“let’s do it”
I called my realtor today and said, “Let’s do it. Let’s sell a house.” Four weeks ago, I had no idea I would be putting my house on the market. No idea. Ya’ll. This is real.
Why tiny? Why sell almost everything I own to build and move into a tiny house? Why not just downsize? Why build it myself? Why move out of a house I love? Why 200 square feet? Why so tiny? I’m glad you asked!
Because if I sell everything I own to build and move into a tiny house, those pictures become memories.
The fact that it would put me in a position to accept opportunities to train and practice with some important teachers without stressing about money is huge. The fact that I could return to Kenya each year is pretty stellar. The idea of living comfortably within my means in a home that I design and build seems like a thing I definitely want to do. Living in a home that requires little maintenance and produces little waste would be great. Building it with my friends and family is going to be wicked fun. Having extra income to donate to things I believe in is a big deal to me. Saving for retirement can happen again. Owning my home outright would bring unparalleled financial freedom.
But, also, those pictures. I want to see those places, get to know those people, swim in those oceans, hike those ruins, eat Greek food in Greece…
I want to flip the script. I did the “buy the house, buy the car, get the mortgage and the HOA” thing, and it’s fine. But for me, right now, I want to go a different direction. A tiny house will give me freedom to see so much more of the world than I ever will if I keep giving all my money to the bank to pay for a bigger house than I need to hold all the stuff I could easily live without. What’s most important in your life? For me, right now, it’s flexibility and financial freedom. It’s knowing I can live the life I want to live: run the studio, teach yoga, and see the world. It’s running my own life and not treading water. It’s knowing that I can design and build my own home. It’s spending my free time with the people I love, even if they’re far away. It’s refusing to accept that the most successful life is the busiest one, full of tasks and obligations and no free time. It’s clearing out the clutter so I can see and surround myself with the people and the things that matter. It’s doing exactly what I love, with and for the people I love, without the burden of financial dependence or debt.
Right now, for me, tiny makes that possible. And why the hell would I do anything else?