4 11 2015

So I’ve been a little MIA lately, I had a good friend of mine pass away, followed by my grandmother just recently. She truly taught me unconditional love. Unfortunately she fell to the the disease of dementia.


Rest in peace, I will see you in your next life. You were the best of us. I love you endlessly.


I on the other hand have been learning a lot about tiny living. A few words of advice:

  1. Things will constantly change. I pulled out all of my winter clothes from storage (I cheat a little storing a few things at my parents house) and now temperatures are back in the high 80’s and I have bags of clothes with no where for them to go. I’ll end up buying some additional shelving, but always plan ahead!
  2. Always take into consideration your height. I initially bought a very thick mattress for my loft without even thinking about space issues before I moved in. Luckily it sold and I have my thin mattress now (and I am lucky that I am only 5’0″ tall!).
  3. If you don’t absolutely need it, get rid of it.
  4. Make sure things are properly sealed. There are bugs in Florida. It happens. Basically just don’t leave food hanging out and you will be good! I keep everything in the fridge.
  5. Have fun decorating! If you don’t like to move things around you might get frustrated. You will be thinking of new creative ways for storage and how the home looks in general so make it fun and play around with it! Seriously, it’s not much work in a little space; but will have generous rewards when completed.


Now that I may have talked you out of tiny living, let me give you some of the things that I love.

  1. My beautiful view I get to wake up to every morning.
  2. My crazy awesome neighbors who help me find solutions to problems that arise (when they can).
  3. Exploring – there are always new places to go or events to attend where I live. Drum circle this weekend!
  4. Taking my beloved (Nesta my pup) to the dog park for her to play.
  5. Vegan options in the area!
  6. Being grateful for life in general! Tiny living is an amazing journey. It’s kind of the little things you learn to do for yourself, even something as simple as changing a propane tank (hey – I had never done it before!)


Morning view.


Lovely neighbors.


Being adjacent to Winter Park.

https://instagram.com/p/9lbeMRCF1i/ (puppy park video)



We all go through crap, but overall…


There are many, many days like this for me. ❤

Open House!

19 10 2015

Tiny open houses can be a tricky thing. On the one hand, as a THOW owner I love and appreciate giving back by showing my home to those thinking of going “tiny”, but on the flip side I live here and cannot accommodate all people who would like to see my house.

Even though as THOW residents we are very busy people, we love to show off our homes. We take a lot of pride in being welcomed to the THOW movement with open arms!


(Just email or call for an appointment first lol)



I had a woman knock on my door yesterday with a CLEAR sign by my door that reads:


If my dog hears a knock on the door (and happens to be up in my loft area), she plummets down the stairs and is at high risk to break a hip or worse (hence the sign). She proceeded to knock on everyone’s THOW doors even after asking not to. I am a kind person, but I lost it and saw red. After chewing her out, I mistakenly gave her a tour of my home. I should have said – “sure but lets go take a tour of your house first mmmmkay?”.

These are our HOMES. I have never once dared to knock on a persons home and ask for a tour. We have open houses just for that reason. Common sense people, common sense.


Tiny House Tales

17 10 2015

Let’s start from the beginning.

First, I spent about a year researching tiny houses on wheels (THOWs).


It is definitely a social movement.

I had planned on moving out west, but had heard about a community in Orlando, Fl so I thought I needed to see a THOW in person to make a real decision. My now neighbor, James, happened to be in the park and was kind enough to show me his home.



I immediately fell in love and reserved my plot that same day.


Cornerstone Tiny Homes (www.cornerstonetinyhomes.com) at that time just happened to have a shell already built and could have it finished by the end of my apartment lease in St. Petersburg, Fl. It was meant to be!


We designed the interior together, specifically for my own personal needs, and about two months (or less) later I was moving in.

One of the first things I worked on was landscaping my plot, to have a tiny patio to match my tiny house.

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I never dreamed that living in a THOW would be on my bucket list, but here I am. Literally living the dream! Although, to be fair, I do have A LOT of dreams… 😉



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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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.


(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.


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!

Tiny House shame… (lame!)

