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 I believe in unconditional love (no matter how “outdated that may be”).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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What are you doing with all that space?

23 06 2015

There are so many articles in circulation addressing the lack of space in a tiny house. I’m not sure if I have ever seen an article that addresses extra amounts of space in McMansions. What are people doing with all that space?

I have a TON of space. It’s called Mother Nature. I also have a lot of extra entertaining space. I refer to it as community. Even my dog has more space, and more friends.

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(One of many tiny furry friends in my THC – tiny house community!)

I find myself lonely in empty space. Additional “things” confuse me. The china flatware at my parents house makes no sense to me. The ones for “special” occasions that are held in the dining room that rarely gets used. TODAY IS SPECIAL! Every day is special to me!

Ironically, my lack of space has begun to rub off on my family. My parents recently added an outdoor meditation area to their home in Michigan. I’m wicked impressed! That is not typically their dynamic.

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I have a “guest bedroom”. My bench can be used as a day bed for visitors to stay. I have a full bathroom (what I consider a full since I don’t take baths). I have a laundry room. No trips to the laundromat for me! I have an office that doubles as my media center and a patio overlooking a serene lake. I have a kitchen that suits my lifestyle (my lack of cooking lifestyle! – which was why I chose only the appliances I knew wouldn’t go to waste). I have more now than I had in any apartment I have ever lived in! In 220 square feet! Seriously!

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(Basically I just want to live on smoothies…)

I hope that I never “live” inside. It just doesn’t feel natural. Life is a playground!

(My AWESOME tiny goofball of a neighbor. There is music that he is dancing to, even if you can’t hear it. I swear.)

But seriously, what are you doing with all that space? Not entertaining. Unless you just haven’t invited me over. Feel free to join me in my extra space.

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(My tiny neighbors blog is pretty rad too… Check him out @ http://www.thecompanystoreonwheels.com & http://www.facebook.com/thecompanystoreonwheels #DORK)

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Imagine All The People…

15 06 2015

We are growing!! Whoop whoop!

Just had a new “tiny” neighbor move her house into the park yesterday. She still needs to finish out the interior of her home, and paint the exterior, but it is looking great so far!

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I also had the chance to meet another woman at our open house on Saturday who is moving into her THOW here in July. She is so lovely! There is an additional tiny houser scheduled to move in around July as well! We are booming!

I see a lot of fire pits and Cards Against Humanity in my future. It is great to see the movement here really begin to take off. I was a little nervous that our vision was just going to stay a “vision” for a while, but it is really starting to gain momentum. The open houses that we have every month draw in SO many people! Some have already started to go tiny, some are just beginning to research and some just think it is a neat idea!

I really do have the best neighbors. There is a constant stream of invites to eat, shop, watch movies, hula hoop… and that is just within the community. Even Nesta has play friends here. She is one happy pup!

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We are all total goofballs and have the best time together! I am so happy that the universe chose to bring me on this amazing journey. I am constantly excited to see what is in store next as the journey continues…

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sometimes Glamping, sometimes Camping…

8 06 2015

THOW life… A lot of preparation goes into EVERY detail.

I WISH I had the stamina to compost, collect rainwater, grow my own food. Realistically, I don’t. I barely even cook. I own 2 cooking pans. TWO PANS. I always wonder what single person has the time for all of that? Definitely one of the reasons I wanted to move into a community and not out on my own. And thank goodness I did! Living in a tiny home means you only have one! ONE shower. So if the plumbing backs up every time you try to take a shower? Sucks to be you.

Glamping turns into camping very quickly if something stops working. Even in a community (especially TH communities considering they are so new and not all of the kinks are out yet), things go wrong or break. It’s frustrating. In the past month I have had trouble setting up personal wifi as well as having plumbing issues (after many showers at my tiny neighbors house). Obviously the property management (in an established TH community) stays on top of it to work everything out; but this may all be new for them too!

