Meet Brooke: She has a doctorate in physical therapy, but ultimately found herself longing to spend more time with her kids. That’s when she got into crocheting hats. A hobby soon became a successful business, and now she and her family travel around the country spreading the word about her amazing bobble hats, running her business, homeschooling and exploring the US.
So basically she’s amazing! Her husband, Jeff, is the director of sales for her business, so her amazing hat-crafting is enough to support the family of 5 — and they are completely debt-free, which is even cooler.
They didn’t do a ton of renovations to their brand new Grand Design 3740BH, but they have made it a home (and business!) worth admiring. Read our Q&A with Brooke at the end of the post, and buy one of her hats here!
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Crocheting Hats and Making a Living! Amazing Entrepreneur
This is no small undertaking! Look at all those pom pom hats!
Her three kiddos in those precious hats.
Her office on the road is all in this cabinet!
Love the wall art. Great reminder for us all.
This is super cute!
Here’s the layout of the RV they purchased.
Q&A with Brooke on Running a Business from her RV
What are your name(s)?
Brooke, Jeff, & kids: Hayden, Carson, Kendall
How many people (and animals) are living in your RV?
2 adults, 3 kids and Rey (yellow lab)
How long have you lived tiny?
What do you do for work? Or do you travel full-time?
We travel full time, I own my own hat brand, b.e.happe & my husband is a director of sales.
What are you hoping to get out of living tiny?
Spend more time together, make memories to last a lifetime, see the country and grow my hat brand.
What inspired you to choose an RV (rather than say a tiny house or a bus)?
We had a travel trailer and camped on the weekends when we owned a house so we were familiar with RV’s.
How did you acquire your RV? Did you do a lot of renovations?
We purchased our Grand Design 3740BH new. We painted the interior and made some modifications to fit our family but no major renovations.
What are bills/utilities like compared to before?
We worked very hard after my husband got his masters & my doctorate in physical therapy to pay off our debt. Once we sold our house we were debt free. Our bills are much less now than previously.
How did you find a place to “park” your home? Or do you travel?
We love a good mix between RV resorts with amenities and boondocking. Typically my husband travels during the week-outside of the pandemic so we plan our travel routes via his work, my business and places we want to see.
Before going tiny, what was life like?
Busy and overwhelming. A large home to keep up with and day to day tasks with suburban living.
Is there anything from your old life that you miss?
I miss the familiarity of the areas that we lived in as far as knowing where things are in stores and what restaurants were good. But exploring new things and trying new restaurants is an amazing aspect of this lifestyle also!
What benefits are you experiencing after going tiny?
So many things! The sibling bond with my children, the bond of our family, memories to last a lifetime, new friendships that would have never happened if we didn’t travel, exposure to alternative ideas/thoughts and way of life. There are so many benefits that we have experienced and continue to notice with this lifestyle.
What about some challenges?
As mentioned, grocery shopping can take a bit longer when going to new places. Also saying ‘see you later’ to friends that you meet on the road is difficult.
What makes your tiny home special?
It’s simple, filled with things that are being used daily and that have a meaning to us.
What is your favorite part of your tiny home?
The main living space is my favorite part of the home because we can all be together, its where my children learn from homeschool, it is where we cook nutritious meals for our family and the sign hanging in our living room- In a world where you can be anything, be kind- reminds us of our why every single day.
What helpful advice would you give to others interested in going tiny?
I would recommend renting an RV for an extended trip. Get an idea on the day to day tasks for the RV, see what interior features you like, how you think you want to travel, etc. There certainly are less glamorous aspects to this lifestyle like the tanks, water limitations, etc, but the benefits outweigh those potential challenges anyday.
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Our big thanks to Brooke for sharing! 🙏
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