As I mentioned in my last post, the decision to move to a Tiny House was a complex choice for me. And I am sure it is a complex decision for most people. I personally arrived at the choice through a series of events and a lot of introspection. About a year ago I was stuck in a job that did nothing to feed my soul and in fact was toxic for me. For a variety of reasons I won’t share here, it was simply a bad fit for what I wanted in life and how I wanted to spend my days. But it paid for all of my stuff, so I was stuck with it. What I realized is that without some radical change, I would have to stay at the job I didn’t like. I couldn’t imaging staying where I was, so I started imagining where I could go.
Once I changed my outlook a whole new world opened up to me. This desire to change my circumstances and improve the quality of my life led me to do a lot of soul-searching. . .and a lot of reading. Along my path to self-discovery I was lucky enough to pick up a great book.
In this book, Tammy Strobel explains how she and her husband downsized significantly and began living with less so they could live a more abundant life. She explained their path to simplicity and why they made the choice to downsize. This book challenged me to analyze how I spent my time and my money and allowed my to start asking myself tough questions about how I was living my life. One of my favorite quotes from the book was, “living a simple life isn’t about self-deprivation. Instead, it’s about giving yourself the time, freedom, and money to pursue your dreams.” This theme resonated with me on so many levels, but mostly because I realized I was trading my dreams and freedom for the money and security my job provided.
I loved the book so much, I read it three times on a business trip and talked to all of my co-workers about it. Each time I found myself explaining what it was about and always ended up explaining the concept of a Tiny House. Each time I followed up the explanation with, “I mean I could never live in a Tiny House…that’s just too small, but I love the book!” I spent the next 5 months figuring out what simple living would like for me, and as you know I ended up in a Tiny House…which my co-workers laughed about…but more about that later.