Thursday, May 17, 2012

June 8th 2012

I can finally share my Big News, since now all the pieces have fallen into place. I do apologize for being a blatant tease but the pay off is worth it. This is the big one folks, everything I have been working for on paper, books, workshops, and sweat and tears:

I have resigned from my position at the office and will be a full-time author and farmer from here on out. I'll be making a living through my own words, choices, and actions as a self-employed business owner here in Washington County. I'll be writing and hosting workshops and events to cover the mortgage and growing my own food and livestock to cover the groceries. For eight years I have been working towards this one thing, and my last day at work is June 7th. Time to jump.

I have made all the preparations. There's a humble, but survivable, nest of savings set aside and I am arranging alternative health insurance through my local chamber of commerce. I have projects lined up and much work and writing ahead of me, not to mention the workshops and events here at the farm. I am not asking for any help from the readers, and won't. This is my choice and my life and I can't spend any more time of it behind a desk working for somebody else. I have to make this step or I'll never be able to respect myself. I am thrilled and somber about it. Making this decision is a step I have been hesitating over out of nothing but fear. Fear isn't welcome here anymore. Ever.

I am so happy about this, so terrified about this, and so very ready for this.

June 8th is the first day of the rest of my life.

284 Comments:

Blogger K said...

WOW!!!!!!

How absolutely incredible! This is amazing news, but one warning: the next three weeks will be the longest of your life ;)

May 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger KristyWes said...

Wow, you brave brave awesome inspiring girl! You give me hope that one day I, too, will be able to tell my day job to proverbially "suck it." :) Congrats!!

May 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

A hundred thousand congratulations! You're a role model. :)

May 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Huge, huge congratulations, Jenna!!!

May 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

I can't seem to get the smile off my face...I'm so happy for you! You inspire those of us still watching the dream from afar. I wish you every success, and send virtual strength and peace as you tackle this next phase.

May 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Wow, I'm thrilled for you!

May 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

That it wonderful!!! I am so happy for you!!
See you at Plan B!

May 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Margie said...

I don't know whether to say, "Congratulations," or "You're nuts." But I certainly hope that everything works out well for you.

May 17, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Sherri said...

Congratulations.... You can do it, you have the pluck and drive that most people just dream about. I left the work world 18 years ago and have made it on my own and raised two daughters along the journey. You have have to keep at it and make sure you don't get too sidetracked during your day and remember your needs and the things that must get done each day. It's persistence that really makes things happen... a little step by step and keep at things. But I have been reading your blog for years and persistence is your middle name! I'm so happy for you! You will be thrilled beyond belief... just don't let folks wear you down with their fears... everyone needs to have a chance like this and I wish you the very best!!!!!

May 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

That is AWESOME!!!! Good for you!

May 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

That is AWESOME!!!! Good for you!

May 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! And I think the rest of your life started when you made the decision!

May 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Imagine you will fly... said...

CONGRATULATIONS! ... i wish you all the good luck and strength and health for yourself and your animals, that you need, always!

May 17, 2012 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger DivaHick said...

I thought two things...

1) Wow, that takes an incredible amount of faith!

2) I'm so glad she's moderating comments.

May 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Jenetta said...

I'm so jealous! Congratulations!

May 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Kate Mary Betty said...

Congratulations Jenna! Brightest belssings for Cold Antler Farm and to Jenna Woginrich, the author of it all....

Kathy and Mary
Windwomen Farm

May 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I am doing the happy dance for you! This is such a brave and huge step in the direction that you want your life to go.....I could not be more excited for you.

May 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Rural Revival said...

Woo Hoo!! Congrats Jenna. If anyone can do it you can, and you will.

Inspiring indeed. : )

May 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I am so happy for you! It just so happens that June 7th is also my last day of work. But that's because I will be a stay at home mama. We will be moving to a farm soon and in a week we are buying our first cows (they will be kept at my in-laws farm but they will be mine. You ate an awesomely amazing person and I respect you

May 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I am so happy for you! It just so happens that June 7th is also my last day of work. But that's because I will be a stay at home mama. We will be moving to a farm soon and in a week we are buying our first cows (they will be kept at my in-laws farm but they will be mine. You ate an awesomely amazing person and I respect you

May 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Lynda said...

