Hello everyone! It has been tooooo long. I have not posted mostly because, to be entirely honest, things have simply not gone to plan.
This post is about that.
This blog's subtitle, "Girl + Trailer + Ridiculous Optimism," sounded great at the beginning of the project. I still like the phrase, but it has certainly caused me to realize some nitty-gritty kinds of things about this tiny house project, and (surprise, surprise!) about life in general.
Particularly pertaining to the way with which we use the word "optimism."
For some, planning is an enjoyable process, for others, it is pretty much just drudgery. Either way, I'm going to take a guess, that at some point in the planning process everyone feels like it may never end.
If you are starting from scratch and creating your own plans, there are so many decisions to be made. So much research, conceptualizing, and contemplation are required to create a space that is both functional and inspiring. What makes planning a functional and inspiring space especially tricky is that it is different for everybody. Some people are foodies and need a full kitchen, others eat out. Some like an more open, peaceful feel, others like a more tight, cozy one.
For anyone who is neck-deep in the planning process, or for those who are JUST beginning, here is where my planning journey has taken me and some advice to go along with it.
My planning process has gone like this:
Oh my gosh, home buying is SUCH a big decision. It requires so much time and money, not to mention the emotional aspect of finding the right home. It is crazy.
This stress may in some ways be minimized and in some ways exacerbated by choosing to go tiny. I've read countless articles on the subject, some of which are written by people who say that going tiny was a breeze, others that say it was full of sacrifice, and everything in between.
Yep, a window.
Every project, or dream has to start somewhere. While my tiny house project started much before this purchase of this window, likely when I first began forming ideas and plans in ma' brain, this window was the first piece of my soon to be tiny-house-puzzle.
When I was standing in line to purchase it in my local Habitat for Humanity Restore, so many thoughts and emotions flooded my mind, some of excitement, but also some of accusation... who do you think you are? you actually think you could build a house? this is a total waste...
There are many reasons to go tiny, and likewise many reasons to not. Going tiny is not for everyone in every stage of life. It comes with its own set of challenges, as does any form of home ownership.
My first post! And with what better timing as the coming of the New Year.
Earlier today I went out to coffee with my friend’s mother, with whom I am very close. I so look up to her and her relationship with Christ. Over the course of having coffee she mentioned that she asked God for a word for the new year and that God gave her the word "intention."
I am claiming this for myself and my project! 2017 is a year of intention.
I hope that this year and my tiny house build would be full of intention. In hopes of doing so, I have compiled some of my tiny house build “goals” for each month and a few overall goals. I imagine they will change over time, but here goes nothing!