I hope you have all had a great week! Friday came round as fast as ever, and we have been busy writing more amazing posts for you to ease into the weekend with. This week we have welcomed three new passengers to the ecoTrain. They all answered our question of the week competition and won! We are very happy to have @sharoonyasir, @sashagenji and @hopehuggs. Also a special thanks to @hopehuggs for delegating some Steem Power to the new and growing @ecotrain account.
I have selected the best of the best this week, and hope you agree that we have a lovely array of really diverse and beautiful posts to share with you. We know how easy it is to miss the 'jewels' in our feeds and so we hope you are pleased to find them linked here for your easy perusal! We love to hear from you, so please do say hi in the comments just to let us know you appreciate and value this. That way I know we are being of service. Thanks and enjoy!
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Steemit International Commerce - Can Steemit help solve the problems that Artesans, Makers and Growers face world-wide?
One of the biggest problems I face as a Sustainable Agriculture Professional living in a remote rural area is connecting with my customer. In fact, were I to follow the prevailing winds, I would not now nor never know my customer, that is the person who is actually consuming or using my products. I believe Steemit, and other applications of the Steem blockchain, can change that. To prove to you that this is the case, I am going to show you!...
The best of the best from the ecoTrain,
determined by number of upvotes and engagement.
- The Remarkable Diary Of An Eco Builder Part 8: The Show Must Go On!
With such a long lead up, and slow beginnings, the main phase of the build went very quickly and painlessly. When I say the main build I mean the walls and main house excluding the roof! The roof was without doubt the most challenging part of this remarkable build! We will come to that shortly.
- Lentil Dhal Curry With Aromatic Rice - Authentic Indian Vegan Cooking
Knowing how to cook a good authentic Indian curry is one of those things that eludes many people. Why can't your home made curry taste like it does in a good Indian restaurant!? Well, I have been living in India for 11 years and if there is one thing I can say I have learned how to make, it is a good Dhal Curry! This recipe is one that I was taught by a dear friend who prided herself on making proper dhal as her mother taught her. Now, I am happy to share this with you here on Steemit!...
- Flame Roasted Baba Ganoush With Whole Wheat Flat-Bread Recipe : vegetarian / vegan / paleo
Baba Ganoush is a delicious dish made with roasted eggplant and tahini. The name Baba Ganoush has Arabic origins and literally means spoiled father. According to Middle Eastern food lore, it alludes to an elderly, toothless father – or baba – whose daughter had to mash his food because he wasn't able to chew it...
- How to build your own still. Step by step instructions.
It’s already a month ago when I posted my article about stilling and why it makes sense to own one. Here’s the link if you’re interested. https://steemit.com/stilling/@gardenbsquared/make-your-own-bio-fuel-save-money-become-more-self-sufficient-why-still
- Does This Man Deserve The Middle Finger Salute?..
Following from my recent post Never Have a Shit Day again, I thought it might be good to look at a few scenarios and take a look how our perspective can influence the outcome. I will give a scenario and some different ways you could decide to respond to it and how each of them might end up. Just remember
A Month on The Road With A Nomadic Family!!!!
The highs and lows, The tos and fros, Come and see what an average month looks like for a travelling family. Because we live in a tinyhouse on wheels we can afford the luxury of travelling, a lot! The following is a snapshot of our latest adventures over the last month, please enjoy.
- How to get started and be successful at Steemit!
In response to @papa-pepper’s challenge to create how-to’s, my mind has been in a how-to place for the past few days. And seeing as I now have some followers that actually followed me onto the platform, I think it’s time that I try to distill all that I have learned. I have made plenty of mistakes and done hundreds of google searches of questions I have had, which nearly always lead me to a steemit article, some fine steemian has posted an article explaining exactly what I wanted to know, often in great detail...
- Steemit International Commerce - Can Steemit help solve the problems that Artesans, Makers and Growers face world-wide?
One of the biggest problems I face as a Sustainable Agriculture Professional living in a remote rural area is connecting with my customer. In fact, were I to follow the prevailing winds, I would not now nor never know my customer, that is the person who is actually consuming or using my products. I believe Steemit, and other applications of the Steem blockchain, can change that. To prove to you that this is the case, I am going to show you!
- The hardest thing is to stay positive when you see so much negativity around you.
I've been constantly looking around these days, trying to retain the positivism which I've found within myself over the past months. Everything around me seems to be so negative, people struggling to make a living, being pushed away from their happiness due to the cruel reality of life. I don't even know if I should bother turning on the TV anymore, or listening to any radio while driving, there seems to be a constant battle between media about who can provide the most negative news to society. Things are honestly shit everywhere one looks. I always try to retain some sort of positivist towards everything I write, even if its nature is derived from the gutters of shitlandia. Sadly I can't really sugar coat everything, that would be living in an illusion wouldn't it?..
- The road to freedom: "Inner Architecture" Chapter 1: Money and the impact it has Part 1
The road to freedom: "Inner Architecture" is going to be my personal book that I'm starting to write. Before it goes anywhere else I'm going to share it here with you beautiful people :). This is the RAW and unrefined version, no edits no BS. The original name was going to be the road to Enlightenment but honestly, Enlightenment is not much different from freedom.
- The road to freedom: "Inner Architecture" Chapter 1: Money and the Mind Part 2
The road to freedom: "Inner Architecture" is going to be my personal book that I'm starting to write. Before it goes anywhere else I'm going to share it here with you beautiful people :). This is the RAW and unrefined version, no edits no BS. The original name was going to be the road to Enlightenment but honestly, Enlightenment is not much different that freedom.
- Listening to the silence Part 2: 3 benefits of silence, proven by scientific experiments
Joanne Rowling, Carl Jung, Ray Dalio (American billionaire, founder of the investment company Bridgewater Associates), as well as California Governor Jerry Brown, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan - what unites these people? It's hard to believe, but many of them consider periods of silence they practice as a huge factor in their success...
- How Children Help You Become More Nonjudgmental, Accepting, Patient and Humble
Before I became a mother, I did not believe that children as young as one day olds could teach you so many profound lessons about life in general. I did find them adorable and loveable but I never thought they had within their tiny bodies the power to change you and make you a better person. I just viewed them as tiny humans who knew how to coo, cry, smile, drink, eat and poop a lot. However, it was only after I held my tiny cub in my arms that I realized children had so much to offer to us and the world, and can really help you become a much better person but that too, only if you wish to extract positive lessons from that experience...
- Mahishasuramardini: She who slayed the demon.
Hi Everyone, At this moment the Navaratri festival is being celebrated in India and by people who feel connected to it all over the world. For nine days we remember evil being destroyed by the Divine Feminine, the Mother of all.
- A German Doctor in Syria
Though I have quite some experience as an interpreter of mostly spiritual talks from English to German, I dread the task of a written translation from a language as stilted as German into English. But nevertheless, since I learned about the ugly frog thing here on steemit, I thought I´ll give it a go. So I have decided, for those of you who don´t understand German, to translate into English the following article by Dr Michael Wilk who is on a humanitarian mission behind the Rakka frontline in Syria. For more background information check out my last article regarding him here...
- All You Need is Love - But is that True?
The reason I say this is because so many people with Pure Intentions, Truth and Integrity have a really hard time earning enough money to pay the bills, myself included! It seems that whatever I have tried will work for a while and then it just fades away, and I know so many others who also have this issue and are kind of 'living on hope and a prayer' whilst doing lots of good in some way...
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