Episode 108

The Power of Social Media

So many people complain that everyone and their grandmother is now building relationships on social media.

Real life friends have become a thing of the past, they say. And online friends are just not the same.

Not so, my friends. These two real life grandmothers whole heartily disagree!
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Episode 99

Permaculture and agorism.

Both offer methods for changing the world for the better. And both have become hot topics over the last several years, thanks to independent thinkers and alternative online media.

In this week’s episode of the podcast, I had the chance to engage in an exhilarating discussion about these topics with Eric McCool. Eric is using his webisite, Permagora,  to highlight ways in which people can combine permaculture with agorism for the betterment of humans and planet Earth.

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Episode 71 Health, Chicken, Meditation, and Podcasts We Like.

On Being Sick and Home Remedies.

We, Jenise and Marianne, both were sick and it took us a long time to find a date to record this December 2016 update. When we had the time, one, or both of us, didn’t have a voice. Oh well, it is the time of the year when so many people are sneezing, coughing and talking funny.  Both of us don’t like to take medication much and opted out of the pills and potions widely advertised during the winter month. Instead, we turned to a variety of home remedies with pretty good results.  Continue reading

Episode 54

Burnout

Burnout is real and most of us have faced this monster at one point or another. Of course, as with everything, there are many different levels and we might use the phrase lightly – just meaning that we are tired of something we are doing. This can be an activity, a job, a relationship or a living situation. You get the picture. However,burnout can also be or lead to some real physical and emotional problems. Well, that is the space I found myself in due to a variety of circumstances. Continue reading

Joel Zaslofsky on Simple LivingWhat is simple living and why are so many folks ditching the traditional American dream in pursuit of it?  Joel Zaslofsky of Smart and Simple Matters podcast joins me, Jenise, for a chat on the topic.

Joel shares about his transition from “working in the money industry purely for money” to embracing a simpler, more intentional life. He shares a bit about his average day now compared to then; his podcast, Smart and Simple Matters; and SimpleREV which helps people connect in-person about slowing down, being grateful, and nerding out about the simple life.

Making the Switch

For Joel, the switch wasn’t easy.  But learning that he was about to become a dad for the first time, kick-started him along the path.  How many of us began to feel the urge to make these changes when we became parents?  I know that becoming a mom was a real turning point for me.  But the journey to living a life that is mostly congruent with what my heart is saying, took a lot longer in my case.

And what is simple living all about?  Well according to Joel it’s, “homesteading, sustainability, meditation, mindfulness, minimalism, yoga, transition towns, tiny houses, slow food, slow parenting and more.

Joel Zaslofsky on Simple LivingAn Intentional Life

“I think the thread that runs through it for all these people is they want to live a more intentional life; they want to be more grateful; they want to see the world as an abundant place as opposed to a scarce place; they want to show compassion and patience and kindness,” says Joel, “..but for me its about loving the concept of enough.”

Intentional living – that sums it up for me too, Joel.  What a pleasure it was to meet this kindred spirit.  I think you will agree.

For a few ideas on steps you can take toward a more simple, intentional life, check out these 7 Steps to Start You on the Path to Simple Living.