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Cultivate Simple 63: Stew 6.0

January 27th, 2014

This week it’s a Stew episode so you never know what you will find. First we discuss Home Improvement and share some tips that we have learned (most the hard way). Then we discuss our process for making big decisions in our life. We have a doozy of a decision coming up so we have been going through this process all week.

Home Improvement
– Having the right tool
– Prep is key
– Don’t rush
– Sweat the small stuff

Big Decisions
– Discuss
– Anticipate
– Calculate
– Decide
– Don’t look back

Brian’s Geeky Corner

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Books of the Week

Cultivate Simple 34: Open for Business

June 17th, 2013

On this week’s episode we discuss some tips for starting a small business. While these things may not work for everyone, they have continually worked for us.

Elderflower Fritters from Nigel Slater
Duck Breast Prosciutto how-to from Salted & Styled

Snug Harbor Farm in Kennebunk, here’s Pickle’s Pick of the Week

  • Be Unique. You have to have a unique product or service or provide the product or service in a unique way.
  • Figure out how to creatively market your product, don’t be satisfied with the status quo, get a website and facebook page.
  • Make wise decisions and consider alternatives. Think things through to their logical conclusion.
  • Be frugal. Try not to buy stuff you don’t need, for the business and personally.
  • Be willing to invest lots of time and effort for a while without much return.

Books of the Week

Reading & Watching

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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.