It’s so hard to believe that our time here in lovely Southern France is coming to a close.
In just under a week, we check out of the 300-year old stone house we’ve called home this past month, return our rental car, validate our Eurail passes, and hop on a train to Italy (the land of la dolce vita, good espresso, even better food and wine, and late trains).
Our time here has been a joy, though, especially as we’ve found better balance between our work-school-family life balance than we have in such a very long time. Next week, I hope to share a post with you about exactly what that has looked like, and open up a conversation about how we structure our days and weeks as EntreFamilies.
But for now, the weekly brew… plenty of reads on diverse topics as you head into your weekend (apparently I was in a reading mood this week). Enjoy and a bientôt!
The Most Important Things in Seventeen Years @ The Art of Simple
I’m not even sure if this post is new or from the archives, but it is extremely relevant for any couple that works together. Such good encouragement for your marriage.
You Don’t Have to Go to Grad School to Have a Life of the Mind @ Carrots for Michaelmas
Yes! We totally agree with this. Particularly entrepreneurs, it’s simply not necessary. There are so many ways to grow and develop without going back to school (either grad school or even university in general). For a bit of full disclosure, I have a BA degree (that is fairly useless to me these days) and along with it I racked up a whole bunch of debt.
My husband, on the other hand, avoided college/university because he a) didn’t have enough money to do it debt-free and b) wasn’t sure it was the right direction for him at that time, and today he is so glad he didn’t go the conventional route. Neither of us would say that formal post-secondary education is wrong. Sometimes it’s the necessary path for a particular skill or career. BUT, it’s not the only way to educate yourself, as Hailey clearly articulates in this well-written post. It is also not necessary to be a fabulous entrepreneur or business person. I’ve already asked Ryan to write a series on this topic in the future because he has a lot to say on the topic.
Why Fewer Toys Will Actually Benefit Your Kids @ Becoming Minimalist
I have been reminded of this once again by traveling, as we go very minimal with just one backpack or bag per person and that means we carry very few toys or playthings with us. Yes, there is definitely a struggle in the beginning as they adapt. There is boredom and our kids do need at least some things to play with. But still… what Joshua says in this post is such good food for thought, not just for traveling, but for everyday life at home with kids.
What’s worth learning in school? @ Harvard Ed. Magazine
As homeschoolers, one of the things that drives us is a desire for our kids to learn things we feel are important, relevant and truly applicable for their lives (especially to their process of becoming creative, productive, responsible adults). In the school system, a lot of focus goes to requiring kids to retain unimportant information, rather than on understanding why that information is relevant or how to apply it in the real world (not to mention, a lack of emphasis on developing and measuring foundational skills, not just testable knowledge that comes out in sound bites and multiple choice responses). This article is very thought provoking on the essence of what children ought to be learning, and how as our world and society evolves, education ought to be evolving along with it. (hat tip to The Art of Simple for this link)
One Word: Intentional (Part 1: Life) @ Kitchen Stewardship (about one family’s transition to being a full time EntreFamily)
Though Katie is a dear friend of mine, I don’t typically link up to food or homemaking blogs in the Weekly Brew. However, just this winter, she (a blogger and online marketer for the past 6 or so years) and her husband, Kris (who I believe is a web developer – correct me if I’m wrong, guys!) have just made the transition to both of them being at home, full-time, completely supporting themselves as entrepreneurs. First of all, wahoo! Secondly, this can be a hard transition and it may be interesting for other couples to read what Katie has written about how it’s been going for them so far. I loved reading about their experience.
This blog is Ryan’s recommendation, as he loves the productivity/efficiency hacks they share. A good chunk of his current morning routine (which he is finding very effective lately) was inspired by what he learned here.
Shave 10 Hours Off Your Workweek (ebook) @ Michael Hyatt
(OK, technically this is a Read, but the whole point of it is for you to Use it to better manage your time, so I’m going with Use…)
If you already subscribe to Michael Hyatt’s email list, this ebook is free for you (if you don’t subscribe, that’s the only way to get access to the book – still free, just requires a sign up). I haven’t read it in depth yet but I’ve skimmed it and my impression is that, although some of the ideas are things we’ve seen or read before (yes, even from Michael), they’re put together in a very coherent, useful manner, and he provides some excellent examples and wisdom from his own life. It’s a fairly short read (50 pages), but it looks worth it to me.
A closer look at making great pins and boards @ Business.Pinterest.com
A short video and post with some helpful tips for making your pins and boards more effective for garnering Pinterest traffic, right from the horse’s mouth (ie. the Pinterest business blog).