preparation... Then the baby arrived . . . Some of what you learned was helpful and a lot you ended up throwing completely out the window because it turned out to just not be a fit for you and your baby's needs or situation. You tried feeding every 3 hours on the clock - and guess what you have a chunk of a baby who eats every 2 (again..maybe that's just me...). You tried the strict bedtime routine - eat at 7:00 on the dot, then bath for 10 minutes, then night time bottle and rocking to sleep -- because, hey, EVERYONE says babies do BEST with a structured routine, right? And your baby still cried for 1.5 hours and woke up 3x a night. You tried limiting "screen time" and after 3 days gave up and turned on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for 9 hours a day.
Eventually. . . despite all the articles and advice. . . you start to figure things out that work best for YOU.
So as you start this new adventure (or maybe you're just starting to be more involved) with land management remember that you have the power to say what is best for your circumstance; don't be hesitant to ask questions and reach out; and never forget to enjoy the ride.
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