#006: Pros and cons of the DIY lifestyle – Interview with author and frugal living expert Cristin Frank [Podcast]

Have you ever wondered if the thrifty, DIY lifestyle is worth all the time and effort? In today’s podcast episode, I explore that question and more in an interview with Cristin Frank, frugal living expert and author of the book “Living Simple, Free and Happy.”

Click below to listen to the full, 27-minute episode.

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One-hour DIY curtains

As a bonus with today’s episode, Cristin is giving away a signed copy of her book to one of you lucky listeners! There are three ways to enter:

  1. Rate the Living Rich on Less podcast in iTunes.
  2. Like Eve of Reduction on Facebook.
  3. Leave a comment on this post telling me why you have chosen the thrifty, DIY lifestyle.

Remember that, in order to get credit for each entry, you’ll need to leave a separate comment for each action you take. I’ll keep the giveaway open for two weeks, then announce a winner on Friday, Nov. 22.

Episode 6 resources

“Living Simple, Free and Happy” is available for purchase through Amazon or at Barnes and Noble bookstores.

Find out how to become a Reduction Rebel at Cristin’s blog, EveofReduction.com.

Feedback

Launching the Living Rich on Less podcast has been a real growth experience for me. I am working hard to get better with each episode. I welcome your feedback about how I can improve. And I’m always looking for fresh topics for future episodes.

As always, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this blog post.

#005: Dumpster dive to find your purpose in life [Podcast]

When my  husband and I were in college, we got the biggest thrill out of digging through the “trash” students left behind after they vacated campus each summer. Because many of them traveled home via airplane, they discarded the larger items they had accumulated throughout the year because, I assume, they didn’t want to go to the trouble – or expense – of shipping them home.

Their loss was our gain! Our dumpster-diving excursions yielded treasures like a Nintendo gaming system (with about 10 games included), a like-new microwave and mini fridge, a vacuum cleaner, and various furniture pieces and kitchen gadgets.

Although I don’t do a lot of dumpster diving anymore (my kids would disown me), I still brake for treasures I find along the road.

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Free chairs

But more importantly, in the same way my husband and I bravely dove through those dumpsters during college, we all need to do a little soul rummaging now and then to uncover the treasures inside us that should be cultivated and contributed to the world.

In today’s podcast episode, I explain how to search for clues from your past and present that will reveal your deepest passions and help you find your purpose in life. I firmly believe that living out our divine calling is one of the keys to a joyful, fulfilling and peaceful existence.

Ready to dive into today’s podcast?

Click below to listen to the full, 27-minute episode.

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Episode 5 notes and resources

“Creating your personal life plan” by Michael Hyatt

Evaluate your life with these six questions: (To get the free worksheets that accompany these questions, see Pages 17-19 of my e-book.)

  1. What have I accomplished that has made me feel significant?
  2. What projects/moments have brought me joy and satisfaction?
  3. What have I been praised for?
  4. How would I like to make a difference in the world?
  5. What causes/situations have moved me emotionally, compelling me to take action?
  6. What do I want people to say about me at my funeral?

Explore patterns of opportunity

  1. When was I called upon as a subject matter expert or asked for advice on a topic?

Look for time sinks

  1. What could I do for a long time without paying attention to the clock?

Assess your natural talents, skills and strengths

  1. What do I seem to be good at doing?

Don’t forget you can now subscribe to my podcast in iTunes, so you never miss an episode and can listen at your convenience on your mobile device.

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Feedback

Launching the Living Rich on Less podcast has been a growth experience for me. I am working hard to get better with each episode. I welcome your feedback on how I can improve. And I’m always looking for fresh topics for future episodes.

I hope you’ll consider rating my podcast in iTunes and leaving me a review. And, as always, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this blog post.

Are you ready to do some dumpster diving?

I’m linking this up to Women Living Well.

#004: How to beat procrastination and become a finisher [Podcast]

Do you, like millions of other well-intentioned people, struggle with waiting until the last minute to do your most important tasks? Do you have a dump-truck load of unfinished projects that mentally beat you down daily?

Confession: I’ve been a chronic procrastinator my entire life. And despite my best efforts, it’s taken me nearly 35 years to figure out what actually works to motivate me to quit the excuses, take care of business, and finish a project before moving on to something else.

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Source

In today’s podcast episode, I share my story of procrastination and discuss the three practical strategies that have helped me beat it and become a finisher. If they work for the diva of delay – aka me – chances are they’ll work for you, too.

Click below to listen to the full, 23-minute podcast episode.

Download Episode #004: How to beat procrastination & become a finisher

And don’t forget you can now subscribe to my podcast in iTunes, so you never miss an episode and can listen at your convenience on your mobile device.

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Episode 4 resources

“The Millionaire Mind” by Thomas Stanley

“Eat that Frog” by Bryan Tracy

How I organize my schedule: Podcast Episode #002

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Phil. 3:13-14

Feedback

Launching the Living Rich on Less podcast has been a real growth experience for me. I am working hard to get better with each episode. I welcome your feedback about how I can improve. And I’m always looking for fresh topics for future episodes.

I hope you’ll consider rating my podcast in iTunes and leaving me a review. And, as always, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this blog post.

Are you prepared to embrace “to-go thinking” and whip procrastination for good?

I’m linking this up to Home Stories A to Z.