Thinking About Starting Your Own Business? Read This First!

Thinking about starting your own business? Get tips and a list of action steps you can take to help you be successful, plus a FREE business plan worksheet.Questions To Ask Yourself And Actions To Take If You Are Thinking About Starting Your Own Business

By Jennifer Spears

Starting your own business is kind of like swimming in a really big pond…or maybe even the ocean. There are some really big fish, but there are more fish that are on the smaller side. Some are even teeny tiny…still darting around, not really knowing what they are doing. Every once in awhile though, one of those teeny tiny fish shows a little spark…a hunger…as if they are suddenly awakened to the possibilities that exist in the pond. Although they can only see what is in the water right around them, they no longer see what lies in the unknown darkness ahead as scary, but as exciting and exhilarating.

And with that…a small business owner is born! Continue reading “Thinking About Starting Your Own Business? Read This First!”

50 Things To Do When You Feel Depressed

50 Things To Do When You Feel Depressed

50 Things That You Can Do When You Feel Depressed

By Jennifer Spears

Feelings of depression are normal, but it took me a long time to realize that. Now, whenever a dark cloud hovers over my mood, I don’t just sit back and wait it out. I take action! Wondering what action steps you can take when you feel depressed? Here are 50 suggestions that will take your mind off from your depression, and help shift your mood from depressed to happy! Continue reading “50 Things To Do When You Feel Depressed”

Homesteading: It’s Not For Everyone…And That’s Okay

Homesteading It Wasn't Our Road

Homesteading: It Wasn’t Our Road

By Jennifer Spears

Homesteading…it just wasn’t our road! And I’m finally ready to talk about it, so my family and I can move on to things that we’re really good at! Things that don’t strain our wallets and make us cry…a lot!

Not everyone is cut out to provide for themselves on a homestead. We tried…we really tried…but it wasn’t like we thought it would be. Continue reading “Homesteading: It’s Not For Everyone…And That’s Okay”

A Look Back At Our First Year Of Self-Employment

 

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A Look Back At Our First Year Of Self-Employment: What We’ve Learned, What We’d Change…And A Nasty Little Secret!!!

By Jennifer Spears

Do you know what is coming up in just a few days? As of February 5…my dear hubs has been “pretired” for exactly one year! As we look back at our first year of self-employment, I’m excited about all that we’ve overcome, accomplished…and learned about ourselves! Continue reading “A Look Back At Our First Year Of Self-Employment”

10 Simple Ways To Improve Your Quality Of Life

10 Simple Ways To Improve Your Quality Of Life 110 Simple Ways To Improve Your Quality Of Life: Without Busting Your Budget

By Jennifer Spears

I hear people complain about their lives all the time…and it really bums me out. The common thought pattern always seems to be that life can’t be better without more money. That’s just not true! Improving your quality of life has little to do with income, and all to do with attitude! Below are 10 simple ways that you can improve your quality of life without busting your budget! Some require a little planning and (OMG!!!) work…but wouldn’t you rather spend your time carving out a better life for yourself than dwelling on the parts of your life that you don’t enjoy? Continue reading “10 Simple Ways To Improve Your Quality Of Life”

What We Say When People Ask Us How We Do It

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What We Say When People Ask Us How We Do It

By Jennifer Spears

People ask us all the time how we do it. How we support ourselves and our 5 children that are still at home, with our small business.  

We could take the time to explain that we had been dreaming of and planning for our escape from the rat race for years.  

We could explain how we had scrimped and saved, putting away enough money to buy the most precious thing ever…time. 

We could…but honestly, even though we did do those things, when it came right down to it, we had to decide that it was time. Continue reading “What We Say When People Ask Us How We Do It”

Getting Settled On Our Homestead

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Getting Settled On Our Homestead…and Loving Our Mortgage-Free Mobile Home!!!

By Jennifer Spears

I feel a little silly saying this, but after four and a half years here…I think we are finally getting settled on our homestead! I’ve spent the last few days unpacking and sorting totes that we moved in with. We’ve also organized and rearranged a few rooms here in the house to make our days run a bit smoother.  Continue reading “Getting Settled On Our Homestead”

Felling Trees and Checking Bees

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Felling Trees and Checking Bees: An Update About The Extraordinary, Ordinary Days of Homestead Life

By Jennifer Spears

There hasn’t been much excitement around here to blog about lately. We’ve been busy, felling trees and checking bees…filling our days with the basic homestead chores.  Continue reading “Felling Trees and Checking Bees”

5 Things To Consider When Your Passions Collide With Your Reality

5 Things To Consider When Your Passions Collide With Your Reality

At Odds With Yourself: 5 Things To Consider When Your Passions Collide With Your Reality

By Jennifer Spears

It seems like I am always at odds with myself. Other than my kids and husband, I have two major passions in life… homesteading and traveling…oh, and I like to write about both of them…but not all the time. So I’m left asking myself, what do you do when your passions collide with your reality? Continue reading “5 Things To Consider When Your Passions Collide With Your Reality”

Taking Time to Enjoy the Simple Things

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Taking Time to Enjoy the Simple Things: Choose Life Over Money

By Jennifer Spears

I haven’t had a lot of time to write these past few days. I’ve been busy enjoying the simple things in life…my kids, my husband, quiet days, good food and nature. Continue reading “Taking Time to Enjoy the Simple Things”