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Jan 21, 2019

Today, we talk about Business Startup and some of the things that most people do not think of before they leap in. Why? Because lots of you are well down the path of getting something going and right this moment is a great time to pause, think about some things that you may not have recently.

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Spring Workshop: Sandor Katz author of Wild Fermentation will do a session on fermenting.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Fermentation recipes on Facebook: #ferment
  • Seed swaps - Rachel

Stump the Sauce

  • What to do with crumbled goat cheese

Operation Independence

  • Simplification FTW
  • Wood Heat

#My3Things

  • HIFIVE to Salima
  • Also, her body butter is awesome

Main Topic: Business Startup - What People Forget to Think About.

Make it a great week!

Song: Anonymous by Sauce

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The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

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  • Facebook Group: Facebook.com/groups/lftncoffeebreak/
  • Instagram: Nicolesauce1
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Jan 18, 2019

Today is a thought of the walk day and I take on what may be to some a sensitive issue: Privilege. My take may not be a new one, but this issue seems to get so bogged down in vocabulary, debate and this intellectual analysis and that intellectual analysis. As I was taking a hike through the forest, I realized that with all the academia, spin, politics and hysteria around the concept of privilege, it is not as complicated as we try to make it.

Also, I wanted to thank all of you who have signed up for the Membership portal this week. Your support means so much to me.

Make it a great week.

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Jan 16, 2019

Today is Wednesday and that means we will talk about a homestead-specific topic. Last week, y'all were so interested in fermentation that I thought we would do a bit of a part two on the topic that outlines how to lacto ferment vegetables both with and without a brine, I will share a few recipes, and we will have some fun!

Holler Hat Wednesday Reminder

If you want to discuss this further, head over to livingfreeintennessee.com website, or hit the facebook group.

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Jan 14, 2019

Today we will have a bit of a variety show for you, mostly based on questions and comments from y’all from the last week or so. So today we tackle a backlog of sous vide questions, most importantly my thoughts on the plastic bags leaching into our systems, a celebration of someone who made a major life accomplishment from our community - and she is a regular, when it is a good idea to find a change of scene on a big project, what to do with too many tortillas, and a review of the #my3things approach to planning, along with an update on how I am doing with it this year and feedback from a friend.

Spring Workshop Session: Rocket Mass Heater Build - remind of timeline for tickets (In a little over 3 weeks, we launch. 9am Feb 9).

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Time-pressed meal: T bone steak sous vide
  • Easy crockpot chili (with crowder peas)
  • Dehydrated dog treats from freezer burnt meat
  • Time to get the seedlings started in TN - We will dive in when I get home from this trip

Stump the Sauce

  • Making a roux with vegetables in it
  • What to do with too many tortillas from Bryan

Operation Independence

  • Awesome project in Houston
  • Started taxes in January

Main topic of the show: A variety of questions and feedback

Sous Vide

  • Plastic bags and leaching?
  • Sous Vide in mason jars
  • Using water to seal a Ziploc (also BPA free)
  • Can you sous vide prepared foods that come in a plastic bag
  • What does not sous vide well?

Christie: How to integrate #my3things when so much unexpected stuff happens on the homestead?Pia Sonne got her masters degree - let's celebrate!
Update on my year goals only 2 weeks in
What a change of scene can do for you on big scary projects (like writing a book)

Make it a great week.

Song: Strange Child

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The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Song: Strange Child

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Jan 11, 2019

Today, I have an interview with John Athayde about this project and lessons we learned from it about managing client expectations, how to have a better handle on scope, and more when you take on a big project that is difficult to define, while also being urgent.

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Announcements

  • Nicole is on the road next week
  • Listener Feedback

Interview with John Althyde

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Jan 9, 2019

So today, I will talk through several different kinds of fermentation - several of which you may already consume, benefits beyond homemaking and budget, and why you would even venture into a fermentation habit to begin with…

Also, It is Holler Hat Wednesday:


Remember how I told you to learn something new this winter while you have time? Home fermentation is a skill worth learning and one of the oldest ways to preserve food - though not the oldest. And it doesn’t take much money to get started. 

Make it a great week!