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I totally understand why many people choose to go completely off-grid (and I silently envy them for making it work). It would be nice to have complete control over my dwelling. But I still think the negatives outweigh the positives for me. I would still rather be a part of a community (although the best case scenario would be to live in an off-grid community… baby steps!)

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{a few of the THers in my community}

You don’t necessarily prepare yourself for things to break when you move into a place with modern conveniences. So when they happen… You are pretty much SOL. Unprepared for off-grid. That’s when you have to switch modes and become a “happy camper!” My work schedule may disagree, but maybe that is how the universe is telling me to slow down. Read a book, get off of the computer. GO OUTSIDE!

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I don’t think I could ever do enough “tiny” or “off-grid” research. I think one of the beautiful things about living tiny, is that if I ever decide to change something; I CAN. I don’t have a McMansion to renovate, I can easily make tiny changes to my tiny home that have a BIG impact. For example, I realized I wanted my own personal internet account; which means drilling a hole into my house for a box wire connection. Breaking the bank? Nope, only $100.

I can evolve with the movement and so can my tiny home. Regardless, the best things in life are free!

“I thought I was pretty cool until I realized that plants can eat the sun and poop out air.” ~ Jim Bugg

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tiny house BIG LIFE!

14 05 2015

Living in a “tiny home” allows for so much time to get out and truly LIVE!

I have officially been in my tiny home for a month now, and there is never a dull moment. Some days I stay within my community and enjoy paddle-boarding on the lake, journaling on my patio and admiring the crazy amount of animals that flock to our park (we have kittens, ducks, a goose & many different types of birds – all of which are super friendly!).

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My dog loves all the attention (especially when I am giving “tiny” tours) and I enjoy the quiet evenings outside to sit and meditate.

Outside of the community is incredible as well; Orlando has so much to offer! Whether it is exploring the adjacent areas of College Park and Winter Park, to being minutes from downtown Orlando, there is so much to do. The Lake Eola farmers market is delightful as it promotes local business and there is an area for yoga and meditation groups that practice by the lake. I have found a great local vegan market, and a studio that offers hip hop aerobic dance classes that my tiny neighbor and I are going to try out this week.

I spent this past Saturday working on a bench/daybed for my tiny living room (my builder has a really cool DIY camp in his warehouse). I am constantly rearranging things in my home to be more conscious of my habits and decorating my tiny space is a lot of fun! So much thought has to go into every inch of the home. I just ordered blinds (I have such beautiful big windows in my living space) and I also finally came up with a name for my house (which will be revealed when I get my sign made to hang by the door!).

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(The frame of my tiny bench/daybed ⬆️)

June will be dedicated to re-establishing my Ayurvedic business in Orlando. As I was updating my information on the NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) website I was astounded to see that I am the only practitioner in Orlando! I also look forward to really becoming plugged in with the yoga community here. This first month has basically been dedicated to my home and enjoying settling into the new TH community (not to mention the constant knocks on the door from TH enthusiasts!). Thank goodness we now have scheduled open houses!

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Everyone I’ve met has been ridiculously friendly (so much so that I’m going to have to start turning down invitations to hang out – it has been pretty much like a month long vacation since I have arrived!).

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June is is going to be a great month, I can feel it! More will be revealed…

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Right side of life…

5 02 2012

Zirit-Life: so what can each of us do to balance these hemispheres of our brain Right Now? according to Steve Ross, when these two sides of our brain come into balance is when we can really start to awaken and connect to love and the light of the PRESENT …MOMENT..chanting the ancient language of Sanskrit, with its male and female syllables, is a way of bringing the right and left hemispheres of our brain, which have a tendency to be off-balance, closer to the center and back into balance..chanting doesn’t mean you are joining a cult, a religion or that you are a new-age, wackadoodledoo..chanting simply creates a chemical and physiological response in the body and the brain that can make you feel open and happy and all-blissed-out…





Inner Peace

5 02 2012

How do you sit in relation to life?