This site is an archive of For the latest information about Susy and her adventrures, visit the Cultivate Simple site.
Thank you for all your support over the years!

Cultivate Simple 41: Resilience

August 5th, 2013

Today on the podcast we are discussing the development of resilience in your life and how it can help you prepare for hard times but also give your opportunities and choices in the good.

Brian’s Geeky Corner

Gain back some of the time you are losing by tracking where you spend your time on your computer.

Time Track Pro – Mac
Personal Activity Monitor – PC
Rescue Time – Both

Topic: Resilience

Resilience noun \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\ an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

Things that help build resilience:

  • Change your Mindset
  • Build Community
  • Become Debt Free
  • Starting a Side Business
  • Grow Food
  • Learn New Skills

Book of the Week

6 Comments to “Cultivate Simple 41: Resilience”
  1. DebbieB on August 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Good stuff! Flexibility/resilience is such an important mindset not only for survival but for quality of life.

    I’m working on your list above – I’ve made good strides in most of those areas, but my worst issue is “building community”. I’m such an introvert and HSP that I avoid people as much as possible – not that I don’t like them, but they make me so uncomfortable. I like to be helpful, and I wish I had more people-connections than I do – but aside from time with family and attending a weaving guild meeting once or twice a month, I have very little in-person contact with people, and when I do, it takes time to recover from it. Definitely something for me to work on, since I totally see the great value in community, especially as I grow older…

    Reply to DebbieB's comment

    • Elyse on August 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      I agree with Debbie – community is so important, but man, it takes a lot of work!

      Reply to Elyse's comment

  2. Misti on August 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I’m like Mr. Chiots, I can definitely fall into the rabbit hole of Wikipedia. It usually follows after I see a historical movie and then, well, its all downhill after that.

    Y’all got me through a bit of a rough Monday. :) Thanks!

    Reply to Misti's comment

  3. PennyAshevilleNC on August 6, 2013 at 8:33 am

    When my husband was unemployed (2008, a 99-weeker) we were so stressed about money, keeping our house, providing for our daughter…and one day he said “this may be as good as it gets for us, and we will have wasted all of this time being stressed and upset”. It was a game changer for us.
    We made a choice to focus on the positive. Though not an easy way out, we are happy and have more energy to maintain our lives and our passions. That energy has allowed us to be resilient.

    Reply to PennyAshevilleNC's comment

  4. angie h on August 17, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    We have come a long way with our financial resiliency and it has really paid off in so many ways. It is a work in progress and we have plenty of things that still need weeded out, but we are headed in the right direction. It turned losing my job in April into a blessing and opportunity, rather than a roadblock.

    Reply to angie h's comment

  5. stella novack on August 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks for the reminder that less is more. When my husband and I were married 30 years ago, we made the decision that we would never depend on 2 incomes. We live very simply, but have always been blessed with more than we need-a great extended family, caring friends and time to spend with our children and now our grandson. We too are trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle by doing without, gardening, and being more creative with the stuff we already have. We are very happy with that decision that we made many years ago!

    Reply to stella novack's comment


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

Read previous post:
Quote of the Day: Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd

Vegetables gardens, rightly viewed, are much more than food factories. They are magic places, little worlds set apart from other...