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"Mini" JoyBinge #5: Grape Edition

Listen to the episode here or on SoundCloud through the links below!

Listen to the episode here!

Listen to the last episode here!

Hi and welcome to JoyBinge where we discuss good news happening in the world every other week. Since this is an off week from the news, today we are doing a "Mini" JoyBinge! Right now, we are talking through pursuing passions and hobbies, what that looks like, why we do this, and how to maintain the passion. So let’s binge on some joy!

In the last Mini Binge, I said, “I want to look into what it looks like starting out a new passion, finding communities within your chosen subject, and how that can help.” When thinking over this the past few weeks, I realized that I knew some people quite close to me who have been doing exactly this for the last several years. Everyone, meet my parents: Rusty and Lisa Mauldin!

My parents have finally hit retirement age. It’s weird to think about, especially since they are rather young to be retiring (not even 60 yet!), we’re all so excited that they’ve reached this stage. One thing that sets my parents apart from others who have retired is their determination to retire to do something. Many people focus so hard on getting to the retirement stage, if they are so lucky to do so, that they forget that they need to do something during that time. So my parents decided to start a vineyard!

I asked them several questions about why they decided to start a vineyard when they lived in the suburbs all their lives, how has pursuing their passion changed their lives, what fears they’ve faced and how they’ve dealt with them. My parents offer lots of great advice so be sure to listen!

Here are some highlights of the general advice my parents gave:

  • Education and research are vital when starting out

  • Learn from the mistakes from others

  • Make your mistakes small

  • Do what you can to not magnify your mistakes

  • Make all the odds in your favor when preparing for a new hobby or project

  • Set up your environment to support what you want to do

  • For example: “Don’t grow grapes where you live, live where you can grow grapes”

  • If you want to sell the products of your hobby, make sure there is a market and demand

  • Understand you will not be 100% successful all the time

  • Expect discouragement but don’t let it color your journey

They do offer lots of information of what to do when starting a vineyard, especially in North Texas, so if you are interested in considering this option or know anyone who does, this will certainly be a great episode to listen to!

Thanks for listening to some of the joy found in the world this past week. If you have stories of good people doing good things in your neighborhood or anywhere, send them to me! I’ve got an email, or tweet at me @joybingepodcast or visit our Facebook page and Instagram account. TELL ME THE GOOD STUFF!


The music for this podcast is "Industrious Ferret" by Kevin MacLeod. Thanks for listening and have a great week!

"Industrious Ferret" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License


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