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Homesteading

Five Great States for Homesteading

America is a big place with vastly different cultures, growing seasons, land prices, and local government. This is certainly a good thing if you’re looking to escape the rat race and set up a...

Self-Reliance

Take Aim at What’s Wrong with Your Life…and Pull the Trigger

In early December, while most of America (maybe even you) was driving around in circles looking for a parking space at the mall, I put on a pair of boots and walked out into the woods...

Self-Reliance

Creating Success, One Step at a Time

I've thought a lot about the failure-to-get-started problem. I've read dozens of books and talked to many of my colleagues and posed the question to hundreds of my customers...

Homesteading

New Income for a Better Life on the Homestead

What's your New Year resolution? This time next year, I plan to be full-time on the ranch my partner, Chris bought near Colorado Springs, at the end of 2009...

Self-Reliance

A Floating Home, Good Life Skills, and a Career Portfolio

I am a child of the 60s and we were taught — and expected — to have one single job for 30 years. So I worked, mainly, as a secretary...but I also waitressed, demonstrated cookware, sold...

Self-Reliance

Why Shoveling Sh*t is Starting to Sound Good

Valerie Young was shocked by the sudden death of her mother — who had been planning a wonderful retirement — at just 61 years of age. That was back in 1993, when Valerie was commuting 90 miles a

Self-Reliance

Carefree, Debt-Free, and Enjoying the Good Life

I don’t mind making sacrifices or shouldering a burden if I know that it’s moving me forward to where I want to be. But I was miserable in my job and I really couldn’t stand my predicament...

Self-Reliance

How to Get Fresh Food on the Homestead in Winter

Rural Maine is beautiful when the snow falls, covering everything but the evergreens in 100, sometimes 200, inches of white. The air is crisp and cold and a new way of homestead living kicks in...

Self-Reliance

Four Clever Ways to Keep Your House Warm

Being able to save money in clever and creative ways is a critical skill for anyone who wants to live independently…and affordably. Between the holidays and the drop in temperature, winter tends...