Congratulations!! How exciting for you. Know all you do will be successful.

May 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger Frances said...

Holy crap! Congratulations, Jenna!

May 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

congrats!

6/8 is also my birthday!!!

May 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC-ERIFFIC!! So VERY excited for you! Way to go! :D

May 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Living your dream! I wish you all the best as you go forward. Good to read that you are planning a new health insurance, because you never know. I speak from experience on that...

May 17, 2012 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

not a single negative comment! no need to moderate at all!

thank you all!

May 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Montero said...

I quit my desk job a decade ago to farm etc, and I never looked back. I've never worked so damn hard in my whole life, but I never regretted it, not even a day. Welcome to the club; can I suggest that you invest in a good set of waterproofs, and start taking a joint supplement if you're not already doing so :)

All the best for you, Jenna

May 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

O. M. G.!!! that is amazing, major congratulations Jenna. You are so brave. I wish you all the best in this new phase of your life.

May 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger delayne said...

Jenna, this is THE most amazing news and I'm over-the-moon happy for you. What a role model you are! I wish you only the best of success and I look forward to reading about your adventures. Congratulations! And enjoy every dang moment of that last day at work, my dear. :)

May 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

CONGRATS!!! It's so awesome to get to watch your dreams come true. I'm sure there will be struggles and failures but you've proved time and time again that you can overcome obsticals and turn them into learning experiences for both you and your readers. Now is your time to shine and prove to the world that you have what it takes to step back in time and make a little farm work in todays world.

May 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

CONGRATS!!! It's so awesome to get to watch your dreams come true. I'm sure there will be struggles and failures but you've proved time and time again that you can overcome obsticals and turn them into learning experiences for both you and your readers. Now is your time to shine and prove to the world that you have what it takes to step back in time and make a little farm work in todays world.

May 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

GOOD. FOR. YOU. Go do your thing, lady! Don't ever let anyone tell you that's the wrong choice. Few things make me happier than seeing other people get to this place. So proud of you!

May 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM  
Anonymous maureen h. said...

Congratulations! I find you blog so inspiring and uplifting. Follow your dreams!

May 17, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Anonymous strawbini said...

Wonderful news - just fantastic that you've reached the point where you can do this!

May 17, 2012 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger quiltaholic said...

Fantastic news! Congratulations!!

May 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Wow! I'm both excited and terrified for you...lol! How are your parents taking it? I'm sure they're worried, but I hope they're as excited and proud as we all are.

I know I say it often, but you are such a huge inspiration to me. Eventhough I don't always comment, I read this blog every day, and am always newly inspired. Every move you make towards your authentic life gives me hope that someday we'll make it to ours too, and I hope that our kids will be as wise and brave as you, and never have to make the mistakes we made.

Bright blessings for a future lived authentically! I can't wait to see how it unfolds!

May 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger ~~Melissa said...

I was hoping this would be your news. You go, girl! I took the leap to self-employment 15 years ago. It's really weird at first, like having a long weekend that just keeps going and going. I'm so happy for you.

May 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Blogger Farmlady Wannabe said...

Mine joins the legions of face breaking smiles you have created with this HUGE accomplishment! Between your drive, persistance, talent, and sweet love for all that is wholesome, faith in your success reigns. And, my hat is off to the family who has set a precious daughter on this course - you do them proud :)

May 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Wonderful news Jenna! You did it!

May 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger MB said...

COngrats!!

May 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Matt_Middleton said...

That's awesome! Congratulations on making the switch :)

May 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Egiwonder said...

Woohoo! What an amazing summer you're going to have, and every season and year after that will be all yours too! I can't even imagine!!!

On a selfish note, I think we readers are looking forward to even more posts and books! :)

May 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

WOO HOO for you Jenna! :)

May 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger wendy said...

Good for you for never giving up on your dream. May it be all you ever hoped for...and more.

May 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

OMG, Jenna--first I got chills, then I got teary-eyed. No joke! I am so happy for you!

May the rain fall gently on your fields, and the words from your fingertips; may your sheep be always healthy, your workshops full, and your ponies just feisty enough to keep your spirits high.

May 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger mdoe37 said...

