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I'm Carmen Shenk, the Tiny House Foodie, and I'm an author and speaker.  I'd like to invite you behind the scenes as I create content for folks going from materialism to minimalism to simplicity.

FIRST, A LITTLE ABOUT US:
My husband and I have both been married for 20 years to people who didn't like us.  So when we found each other in our 40's, we knew we were experiencing a rare and wonderful miracle.  We were living our dream, we owned an amazing restaurant, and he was busy with his business (he's a pipe organ builder) and I was busy running the restaurant and hosting dinner concerts in the restaurant. 

The only problem was, we weren't getting to see each other and it was driving us crazy.  He was traveling and attending to instruments all over, and I was working the long hard hours of restaurant ownership and it wasn't working.  We'd found each other late in life and here we were working crazy hours and we didn't get to see each other very much and it sucked!  So we had our "come to Jesus" conversation, and put our 3,000 sq ft restaurant on the market.  It sold quickly and we purchased a tiny house of 125 square feet and moved right in. 

It was lovely to live in a tiny house... at the beginning.  It was cute and cozy and mortgage free.  It was the fall of 2014, and by November of that year the cuteness had worn off and I was starting to get frustrated.  For a while we ate out a lot, then we realized that wasn't working so I started learning how to cook all over again.  The things we learned in those years as we took our great big life and crammed it into the tiniest of tiny houses would become my first book, Kitchen Simplicity.  It's partly practical and partly philosophical... but at the heart of my first book is the idea that Purposeful Simplicity can (and does) change everything.  And to that end, I've been writing, speaking and working to get my message out there.

I've been traveling and speaking at Tiny House festivals and meeting the most amazing people and having a fantastic time!  Living simply has unexpectedly made room for some amazing dreams for us, which was completely unexpected but absolutely wonderful!  So here I am, a published author (a dream come true) and I'm loving it.  This is my journey from materialism to minimalism to simplicity.  We love the tiny house movement, but a tiny house doesn't have the power to change your life.  On the other hand, simplicity does.  And that's the heart of my message. 

There are folks who are interested in a look behind the scenes on how I'm getting my message out into the world.  You might find this process interesting and helpful as you consider the message you want to share with the world.  This Patreon community will allow you to follow along with the process of taking a message from the white board on my office wall to the world through social media, my blog, YouTube channel, and books.  I'll be honest, I have only ONE published book out there, that hardly makes me an expert.  However, we all learn by doing and sharing what we learn, and that's where my Patreon community comes in.  I've had some good mentors in publishing, marketing, and writing.  I have spent some time in the creative writing program at Stanford.  I've invested in high quality (and extremely expensive) training about writing books, marketing, and building a brand.  I'm excited about sharing my message with the world, and I'm excited about sharing how I do it.  I want you to know that you can do this to.  I believe you will be inspired to share your own life message.

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
You can expect to see a bi-weekly video where I talk candidly about what is happening behind the scenes.  This is not going to be a highly produced video, it will just be me and the camera.  No time consuming video editing, I may not even comb my hair.  I promise authenticity and candor, that's the very least I can do.

Secondly, my Patreon community will get to see my weekly blog post before anyone else does!
  I publish a blog post (which usually includes a YouTube video) weekly on Thursday morning between 8 and 9 am Eastern.  I'll share that post here with my Patreon community when it is finished - and you won't have to wait until Thursday morning to see it! 

Third, depending on your pledge level, you'll also get a coupon code for 50% off all my courses on Teachable.  An added bonus at the highest level is that you'll get a free copy of every e-book I put out from the date you sign on.  That's a lot of value that you get to enjoy as I create it.  And since I have a whole long list of books I want to write, you'll get a front row seat for all of it!  And if you've ever wanted to write a book and get your own message out there - then you get to see how I work - plus you get to see the end product.  I don't mind telling you that I think this is pretty amazing!  When I think of all the investment I have made in educating myself, and you get to follow along as I put all that into practice?  Well, I think that's a pretty sweet deal!  I will literally be sharing with you information I paid thousands of dollars to learn.  That's value. 

Hop on the bus.  Buckle up.  This may not be pretty - but it will be authentic.  I'll share my story, and you can learn about what to do and what not to do (sometimes that's the REAL important stuff) and then we'll just take it as it comes.  Come along for the ride while I weave wads of words into purposeful packages!  That's my gig and I love it so much!  I'd love to have you along for the ride! 

JOIN MY PATREON COMMUNITY TODAY.

Tiers
Amuse Bouche
$1 or more per creation
Access to my Behind-The-Scenes videos in my Patreon community.  I expect to create a video once or twice a month.
Tapas
$2 or more per creation
Access to all my videos on Patreon.

A coupon code good for 50% off all my courses on Teachable.com.

Entree
$3 or more per creation
Access to all my videos on Patreon.

A coupon code for 50% off on all my courses on teachable.com.

A free copy of each e-book I release during the course of your membership.