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The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Jan 7, 2019

What do you put in your content plan? We will talk about that today. Also, we will hear from Shawn from Hack My Solar as he reviews his first power bill after changing jobs and moving to a house that is on the grid. And finally, in one of those things that happens where y’all are thinking the same thing at the same time, I will give thoughts on how to get your own podcast going. Nice that the question on that came in the same week as we are discussing content creation, right?

Spring Workshop Session Announcement: Beyond Razor Sharp Knives and Tool Sharpening, Patrick Roehrman

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Will be opening workshop registration February 9 at 9am Central to members first!

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Dehydrated mushrooms and how to use them
  • Cushaw squash update – last serving is in the fridge
  • Trying a new shopping method

Stump the Sauce

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • Cider Hollow got this segment from the booze Whisperer

Operation Independence

  • The grocery game and downsizing stuff

Content Planning, Energy Use and More

What is a content plan and why would you need one? Promoting an idea, project or product takes communication. If people don’t hear about what you are up to, they won’t “buy in.” And by “Buy in” I mean not only purchase something, but also things like download your podcast, read your blog post, spread the word about you, etc. If they do not know you or your product or service exist, things stagnate.

So, after you have set your marketing goals, know who you want to target and have an idea about the big picture message of a project, know where these folks are and what they are interested in, you need a content plan. This is even more important if the product you sell is CONTENT.

  • What is a content plan?
  • What do you need to make one?
  • Then what do you do next?

Listener Question (Victoria):
How to start a podcast on the cheap.
1. Use a podcast host like Libsyn but link to your own blog page not theirs

2. Equipment: Built in mic to see if you like it

3. Editing software: Garage Band

4. Use Auphonic to compress the crap out of the file

5. Just get going!

Make it a great week.

Song: Suicide, by Sauce

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Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Jan 4, 2019

Today, I kick off a new daily show concept: Thought of the Walk. You see, going for a walk clears your head and often allows you to see things that you once thought were complex into a simpler light. So tune in today for my first "Thought of the Walk." Wonder what it will be about....

Jan 2, 2019

It’s the first episode of 2019 and we had a wonderful week off. Today, I will talk through processing deer as well as share recipes along the way that we use.

My independence fund got a huge boost last week in the form of venison. 40 pounds to be more specific. Processing it cost me $38 in supplies, of which I only used ¼, so that works out to $.23 cents a pound spent for $120 in meat (conservatively). Add to that the 6-8 quarts of deer stock I will be canning and it was a pretty big score!

Concepts

  • Skinning and gutting (How I learned to field dress)-- do not pierce the gallbladder!
  • Quartering
  • Tools & Knives
  • Some Cuts
  • Storage and Rigor

Make it a great week.

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Dec 24, 2018

Closing out the series, we bring you two versions of The Night Before Christmas. One from an intellectual fellow and one set to music. Enjoy!

Dec 24, 2018

Rest, regeneration, rejuvenation and reflection are the topic of today’s show. The season has changed, we are officially in winter - and have been weather-wise for a bit. And the hardest days are likely ahead. But right now, in this moment, if we are following the natural flow of seasons. We finally have time to get some rest. Today, I also wanted to discuss the spirit of the season - no matter your religious leaning, and to think through ways to make the most of the season of regeneration.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Zello Meetup Drunk Snacks
  • Ham ideas: Ham sauerkraut stew, red eye gravy, pasta with cream sauce and broccoli, ham salad sandwiches (or hors d'oeuvres)
  • Spring is coming: Seed catalogs and seedling growing station

Stump the Sauce

  • Making Mayo: The process and how to not get it to taste like olive oil
  • Canning Lid fail

Operation Independence

  • 2018 Finance Review is Done and we kept the house! (New tracking spreadsheet for 2019)

Main topic of the show: Season of Regeneration

Merry Christmas everyone -  and make it a great week.

Song:

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Dec 23, 2018

This year on the podcast, we started hearing more often from a certain redneck. Sometimes as a segment, sometimes on an interview and a time or two on Youtube. So when he offered (ok was voluntold) to read a redneck version of The Night Before Christmas, how could we say no. Don't worry though, there are no bad words if your kids want to listen. :D

Dec 22, 2018

A friend from down under recorded this version of the poem for us with a few adjustments made for her local environment. Thank you AussieRo.

