Book Love: Be A Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell (Win a Copy!)

Book Love: Be A Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell (Win a Copy!)

I came across a mention of Marianne Cantwell’s new book, Be a Free Range Human – Escape the 9 to 5, Create a Life You Love and Still Pay the Bills while perusing the facebook page of Barbara Winter.  Per her suggestion, I contacted the book publisher and was sent a copy in exchange for sharing my thoughts here on our blog.

Escape the 9 - 5, Create a Life You Love, and Still Pay the Bills

Escape the 9 – 5, Create a Life You Love, and Still Pay the Bills

Soon after receiving the book, I found myself working for someone else and struggling to find the time to actually read it.  The irony was not lost on me.  Paul makes this “location independent” stuff look easy, while I have struggled to earn a decent living on the move.

I am enjoying my new job at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, but it is important to me that I find a way to support myself financially from wherever it is we wish to be (our sit here in New Mexico ends in October) without relying on an outside job.

I’ve been able to save us LOTS of money with Caretaking Couple; now it is time to make us some money.  I want to be my version of a Free Range Human!

You may be wondering what free ranging even means.  According to Marianne Cantwell, “Free ranging is about creating your ultimate life.  Reaching your potential, building on that moment of magic you have to offer and creating a darn good income to boot.  Freedom and fulfillment and a great income.  No compromises.”

For me, free ranging means true location independence.  For some people I know, it means walking away from jobs they hate and towards a lifestyle they love.  This book will help you to clarify what free ranging means to you and encourage you to live accordingly if you aren’t already.

Be a Free Range Human is broken up into four parts.  The first half will help you to decide what it is you want exactly and the second half shows you ways in which to put your plan into action.  There are a lot of written exercises in this book, along with complimentary online resources.  Do not ignore either ~ both are invaluable.

You will be given projects to work on, as well.  Example: my current Play Project (i.e. a project that excites me) includes monetizing this blog with relevant affiliate links, setting up an e-Book shopping cart, and reaching out to potential sponsors.  I am giving myself one week to finish this project, with the help of someone who can actually set it all up in a fraction of the time it takes me.

In this book, you will hear from others who are getting paid to do what makes them come alive.  You will learn how to start a business for under $100 and how to set your salary.  You will learn about branding and niches and how to get free press.  You will be given advice on how to avoid “the beige army”, that group of scared but vocal people that try to talk you out of living your happiest life.  Prepare to be inspired.

My copy of Be a Free Range Human is full of ink and plans and dreams, so you can’t borrow it.  Two of my friends have purchased and are reading it at present, and I cannot wait to exchange ideas and epiphanies with them!

If you are interested in reading this book as well, please leave us a comment here on the blog.  It can be about what free ranging means to you, or anything else you would like to discuss.  I will have Paul draw a name next weekend (April 12th) and send a copy out to the winner.  Book club, anyone?!


Book Love: Be A Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell (Win a Copy!)

Vision Board 2013

V’s 2013 Vision Board

Well, here it is…another year, another Vision Board!  Thanks to your interest, I have shared what is one of my favorite New Year traditions for several years running now.  I have had the pleasure of a few of you sharing your Visions with me as well and hope that 2013 is no different.

This year, I created alone.  It wasn’t quite as much fun, but I did get it put together a lot more quickly, which pleases the Brit greatly, as he gets the Ping Pong table back now.

Do you Vision Board?  If so, what do you love about it?  For me, it is a fun and simple way to visualize what I want to accomplish in the year ahead.  I take images from magazines and random mixed media and glue it on to a poster board.  I then display it somewhere obvious for a constant, crafty reminder.

Each year’s board comes out different and always brings with it new ideas, inspiration, and an occasional epiphany or two.  I won’t bore you with every little detail (pictures tell a thousand words, right?) but I *will* happily engage in any Vision Board conversation if you care to comment!  HAPPY 2013, Everyone!

Book Love: Be A Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell (Win a Copy!)

What Would You Like to See Covered in our e-Book?

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Garrison Keillor

Our Caretaking Couple e-Book is coming along.  The first several chapters are polished while the last few are still a bit…ahem…rough.  Time to finish what I started, methinks!

I receive and respond to several questions about house and pet sitting and living simply in general via e-mail, and am doing my best to address the most relevant ones in this book.  Now is is your chance…

If you have any questions/comments/suggestions of your own for us, I would love it if you would share them here on the blog (you can do this by clicking on the comments link).  XOX,


Book Love: Be A Free Range Human by Marianne Cantwell (Win a Copy!)

Just For Fun…Where ARE You?

I think this is a good sign...

I’ve noticed that our little blog is getting lots of hits lately from…all over!  If you are reading this, would you do us a quick and fun favor?  Simply leave a comment stating where you are (geographically).

If you would like to add more (like what inspired you to stop by in the first place, or what you would like to see me blog about next, etc)…that would be great as well. Thanks!


PS What you see pictured above is the stamp Paul picked out for me in Atlanta over the weekend.  I LOVE it!  He said he was looking for an Airstream stamp and this is the closest he found.  LOVE that man!

A (Yummy) Example of the Benefits of Social Media!

A (Yummy) Example of the Benefits of Social Media!

This pic taken by Rachel (Lost in the Attic with Cupcakes) of Blosm and her Cuppa

So, a week or two ago I mentioned my friend Michael Markley’s natural whipped cream company, Blosm in a Valentine’s post.  My friend Rachel (a fellow foodie, to be sure) was intrigued and next thing you know she is featuring Blosm on her delightful blog…

I love the synergy of the blogosphere and am proud to be a part of such a community.  Thank you Rachel for introducing Michael and Blosm to your readers; I know they will be thanking you as well once they get their hands on their own can of Blosm!

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