And then there were 10…

26 09 2015

Twenty-two percent of our park is now officially tiny houses! Eight THOWs and two on foundation.

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Obviously I’m partial to my own Buddhaful Hॐme. Including my lakefront view and steps to the water for my paddle board.

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I love the differences in all of the homes here. Each one is so unique. Nothing cookie cutter about our tiny homes!

We even have a THOW that was donated!

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Need a tiny and temporary place to stay? Here it is!

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Just want to try tiny living? Rent out one of our two tiny houses on foundation.

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A couple of our “full timers”…

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Come check us out! My neighbor (www.thecompanystoreonwheels.com) tells me he loves people peeking into his windows… (just call/email to make an appointment first lol).

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Now off to go and play in the park! ❤

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Ayurvedic THOW Life

14 09 2015

I am a holistic entrepeneur. My love + work + life + spirituality are not separate.

One of the reasons I chose to go “tiny” was for sustainability. To live as organically as my limitations will allow. The area I live in also inspires me to do this.

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(Local organic vegan garden and restaurant)

Our community (www.orlandolakefrontth.com) and the the movement is continuing to spread and blossom.

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(New tiny THOWs in our community)

The icing on the cake is that my neighbors are amazing, thoughtful, helpful and all around lovely people.

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(Two of my many awesome neighbors – James and Cassie – check out their blogs as well – links can found on the right hand side of my blogs home page)

We live on a beautiful lake with nature all around us; even though we are still only minutes from downtown Orlando (an ideal spot for those that need to drive to work).

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I get to spend my mornings playing with my dog in front of our lake, while watering my plants, before I start my own work for the day.

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(My hibiscus tree, dog and lemon tree)

I get very excited watching new THOW neighbors work on their own homes.

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(Inside a neighbors new THOW)

Ayurveda is about finding balance in your own life. If you would like to learn more about the ancient wisdom that is Ayurveda (which is a sister science of yoga) you can visit http://www.hibisKISSyoga.com. Moving into my THOW is just one of the many ways I continue on my daily journey of balance.

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An ORGANIC Life

5 09 2015

Organic growth.

So far this is how the tiny house movement has begun.

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What do you want out of life?

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Fear based. Is most of how we all live. If you want something else, MOVE – you are not a tree. 😉

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TRUST IN YOURSELF!

 

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Community.

2 09 2015

Community is love. Real community is love.

Here are some of the people in my community that I love:

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First on the list (had to do it) my GH James! Check out his blog too – http://www.the companystoreonwheels.com

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The AMAZING miss Cassie. My kindred soulmate.

I found family here. I had a dinner the other night with Kai Rostcheck and Rene’ Hardee who are doing amazing things for the tiny house movement! You both are such an inspiration!

Some other people in my THOW family community:

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My neighbor Rachel.

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Our newest THOW neighbors Marissa and Wendy.

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How lucky am I!?!!!

 

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Let it go.

23 08 2015

So many meanings to that phrase.

I first learned how to let go through my studies in Yoga, Buddhism, Hinduism and Ayurveda. I learned how to let go of unwanted thoughts and outcomes. Non-attachment, as some would call it. I found that through daily practice, it became easier and easier to let go of life’s negativity.

I also had learned that very lesson from the way I have chosen to lead my life. I have moved around and traveled more than the average person on this planet. I am used to letting go of friends, relationships, family… Even though I am very close with a lot of people; I have never been physically or locally close to loved ones for more than a short few years; at most. The longest side by side, through thick or thin, has been with my dog, Nesta; for the last six years.

I love my life. I have seen things that others have only dreamt about. I have met and come to know so many amazing human beings. There have also been many tragedies along the way; but I don’t regret a second of my journey in this life, and I plan on only continuing it and expanding it.

So lets get to it and talk about going “tiny”… I mean, that’s what you want to hear about, right?

