Why You Shouldn’t Start a Charity and What you Should Do Instead

Nonprofits are inherently inefficient. No matter what, a traditional charitable organization that depends on donations to survive will take double the work, if not more, to accomplish its mission. It’s in the bones of the concept. There are better ways to do it. So You Want to Start a Nonprofit Do [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Inside Outcome|0 Comments

Spontaneity and Joy – Don’t Wait for the Stars to Align, Just Go For It

Today I had to travel a couple hours away for a food forest consultation. On the way there I drove by a state park I haven't visited before. It looked like it might be pretty nice. Luckily, the meeting ended early enough that I was able to stop by the park [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Let Go of the Grudge: How to Forgive and Why

You’re walking barefoot in the forest, soaking up the energy from the earth (no really, you should totally do that) when suddenly you feel a sharp pain in the sole of your foot. You find a moss-covered boulder to sit on and examine your foot where you find a brand new [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Inside Outcome|0 Comments

Why Dreams are Like Bubbles and How to Prevent Them from Popping

My dog, Sita, loves to pop bubbles. She's like the dog who's always bringing you a ball to play fetch, except she's standing by the bubble gun, whining. She's quite good at it. Often she'll stand on her hind legs like a bear and pop all the high bubbles she can [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Inside Outcome|0 Comments

Is a Lawn Right For You? How to Choose the Best Low-Maintenance Landscaping

Here’s a bit of trivia for the American readers, what we refer to as a lawn or a yard, most of the rest of the world would call a garden. We tend to think of “gardens” like flower or vegetable beds requiring a lot of work, and of lawns (mowed grass) [...]

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: The Permaculture Pupil|0 Comments

The Lie We Tell Ourselves About Fast Metabolism

People talk about fast metabolism like it’s a gift given to skinny people. I think it’s assumed that if you have a slow metabolism, then you’re doomed to be overweight and if you have a fast metabolism, then you’re gifted with a perfect body while eating pizza and Cadbury eggs to [...]

By |February 25th, 2019|Categories: Health|0 Comments

Winter Running for Those Who Run Cold

I live in South Dakota, and I hate cold. I fell in love with running a few years ago, but I always stopped in the fall and didn't start up again until late spring. I don't like cold air touching my skin or breeze chilling my sweat. It is miserable to me. In [...]

By |December 19th, 2018|Categories: Health, Running|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What if You’re Not Sad that Your Child Has Started School?

I’ve been waiting (longing) for this day since we made the decision. Both my boys are amazing, smart, wonderful people, and I love them both from the bottom of my heart. They are also very different people. Dylan was always very easygoing and happy. Forrest required much more of me; he [...]

By |August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Multi-use Clothing: The Turkish Towel

I've been loving multi-use clothing and accessories lately. And why not? Own fewer items, spend less money, less clutter, and fewer decisions to make. It's very freeing. Let's talk about the Turkish Towel. I purchased this Riviera Towel Company towel from Amazon, but their website has even more options. "Santa Barbara-based, [...]

By |May 31st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

27: If you believe strongly enough

I decided in my mid 20’s, while finishing my undergraduate late as single mother, to move to my current city because I thought I’d be better able to find a job in my degree. I started dating and became engaged to a boy who lived here, and when I graduated I [...]

By |February 7th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is college still a must for kids in today’s world? Or are we starting to drift away from it?

Honestly I think it still just depends. It depends on a lot of things. It always has, but one huge factor that has changed the game is the internet and the vast amount of information that can be extracted from it. From the internet you have access to purchase any nonfiction [...]

By |January 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

What if you’re in your 30’s and haven’t found the right career?

Recently, a fellow group member asked this question: "Raise your hand if you're 30 (or in your 30s) and not yet in your right career, financially unstable, or generally feeling like you haven't found the right track yet for where you wanna go and who you're supposed to be? I felt like [...]

By |September 19th, 2017|Categories: Health, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tackle Mini Goals in 5 Minutes a Day, Plus Push-up Mini Goal Plan

Do you have mini goals? Mini goals are small goals that build up to the accomplishment of larger goals. Mini goals are great because they help you feel more accomplished. People tend to want results immediately, and when that doesn’t happen, they often get discouraged, sometimes quitting altogether. But when we [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Choose your Suffering

There was once a miser who lived alone aside from some servants and a dog, whom he hadn’t bothered to name, in a large draughty mansion. He had no friends and had never even given anyone a present. He spent his days alone counting and recounting his money, never leaving his [...]

By |August 18th, 2017|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

4 Examples of the Power of the Breath

We all know how important breathing is. It's so important, it's an involuntary action of our bodies, carried out without having to think about it. Our body just does it, because if we stopped breathing long enough, we'd die. Since our body does it involuntarily, we often just forget about it, [...]

Full-Time Parents Accomplishing Goals: A Solution

EDIT: This group is now in operation. Please visit the Parents Accomplishing Goals (PAG) Cooperative website to learn more. I am in the process of creating a group that will allow full-time parents to accomplish other goals. These goals could be things like professional work, volunteering, studying, and starting a business. I am a [...]

By |October 26th, 2015|Categories: Inside Outcome|Tags: , |0 Comments

Whole Systems Design Permaculture Design Course Review

This summer I attended a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Whole Systems Design in Richmond, Vermont, from July 10, though July 19, 2015. The PDC was tought by a team of permaculture professionals including Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design, Mark Krawczyk of Keyline Vermont, Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres, and Mark Angelini of [...]

The “Weeds” in My Yard – A Response to Questions

A great benefit of transforming my suburban-type yard from an unsustainable lawn to a sustainable ecosystem is setting an example. I can use the process of  transformation to inform neighbors, who undoubtedly have many opinions and questions. I've been getting a few general questions since I started the process, but yesterday I [...]

Making Sustainability Cool

I tend go back and forth between wanting to fit in and wanting to not fit in. At first, it may sound odd that someone would want to be a misfit, but hear me out. You see, humans have always wanted to find a common bond with one another. We're social creatures; it's [...]

A School Food Forest

I have a crazy idea. It would be a ton of work and require a ton of collaboration and generosity from others. It would be a lifetime commitment and beyond. It would also provide extensive benefits to thousands of local children and even help to save the planet. There is a [...]