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How Standing Rock Inspired Her Tiny Bus Life

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Jagaloria went to Standing Rock and met so many people living alternatively, she said it just didn’t feel right to stay in her apartment and work her life away. Thankfully, she made connections while there that allowed her to find a short bus and make it home!

Amazingly, her conversion only took one month of work with a former partner! The turquoise bus has all she needs — a bed, dinette and kitchen space — and she sells smudges, dream catchers, salves, and other products to afford her life on the road. Enjoy our Q&A with her below!

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She Converted A Short Bus in One Month!

Meet Jagaloria!

Adorable cat on the way into the bus.

Here she is selling her dreamcatchers at an event.

She has all kinds of treasures on her dash!

Her bed in the back of the bus.

Her DIY shelving for pantry items.

Here she is hosting friends.


What got you into tiny living?

Standing Rock got me into tiny living, I went for a while and saw how the community lived without having to pay so many bills all the time or work a 9 to 5. When I went back home to my apartment and all my stuff, as well as work, it just didn’t feel right anymore. Well at Standing Rock I got in contact with a bus that visited intentional communities and tiny living I was sold. I sold all my things and got on the bus with them to help build community and share a new way of living.

Did you build your home or buy it? How long did the process take?

I bought my short bus, and it was still a first head start bus when I bought it. I built it out with former partner, we used pallets and upcycled things in the whole thing. It took a month to do, being that we wanted to share it at a tiny house festival that following month.

How do you make money on the road?

I make dream catchers, wall decor, salves, balms, smudge bundles. Etc

How has tiny living changed your life (for better or worse)?

Tiny living changed my life by showing me a whole new way of living and showing me I don’t need to be so fancy and that nature truly provides and that living with faith and with freedom is so much more healing and freeing than being held down by a job and an apartment where I could never leave unless my rent is paid all the time.

What’s the hardest part of tiny living?

I’d say the worst thing is probably having to figure out how to come up with insurance or fix the vehicle when it randomly decides it’s not going to work anymore

What’s the most rewarding part?

I get to see the whole world and travel in my home as well as meet amazing people

Any advice for people looking to go tiny?

It’s possible to go tiny if you’re rich or poor doesn’t matter it’s possible and ya just gotta do it.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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    March 28, 2023, 3:44 pm


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