Going “tiny”, most literally means letting go of material possessions. It also could mean giving up relationships with others that do not believe in “that type” of way of life. I am lucky to have had much support in my decision to go “tiny”. Letting go is not an easy task, and even though I have practiced it for years, it will always be an endless practice for me.

It comes in waves. At first, selling/giving away most of my material possessions was like a weight being lifted off of my shoulders. It was freeing. It still is freeing. Letting go of certain human connections has been the only hard part for me. I am lucky, because I live in a loving THOW welcoming community where I have found neighbors that are like-minded and love on each other; on the daily. Yet there are days that I also feel isolated; that it is still only myself and my dog.

I am an advocate of the tiny house community movement for exactly that reason. I did not used to value family (blood related or not), and I feel so strongly for the right for everyone to feel welcome, and to fit into their communities, no matter how they choose to live. I believe in unconditional love (no matter how “outdated that may be”).

I don’t have any fancy tiny house pictures this week, just a part of my story in choosing to go tiny. I am blessed, everyday of my life. Love yourself, love others, and allow for yourself to also be blessed.

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Lake Life

17 08 2015

Life is very exciting on a lake. Constant activity. I still pinch myself when I wake up in the morning to take my dog outside and realize all over again that I live steps from a lake. I have a million dollar view – how did I get so lucky?

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The fishing / grilling / boating / lounging dock in my community.

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Water powered jet pack on the lake!

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Kayaking!

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Neighbors out for Sunday tubing!

I love that I have a paddle board steps from my door that I can jump on anytime I want and go out onto the water. Ironically, when I was looking to go “tiny” the last place I wanted to move to was Orlando. It just didn’t make sense to me to live in Florida and not be by water. So when I came out to my community for the first time to see a tiny home (the first one I had actually seen in person and walked through) I had no intention of living here, I just thought I was coming to look at a tiny house.

The lake sold me. A tiny house and the ability to be steps from the lake? I’ll take it (and I did!).

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Tiny House Talk

13 08 2015

Recently I was featured on www.tinyhousetalk.com. A beautiful resource on the tiny house movement that is very inclusive of all types of “tiny”; including micro, tiny and small.

The site is probably best explained by the creator himself, Alex Pino. So here in his own words is why he created the site:

About Tiny House Talk:
“Hi, I’m Alex Pino. In 2007 I started to simplify because I wanted to take more control over my life, was unhappy with where I was at and wanted to do something about it.
So by 2009 I went from working as a government computer technician and living in a 1400 square foot home…
To writing about tiny houses and simple living while building my own Internet publishing business out of a 500-square-foot apartment. Since then I’ve tried living out of my backpack and explored many tiny and small homes of all kinds.
In 2009 I created Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter because I wanted to share my passion for living smaller and being more purposeful with anyone who was also interested. And that’s still what I’m doing today. So this is a place for you to explore and share inspiring simple living stories.
From people who live in 120 sq. ft. tiny houses on wheels to those who live in 825 sq. ft. solar powered homes and just about anything else in between.
The purpose of Tiny House Talk is to spread the message of freedom, peace and happiness through simple living.

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(Andrea and Me In Front of One of Dan Louche’s Tiny Houses)

In March of 2010 I got to attend Jay Shafer’s tiny house workshop in Orlando, Florida.
This helped me gain an understanding on how to build a house, when I do it myself.

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But I couldn’t stop there. And I still wasn’t ready to tackle a build by myself, so..
In July 2011 I attended Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s Micro Building Workshop
In July of 2011 I was invited to attend Deek’s micro building workshop.
This was another opportunity for me to learn from someone who has designed and built several micro structures.

Building Your Own Tiny House:
If you need help building, designing or getting your own tiny house built start with my free eBook, Plans to Build Your Own Tiny House.

Read more at http://tinyhousetalk.com/about/#yhAcbqsxko7oRAie.99

I have come back to his website and blog many times and will keep continuing to do so… I highly suggest that you go and check it out!