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I was super lucky to be nominated by Living Tiny Wisconsin – thank you! Click the link to learn more about her tiny house story – it’s super interesting! 7.2. Is SOOOO true!! I never knew until going tiny – haha!!
So here are the Versatile Blogger Award rules (although we are changing it up a little bit here to focus on tiny living goodness):
- Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
- Include a link to their blog.
- Select and nominate 7 other blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I changed this to 7 from 15 because I noticed that some people were struggling with 15 and I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on my followers.)
- Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
Tiny Living Style:
- 7 things about me
- 7 things about my mission
- 7 things #tiny house people should know
- 7 products I love
Actually, for the 7 things about me, check out this post I just did, it tells a bit about who I am. So today, I’m going to share about what I believe my mission is shaping into, and at the end why my living tiny is helping me shape it.
The Big Picture
When I first started my blog, I have to admit I didn’t have a plan at all about what I could contribute to the blogosphere. Instead, I just decided to write and put it out there. Slowly, as I’m learning more about what things mean, I’m realizing that there are a lot of other women out there who are just like me…approaching 50 wanting to create something that’s all our own. We don’t necessarily want to get involved in network marketing (for the record, I have no problem with it, it’s just not my thing). We love the idea of having an online business, but we are overwhelmed with what to do, what steps to take first, second, etc. We also know just enough about what all these things are to be dangerous, but we lack the technical knowledge of our younger peers who we admire so very much.
Because I’m in a lot of different blogging groups, I see a lot of questions asked, and it got me to thinking…what if I could put something together for my demographic that could lay it all out there? Step by step, small bite sized chunks. Would it be helpful? Would other women want it?
So that’s the big picture mission right now. I have a vision to create an all inclusive platform for women just like me who want to create their thing without feeling intimidated by all the bells and whistles.
Starting something is Brave
I believe that it takes courage to start something new. No matter what that thing is, if you are standing at the starting line, it can be intimidating. I’m here to help take that intimidation away.
You Don’t have to be perfect
Despite what a lot of people will tell you, it doesn’t have to be perfect from the get-go. What’s more important is that you start The beautiful thing about a blog is that you can always go back and tweak something. You can always tweak an image, correct a misspelled word, work on the ever elusive SEO. It’s a process.
Your voice matters
This is something I believe with every fiber of my being. Your story is going to make a difference, and it needs to be told. Your struggles, the process to move through them and your wins matter. Telling that story will help someone else going through the same thing. Just imagine, if it could change the life of just one person, how much better would the world be?
As I mentioned above, I’m in the process of shaping this vision. It needs a lot of refining, but I wanted to touch on how my living tiny is helping me shape my vision.
Before I went tiny, I had a brick and mortar business, and a house. Plus all the stuff that goes with it. The biggest thing I had was a pile of debt – from the business, from all the stuff that was accumulated, and quite frankly it felt so oppressive, I felt like I was drowning. It was exhausting giving off the appearance that everything was great, when deep down inside I knew it really wasn’t . It was at that point I knew a change was needed, so I closed my business, sold my house and almost everything that I could. What I couldn’t sell, I donated. I purchased a truck and a 25 travel trailer, and a membership to a camping resort. The plan was to travel across the country and explore other cultures. I ended up finding an untraditional job that allowed some flexibility with location to a point. We were still sort of in the same area, but living tiny honestly made my heart much happier. I also think losing the weight of so much financial stress helped.
The company we worked for transferred us to another state shortly after the start of out tiny journey, so we hooked up and moved. So easy, no loose ends to tie up, and I thought for sure that was going to be our life. We would transfer to different locations, and live out our original plan.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. They decided not to transfer us anywhere else, and in fact, laid us off in May. At that point, we were really anxious to travel, so the plan was to head to Texas, then travel through New England for the fall.
While in Texas, we decided to take a peek at the South Padre Island area. I’d heard a lot about it, but had never been. We happened to see it for the first time when it was a perfect day – the kind where the water sparkles a beautiful aquamarine, and the breeze is just perfect to mask any humidity. I knew at that moment, that this would be home for at least a while. I took a position as an Office Manager at at resort in the area, and here we are.
The point for this long-winded story about going tiny is that it’s totally possible to start something completely new at any age. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as what I did, but it is totally possible. 2 years into this lifestyle, and I am convinced that it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my own sanity. I’m also convinced that because we are the captains of our ship, we can choose to adjust the sails and move in a new direction.
So… What’s your thing? Is it going tiny? Is it starting something new? I encourage you to take a moment to think about it. Leave me a comment and let me know.
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