Feed Your Brain #1
Like you, I’m constantly combing the internet, reading books, listening to podcasts and having conversations that ignite, inspire and motivate me. So, I’m starting a Feed Your Brain series where I’ll share what I’m discovering and point you to some awesome content.
It might not all relate directly to money but I hope that it’s stuff that could enhance your life.
Image Credit: Eddi on Flickr (image cropped)
Let’s jump right to this issue of Feed Your Brain!
Awesome Web Content
One of my favorite personal finance bloggers is J. Money. He has been blogging about money over at BudgetsAreSexy.com for six years and he’s really fun to follow. Hey, anyone who rocks a mohawk and is married with two kids has to be interesting, right?!
In this post, J. shares an “ah ha” moment when he “gets” that reducing your monthly expenses is possibly more important than increasing your income. It’s an insightful and witty read, don’t miss it!
Ross Lukeman runs a great site called Alternative Homes Today. I met Ross through blogging and came to love the content he produces. The stories he shares will give you some interesting ideas on creative ways to build a home, live simply and be mortgage free.
His three most recent articles are interviews with people who have built their own homes in unconventional ways and saved a bundle. I read each one and was so inspired. Do any of these topics intrigue you?
- Off the Hamster Wheel: Morgan’s $5000 Earthbag House
- Hammering Costs with Reclaimed Materials: Stephanie’s $20k House Project
- Mortgage Free: Dave and Barbara’s $30k Hand-Built Homestead
I love the idea of being an entrepreneur; you are your own boss (except that customers are really your boss!), you set your own schedule and can earn as much as you want (assuming people are willing to pay for what you offer!). All in all, I love the idea!
If entrepreneurship excites you too, you might be interested in how these two ladies each created a business they love!
Story #1: Refashionista.net
Esther, one of my readers, emailed me about a story she found in her newspaper. It tells how Jillian built an online business showing people how she transforms clothing she buys at thrift shops into one-of-a-kind pieces that look amazing!
She describes “refashion” as “Fashion Revisited, Repurposed, and Revitalized!” On her site, she shows you how to select a garment and then transform it.
Okay, this one could have been under the “On Money” heading because I’m sure Jillian saves a bundle on clothes and if you have a little sewing talent, can you too.
Thanks for sharing this great story, Esther!
Story #2: SeriouslyFunnyGowns.com
When someone “Follows” me on Twitter, I only reciprocate after I look at their profile (and site) and determine that they are someone I actually want to follow. I find a lot of interesting people by doing that research.
Last week I was notified that Jody Barrett started following me. I checked her out and was so impressed with what she created; of course I followed her back!
Here’s a blurb from her “About Me” page:
“The daughter of two remarkable parents, both of whom had suffered concurrently with Alzheimer’s, Jody has learned much from those years, and decided to create something positive after something so emotionally draining. She drew from the combination of her late father’s business acumen and her late mother’s creative flair, to offer Seriously Funny Gowns, which will give all patients a tiny piece of her heart.”
Perhaps I’m so attracted to her energy and business idea because it’s close to my heart. While my Mom doesn’t have Alzheimer’s, we have spent a lot of time with her in hospital gowns and trust me, they aren’t interesting or funny.
See what I mean? The gown, not funny; Mom, very funny!
Books Worth Your Time
Over the last couple of years I kept hearing about the book The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield (affiliate link). To a person, they all said this was one of the most important books they had ever read. I finally got around to reading it this year and, wow, I have to agree!
Even if you don’t think you have a creative bone in your body or have a desire to do something HUGE, you are still at the mercy of “resistance” in any area of your life that you want to improve or change. This book is a fast read and will inspire you to make the changes in your life that you desire.
Here’s a great quote from the book that you may related to:
When you go to make a purchase, think this…
If the answer is “Yes!” then buy it. If not, then what the heck are you doing???
Wrapping it Up
I hope you enjoy the series and if you find interesting tidbits that you think our community would want to know, shoot me an email and I’ll check it out! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.