SQWEEEEE!!!! Congrats and good for you!!!

It can be so hard to dive off the cliff, but you don't want to look back 20 years from now and say I wish I would have.

(and just where is that smiley face thing that's leaping and throwing daisies when you need it?!?!?)

May 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
OpenID mandysmutterings said...

having been reading for six months and back read as far as i could...what took you so long? congratulations well done.

May 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Oh, Jenna, I'm so very happy for you and your animals! All the best wishes for your new adventure.

May 17, 2012 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger polly said...

HUGE congratulations!!! this must be the biggest thing yet for you - what a journey!

Those of us trying to do the same want details along the way please ;) Way to go.

May 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger polly said...

HUGE congratulations!!! this must be the biggest thing yet for you - what a journey!

Those of us trying to do the same want details along the way please ;) Way to go.

May 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger polly said...

HUGE congratulations!!! this must be the biggest thing yet for you - what a journey!

Those of us trying to do the same want details along the way please ;) Way to go.

May 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

You go, girl!!! Jenna rocks! Best of everything to you.

May 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger The Howes Family said...

Cool!

May 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

You go, girl!!! Jenna rocks! Best of everything to you.

May 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger eliav said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! you deserve it! Keep up the hard work and showing people anything is possible!

Your job will miss you.

May 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

I am so happy you are living the life you have dreamt of for so long! I so proud of you for taking that huge leap! Girl you have serious guts! What an inspiration! Thank you!

May 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM  
OpenID domesteading said...

Jenna, so very exciting! For some reason I thought this might be your surprise. I myself did something similar last year when I left the city and moved back to my family's homestead (I do still live as a lawyer by day, but I'm my own boss now). It took years of psychological preparation and about 1 year of meticulous planning. I wrote a to-do list of all the things I needed to accomplish in that year and every month or so I would get to check one off. I have that list on my bulletin board to remind me how hard I worked to be where I am now. You write beautiful books, I wrote a list, but anyway it worked for me. Congrats!

May 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Congratulations! I always knew you'd make it! SO proud of you and respect you so much for this choice. Thanks for sharing the journey with us and I look forward to the next chapter(s).

May 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Lissa B. said...

So happy you are able to do it Jenna! I can imagine the fear-I am married and my Husband has no desire to stay home and work a farm, so I will always have that paycheck to fall back on. But if I were single, that would be the thing keeping me on the fence. I am so happy you made the leap of faith and I know that if ever there were a girl to make it work, it's you! Congratulations!

May 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger bookkm said...

'bout time, girl. Best of luck.

May 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

Congratulations, Jenna ~ best decision you could have made!!!!!
Do things that make you happy & you'll be good at them. You can do it!! Don't worry ~ you're a great writer & farmer ~ both will bring you money & happiness. Best wishes ~ so thrilled for you.

May 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

June 8th will be an excellent day! Many Congrats!!!!

May 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger sahmeam said...

I am positively thrilled for you, Jenna! Congrats on finding the courage to make that leap. Thank you for sharing your journey and exciting news with us.

May 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Amigo van Helical said...

Congratulations, Jenna. Good health and good fortune to you and Cold Antler!

May 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger auntgrandma said...

You Go Girl!

May 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Amigo van Helical said...

Congratulations, Jenna. Good health and good fortune to you and Cold Antler!

May 17, 2012 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger sahmeam said...

I am positively thrilled for you, Jenna! Congrats to you for finding the courage to take the leap. Thank you for sharing the journey with us.

May 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Genevieve said...

Congratulations Jenna!

May 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Wow! Many, many congratulations Jenna! I can feel your smile from Canada!

May 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

My best to you Jenna! I know it will not be an easy path, but when has anything worth doing been easy?? Enjoy!! Hooooray!

May 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Krista said...

Extremely happy for you.

May 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Garth said...

Totally amazing and exciting! Congratulations on the start of your new life. I'm way jealous and looking forward to reading about your continued adventures with the full-time farming and writing.

May 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Faith kicks fear in the face every time. Go for it!

May 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jennagirl, Best of luck to you, dear! Beth from Kentucky.

May 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

*raising my glass* Congratulations Jenna girl!!

CHEERS!!

