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Self-Reliance

Break Your Dependency on the Utility Companies

I’ve heated with wood every winter for nearly 20 years, and—even if a blizzard knocks out the power grid—I stay cozy and comfortable. Wood is an affordable alternative to electricity or fossil fuels...

Self-Reliance

Wake Up…Smell Coffee, Roses, and a Whole New Dawn

I had a close call in my mid-50s. The doctor said I was lucky to be alive. The first emergency responder to arrive on the scene had a grave, deflated expression on his face as I watched him...

Self-Reliance

Five Steps to Brush Up Your Skills

Next year might be the year you quit your job…build a homestead…and start living the dream. But you might want to implement a few small changes before to make the big leap. We’re taught to...

Self-Reliance

Take Ownership of Your Day…Starting with the Morning

As a young struggling personal trainer in 2003, I discovered that getting up at 4:30 a.m. allowed me to have 15 invaluable minutes to work on my business before I had to catch the bus to meet my...

Financial FreedomSelf-Reliance

Get Rid of the Burden and Start Living

During the last conversation I had with my grandmother – a few months before she died – I asked if she had any advice about how people like myself can de-clutter our lives and get back to a...

Self-Reliance

Five Steps to Simplify Your Life

We’re assaulted with advertisements and cultural attitudes that encourage us to evaluate ourselves based on how much “stuff” we own and constantly acquire new “things”. It’s not hard to see why...

Self-Reliance

Spend Your Time on What’s Right for You

We all have our Achilles' heel. Perhaps yours is television or junk food. You know you should turn off the television and do something, but just as you're about to leave your living room a pizza...

HomesteadingLiving Off The GridSelf-Reliance

Six Essential Possessions for Independent People

Outdoor skills…homestead living…DIY activities…they all give you a sense of satisfaction and independence. Folks who live off-the-grid...

Self-Reliance

What Season is Your Life in?

Last December, at my annual Christmas party, Pastor Luciano Del Monte said to me: "Craig, I love your focus on priority. I love how you're helping men and women get focused. You're helping them...