I'm an IT consultant with lots of creative pursuits: photography, writing, traveling, cooking, art, DIY.
I grew up in an enormous, scientific family. We didn't have a TV or computers at home, but we had books, musical instruments, National Geographic, science experiments, storytelling contests, physical competitions, and countless negotiations...stuff that forced us to think critically and creatively. You know that movie "Captain Fantastic"? Yup, we were THOSE weirdos. We started our own lemonade stands and landscaping companies, made 8mm movies with a garage sale camera, jury-rigged our POS cars, baked gluten free treats, all before YouTube was a glimmer of an idea.
Lack of dolla bills turned out to be a huge motivator for all of us - it taught us to be curious, attentive, resourceful, selective, and proactive. Bottom line: if we wanted something, we had to earn the money to buy it, figure out how to make it, or trade for it. This is why I love to engage in a barter economy.
Bartering gives everyone the opportunity to consult with experts, so we can negotiate for the EXACT thing we're looking for, rather than settling for a product or service that was developed for the masses but isn't right for us. I'm looking to cut out Jeff Bezos and the middlemen, y’all! (doesn't that sound like an awesome name for a band? 😆)