Dec 21, 2018

NOTE: I TALK ABOUT WHO SANTA IS IN THIS...

Join us in the series in the first in a series for 2018 of poems read from throughout the world. This version of The Night Before Christmas comes from our friend “Jaggy Little Thistle” who listens from Scotland. Thanks for the recording Jaggy!

Dec 19, 2018

Today, I want to take on another country kitchen topic but from a bit of a different angle over last week: Modern Cooking in the country kitchen with a sous vide machine. Yup, this year, I got my hands on a sous vide machine and started experimenting with it. At first I was a bit skeptical about if it would really make a difference, but I also knew of other uses for it outside of cooking and thought it would be handy to have around. Then I got the thing and ended up LOVING it - like as in loving it more than my crockpot. So today, we will talk about what sous vide is, why I have started using it here at the Holler Homestead and even talk through some recipes.

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First Aid Episode Feedback

Announce Holler Hat Wednesday

Modern Cooking with Sous Vide

Nicole’s Lessons Learned on Soux vide

  1. It really shines with meat 
  2. Large numbers of eggs work well
  3. Pre-spice your meats then freeze….
  4. Defrost with it, or go from frozen to cooked without the defrost phase
  5. Awesome when you need to time things just right

Cons

  • Sometimes you just want a slow cooked stew
  • Haven’t found many vegetable sides I like cooked this way
  • It is one more kitchen gadget

Questions:

  • Does it make tough meat more tender?
  • What if you do not have a vacuum sealer?
  • How do you boil eggs with it?
  • What if you cook something too long?

Finally, the add-on use: Hand and dish washing stations: heat the water and hold it there

Story: Pig processing at 17 degrees on an off grid farm

Booze Whisperer: Gin and Juice

Make it a great week.

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Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Dec 17, 2018

Today, we talk about five areas of first aid that you should think about both on your homestead and, well, pretty much anywhere.

Spring Workshop Session: Developing Your Positive Community in the Modern World, from the Tactical Redneck

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry
Turkey for the weekend reception
Smoked Leg of Marty
Cushaw Squash, roasted, in soup, with feta as a salad
Retort Pouch Canning: Video

Stump the Sauce
Preparing Eggplant from the Store

Operation Independence
Really Cool Thank You Gifts for our Premium Supporters

Main topic of the show: Learning First Aid for the Homestead

#My3things
Teresa - managed to do a move with a sprained ankle - go girl!

A note on #my3things for the week:
Update from last week: the surprise is ready to ship
Paperwork
Domestic decluttering
Prepare week 1 jan 2019

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Dec 12, 2018

I haven’t talked much about homesteading or domestic arts lately. We’ve focused more on building the life you want to live. So today, I thought, why not surprise them with something that goes back to our roots of homesteading?

Cooking has changed

  • Eating out culture
  • Processed/prepared foods
  • Dietary changes and fancified meals
  • Plated and other mail order meal services

But the country kitchen goes through cycles. One thing feeds another - or gets in the way. So today, I thought I would run you through a not so atypical morning here at the Holler Homestead….

It all starts with coffee and 30 minutes of peaceful reflection…….Then we dive in.

There is something quite satisfying about the levels of production that you can attain if you let one thing feed the next in your kitchen. Next thing you know you have homemade broth in the pantry, lard going in the crockpot, home smoked meat, and easy plan for dinner, and a load of laundry hung out by the fire.

So why not learn a new "old" skill this winter and begin developing your own cycles in the kitchen?

Make it a great week!

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The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Dec 10, 2018

Living on a homestead is like having a variety show in your life: Something unexpected happens almost every day. Just today, I walked out to the roasting camper and saw 2 goats in my yard. If you look at the show’s photo today, you will understand why I was baffled by this. They should have been shut in the barn. And sometimes we get so mad when things go off plan, but when has anything ever really stayed on plan? Today, I will walk through several topics that impact homesteaders and those of you who are starting or have started your own business. From honey bees to healthcare, today is like a fireside chat.

Spring Workshop Session: Chef Brett Corrieri - Charcuterie. 