Goals
1 of 200 patrons
I'll hire a personal assistant to take care of the posting of my content, and take over the shipping of books.  This will give me more time to spend on content creation.
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I'm Carmen Shenk, the Tiny House Foodie, and I'm an author and speaker.  I'd like to invite you behind the scenes as I create content for folks going from materialism to minimalism to simplicity.

FIRST, A LITTLE ABOUT US:
My husband and I have both been married for 20 years to people who didn't like us.  So when we found each other in our 40's, we knew we were experiencing a rare and wonderful miracle.  We were living our dream, we owned an amazing restaurant, and he was busy with his business (he's a pipe organ builder) and I was busy running the restaurant and hosting dinner concerts in the restaurant. 

The only problem was, we weren't getting to see each other and it was driving us crazy.  He was traveling and attending to instruments all over, and I was working the long hard hours of restaurant ownership and it wasn't working.  We'd found each other late in life and here we were working crazy hours and we didn't get to see each other very much and it sucked!  So we had our "come to Jesus" conversation, and put our 3,000 sq ft restaurant on the market.  It sold quickly and we purchased a tiny house of 125 square feet and moved right in. 

It was lovely to live in a tiny house... at the beginning.  It was cute and cozy and mortgage free.  It was the fall of 2014, and by November of that year the cuteness had worn off and I was starting to get frustrated.  For a while we ate out a lot, then we realized that wasn't working so I started learning how to cook all over again.  The things we learned in those years as we took our great big life and crammed it into the tiniest of tiny houses would become my first book, Kitchen Simplicity.  It's partly practical and partly philosophical... but at the heart of my first book is the idea that Purposeful Simplicity can (and does) change everything.  And to that end, I've been writing, speaking and working to get my message out there.

I've been traveling and speaking at Tiny House festivals and meeting the most amazing people and having a fantastic time!  Living simply has unexpectedly made room for some amazing dreams for us, which was completely unexpected but absolutely wonderful!  So here I am, a published author (a dream come true) and I'm loving it.  This is my journey from materialism to minimalism to simplicity.  We love the tiny house movement, but a tiny house doesn't have the power to change your life.  On the other hand, simplicity does.  And that's the heart of my message. 

There are folks who are interested in a look behind the scenes on how I'm getting my message out into the world.  You might find this process interesting and helpful as you consider the message you want to share with the world.  This Patreon community will allow you to follow along with the process of taking a message from the white board on my office wall to the world through social media, my blog, YouTube channel, and books.  I'll be honest, I have only ONE published book out there, that hardly makes me an expert.  However, we all learn by doing and sharing what we learn, and that's where my Patreon community comes in.  I've had some good mentors in publishing, marketing, and writing.  I have spent some time in the creative writing program at Stanford.  I've invested in high quality (and extremely expensive) training about writing books, marketing, and building a brand.  I'm excited about sharing my message with the world, and I'm excited about sharing how I do it.  I want you to know that you can do this to.  I believe you will be inspired to share your own life message.

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
You can expect to see a bi-weekly video where I talk candidly about what is happening behind the scenes.  This is not going to be a highly produced video, it will just be me and the camera.  No time consuming video editing, I may not even comb my hair.  I promise authenticity and candor, that's the very least I can do.

Secondly, my Patreon community will get to see my weekly blog post before anyone else does!
  I publish a blog post (which usually includes a YouTube video) weekly on Thursday morning between 8 and 9 am Eastern.  I'll share that post here with my Patreon community when it is finished - and you won't have to wait until Thursday morning to see it! 

Third, depending on your pledge level, you'll also get a coupon code for 50% off all my courses on Teachable.  An added bonus at the highest level is that you'll get a free copy of every e-book I put out from the date you sign on.  That's a lot of value that you get to enjoy as I create it.  And since I have a whole long list of books I want to write, you'll get a front row seat for all of it!  And if you've ever wanted to write a book and get your own message out there - then you get to see how I work - plus you get to see the end product.  I don't mind telling you that I think this is pretty amazing!  When I think of all the investment I have made in educating myself, and you get to follow along as I put all that into practice?  Well, I think that's a pretty sweet deal!  I will literally be sharing with you information I paid thousands of dollars to learn.  That's value. 

Hop on the bus.  Buckle up.  This may not be pretty - but it will be authentic.  I'll share my story, and you can learn about what to do and what not to do (sometimes that's the REAL important stuff) and then we'll just take it as it comes.  Come along for the ride while I weave wads of words into purposeful packages!  That's my gig and I love it so much!  I'd love to have you along for the ride! 

JOIN MY PATREON COMMUNITY TODAY.

Recent posts by Carmen Shenk

Tiers
Amuse Bouche
$1 or more per creation
Access to my Behind-The-Scenes videos in my Patreon community.  I expect to create a video once or twice a month.
Tapas
$2 or more per creation
Access to all my videos on Patreon.

A coupon code good for 50% off all my courses on Teachable.com.

Entree
$3 or more per creation
Access to all my videos on Patreon.

A coupon code for 50% off on all my courses on teachable.com.

A free copy of each e-book I release during the course of your membership.