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Are you serious about living a life of freedom? Then you need to invest in yourself. Yes, I mean spend money to learn what you need to learn to achieve that freedom.

The resources I have to offer you

If you’re in debt and/or want to be able to retire much earlier than the mainstream tells you is possible, buy my book Hatching The Nest Egg: Achieve Super-Early Retirement Without Gambling, Side-Gigs, Or An Above-Average Income.

If you know you’re not eating right, and need a nutrition/diet book that culls through all the confusion in the nutrition world, buy Simple Diet, Beautiful You.

If you want to get into a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle, I have two books that will be up your alley: Crazy Simple: 307 Ways To Save Money, Your Health, And The Planet, and Simplicity: Finding Freedom From The Inside Out (this is a book and course in one).

Need a step-by-step guide to achieving a particular dream? Buy Simple Success: Eight Steps To Dream Fulfillment. (Also an e-book course.)

Still looking for your soulmate (finding the right person is a critical part of living a free life!)? Buy my book, No More Broken Hearts: The Low-Stress, Joyful Way To Find Your Soulmate.

Want to get more food freedom? Buy How To Grow Vegetables Without Losing Your Mind.

You will not pay more than $6 for any of those books. If you bought all of them, you would pay under $40.

$3.99 would save you hundreds, even thousands, in future medical bills.

$2.99 would save you untold amounts of money when you apply the frugal living principles in the book.

$2.99 would help you leave the work force and live most of your adult life on your own terms – with more money in a nest egg than many people have even by the time they finish a 40-year career at a job they don’t like.

$5.99 would lead you to the life of your dreams.

If you’re serious about changing your life, you will invest money in books that will help you to do so.

Thanks in advance for checking out those resources! 🙂

Blessings to you,

Emily

 

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A Great End-Of-Summer Read: Nanostealth

I finished the first draft of my latest novel! WHEW, and, hallelujah! If you have read Call Me Isabel, my most recent publication as of this writing, you probably noticed that it was…different, shall we say, than my previously published novels. But if you prefer my earlier novels better,  no worries with my next novel! It will be fun, engaging, and heartstring-pulling. Not that there’s anything wrong with a deeper, serious, semi-fantasy women’s novel. But it’s not what my readers are used to.

While you eagerly await the publication of my “sweet, clean” romance, I want to recommend a series by Vikki Kestell that I recently finished reading, the “Nanostealth” series. It’s a faith-based story that is part science fiction, part adventure, and a whole lot of uniqueness and innovation. Heads-up: while the first book is permanently free, the main story is a trilogy, meaning you have to read the first three books in the series to get all the loose ends from the first book tied up.

With that, let’s talk about the first book for a moment. The opening scene grabbed my attention right away and kept me going. It is actually a scene from the middle of the first book, and when the author gets to a certain point she goes back in time to set up the events that lead to that middle part.

One reviewer complained about all the backstory that follows the prologue, to the extent that they didn’t finish the first book. Their loss. The backstory is necessary to understand the events that unfold later. Besides, while not as exciting as the prologue, it is well-written and interesting, and starts to develop the tension that pulls the story along and keeps the reader interested.

I’m a picky reader, and I don’t often find books that I have trouble setting down when I have to, say, fix a meal or do a chore. This was one of those rare ones. Even rarer is for me to actually buy the second book in a trilogy. But I eagerly purchased the second book as soon as I finished the first – I almost had to, with the exciting way Vikki ends the first book!

I can’t say a lot about the plot without accidentally giving out spoilers. Let me just say that the characters are well-developed and real, the dialogue is realistic, and – as I stated earlier – the main concept of the plot is as original as a plot can get these days, when “there is nothing new under the sun.”

The two negatives I could say about the series is one, I left the story frustrated with my pushing-fifty body, wishing I could have at least half the physical prowess and energy that Gemma Keys has; and two, in the third book there’s a bit more violence and death (although not graphically described) than I care to read about.

As far as the first issue, well, strictly personal, right? My deal. Regarding the second: I have watched neither a non-Pixar movie nor a television drama in years, so I have become a lot more sensitive to violence than I used to be. If you’re a TV/live-actor movie watcher, you probably won’t even blink at the “explosive” scenes in the book.

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the story in general, and specifically how Vikki portrayed a few different angles of people coming to faith in Jesus.

Now I need to talk to those of you who may have gotten hung up on my words, “the first three books in this series.” I believe Vikki’s original intent for this series was to be a trilogy, no more. When Gemma Keyes’ main problems were solved, that was going to be the end.