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • A cow and 2 pigs fit in the freezer and the process dictated our menu this week: Pork chops, ribs, chicken dumpling soup, and I am making lard.
  • Winter budget tightening means a focus on living off the pantry stores: Borscht - beets, broth and a blender and spices. Served with Sour Cream.
  • Wish I could solve the dairy problem

Stump the Sauce

  • Faith and Sarah: Broth, Bone Broth, Stock

Operation Independence

  • Roasted all the coffee. ALL OF IT. (And I love this)

Main topic of the show: Take Each Day as it is on the Homestead

Make it a great week!

Song: Cilly Song by Sauce

 

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The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Dec 3, 2018

Easy ways to find ideas for homemade gifts and firing the toxic people in your life, today on LFTN!

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Early cold has = better cold storage
  • Drying Mushrooms for vitamin D
  • Harvesting and using or drying root things like Sassafras (which I have not done)
  • Canning all the stock

Stump the Sauce

  • Q1: Why does my gravy taste like flour?
  • Q2: What should I stuff in my bird (first time roasting)?
  • Q3: What should I roast a turkey IN?
  • Q4: What if I forgot to defrost the turkey?
  • COOK TIME - TEMP
  • No fat for the gravy, now what?
  • Q5: What if I left the turkey out overnight on accident?
  • Q6: What is Your pumpkin pie recipe? (2.25 c pumpkin pulp, 1 8 oz can condensed sweetened milk, 2 eggs, 1 tsp salt, ginger, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, 1 tbsp brown sugar. 425 for 25, reduce to 350 until done.

Operation Independence

  • THE GREAT FINANCE REVIEW OF 2018...not yet finished but it is unearthing some waste and some good stuff too
  • We ate ALL our thanksgiving leftovers. ALL OF THEM.

Main Topic of the Day: Handmade Homey Gifts and Firing Toxic People

Song: Burned by Sauce

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Nov 26, 2018

Today, I have two topics for you. The first is a simple walk through our simple weekend of doing odd, quaint things. Someone pointed out to me that what I think of as a stress free Thanksgiving is filled with tons of basic homemaking skills that no one does anymore….and we will talk about a deeper idea: Mourning loss as an adult and also mourning loss for the first time, and ways to navigate sadness when you lose someone close to you. I know, I know. This may seem like a depressing topic, but it won’t be, I promise.

Workshop Session Highlight: Dori Mulder - Side Hustle Mentality: Gleaning Value From What You Have.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry
Catfood Incident
Early Cold has been good on the root vegetables
Freezer filled with Pork, sorting last year’s beef (and selling some) in preparation for the next cow (Cow story)
A word on stability and cashflow.

What Mother Nature is providing
Oysters have appeared, finally (Turkey mushroom gravy)
Lemon balm is still giving us leaves
Same as last week: things below the ground are ready. Like Sassafrass root and jerusalem artichoke.

Stump the Sauce
Last minute buttercream frosting in an urgent situation

Operation Independence
Lardo for the charcuterie session
Duplex is the prime focus until it is done

Main topic: What is Normal Has Become Odd

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The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Nov 19, 2018

Today, we will talk about a basic homesteading activity: Processing Pigs for winter -- and a deeper topic: Processing Life. The last 10 days, many people I know and ones I just recently got to know in the LFTN community have been facing hard life lessons. So we will look at lessons learned from processing pigs next to lessons learned from life. And they are not all that different.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Reviewing the root vegetables (Cat got into the pantry)
  • Care of cheese
  • Thanksgiving from stored foods

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Down to nuts and mushrooms
  • Jerusalem artichokes are ready to dig

Stump the Sauce

  • Salad Dressing

Operation Independence

  • Porchetta for the workshop
  • New coffee launching this week - should be a good one!

Processing pigs - processing life.

#My3things

  • Highlight: Cindy and her 54 birds - many hand make light work

Make it a great week!

Song: Every Way by Sauce

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The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Nov 13, 2018

Today, I run through three key lessons from the #TSP18 workshop that happened over the weekend at Jack Spirko's place in Texas. There were many more than three lessons to learn, but when it comes to living your life rather than have someone else live it for you, this event was a great motivator.

Oct 29, 2018

Today, we talk about what steps I will take to prepare the aquaponics system for winter, as well as go over what you can do now to get your garden beds ready for a great spring!