May 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I'm so happy for you!! If anyone can make it work , you can. You gave me goose bumps :) Congratulations!

May 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pick a job you love and you will never work a day in your life. unknown

Beth in Ky

May 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Congratulations! And thank you for continuing to be an inspiration to us with similar goals and dreams.

May 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

YES!!! I knew it! This is beyond awesome. Many congrats to you, and much success living your dream :D
-Jaime

May 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Amy Patterson said...

Congrats!!! I am so glad that you are able to take the jump to be independent. :) Enjoy taking the leap, it will be worth it.

May 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

you are a rockstar! (that's the highest form of praise in our family...)

May 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

WHOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

May 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger No Name Farm/Ranch said...

You are such an inspiration! I'm grinning silly for you. Thank you for keeping me motivated in my own, similar journey. Big congrats to you!!

May 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Patsy from Illinois said...

Just said a prayer for you Jenna. I just knew this would be the news you had for us. I cannot imagine how good you must feel accomplishing this at a young age. God bless ya. By the way, how is Jazz?

May 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger wendywoo said...

What Alison said! Congratulations and all the best to you! Hope you get through the next three weeks okay, then "schools out forever!". Go for it!

May 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

WOW! That's bold and amazing! Congratulations! Wonderful and exciting news!

May 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Can't find words. So happy for you. It's better than hitting the lottery! You get to make your dreams! So so so so so happy for you!

May 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Linda said...

Congratulation, I am so excited for you!!

May 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH My! Just found your blog and we are almost neighbors.We live in Argyle, my husband and I have a farm here, I also took lessons at Riding Right and Jon Katz is responsible for connecting me with my husband! I'll have to read your older posts. I am 60, husband has 30+ yrs horse training (we race standardbreds, harness),he also does lots of different things to raise money(like logging and large farm equipment repair)
I am a retired nurse, do lots of canning, sewing,gardening, taking care of my home horses and donk, that sortuv thing now. Glad to meetcha! Brenda London-Smith

May 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger bellananda said...

HOORAYYYYYYYY, JENNA!!! i'm so happy for you; welcome to the ranks of the self-employed (which i only just joined myself in march)!

big hugs from kc!
sb

May 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We also work here from home. love it, but health insurance is an issue. we have none right now, Healthy NY and what is offered via the Horseman's Association as well as Washington Cnty Chamber of Commerce is over $700/month for the 2 of us. Hopefully something will happen with Obama's plans.till then we MUST stay healthy(pulling off that deer tick from by belly yesterday morning is not encouraging!!)

May 17, 2012 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Katou said...

I'm so happy for you Jenna; it's a very courageous move on your part. You are lucky to be able to do this to live your dream. Good luck for the future!

May 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger kimberlesk said...

Congratulations Jenna!!! I'm very excited for you and green with envy!!

May 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Schmidt said...

Congratulations! So wonderful when people can follow their dreams and make a living doing what they love. I'm currently reading "Chick Days" and finding it to be so helpful. Both of my children are actually enjoying flipping through as well! You certainly have lots to offer! Best wishes!

May 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

How exciting! Congratulations!!!!
And, you are not nuts... by any means. Nuts would be to be stuck in a 9 to 5 job your entire life just yearning to be a farmer, but consumed by fear. That would be nuts, and sad.

May 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Sarah S. said...

June 8th is also the day we resurrect Sushi Fridays!! Coincidence? I think not.

I'm going to miss my daily dose of Jenna, my dear cube-wall-sharing friend - but I'm so psyched for you!

May 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

WOOOOOOOT !!!

That is awesome news. Congrats!

May 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Melina said...

One of my photography friends has a little chair from Brazil a sign sits on it that says "Fear eats the soul"

May 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger From the Country Farm said...

I knew it! I knew that's what you were waiting to tell us! Congrats for that huge leap of Faith! I have no idea how I knew it but I did and I'm so happy for you!

Pst... I too am glad you're moderating comments!

May 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Noël McNeil said...

Wow!!!

May 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

So happy for you! I wish you all the best.

May 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

WOOOOOOOT !!!

That is awesome news. Congrats!

May 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

I am so proud of you!!!!! In awe... How wonderful that you have an opportunity to follow your dreams you've written and spoken of for years, and all before you are 30!!! Great job! Congratulations!!!

