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Join your hosts Tom and Julie as we discuss developing Resilience through Simple Living, Gardening, Homesteading and Building Community. As we leave the city behind, and we are going back to the land to build a Barndominium at our Eagles Ridge Homestead in Western Wisconsin. Let’s learn, do, grow and be a little better everyday!

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Join your hosts Tom and Julie as we discuss developing Resilience through Simple Living, Gardening, Homesteading and Building Community. As we leave the city behind, and we are going back to the land to build a Barndominium at our Eagles Ridge Homestead in Western Wisconsin. Let’s learn, do, grow and be a little better everyday!

    Go with the Flow; Our 10 Step Plan for Difficult Times

    Go with the Flow; Our 10 Step Plan for Difficult Times

    In this episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, Tom talks about "going with the flow" and how he is developing a 10 step plan to navigate the rapids, waterfalls and log jams in life.


    We can spend a lifetime chasing dollars and cents, yet we don’t have the sense to take care of the Small Scale Life Basic 10 Core Principles. We have become addicted to consumerism, screens, and Modern Western Culture that pumps out garbage at an incredible rate. That is where we get into trouble: too much debt, not enough savings, few prospects, no connection to Nature or people, and living life on the hamster wheel fulfilling someone else’s dreams.


    Are you sick and tired of all that yet?


    I can see how we need to ramp up and execute them as Julie and I start our new homestead in a rural place where we don’t know many people. It is going to be challenge for us, but I think all of the work we have done is going to pay off. We are starting to see results already, and we have just barely gotten started. Just wait!
    Change is coming. We need to go with the flow like a twig on the shoulders of a mighty stream.


    Go to smallscalelife.com for show notes and links.

    • 37 min
    5 Lessons Learned from Our Stair Project Failure

    5 Lessons Learned from Our Stair Project Failure

    In this Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I provide an Eagles Ridge Update: Community, House Project and Stair Project Failure. I talk about 5 Lessons Learned from Our Stair Project that can be applied to our lives: relationships, jobs, money, tasks, DIY projects and even social media.


    April has come and gone, and we had a lot going on gearing up for constructing our Eagles Ridge Barndominium. The machine is MOSTLY in place, and the weather had cooperated; however, we hit a delay. We are in a holding pattering until some things get sorted out, and that gives us time to do other things.


    One of those other things was the stairs from the middle of Eagles Ridge to the Apple River. The Ridge is about 60 feet above the river, and we have been working on a stair project from about half way up the ridge to the river. Things were going well last Fall, but we ran into some serious issues in the past two weeks.


    We decided to make some drastic changes with the stairs, and I walk you through the project and the 5 Lessons Learned from Our Stair Project. For photos, links, videos and other information, check out the article titled "In a Hole? Stop Digging! 5 Lesson Learned from Our Stair Project" on smallscalelife.com!

    • 32 min
    Homestead Hunting and Liberty All Day Long with Letti Loo

    Homestead Hunting and Liberty All Day Long with Letti Loo

    On this 189th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I am talking homestead hunting, Roberts Rules, grounding and gardening with Letti Loo from the Liberty All Day Blog, Podcast and Vlog.


    Letti is a busy person! She is married and has a busy little boy, and along with her own platform, she is a co-host on the 80’s Mom Podcast and has her own virtual assistant company called Parli Pro Consulting as well.


    Like Julie and I, Letti and her family are escaping Chicago and returning to the land. They want to get back to a place and a life that makes sense. They want the liberty and freedom to become who they want to be, grow their own food, have some animals, build a community and do something simply magnificent in a beautiful place.


    They are on the path that so many urbanites and suburbanites are on right now: escaping the large cities, the rules and the chaos. The land rush is on, and prices are climbing and property is scarce. Homestead hunting has been really tough and intense because potential places are sold sight unseen and as-is for premium prices. Will Letti and her family find that oasis in the sea of confusion?


    I know they will!


