We've been planning this for years, and we took the plunge into full time homesteading about 6 months ago - and we have NO regrets. We're learning and working feverishly. The hardest part seems to be letting go of certain aspects of that burb mentality. For example, we're frantic to be "productive" every moment of the day. We fight the impulse but we're still constantly measuring ourselves against the very standards that we are trying to discard! We are making a conscious effort to slow down, to go with the seasons and to strive for the better quality of life we dreamed of. But then the little demon with the pitchfork starts whispering over your shoulder making you have doubts that you are doing enough. I wake up in the morning and can't help but feel scattered. What to do first? It's an exciting new, but foreign, world. How to make a routine I can follow? And how much is enough? Day to day, how much do you accomplish? How long did it take feel content with a days work, rather than overwhelmed by what didn't get done? There is so much going on, that sometimes it would be nice to have a step-by-step instruction book. First, rekindle the fire - then go feed and care for the animals - then do this, then do that... One day it was one o'clock in the afternoon and I realized I had been so busy that I never changed out of my PJ's! I realized this in the most embarrassing way - when a neighbor knocked on the door and I wasn't dressed yet.... YES! I can get so overwhelmed that I can forget to put my clothes on! The irony is that if we sit and look at what we HAVE accomplished, its incredible - sold Mcmansion by owner - self-moved across the country, purchased new place - started remodeling - purchased acreage and farm equipment, repaired equipment - cut and split firewood, installed wood stove, starting saving old pastures and orchards, started learning to manage the timber, went hunting, learned canning, began selling off the old useless suburban stuff and trading it for meat grinders and stone crocks and canning jars and carboys, began researching and trying recipes and discarding yukky recipes, in fact, began learning a whole new way of eating - started acquiring livestock.... and still as I sit on the hearth tending the fire first thing in the morning - there are pangs of guilt for not answering to the alarm clock and taking the commutermobile to the cubicle. (Guilt but NOT remorse!) Its difficult to discard old ideas that were drilled into you. Especially in a society that doesn't honor the alternative. The missing feature in all the homesteading books is now glaringly apparent to us - New homesteaders need a calendar of some kind- one that would guide you through the what-should-I-do-first dilemmas every morning. Those of you who are seeking mentors are on to something good!