May 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

I am so proud of you!!!!! In awe... How wonderful that you have an opportunity to follow your dreams you've written and spoken of for years, and all before you are 30!!! Great job! Congratulations!!! I can't stop smiling for you!!

May 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger JulieG - Girl With A Hoe said...

It's a wonderful thing, you are that is! I feel so happy for you. Looking forward to hearing all you do and accomplish.

May 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Life is what you make it! Peg

May 17, 2012 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

I'm so happy for you! Look forward to reading about your journey!

May 17, 2012 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger lazytoadfarm said...

So happy for you Jenna!!

May 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

Double WOW! Congrats, good luck, may the force be with you and may the words forever flow. :)

May 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Raquel said...

You have balls girl! Amen

May 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Holy cow!!! This is FANTASTIC NEWS!

Congrats! So proud of you!6/8 will be the start of very big things indeed :)

May 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

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May 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Ellen Rathbone said...

Good luck!

May 17, 2012 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger JulieG - Girl With A Hoe said...

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May 17, 2012 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Colorado Girl said...

Congratulations! I can't wait for the next book!

May 17, 2012 at 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay!

May 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM  
Anonymous susan E said...

Congratulations! I know you are going to make it- you have been working towards this and earned it! I look forward to hearing more of your journey.

All the best!

May 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Glyndalyn said...

You can do this, Jenna. Congratulations from the Phony Farm.

May 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Congrats!

May 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Angie said...

CONGRATULATIONS! If you haven't read it already, I highly recommend the book "Your Money or Your Life". It really helped us rethink our finances and realize that it is financially possible to have what we want for our lives.

May 17, 2012 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great!

May 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT!

May 17, 2012 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Excellent news Jenna! I have no doubt that you will flourish in your new, even more independent life. You are truly a role model - well done!

May 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

THRILLED!!!!!

May 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Dianne @ My Southern Heart said...

Congratulations, Jenna! I have no doubt you will be a success! I just had a thought about the "mystery" that you were publishing in segments (haven't seen one lately?) - what about completing it offline as a NOVEL and publishing it?! I'd sure buy it and I know so many others would too! Just a thought. No doubt, you will be busier than you ever dreamed!

May 17, 2012 at 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenna, that is so wonderful!! I am so happy for you, your good news has made my day!

I had thought the good news would be that you had worked something out to buy Bedlam Farm! But better a small farm and being a full-time farmer than a big farm that you are shackled to 9-5 to support, no? And maybe a Bedlam Farm in the future!

PS I guess I finally figured out how to comment!

Nancy

May 17, 2012 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

Congrats on taking that step!

May 17, 2012 at 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenna, you have no idea what an inspiration you are to me & how thrilled I was to read your news! I've followed the blog though have never posted a comment before.
I wanted to be Laura Ingalls when I was a child & read the Little House books until they fell apart.
Back in 2005 I picked up MaryJane Butter's Ideabook and it bowled me over & I chucked my miserable office McJob to a more satisfying work-from-home job that allowed me time to can, bake, knit, sew, walk trails and hang with my beloved dogs.
Reading your blog & books have had a similar influence, and you give us HOPE. This year I went to my first sheep show and herding dog trials, and have volunteered to work at the CSA I joined, to take yet another step away from a plugged-in life. So, again thank you, and know much positive energy is being sent your way in this new adventure!

Jennifer

PS - I'm thinking a commemorative CAF 6-8-12 tee shirt would sell like gangbusters. I'd be first in line.

May 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger gooddoug said...

Hang on, Jenna! It's gonna be a wild ride!

May 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

Thats great Jenna! Youre really brave, it took me till my 40's to cut the corporate cord and be self employed. Some days pretty worrying but most great. And I never have to wear office clothes again! Only draw back is the dog is going to miss the pond! You might have to dig your own. Go girl!

May 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Mist said...

That is AMAZING news Jenna! Congratulations and many blessings to you as you begin this next stretch of the journey.

May 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger TwoBlueHeelers said...