    Remember, dear Letti, good things are coming. It will work out and you will get the right place for you. Keep your chin up as your keep homestead hunting. Speak it; claim it; believe it!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Introduction: How to Start Gardening

    Introduction: How to Start Gardening

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed as you think about how to start gardening or kicking off a new garden season? There are so many questions, options and methods; it can feel like you are lost in a lush jungle of options and questions:


    • Do I start seeds or buy them from a store or a greenhouse?
    • Should I till up your yard and plant in native soil or build raised beds?
    • Should I use Square Foot Gardens, Rain Gutter Grow Systems, Wicking Beds or Root Pouches?
    • How should I orient my beds (north-south vs. east-west)?
    • Can I put a garden in a shaded spot?
    • What soil mix should I use for my raised beds?
    • Am I going to have an organic garden by using compost or use fertilizers or both?
    • How far do I space my garden beds from each other?
    • How close should I put the plants in my garden beds?
    • What are these pests (bugs, birds or four-legged animals) and how do I stop them eating my plants?
    • How can I reduce weeding and the work involved in gardening?
    • Why bother? I never remember to water my plants and kill everything I touch!


    If you feel this way, this new How to Start Gardening Series is for you. I am designing this series for people starting from scratch and with a clean canvas. My goal is to reduce the confusion and help you successfully grow plants and vegetables.

    • 35 min
    Our Time is Finite; Prepare for a Season of Change!

    Our Time is Finite; Prepare for a Season of Change!

    In the Frozen Tundra of America's northland, we seem to have turned a corner on the weather last week. Something is in the air. The birds are showing us that something is up: from the pairs of eagles flying over Eagles Ridge and near the Third Floor Castle in the Sky to the cardinals popping up everywhere. We are entering a Season of Change!


    On this 187th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I discuss about how Our Time is Finite as we enter a Season of Change here at Small Scale Life. Spring 2021 is coming, and there will be a lot happening on Eagles Ridge, Small Scale Gardening, Small Scale Life and in our lives.


    Time is finite. There is only so much time in a day, and it really comes down to how we use that one essential limiting resource: time.


    It is time of new beginnings, and we can still be the lighthouse even though things look differently. If you remember, these are my Guiding Words for 2021. Things may change, but not all change is a bad thing. After all, gardeners and homesteaders know that as old, unproductive growth is removed, new plants can sprout and grow.


    Head over to smallscalelife.com to get all the show notes and links.

    • 41 min
    Raise Your Vibes with Maria the Energy Healer

    Raise Your Vibes with Maria the Energy Healer

    This episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast is all about How to Raise You Vibes with Maria the Energy Healer. As with many interviews, we had a plan and scripted questions for Maria, but we swerved into some really important topics that will serve as way stones for what Small Scale Life is becoming.


    For all of our knowledge and understanding, there are things in this world that humans don’t know or have forgotten during our evolution. The fact of the matter is that there are energies and vibrations at work all around us.


    In our crazy Western Civilization, modern men and woman are on the go and don’t often stop to contemplate WHY things happen or WHAT they can do to change how they feel, think and act. Instead, they chalk it up to bad luck or blame someone else for their misfortune.


    Feelings, thoughts and actions are all tied together. When we have stinking thinking, it is usually the result of problems with our internal energies, our chakras, conditioning and mindset. We have been programmed from a young age to be on the go and move through the normal, chaotic progression of birth, school, college, job, relationships, perhaps kids, rearing children, career, retirement and death. The only constants are death, taxes and never-ending consumption.


    Stop, breathe and think for a minute. Turn the lense on yourself and your path. Ask yourself:


    • What if you could understand the deeper meaning of our pain, stinking thinking and relationship problems?
    • What if we could tap into that energy power deep inside us and begin to work with it rather than against it?
    • Do you work with Source, Nature and deep energy to heal your mind, body and soul?
    • Do you know how to do that?
    • Do you even know what I am talking about?


    If you are like me six months ago, I wouldn’t have known what this is all about. I would have thought this was woo woo voodoo and looked at you funny as I hit “block” on my phone. Oh have times, and I, changed!


    Our guest this week is a Reike Master and Intuitive Energy Healer Maria Voorhees-Reincke. Julie and I discuss the following topics:


    • What is Energy Healing?
    • What is the Difference between Healing Touch and Reike?
    • Is this just woo-woo or voodoo?
    • What is grounding?
    • What are sessions like?


    We talk about these and a host of other topics on this 186th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast! For liinks and show notes, head over to smallscalelife.com!

    • 1 hr 33 min

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Great content

Listening to the Michael Bell interview got me inspired! Great content & interviews! Keep it up!

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Enjoying the show

Really an excellent podcast. Tom covers many topics about life and how to live it more intentionally. Also great because it's recorded right here in Minnesota!

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What a great show!

Want to learn about gardening? Small living,? Man this is the show for you. Tom puts on a good educational, entertaining podcast!

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