MIA

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.

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

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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.

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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!)

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Morning view.

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Lovely neighbors.

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Being adjacent to Winter Park.

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

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#TEAMVEGAN!

We all go through crap, but overall…

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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!

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(Just email or call for an appointment first lol)

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

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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.

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Family.

4 10 2015

There are all sorts of types of family. One of mine resides in the growing THOW community at Orlando Lakefront at College Park where I currently park my tiny house on wheels. It includes my neighbors as well as my soon to be neighbors (fingers crossed!) and they make my world a happier place.

Some mornings are coffee over looking the lake, days are cookouts or fishing, others are community outings…

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(Early morning coffee on my patio)

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(Ariel view of the park)

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(Fishing dock)

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(Getting goofy… ready, set, POSE!)

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(Duck face is definitely one of our signature poses…)

But most of all we have a strong bond and love for one another and our THOW community.

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During the day we share meals, tea or fruits…

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(Especially now that I have my new refrigerator!)

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(My first ripened lemon from the lemon tree on my patio!)

We adore the all of the different personalities we have here and love to get goofy together.

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Last night we attended a drum circle down the street. We have all been so busy and I love that we are taking the time to get the band back together.

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https://youtu.be/q3uGG3F5IfY

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(Kai and I killing it on the bongo, Click the links above!)

If you would like to learn more about going tiny, Cornerstone Tiny Homes will be having an open house this Saturday October 10th.

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Hope to see you all there!

Blessings,

Haley

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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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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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tiny time for BIG honest

5 08 2015

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I LOVE living in a THOW community. I never have had any regrets since I took the leap of moving into my THOW. I do believe though, as a THOW owner and full time resident, that there are some things that should be considered when thinking of going “THOW” tiny. These are a few things I have experienced since living in my THOW.

  1. Space Boundaries: I get along with my neighbors great! The reality is though, that there are just some people out there that for whatever reason, just may not like you; no matter how kind of a person your are. Personally, as a community resident I welcome my friends to sit on my back patio (even when I am not there), allow my next door neighbor to use my hose (since he doesn’t have a dual hook-up for his own), help put together community cookouts, etc…. Buttttt… Here are some of the downfalls… since living here I have had the water to my house (the connection is outside) shut off four times. I know it’s not my neighbor, who is the only one that uses my water connection (the hose), so it is just something I have experienced and have no idea why someone would do that. I also find garbage around my house at times. I get it, it happens, it could even be the wind blowing it by my THOW and getting caught in my landscaping, but all I know is that I pick up after myself.
  2. Hot water: This is a tricky one, so let me explain. I have a tankless water heater. Since the day I moved in it has been consistent; if it is between 6-7am or after 8pm I have perfectly endless hot water. So, theoretically, that shows me that my tankless water heater works. Yet during the rest of the day when I try to take a shower I am not getting hot water (and I mean unbearably cold!). I can’t seem to figure it out – am I not getting hot water during that period of day because it is during the time of day that the rest of the community is using hot water as well? On the other side of it, being that I have a tankless water heater, the use of water from the rest of the park shouldn’t matter! I have not addressed the issue with the park owner, park manager or my builder and have just learned to live with it thus far. It’s one of those things that cannot be possible, but it is.
  3. Privacy: As an Ayurvedic practitioner I do much of my work from home. I run my own website, do my own marketing, research/write and submit articles to publish, sell product, etc. One of the things that you give up living in a tiny home is privacy. My neighbors understand not to knock on my door (they can text me to see if I am busy) but I can’t control the people who think it is OK to knock on the door of my home (or try and peer through my windows). My largest concern with this (other than being interrupted from my work) is that I have a dog who spends a lot of time up in my loft while I am working. When someone knocks on my door she immediately bolts down the stairs (more like tumbles – only because the knocking startles her) and I am terrified because I know that at some point it is going to cause her an injury. I plan on buying a “please do not disturb” or “please check in with the front office” sign to hang by my door in the hopes that it will help. Our community open houses have helped reduce the number of random knocks, but it is definitely something I would have reconsidered had I known it would be such an issue (I suppose I thought… “I don’t just randomly go up to other peoples homes and knock on their door to ask for a tour, so why would my home be any different?”). Don’t get me wrong, I know people want tours of tiny homes (I mean I did too) – but I didn’t realize the lack of (for use of a better term) “common sense” some people would (or would not) have about it. When I originally wanted to see a tiny home for the first time, I called and scheduled it. Pictures from a community open house:11745415_884729354948246_6254847524339165229_n10462698_686088708145646_331455843421484253_n
  4. Time Management: When living by yourself in a THOW, it can be a lot of work. So that is definitely something all people should take into consideration when looking to go tiny. Since I don’t do much cooking at home and only have a mini-fridge, I have to consider the time it takes out my day (or every two days) to go out for food. Just a little example… I need to manage my days around taking care of my dog, work/bills, shopping/errands, cleaning/laundry, working out, being of service to others and trying to have a social life when I can lol.

Moral of the story?

No matter where, or how, you live – there will always be struggles. I don’t regret living in my THOW – not for a minute; but there definitely are things to consider when looking to live in one yourself.