"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Best wishes as you make this bold step, Jenna! So many people spend their entire lifetime doing what others want or demand. You need to follow your own path, wherever it takes you. Thank you for letting us peek in and learn from your journey. More books to come??? :)

May 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats from another lurker :-)

First we let the chickens out of their cages

then we let the people out of their "cages" (aka cubicles)

Best wishes, Joan

May 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Congratulations Jenna...I write this as I too sit in my office and wonder how my chickens and ducks are doing back at my property this afternoon. Perhaps you will be a guiding light for me and others to see what other uses our talents can be utilized for outside of the confines of an office. Thanks for living our dream!

May 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

Find out what you love to do, then figure out how to get paid for it. You've done it! Congratulations from the Canadian West coast!

May 17, 2012 at 2:32 PM  
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May 17, 2012 at 2:34 PM  
Anonymous Alix said...

Hooray! You're such an inspiration!

May 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

WOW, WOW!
So happy and excited for you! What a great day 6/8/12 will be!

Congratulations and I wish you nothing but luck, happiness and all the best in your new endeavor!

May 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Catcoco said...

Congratulations ! I hope many good things are in store for you and the farm ! And I cannot wait until it is my turn to take that leap...

May 17, 2012 at 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Victoria said...

And congratulations from the Canadian East Coast! I am so pleased to hear this news -- you really are an inspiration to so many of us!

May 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger kyleann33 said...

Wow how cool! I've been reading your blog for a long time now, and I admire your courage and determination to make your life exactly how you want it to be. Congratulations, I'm sure you will be successful!

May 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

That is so awesome. Hearing stories like your firms my resolve to buckle down and get things in order for my own move from my cubicle.

May 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger kwalk said...

Jenna this is amazing! Congratulations! What an incredible feeling it must be for you. You continue to inspired me with every move.

May 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

Oh gosh thats made me well up! well done brave lady well done. You will have hard moments for sure but many MANY MANY damned brilliant ones.
GTM x x x

May 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

You go, Jenna! So THRILLED for you! If you can get there, so can the rest of us! Continued blessings...

May 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

I love it!!!! You will be SO happy! Good for you. I am glad you'll be getting insurance though. Gotta have that for sure on a farm. June is a great month to do this too. I am happy for you!

May 17, 2012 at 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Al said...

Wow! It must be thrilling and terrifying at the same time! If anyone can do it, you surely can. Best wishes in this! You rock, Jenna!

May 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

So, so proud of you. Have no doubt you can do it. And we'll be here to watch/admire/support you. :)

May 17, 2012 at 3:43 PM  
OpenID meatbagz said...

BOOOOYYYAAAHHHH!!!
Congratulations-that is absolutely amazing news!!! We can't wait to see what the future brings to you and to cold antler farm!!

May 17, 2012 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Paulette said...

I think we are all happy to know that you will be 100% "home." I know you will be successful. Congratulations!

May 17, 2012 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Congratulations! You can do it. =)

May 17, 2012 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

That's great! So excited for you and happy to hear the big news :)

May 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Jenna!!

Free, you're free at last!! Great God Almighty, you're free at last!! I'm so happy for you.

Diane in North Carolina

May 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I took a similar leap 7 years ago. Look forward to the biggest, scariest, but most exhilarating swan dive you'll ever experience.

And fair warning - leaping off cliffs gets addictive :)

Wishing you the best of luck,
Beth in NC

May 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM  
OpenID eileensbasement said...

Wow, Jenna, congrats to you. You consistently inspire me. I wish you the best of everything in this newest venture.

May 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Black Cat Gardening said...

Congrats! My partner and I hope to do something similar when we move to Vermont in a couple years. Someday, down the road, our little farm will be productive enough to support others.

May 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Black Cat Gardening said...

Congrats! My partner and I hope to do something similar when we move to Vermont in a couple years. Someday, down the road, our little farm will be productive enough to support others.

May 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow! I am so excited for you! Congratulations, Jenna!

May 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Coco said...

You are one gutsy woman. And an inspiration. Congratulations and the absolute best of luck!

May 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Good Luck Jenna, Some hard times ahead with no safety net, but believe me its worth it!

May 17, 2012 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Good Luck Jenna, Some hard times ahead with no safety net, but believe me its worth it!

May 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Yaaay!! I am so glad to hear you have health insurance. Life is too short not to take chances to live it the way you want!! Cheers!

