By Laura M. LaVoie
Fellow tiny house blogger Andrew Odom declared this week Tiny House Appreciation week. (Conveniently it falls during one of my other favorite appreciation weeks: Asheville Beer Week – but that is a little off topic.) I admire how Andrew has taken the tiny house movement by the horns. He points out how tiny house advocates are rarely one dimensional.
“Well, if you are like me, you are not just interested in tiny houses but also in homesteading, in technology, and in food sourcing.”
This resonated with me quite a bit. The Tiny House Movement is what led me here but the complete change of lifestyle is what keeps me excited every day. Now that we have moved into our tiny home we are making a lot of changes that could only happen by living small. Here are just a few.
- The way we eat. Since we live entirely off the grid we have decided to trade a traditional refrigerator for a small sterling engine cooler. Because of this we have to shop more often and eat fresh food faster. This has led us to supporting local agriculture through the farmers markets and participating in a CSA. Now we spend more time cooking and enjoying our meals
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- The way we exercise. We chose to build our tiny house about 200 vertical feet up a mountain. This presented challenges for building, but it also means we climb that mountain at least once a day now that we live here. We store many things in our barn so we go down the mountain and back up the mountain a couple times a day. When I lived in the city and worked in an office, I didn’t exercise at all so this constant climbing is really good for me.
- The way we work. I took a big leap to be able to move to our tiny house. I quit my job of 8 years to pursue writing full time. This has been my dream for as long as I can remember and moving to the tiny house has made that possible. All of my work now is location independent and conceivably I could work from anywhere in the world. I am very content working in the woods. I have a beautiful view from my window.
- The way we save and spend money. None of this would be possible without the drastic change in our cost of living. Moving to the tiny house means we don’t have a mortgage, rent, electricity costs, or any of the other payments that go with living conventionally. Our costs haven’t been reduced to zero, but the reduction was significant.
I would consider myself an advocate for the tiny house movement. But even if tiny living isn’t for everyone, profoundly changing the way we live can be an incredibly liberating experience.
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