21 07 2015

As an Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga instructor, one lesson I personally have taken away from my studies is to not, to the best of my ability, judge anyone on how they choose to live. Everyone is entitled to choose their own journey. I recently chose to live in a THOW for many different reasons (including wanting to participate in sustainable living in the ways that I am able) but that does not mean that I want to judge others who choose to live in a “McMansion”. Don’t get me wrong, I do think it’s a bit ridiculous to have all that space (not trying to be judgmental – practice not perfection!), but I also believe that everyone should live a life that brings them joy. The universe wants all people to be happy equally!

I recently found out that when I first moved into my tiny house I gave one of my TH neighbors “paper towel” shame. I didn’t even know it, and of course never meant to! I don’t use paper towels in my home (I use washcloths for napkins and throw them into the laundry to recycle) so I guess my neighbor started to feel “shamed” that he was using paper towels. When he finally told me, we both started cracking up. How silly! I definitely want him to do what works for him and felt awful that he felt bad about using them just because I don’t!


Every month I open my home for “tiny house tours” and I have been “shamed” as well. I have a microwave in my TH and for whatever reason, people like to call me out on it. As an Ayurvedic practitioner I am completely aware that microwaves change the molecular composition of food, and I agree that there are much better ways of cooking things, or reheating food. The ironic thing is – I barely even use my microwave. In actuality – I’m a terrible cook so I tend to eat out more often that at home, and most of the foods I do try to keep in my tiny refrigerator doesn’t need to be cooked in the first place (nuts, fruits & veggies, etc.). I’m trying to not let the microwave comments get to me, but it’s getting repetitive. I have a microwave, I get it. Could I do better? Yes. But that will be on my own time, on my own journey. I’ll get there when I am meant to get there.

I would love to be a person that grows her own food and cooks over an open flame and keeps it as close to nature as possible. The reality is, there is only so much I am capable of doing at this point in my life. Maybe I will evolve into a non-microwave user in the future. That would be nice, I like the idea of that. I am trying to be as conscious as I can. My neighbor still laughs at me for scrutinizing the labels of everything I buy at the grocery store (probably because he has to wait for like an eternity for me since I am a very slow food shopper lol).

For me, going tiny is not meant to shame other people for the way they live. It’s just a personal choice that I made. Of course I support movements towards more sustainable and eco-friendly living, but I’m not looking to force my personal beliefs onto anyone. We are all evolving, and each of us does it in our own way. I’m not apologizing for the way I live my life, and I don’t think that anyone that lives a life founded on love and kindness should either. No matter what the square footage of your house is! Even if I personally do still think large houses are ridiculous 😉 My hope is for everyone to live authentically within their own truth, whatever that may be for them. It’s lame to shame!

Now time for me to get back to my organic smoothie served in a mason jar! ❤



Buggin Out!

30 06 2015

I saw a bug.

I know that’s totally normal in Florida, but the knowledge doesn’t help. It was next to my bed, in my loft.

That was last week. Since then I have sprayed down the area (well, the whole house really) with an organic essential oil bug repellant blend I made; and I haven’t seen a bug since; but that has not stopped me from sleeping downstairs on my bench/daybed. Every. Single. Night.


(Can’t give up all my holistic secrets so just a sneak… although if you were to ask me I’m sure I would tell you the recipe!)

It’s not like I haven’t seen bugs in my homes in Florida before, but just not really in my bedroom. I guess that is what happens when you live tiny. You’re bedroom is practically in your kitchen anyway.

I’ve surrounded a portion of my house with citronella plants, aloe, and a lemon tree. I spray down my home with my own organic bug repellants, and I don’t keep any opened food out. Opened boxes of cereal or crackers go into the fridge. Leftover food trash goes into the fridge until I carry it to the dumpster. All of this is a tiny must. I have even summoned my pup Nesta to be on the lookout for me… (guard dog in full effect!)


It is causing me a real problem. There is a quote that I can refer to that will explain. You see, “I like to party. And by party, I mean take naps.” So since the bug incident I have been VERY awake.

Le sigh. The good news is that it has made me want to reorganize/redecorate my tiny home (already… I know, I know! But I must pull everything out now and redo it ALL!). Luckily I have amazing inspiration from my tiny neighbor. I mean, seriously, his home consistently looks like it was staged for a magazine article.



(check out his blog at http://www.thecompanystoreonwheels.com)

Stayed tuned for bohemian chic. I see lots and lots of throw pillows in my future.


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.


(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.


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.



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


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!


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!


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…



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!


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!)


{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!


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