May 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Karen / Kisha / E / Elaray / Deepika said...

Wow! Congratulations! My co-workers can't imagine why I'm smiling. This is fabulous news, I'm thrilled for you (and for us, we're going to get to hear about lots more stuff). It's going to be fun and scary and hard as hell, but I think you're okay with that. If things went easily, you'd wonder what was wrong.

Congrats again from someone still stuck in a cube. Hopefully not for too much longer.

May 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Mel - The Organic Mamas said...

wow - congratulations. such exciting news!

May 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Mindy Smith said...

We must be cosmically bound, Jenna: I quit my job today and my last day is May 31st. This is the second time I've left a job to pursue farming an writing. I gave up last time because I was bored at my farm alone. I think my best advice would be to make time for friends and social interaction as much as possible. That way you don't grow to miss the built in socialization opportunities an office provides. But otherwise it's great. Good luck, god speed.

May 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger LeaningDuckFarm said...

That's fantastic news! You will do fine so don't look back. Me next!

May 17, 2012 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger renate said...

so awesome!!! i was hoping that's what your news would be. you are such a positive force! thanks for the daily inspiration. best wishes!

May 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

WOO-HOO!!! I just jumped up and down a little bit! Congrats! And enjoy! I look forward to your posts even more! :) Rock on Jenna!

May 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

WOO-HOO!!! I just jumped up and down a little bit! Congrats! And enjoy! I look forward to your posts even more! :) Rock on Jenna!

May 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

WOO-HOO!!! I just jumped up and down a little bit! Congrats! And enjoy! I look forward to your posts even more! :) Rock on Jenna!

May 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

WOO-HOO!!! I just jumped up and down a little bit! I am so thrilled for you! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!! Cheers!

May 17, 2012 at 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Karen N said...

Been reading for years, don't believe I have ever posted a comment but this is too big, too exciting and just too right not to - Congratulations on this big step - you can do it!! I know you can. Big props. Worked for myself for 17 years - you are going to love it. Once you get rolling, any fear will disappear.

May 17, 2012 at 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Sherri said...

And you know.... just think of all the good stuff you'll be accomplish with a good couple solid day in and day out months.. if you get to autumn and are doing good, you can breath and re-evaluate... maybe take a part time job, maybe change a few things... adjust, adapt, and just love life in the journey! Nothing stays the same and things adapt... people will like this is the way things will be forever and ever and one thing I have learned in nearly 50 years is that nothing stays the same... and that if there's a will, there will be a way! Just stay positive and eyes open and you will find there are TONs of possibilities out there... go grab them!!!!!

May 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Sherri said...

And you know.... just think of all the good stuff you'll be accomplish with a good couple solid day in and day out months.. if you get to autumn and are doing good, you can breath and re-evaluate... maybe take a part time job, maybe change a few things... adjust, adapt, and just love life in the journey! Nothing stays the same and things adapt... people will like this is the way things will be forever and ever and one thing I have learned in nearly 50 years is that nothing stays the same... and that if there's a will, there will be a way! Just stay positive and eyes open and you will find there are TONs of possibilities out there... go grab them!!!!!

May 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Lyssa said...

Congratulations! As one of your first self-employment tasks, you get to moderate all these blessings ;)

May 17, 2012 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Dahlia ChanTang said...

congrats, Jenna! I`m holding my breath for you.

May 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

Congrats!! Dreams really do come true for those with enough determination and nerve. :-D

May 17, 2012 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Totally AWESOME!

May 17, 2012 at 6:00 PM  
OpenID Lynnie said...

You are an inspiration, congratulations!!! I've been wanting chickens for 5 years now and finally picked up 6 pullets at the feed store yesterday, so nice to know that small steps towards a long held goal is attainable.

May 17, 2012 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger karen said...

I haven't read the comments yet but just had to say-Way to go Jenna!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you-you are an inspiration to us all. Blessings to you and all your flock.
Karen from CT

May 17, 2012 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger KellyV (Kelly the Fifth) said...

I think young people such as yourself are fearless - you may feel the fear but you charge through it. Well done. Your ability to make friends and network will keep you with ideas and solvency. Good luck and full speed ahead. Amazing.

