For 15 years I worked in a career that I was good at but wasn’t feeding my spirit. I knew I needed to make a change but I felt stuck in a rut of increasing expenses.
What I didn’t realize for a long time was that my desire to live in a conventional home was the very thing that was holding me back. In hindsight, I’m not sure why I ever thought that lifestyle was right for me.
Our 2700 square foot suburban home in Atlanta was fun for a little while as we hosted parties and decorated the many rooms but the glamour faded as we dealt with never ending yard work and repairs.
I had always dreamed of being a writer but there was something inside holding me back. I made excuses, I did other things, and I didn’t write. I told myself that I would have an opportunity one day but didn’t realize I was fooling myself. An opportunity doesn’t knock on your door one day and say “Poof, you’re a writer!” You have to make your opportunities.
During this same time, my partner Matt was also feeling restless. He wanted a change and, more importantly, he wanted to build a house with his own hands. I recognized that this was the opportunity I had been looking for. We discovered the tiny house concept and got started.
I encourage you to click below to read more about how I followed my dreams and how you can start.
As we built the tiny house and downsized our lives I began to pay off my debts. We were building our home to be off the grid and I knew that my cost of living would be reduced. I was ready for the change. I was able to begin concentrating on building a freelance career and, in April of 2013, I put my notice in at my job. Now I make a comfortable living with continued growth and have never been happier. You can do it too.
Step 1: Figure out what you want to do and make a plan to do it. My chosen path was writing so I needed to change my resume, figure out a marketing plan, determine a fair pay for projects, and build a client base. Your dream is probably different so research the industry and don’t wait to get started.
Step 2: Pay off your debts. If the only thing standing between you and your dreams is debt then it is time to make a plan to change that. I knew that moving into a tiny house would reduce my expenses but I wanted to start with a clean slate. We sold our big house and moved into a more economical apartment which allowed me to pay things off faster.
Step 3: Simplify your life. It does little good to pay off your debts if you acquire more. I imagine because you are reading Tiny House Talk part of you is interested in tiny living. This is a good way to reduce your expenses and live mortgage free. Consider the ways you can make this happen for yourself.
In what ways do you think a tiny house can help you to follow your dreams?
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