Where have I been?…I know, I too Wonder.

It’s obviously been quite a while since I have posted. I had some stuff happen….like life. My quest for living tiny, thought at a current stand still, is still my goal. I lost my contractor, well….to be more accurate I broke up with my boyfriend who was said contractor. Thus, all things went on hold. The only thing that did not stall is my desire to live tiny, as well as my research.

I have bought plans, which I constantly consider modifying as I like one feature in one, and two in another. So what I do is that I collect different ones and try to make them my own by taking ideas from all. Instagram is a gem for finding tiny house ideas and if you are not on Instagram, I suggest you make an account because so many tiny housers document their adventures, ideas and homes on instagram.

I recently met up with my friend Doreen at the St. Augustine Tiny House Jamboree. Doreen has found her trailer and a builder who is helping her build and design her tiny.

So a couple of things about the Jamboree. It was a weekend event and we flew to St. Augustine, Florida. Doreen from New Hampshire and I from New York. This was a three day event which included many tiny homes, converted school buses, trailers, RV’s and workshops.

There are a couple of things that were good, some not so good. First the good; there were many homes to go into and look at, it gave you the opportunity to see the interiors and note what you like and don’t like, the lines were not terrible, the food was good, and the weather was lovely (November).

The not so good; We did not need to travel so far. The whole thing could have been done in a day. The workshops were not well organized. Many of the homes were by builders promoting their building companies, who are very knowledgeable, but I was disappointed at the steep pricing. In some ways the simplicity of tiny living has been stripped of the original goal — simplicity.

I still maintain the ideology of a minimalist life. I would still like to remain loyal to the  idea of reusing and refurbishing the old. I may be crazy but the idea of having a tiny that costs well above the $40,000 mark seems to defeat the purpose. I don’t want a fancy house with all the bells and whistles….what’s the point in that. I want a simple abode that nourishes my soul when I wake and as I go to bed at night.  I don’t need a luxury hotel room for a home.

So word to the interested tiny housers out there — Find Local interest and conventions. Flying  anywhere for a convention is not necessary unless you are staying with family and have other plans. Follow some blogs, there are so many excellent ones. All you need to do is hit your google search engine. And, as I mentioned before sign in to Instagram – you will find wonderful people sharing their journey and ideas.

Till next time- wishing you Peace, Love, Light in the New Year and many tiny  house adventures..