May 17, 2012 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Desert Willow said...

Trust me this is the best thing you will ever do for yourself and your farm I know because I did it and never looked back. Your farm and livestock will thrive with your undivided attention.

May 17, 2012 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Woohoo! So very happy for you and this new life you're planning for yourself. You are truly magnificent and courageous, and i wish you all the luck and joy in the world. (I realize you likely won't need the luck part.) You have the strength of many and you know how to work. :) I'll drink a champagne toast to you June 7th. And June 8th will be your most wonderful day ever.

May 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Alicia said...

That is a huge step! Congrats!

My maternal grandmother used to say: "Fear is a doorway. Once you step through it, you will learn a lot about yourself and the world around you."

May 17, 2012 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger kringsrud said...

Oh. my. gawd! I am giddy -- whether from excitement or terror, I don't know -- for you.

I am so looking forward to reading about this new chapter in your life.

Blessings!

May 17, 2012 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Rock on lil sister, rock on!

May 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Jennie said...

Jenna - Drumroll, please! Congratulations on this gigantic step in your young life. I got to "know" you through Jon Katz' blog. Jon and Marie will certainly echo many of the sentiments here. I read your blog religiously every morning and am buoyed at your "can-do" spirit. All the best fortune in the next stage of life..onwards and upwards! Cheers to Jenna and her farm gang.

May 17, 2012 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Marcheta said...

I wish you much success! I've been following your blog for several years and have been admiring your ambitions from the sidelines. At age 61, it is hard for me to remember when I had as much energy as you do, yet even when I do, I am amazed at the long days that you put in.

Good on you for going for your dream!

BTW...lately I've had a hunch that you were on the verge of self-employment fulltime...wierd, eh?

Marcheta

May 17, 2012 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Congratulations and best wishes!!!

May 17, 2012 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

This is where I thought you were headed. Congrats and best wishes for solvency through farming.

May 17, 2012 at 7:52 PM  
OpenID alewyfe said...

Aha, I knew it! Go git'em, girlee. Your world awaits! :-D

May 17, 2012 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Deb Naydan said...

Thanks for sharing this great news! Awesone!

May 17, 2012 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger goatgirl said...

That's exciting and you must have made the right decision...look at all these people that are behind you, cheering you on.
And don't worry, you will always have goats milk!

May 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Luann said...

Wonderful news Jenna, I am so proud of you. Yes it is scary but well worth it. You are taking the step alot younger than I did, I was 50...lol...my life is just beginning and I am lovin' it. Stay positive and don't let anyone bring you down, you are one heck of a strong young woman.

Luann

May 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Linden said...

WOnderful news and I look foreward to more books from you. I have a little urban farm and have never regretted leaving normal life. (What I wish for you is a good mate. I have had a perfect person for a long time and, besdies the obvious advantages, having someone to share the chores makes it soOOOOO much easier/faster/more enjoyable. It also results in more income. Frankly, reading your blog, I cannot imagine why someone has not snapped you up already! It did not happen to me until 32, so I know there is someone out there whose trajectory is leading to yours. (Don't publish this, I just want to congratulate you.) P.S. I havae miniature Babydoll SOuthdown sheep---cute, hairy faced docile and pretty much useless for anything but pleasure. Too small for much meat, but I do shear and use the yarn.

May 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger MollyKnits said...

Awesome to reach your dream!

May 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Sarah Mc said...

Bravo. Its amazing what you can do! You have inspired me to write, to take it seriously. To believe that it can take me somewhere special. A place with room to breath.

Sarah
"Living Honest"

We have all lost virtue
It has slipped away
Like the fall harvest
It has been left
And shriveled on the vine
Soon there will be no trace of it
For it was not preserved in
Diamond cut mason jars
Virtue has rotted
Forgotten in the field
It will be turned under
With the roots
And dug up with
The potatoes
Scrubbed and sliced
And mulled over in
Winter stew

May 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA WOW

May 17, 2012 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Welcome Comfort Farm said...

This is the best news! So, so happy for you! Congratulations!

May 17, 2012 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Welcome Comfort Farm said...

This is the best news! So, so happy for you! Congratulations!

May 17, 2012 at 9:10 PM  

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