Getting (re)Inspired

8 Sep

Somehow in all my Kickstarter madness I put all my eggs and dendrites into the ‘go project go’ basket that I forgot, if only for a moment, to let myself be inspired. One thing that I so loved about rediscovering tiny houses and falling in love with voluntary simplicity back in February of this year is the wealth of examples of people that have come before, done what I want to do and lived to tell the story: blog about it, take pics, have tiny conversations in abbreviations, acronyms and incomplete sentences via Twitter and Facebook…you know…

I’ve been so consumed with my new 9-5 and getting the exact science of getting a Kickstarter fully funded that I forgot to have fun, take breaks, feed my tiny house obsession daily and occasionally…eat.

I’ve consumed 2 packs of gum in a week leaving the right side of my tongue completely raw. I felt like a chain smoker, getting the other one primed and ready before I was finished with the last. I don’t even like gum! Nerves I guess.

Other than picking a college, going on Semester at Sea or deciding to move to Los Angeles I feel like this is one of those defining moments for me. No huge immediate change, but you’ve made the jump and things will never be the same. I’m excited, nervous, emotional and giddy as all heck.

Anyway, I’m remembering what it feels like to search 20 variations of “tiny house on wheels” on Google instead of “final cut 7 FX render error” or “Kickstarter statistics”.

So what am I inspired by this morning? Let me show you…

Jenine Alexander’s tiny house cost her less than $3,500 to build. I’ve read her story a dozen times but now that I’m on my way to raising the money I’ll be re-examining how she did it and scouring Craig’s List for my own share of free or almost free recycled building materials.

Macy Miller, who’s been out of commission for a bit, is back on her feet and working on her tiny house…and a shopping bag hammock. Very cool. Glad to see you up and on your feet again Macy!

ChoosingVoluntarySimplicity.com and their entry “Learning to Slow Down“. It’s a hard lesson for me and one that most people I’ve lived with, worked with or dated probably don’t even believe I am making headway on but I have. I’ve learned to say NO to a lot of things, be a little more patient and get out a bit more. This blog is a good reminder to do that.

This is the home of blogger, entrepreneur and creator of RowdyKittens.com, Tammy Strobel and her husband

This is one of the first tiny houses I’ve seen that has a front that looks almost identical to my design: the covered porch, using the above area as interior space (I’m surprised how many tiny house designs don’t do this), windows flanking the door and a gabled roof. This is the home of the creators RowdyKittens.com, awesome site.

Small House, Big Adventure is a blog written by a grad student who is building a tiny house as part of her Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management. I love this website because I’m very engineering minded and they really outline and take pictures of everything, all the nooks and crannies and typically “boring stuff” that I totally dig.

Becoming Minimalist – pretty self explanatory but I really appreciate the sincerity and relatability of this blog. Just good, REAL people. Not all blogs are like this so I think if you are new to simplicity/minimalist culture this is a great start.

A friend once told me to spend one hour each day doing something for me. At the time I wasn’t making any disposable income and simply watching tiny house videos online effectively made my day so that’s what I did. For one hour each day I would just ogle and drool on Tiny House Swoon, Tiny Rev, Tumbleweed (even though I’ve probably memorized every single page on that site), browse Alex’s Tiny House Talk archives and surf the tiny house blogosphere.

Somehow in the planning of my dream I forgot to actually dream. Now that I’ve got my groove back I am officially redeclaring myself a tiny house geek. (almost) Everything else is filler.

– Half-Price

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