Got Doubts About Your Dream? Build It Anyway.

by Mindy Kaleta on June 16, 2017

Okay.  We are in the really early stages of building our dream…Ladybug Junction Farm [learn more]

We’ve been searching for just the right area and property.

We went to an open house last Sunday.

The house was beautiful, the property was almost perfect.

The realtor was enthusiastic and personable and we walked away thinking, “this is it!” for Ladybug Junction Farm!


I couldn’t sleep that night. Woke up at 2:00 am with thoughts racing and feelings of overwhelm.

“Can we really do this?”

“This is such an expensive and huge project!”

“Who are we to think we could even pull this thing off?”

“What if we fail?”


For two hours, my mind was analyzing it, dissecting it and that quote from the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun showed up in my memory.


In the story, Frances, a writer from the US travels to Tuscany to escape her life in San Francisco.

On a whim, ends up buying an old villa.


Talking with her real estate agent she confides:

I wake up in the night thinking, “You idiot.   

I mean, you’re the stupidest woman in the world.

You bought a house for a life you don’t even have.”

Her agent asks:

“Then why did you do it then?”

And she replies:

“Because I’m sick of being afraid all the time and because I still want things.  

I want a wedding in this house. I want a family in this house.”

Then her agent shares something that will change her life forever:


between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering.

It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains.

They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice.

They built these tracks before there was a train in existence that could make the trip.

They built it because they knew someday the train would come.

I knew that was a message for me too.


Don and I may not know exactly how Ladybug Junction Farm will come into our reality. But we just know it will.

If that agent had asked US, “then why did you do it then?” we would have answered:

“because we too are sick of being afraid all the time and we still want things.

We want to rescue animals and give them a loving home in this house.

We want to bring animals and kids together in friendship in this house.

We want to instill in kids a love for reading and books in this house.

We want to bring health, wellness and vitality to people and animals in this house.

We want to connect with the community in this house.

We want to send the message of kindness, compassion and respect for others in this house.”

It’s one of those dreams that won’t let go of US.

When you have a dream that strong, you must follow that dream!


I finally got to sleep that night. The days that followed turned into a fact finding mission.

The act of just showing up at the Open House got us moving on “will this property fit our needs?”

And not only that, but “can we do what we want to do on the farm in this area?”


Now we are in the process of meeting with zoning inspectors and again get the opportunity to share the Ladybug Junction Farm concept!

It amazes me that whenever we “share our passion for the farm” people seem to get excited! Then WE get excited all over again!


Here’s the deal.


When you have a dream that is REALLY BIG and you start to doubt your ability to pull it off…just stop!

Stop and ask yourself,

“why do I want this?”

“why is this so important to me?”

“on my 90th birthday, will I regret not doing this?”

Only you know the answer to these questions.


Will it be scary?  Yes, it will.

Will it be worth it?  Again, YES IT WILL!


Get excited for YOUR dream!

Know why you want it.

Then share it with everyone!

Once you are firm in your passion for it, it’s super easy to share it with others!

What’s your dream?


If you would like to Help Us Build Ladybug Junction Farm with your encouragement, monetary support and shares

Go to Our Go Fund Me campaign to see all we have planned!  It’s super exciting!  Come join us!







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