Time in our tiny home felt like it was out of a fairy-tale. Well, not all the time, but quite a bit. As I’ve often said, it was my dream home-every detail Jeff built into it was exactly how I wanted it. And with no mortgage, no rent, and paying very minimally for utilities it was the life. The only money we’d really have to spend was for food + other essentials.
Altogether, our Tiny Adventure was a year long. Our build started in early February 2015, and we moved out of our completed home this February 2016. This change comes with a lot of emotions- we loved our tiny house and so enjoyed everything that comes from Tiny Living. However, just because we now live in a bigger space doesn’t mean that we can’t still embody some of the great aspects of tiny living.
I mean, it’s true, living in a tiny house enables you to count your blessings, protect the environment, and become financially generous in a way that’s free from most common distractions. But, just like anything else, we had to intentionally choose to pursue the benefits instead of staying secluded and holding onto old habits.
So now, in a 750 square foot apartment, I want to still live with purpose. I want to live simply and intentionally, in a very similar way to how we did in our Tiny House- if not better. And to be honest, there are benefits to a larger space. I can invite others into our wanna-be minimalistic bohemian home (yes, that’s what I’m calling it even if it doesn’t resemble the style at all), and practice hospitality (because let’s be honest, a mama with a kid will have a hard time having another mama with a kid over in a tiny house).
There are challenges, too. I have to intentionally choose less, purposefully decline new furniture and extravagant items. I have to keep the mindset that just because it fits doesn’t mean I should buy it. In a tiny house, you don’t have a choice- and I like living in a space that forces me to follow through with my beliefs and values because that’s what I choose, that’s what I want- not because I have to because of the environment.
So, all that to say, all this talk about living simply + intentionally is sort of the direction I want this blog to go in. Of course, I have a long way to go and I’m one of those people who is constantly changing my mind about how I feel about things, so really this is more of a documentary of a journey then a list of how-to-posts.
I want to learn from my failures – and share that with you. I want to succeed- and share that with you. And of course, I’ll continue to share my life- because everyone has challenges and hardship. I believe that a home embodies a family’s unique experiences and personality, so keeping my personal life hidden and focusing on only the appearance or the ‘idea’ of simplicity would almost be a wrong portrayal of what living small actually looks like.
Honestly, I have no idea where exactly I’m going to begin, so this is where I need YOUR help. What type of content would you be interested in seeing? What aspect of ‘home’ sparks your fancy? How can I help you keep a more simple, intentional lifestyle?