But the third book ends with what is basically the beginning of a new story. She even says in her note to the reader afterwards that she has left the series open for more story, just in case. Well, by the time I ended the third book, I didn’t want the series to end! I certainly wanted to know how the next phase of the main character’s life was going to pan out.

So I did something even rarer for me than buying an entire series: I e-mailed an author. I e-mailed Vikki Kestell to tell her how much I enjoyed the series and that I was putting my vote in for a fourth book.

Guess what? She e-mailed me back and said that when she finishes the novel (part of a different series) she is currently working on, she is going to return to the Nanostealth series and continue the story! Yay! No glory be to me; she has had a lot of other readers contact her to ask her to continue the series. Her decision was made before I e-mailed her. 😉

Anyway. If you’re looking for a really interesting read as the summer ends (or whatever time of year it happens to be when you happen upon this post), I think the Nanostealth series will fit the bill!

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Does the Kratky method of hydroponics really work? How easy is it? With a view to eventually creating a slideshow video showing the week-by-week growth of the tomato I’m growing via the Kratky method, I am taking two photos of the plant every week, one of the plant and one of the roots.

So, how is it working?

Here is what the plant looked week five since its germination:

Here is what the roots looked like:

Now the plant and roots at six weeks:

Can you believe it? Isn’t that totally awesome? If this plant were in the ground, number one the leaves would not look that healthy this (hot) time of year, and number two I’m not sure the growth would have been this phenomenal in a week’s time.

And you can’t tell from the photo above, but right in the middle toward the top of the plant, three or four baby buds are growing!

Why this blog may get quiet for a couple of weeks

Except for a sudden inspiration to share garden updates, I will probably not post much for a week or two. I actually was not planning to publish this post, mind you, so smile and be happy!

The truth is, I have become obsessed with the novel I’m working on. I’m not sure “obsessed” is the right word. Except for two places early on when I had to take a day or two to decide on and flesh out the next scene in my head, the writing of this novel has flowed like I’ve never had a novel flow before!

Because of my eye condition (some call it Irlen Syndrome; its medical term is “perceptual processing disorder”), I typically limit myself to writing only five to seven pages per day. Any more than that and my eyes start to get really dry and my head starts to feel woozy (I’m a bit headachy right now, jotting out this post). But during the past week and a half, I’ve been able to whip out five pages an hour (my norm is 3-4). I end up with seven pages with no problem.

And as I’ve approached the climax, it’s gotten easier and, frankly, exciting – to the extent that the other day, I whipped out fifteen pages! Much to the complaint of my eyes, I might add.

And so, I’m taking a break from my blog for a small while for two reasons. First, I need my eyes not to do any extra “close” work. Second, all I can think about is the story. Seriously. I have dreamed about it three blessed times! Once I had Max and Antonia show up in a dream, but it was just one time and my view of them was objective and rather distant. The dreams about my latest novel have had me smack dab in the middle of the story, like playing a role in a movie!

Okay, so maybe I am obsessed.

Anyway, it’s hard to think about blogging when I’m so excited about a story – I definitely found my groove in this one – so just so nobody thinks I’ve abandoned ship here, I wanted to explain my possible absence for a up to a couple of weeks.

Thanks for understanding, and see you later! 🙂

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A Home-Grown Salad (even dessert!)

We finally did it this year! We finally had a salad that was 2/3 from our garden! Usually in the summer, it would be a salad of cucumber and tomato. But if you’ve been reading my posts from the last couple of months, you’ll know that I didn’t really put in a summer garden this year.

However, I did have some carrots growing in a pot. Recently, I harvested the last ones:

And you have seen my very large broccoli plants as well. Following are just a few leaves from the plants:

Before I go on about the salad, notice the greenish apple on the left. Also home-grown! Isn’t that exciting? The not exciting thing about it is that it was knocked off the tree prematurely, I’m guessing by the wind. Even less exciting is that several days later, a rat (wild, not pet) got into the orchard and knocked several apples off in order to have a few bites of one.

Don’t mama rats teach their babies about the Clean Plate Club? Well, I’m glad this rat’s mama didn’t. Because here’s the deal: those slightly premature apples? Taste like Granny Smith apples! Just so happens that a Granny Smith apple is just that: an apple that is just shy of turning color.

The apple in the photo above I put in a breakfast smoothie the next day. The five that I picked up from the ground (no rat tooth marks!) are sitting in a basket in the kitchen, waiting to be enjoyed. However thrilled I am at FINALLY having apples from our own trees, I’d like the rest of them to ripen before we harvest them. So we found and fixed the hole through which we assume the rat had entered.

