Two Girls in a Tiny House
Who are the two girls who live in a tiny house? Continue reading
Who are the two girls who live in a tiny house? Continue reading
During the interview, we addressed the question: “Why are Women’s Retreats important? Actually, a lot of the conversation between me and the Full Moon Women’s Retreats Founders Claudia Franzosi and Bonnie Bertano centered on this theme. Continue reading
Guest CoHost Emily Gerde presents Ryan Ott. He is a professional builder and has helped many people to fulfill their dream to build a tiny home. In this interview, we learn about the cost involved in building a tiny home and much, much more. If you are dreaming to own one in the future, this podcast will prepare you to ask all the right questions and make a plan before you spend any money. Best to do it right from the beginning.
Ryan Ott is the owner of Midwest Tiny Living LLC. Based in Minnesota, Ryan brings a lifetime of experience and experiments to the tiny house community. His approach is to custom build tiny homes for the clients he serves which helps them make the transition in a way that works best for them. This technique, he feels, is the best way to ensure a successful transition from living in large rooms to living in a large world.
Ryan Ott is helping people to find is the best way to ensure a successful transition from living in large rooms to living in a large world.Click To Tweet
We discuss all things tiny houses including pricing, planning, building, and parking. Ryan gives us an insider view of tiny house building and inspires us to think about the tiny house movement as a bigger goal of home ownership. Ryan gives practical advice on how to plan efficiently and what to consider before finalizing your design. He does a great job explaining the difference between RV’s (which I accidentally call mobile homes), and tiny houses. From insulation to size and practicality, Ryan gives us the insight you need to make an informed decision about building a tiny house. With personal experience in living in a tiny house and camper, I can attest to his assessment of the pros and cons to both.
We dive into what it takes to make a tiny house and why prices vary from state to state. There is a growing confusion with tiny houses prices with most information coming from tiny house television shows. Ryan gives a step-by-step explanation of the cost of materials and how quickly they add up but also assures potential tiny homeowners costs can be decreased easily with used materials, sweat equity, fewer windows, smaller trailer and used appliances. He encourages you to build to the 98% of your life, by making sure your daily needs are met. He gives a great example of a bathtub being an unnecessary item if you take a bath twice a year or a huge kitchen if you only seat more than a few people on holidays. His practical planning advice will assure you design and build the tiny home that best fits your needs and wants.Ryan Ott encourages you to build to the 98% of your life, by making sure your daily needs are met.Click To Tweet
Financial freedom is a big part of the discussion as we discuss how tiny houses will save you a lot of money in the long run with no mortgage, small utility bills and low maintenance costs. Tiny homes are one piece of the puzzle for finding new ways to offer affordable houses. This may require some trailblazers to get zoning regulations changed in their area, as well as finding ways to build them up to a specific code to allow more parking spot options. When it comes to parking Ryan believes we all deserve to follow our dreams and live where we want to live and thrive.
You can find Ryan on his website at
You can also find him on Instagram and Facebook @Midwesttinyliving
Find out more about Emily and her Tiny Home experience here
And hear how Collen Valles prepared for her move
I am so happy to tell you all that Emily Gerde is the first guest co-host joining our team. As you know by now, Jenise has too many obligations and has decided to leave the world of podcasting for a bit. We still hope to hear from her in the future.
Steven Cornett has the farming bug!! Or rather, the backyard farming bug. Maybe someday, he wants to farm a bigger piece of land in the country. But right now, the farming in the city is fulfilling his dreams.
He happily works many hours to get his backyard farm off the ground.
Until not too long ago, he also worked a regular job – a job he actually liked.
Often, we think of the New Year as a great time for new beginnings. We make lists, create vision boards, set resolutions and get all busy and business like to put the new version of ourselves and our lives into place.
Well, this podcast and post are not about New Year’s resolutions at all. Continue reading
Why are we talking about the blockchain, you may ask? Here is why. The news is abuzz with the rise of bitcoin. At the time of our interview, the value of bitcoin was around $6000 and by the time the podcast went live, the value has risen to $18,000. That can make your head spin. Especially when most understand that the original price of a coin was less than a dollar.
What a great investment!
But even those who haven’t invested in Bitcoin are starting to pay attention and want to know what this is all about. Well, Bitcoin is an application on the bitcoin blockchain.Learn about Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency. Listen to the podcast!! So much to learn! Join Steemit.com.Click To Tweet
And here it is. That is why we need to know what a blockchain is. It is technology which is coming into our lives if we want it or not.
So, let’s find out about this technology and see how we can use it to help us in our quest for a sustainable lifestyle.
