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Why live in a tiny home?

For me the answer is rather simple. The pros outweigh the negatives by a long shot. But before I answer, perhaps a journey down memory lane is in order.

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My parents were nomads, missionaries and entrepreneurs. In my childhood I went to 9 different schools, move 10 times, lived in Australia and abroad, been raised in remote communities and cities, lived in three sheds, homes that dad built with his own hands and perhaps the greatest adventure was spending almost a year on the road with my three siblings and parents in a horse drawn wagon.  Which, in hindsight, makes me realise this is not the first tiny home I have dwelled in.

 

Throughout my childhood I saw my parents tremendously free, wildly adventurous and debt free. We never had lots, Dad was too much of change/adventure seeker to be in any stable job for too long. Change was normal… even exciting!

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Regardless of our income, because my parents raised me thinking outside of the box and making materialistic sacrifices, I saw my parents free from mortgages, free being bound in a consumeristic mindset and enthralled by life

 

I grew to love living uniquely, learning money does not buy happiness and learning that I can be extremely content living differently than the status quo.

At 17 years old I was swept off my feet by my South African Mountain Man. He was my soulmate from the moment my eyes set upon him and as my soulmate he is likeminded, being grounded and adventures all at the same time. By 18 I became his wife and we started to dream and build a life together.

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So why a tiny home?

We want to live debt free and we’re willing to live alternatively to do so. Since moving into my our tiny home i’ve had people have compassion on me, stating sympathetically, “everyone has to start somewhere”, “it’s just a season”, “it’s ok you live in a tiny home, don’t worry about what people will think”. I assure you, I don’t. I saw the quote “it’s ok to live a life others don’t understand”. And it really is ok! Being debt free means that we are able to have freedoms that many aren’t privileged to. For me, debt is like depression. A yucky black cloud sitting over your head that you can see but can’t shift. And I am not interested in the cloud.

 

We are lovers of the earth. We have been made responsible to be caretakers of this beautiful planet and unfortunately as a whole, us humans aren’t doing so good. The hunger for power and money has led to the destruction of our planet and it hurts my heart. I want to be a faithful steward with what I have been given, as does my family. So we adjusted our lifestyle. We are off the grid, have a compost toilet, a self created garbage disposal system. Every item we purchase has to have a purpose and is kept to a minimum. Even the footings for our home is designed not to leave a permanent mark is we leave this abode some day.

 

We want our children to know money doesn’t buy happiness. Some of my happiest years were when I did not have a lot. However, it doesn’t take long when living back in mainstream, western society for bad (or normal to most) habits start popping up and becoming the norm. This is the main reason even before the tiny home, we have been television free. My Valentine will see the world differently, will think critically, challenge the status quo and find content in simplicity… because that how he will be raised.

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We like having a home. Home is a sanctuary. Home is where you can come and rejuvenated so that when you leave home you have a full cup to invest yourself into other humans and the world. I’m a proud homemaker and keeper. Plus, when it comes to our vocational choices, both my Mountain Man and my passions lie in supporting and connecting with other humans. To have real eternal purpose and value. So to do this, we need a sanctuary that can support our personal and spiritual growth.

 

Plus renting sucks. Having people own the four walls surrounding your existence means you can’t live freely and proudly as I hope to. Being scrutinised at inspections and having to fight for bond though you left a place cleaner then you arrived is not my idea of fun. I always struggled with renting. You can’t put a picture on the wall, have others coming through your home to make sure you’re kept accountable to the owner. It just isn’t the same without being yours. With a tiny home, I can paint walls, take ownership and do what I like. I like that.

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My Mountain Man got creative with the electrical box… Our bedroom is the cockpit bahahaha
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My latest edition is the installation of our fireplace.
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Our home is still a work in progress as my Mountain Man is now working and I am getting bit by bit done between baby sleeps zzz

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So we spent our small fortune, took 6 months off, had a baby and built a tiny home. And we are so glad we did.

 

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Moments from our first month ~ A work in progress in a tiny home. 

Living in a tiny home is a adjustment to“normal” western society living. I refer to it as ‘conscious living’ rather than ‘unconscious consumerism’. Every time we turn on the tap, use an electrical appliance, make a purchase or even receive a gift, we have to do it mindfully. I love the CHOICE we made to live tiny. I love that my son will learn money does not buy happiness. I love that I am happier now then I have ever been, in my <26sqm home.

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Our first month in our tiny home took a bit to adjust to but gave us many memories.

My mountain man sweat day and night to get the home done by the time our rental was up. However, due to the wait time for our solar to arrive, we were without electricity. He couldn’t install the pump or turn on the fridge, which left us waterless and powerless for the best part of four months.

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In this time, I got lots of comments about how impossible it is to do without water with a baby. But I found, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. In my experience, when life offers discomfort or difference, that’s where the memories are made. While I walked with a friend twice a week, I did my washing at her place. The bed sheets and towels got quite neglected but hey, we had clean undies. And for this short season I had to use disposables because MCN (modern clothe nappies) were far too much washing. Thankfully, now we have water I am able to turn back to cloth nappies (good for the pocket and the environment).

We would cart our drinking and washing water in with a bucket and showers were mostly done with a wet wipe.

Actually, a funny story was, because it’s summer here, we were able to swim in the dam for a “shower”. I say shower with quotation marks because it often was more of a mud bath then a cleansing bath. This one time, I came out of the dam with two leeches attached to my leg! Some shower that was.

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The second hurdle was we had no power too. Luckily we were only in an esky for 10 days and you realise how much you appreciate and rely on a fridge until you don’t have one and are not camping.

Having no lights wasn’t an issue as day light saving and being so far south meant we had extended periods of light.

Charging phones were done on the road in our cars. But all in all, we survived the adventure, and came out thriving.

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It’s nice to be living on the land, with our now fully functional tiny home. We still have doors to install, gardens to plant and the exterior to paint, but I am so happy living in my work in progress home.

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6 weeks of you ~

It’ so great to have my mojo back. Pregnancy was like “blahhhhhhh” but postpartum is WONDERFUL. I hear Mum’s say “I can’t wait until they are walking, walking, this or that” but for me, I am so relishing in every moment of my little, not so newborn son.

He is 6 weeks old now. Already wearing cloth for a 3-6 month old, using his legs, head and vision with strength. And he has just about been dragged across the countryside, handling it like a trooper.

I hear a lot that women struggle to get out of the house with their newborns. And by no means do I criticise that because breastfeeding is hard, having little sleep is hard, working out what to wear is hard and for me most days remembering to eat is hard. But boy oh boy is it nice to feel like I have energy again.

These are the adventures we have been able to embark upon so far:

  • Evendale markets (1 hr drive) ~ 5 days old
  • George Town Sight Seeing (half hr drive) ~ 2 weeks old
  • Deloraine and Liffy falls (2 hr drive and 45 min walk) ~ 3 weeks old
  • Rock climbing ~ 3 weeks old
  • Launceston play dates x 2 (1 hr drive) ~ 3 and 5 weeks old
  • Derby sight seeing and lunch (2 hr drive) ~ 4 weeks old
  • Holwell Gorge (half hr walk) ~ 5 weeks old
  • Cataract Gorge (1 hr drive and 1 hr walk) ~ 5 weeks old
  • Today at 6 weeks ~ first RUN!