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Phase 1 has been completed 
  • Final canning events of the year (after Jack’s)
  • Drying Mushrooms
  • November: Meat rotation in the freezer
  • Time to extract honey, or package it in tinfoil to avoid freezer burn
  • Gluehwein season is here

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Ap: Swiss chard and not much else at the moment
  • Time to winterize. More on that later
  • Winterize the bees
  • Mushrooms are exploding
  • Firewood

Stump the Sauce

Operation Independence

  • Tile, Tile, Tile, Tile on the rental that has taken forever. Tiling on a wavy wall (operation independence)
  • One annoying thing season

Main topic of the show: Winterizing the Aquaponics System and garden beds

Four things to to to the ap:

  • Stock tank heater
  • Bed hoops
  • Insulation on the feeder hoses
  • Bring in the frost sensitive plants

How to prepare your beds for winter

  • Clean them out
  • Layers: manure, compost, forest dirt, leaves, straw or wood chips or another mulch. (My thoughts on local wood chips)
  • What to do if you interplant like I do

A Final Winter checklist

  • Waters ready to be ice-free?
  • Bees?
  • Animal bedding sufficient?
  • Goat hay needed
  • Pump house filters changed
  • Bring in the banana trees
  • Try to overwinter a rosemary plant and the tabasco peppers

Make it a great week.

Song: Strange Child by Sauce

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The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Oct 23, 2018

Today is that moment you have all been waiting for: A debrief of our visit to see Dori at her place, 40 Acres and a Cave. We will have a short debrief of what happened for the visit and a run down of some things we can all learn from what she is doing out there with that fantastic property.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Harvested my sweet potatoes and got about ¾ of a bushel for the prepper pantry.
  • Curing Sweet potato
  • Last green bean harvest of the season
  • Blueberry oatmeal
  • Still have not done the big move-in for Winter 2018
  • The great lasagna and the mandolin zucchini noodles

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Ap: Swiss chard is coming on
  • First Oyster mushrooms - planning to put up a ton
  • Last of the sage
  • Lemon balm - last call
  • Almost time for horseradish
  • Parsley

Stump the Sauce

  • Oxtail: Paired with jerk or curry - http://coopcancook.com/braised-oxtails/
  • What Sauce would do: sear then do a roemertopf with smoked paprika, rosemary, garlic, salt, peppers, carrots, onion, salt - served over sauteed mushroom or rice with a broth made from the rendered juices of the roemertopf and a bit of stock - because there is always stock.

Operation Independence

  • The great plumbing repair: $150
  • Taxes really did get sent - next up: more taxes
  • The gas dryer story
  • Coffee of the month is starting to sell

A debrief of 40 Acres and a Cave

Make it a great week!

Song: Anonymous by Sauce

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The Tactical Redneck
Chef Brett
Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Oct 15, 2018

So, this episode will focus on a man I have long admired in our area: Billy Kaufman of Short Mountain Distillery. Billy moved to Tennessee with a vision. What he started doing morphed into where he is today and we had a great talk about his distillery, the Haunted Woods event, and his journey from arrival to where he is today. There is so much to learn from how he has flexed and adjusted as he develops his farm into something beautiful. And while the what of he is doing has changed, his vision remains largely unchanged. It is a great example of how sticking to a vision over a tactic can help you launch the lifestyle you want.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • The weather went from the low 90s to 60s in 24 hours and it is time
  • Hen of the woods while at Dori’s place
  • Tomatoes are finally on the agenda
  • Getting Ready to extract honey

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Ap: Green beans, greens
  • Harvesting a round of spices to dry for winter use
  • Mushrooms
  • Watercress 
  • Chestnuts 

Operation Independence

  • Did a property walk and homestead plan with 40 Acres and a Cave which is giving me the data I need to offer more of these in the coming year - and it was so much fun I am dying to tell you about it.
  • Paid off a card in the game of finance with a check that was very very very late in arriving.
  • Launched Coffee of the Month

Main topic of the show: Haunted Woods, Moonshine, and the Power of Vision with Billy Kaufmann

Question: How are you surrounding yourself with doers or takers?

Make it a great week!

Song: Learning What Leaving Is, by Sauce

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