You might wonder who our guest is and why we had him on the podcast. Well, I did meet him on the social media platform called Steemit and enjoyed his articles. I thought they were rather informative.
But I let him tell you in his own words who he is and why we can trust his expertise.
Technology is a passion of mine. I am a futurist and a technologist. I am very optimistic about the future because of all the technological innovations that we will see in the next few decades. We are living in a digital world. Each day more of society enters this realm.
I help others to embrace and understand what is taking place. Managing information is at the core of this transition. Companies/Individuals are best served to step back to take a broad spectrum view.
Some of the exciting developments:
- Business Process Automation
- 3D Printing
- 5G technology
- Quantum Computing
- Big Data Nano technology
- Solar Energy
- Electric/Autonomous Vehicles
- Battery Power
- Artificial Intelligence
- Internet of Things
- Human Longevity
It is certainly an exciting time to be alive and in the business world.
I know this sounds rather cryptic if you are a total beginner. I highly encourage you to listen to the podcast – more than once. Each time, you will understand a bit more.
One question I asked @taskmaster4450 – showing very much that I am a newbie: “What can the blockchain do?”
His response was that that is like asking what can the internet do. The possibilities are endless.Blockchain Technology: The possibilities are endless!! Click To Tweet
If you remember a pre-internet time, you know that at first, only a few people embraced this technology and many thought that it wasn’t necessary to get familiar with computers and the internet.
Fast forward to today, only 20 years later, almost everything is done via the internet. As a matter of fact, senior centers are making it a point to teach basic computer and internet skills. Many tasks have to be done online – things like applying for Medicare, insurance and so much more.
@taskmaster is predicting that it won’t be long until everything will take place on the blockchain.
We mentioned Metcalfe’s law on the podcast. If you are not familiar with the term, read more here.
Many of us might not have any money to invest into cryptocurrency. The advice given over and over by experts is to only invest money you can afford to lose. Of course, that is sound advice for the stock and bond market as well.
But the good news is that it is easy to earn cryptocurrency. Let me share two ways with you.
The first one, we also mentioned on the podcast, is Bitrad.io. Basically, you are earning a currency called BRO for listening to the radio. There are many stations to choose from.
Not all seem to be working for me, but I found a few I like and am playing them in the background – earning for listening. Don’t get too excited – BRO is not worth very much right now. But one never knows what the future will bring. And listening to any other stations earns a big Zero.
Please use this referral link to open your own account http://bitrad.io/?ref=97511
If you like this idea, you can find a referral link in your own profile and share it with your friends. You end up with a little extra this way.
This is a social media platform which is an application on a blockchain. Steem is the currency associated with Steemit as well as SBD (Steem Backed Dollar).
The way to earn those currencies is to post quality content on the platform. People vote for the content and that is how the earnings accrue.Earn cryptocurrency on steemit.com and on bitradio. Use this referral link. Listen and earn.Click To Tweet
Recently, the price of both Steem and SBD has been on the rise – it has been as high as $ 20 US for $ 1 SBD. But trading and how to take advantage of those opportunities will be the subject of one of the segments we are planning to bring to you on a regular basis.
To get your own account, go to Steemit.com. If you do, let me know and I am happy to help you maneuver. It can seem a bit overwhelming in the beginning.
But more and more applications are developing on this blockchain. For example, you can listen to our podcast on DTube. Click here to check it out. How cool is that!! I posted it one hour ago from this writing and so far, it earned me $0.31. Not overwhelming, but 31 cents more than hundreds of listeners earn on any other podcatcher.
Other applications are DTube – similar to YouTube. And of course, you can listen (and watch a graphic) to this podcast there as well.
Other applications are Steepshot – comparable to Instagram, and Zappl – comparable to Twitter.
For all I know, there are many more applications. Maybe you are a developer and are ready to develop your own application.
Matt Duncan is an educator and the author of the book called The Upcycled Toys Club. He and his business partner also started an online community by the same name.
If you don’t know who Joel Salatin is, let me quote here a short bio I received from Joel.
Joel Salatin and his family own Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Featured in the iconic foodie book Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning film FOOD INC., the farm’s moniker is “healing the land one bite at a time.” A prolific author (12 books to date) and speaker, he promotes local food systems, freedom of food choice, and farming systems that build the commons.
In this solo show, I, Marianne, examine how one person can have an immense impact on the lives of many. Jenise and I recently taught a couple of classes at the Big Bear Yoga festival. I am using this experience to illustrate that we all have the power to impact many people. People we might never even meet in our lives.