Okay, back to the salad. Here’s a side view of the grated carrots and steamed broccoli leaves in J’s dinner bowl:

Here’s a top view of the chopped and steamed broccoli.

There is no feeling like eating food you grew yourself!

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Why I Don’t Like The Name Of My Blog

“Live your dreams with Emily.” What kind of images does that phrase bring to your mind? Images of you living your dreams, perhaps. Singing on stage, adopting children, finding your soul mate, quitting your job to backpack around the globe.

Images of you living in my house, maybe? (I hope not, but…well, I’ll get to that momentarily.)

Yet another confession time: I don’t like the name of my blog. Haven’t for a long time. In fact, the very day I signed up with Green Geeks (my web host) and chose liveyourdreamswithemily.com as the URL, I changed my mind.

Too little too late. It was several hours later, after having made the payment.

What I was after was a domain name that didn’t have my full name (I didn’t want friends/family to be able to Google me and find me and start reading my blog, because then I would be constantly censoring myself so as not to offend people). Emilyjosephine.com had already been snatched up by another Emily Josephine (my author name).

And if it didn’t have my name, I wanted the blog name to reflect something about success, or living your dreams. I used to own the domain freetoliveyourdreams.com, but alas, soon after I gave it up some Internet Marketer snatched it up, hoping, I’m sure, that I’d come back begging to have the domain name back for a few hundred smackeroos.

Why was my topic going to be themed around success or living your dreams, you ask? More confessions: I was originally going to use the blog to promote my MLM business and products. And of course we all know that building an MLM business is the only and BEST way to develop the finances in order to live your dream lifestyle, right?

So that first day I returned to blogging (I’d quit for about a year), I chose liveyourdreamswithemily.com. It had the keyword phrase “live your dreams” and my first name. Good for search engines, but not good enough for people I knew to find me. (Look, the big blog I had before this one, I ended up taking down – over 500 posts! – because my sister got offended by an opinion I had expressed. Wasn’t about to let that happen again.)

My first problem with the domain name came few hours after signing up with Green Geeks (for the second time). Without going into details, let’s just say that I didn’t like how it sounded. But I got it free with the hosting account, and I didn’t want to go out and pay $20 a year for another, better domain name.

Repurposing the blog

After I decided I’d had enough of MLM to last me five or six lifetimes and therefore quit the company I’d been a part of for several years, I realized I could still write articles that would help people live more freely – have better health, improve their financial situations, and so on. And writing those articles, I could promote my books on those topics.

Then one day I woke up and asked myself, “Why am I trying to rehash everything that I already have in my books? If people are really serious about getting the information they need to live a better life, they should be willing to invest a few dollars to do so.”

So I wrote this post and was done with this blog for a while. I didn’t take it down, but I didn’t update it, either.

At the same time I was trying to inspire people to improve their situations, I also used this blog as my author blog. I talked about my writing, and would announce free book promotions.

Now, my blog has taken on quite a different tone than it had when I first started it. With few exceptions, I don’t write about health or personal finance anymore. I don’t talk about how to be “successful” (the main reason being is I finally figured out I don’t know what the BLEEP that word means!)

The articles have become a lot more personal: funny stories about my family, garden updates, random thoughts about life.

This blog is not as professional as an author blog is likely expected to be.

So, liveyourdreamswithemily.com just doesn’t fit. My first name remains the only relevant part of the URL. Now, I’m wishing I’d bought something like emilyslifejourney, or lifeintheboonies, or weirdhomesteadingfamily.

But I didn’t.

Why I’m not moving

Don’t worry; I’m not writing this post in order to tell  you that I’ve set up a brand new blog with a more appropriate blog title. Are you kidding me? Now that I’m finally getting a reasonable amount of traffic? I don’t think so!

I’m also not moving because setting up a new blog is always a pain – even though such a project is a whole lot easier now than when I first started eight years ago.

So, why bother telling you I don’t like the name of my blog? Well, dang, I needed to write about something, and this is what popped into my head!

Or maybe I’m writing it warn wannabe bloggers to be more careful about the domain name they choose. *Shrugs*

Have a nice day.

P.S. – For clarification, “liveyourdreamswithemily” does NOT mean that I want you to come live with me while you live your dreams. See my conundrum? Go live your dream life with your own friends and family. With my help.

Not in my house.

Get it? Good.

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