My relatives are asking, “Are you really planning to live with your daughters in a Tiny House?” The answer is, “Yes!” I plan to make one Tiny House on a trailer that will be a “Bedroom House” with no plumbing, with the Inez plan from Oregon Cottage Company. The main house will be a small cabin on a foundation. So am I Brave or Nuts? Maybe a little of both.
I took a great online class called “The Plan: Creating your Pathway to Mortgage–Freedom.” It was taught by Hari and Karl Herzins of the Tiny House Family (www.tinyhousefamily.com). Hari and Karl bought 3 acres of land with cash, built a Tiny House on a Trailer, and lived in it with their family. There was a big loft for their 2 children. They grew a lot of their own food in a magnificent garden. It took them 4 years to save for and build a larger house on a foundation on their land. But they are still completely Mortgage-Free! That sounds really great to me! Hari and Karl give talks about their process and their lifestyle at Tiny House conferences. In their class I learned A LOT and made more supportive friends working towards the same goals as I am. In our culture it is a radical idea indeed to get off the cycle of debt and mortgage payments, and build a homestead that is completely debt free!
Hari and Karl taught us two “Self-Care” techniques for coping with stress: Breathing (conscious, intentional, aware) and dancing (freely, joyfully, letting go of all else). To this I would add one more that helps me: Singing! I love to sing, outside, inside, in the shower, in the kitchen. It gives me joy.
To find out more about the e-course on Creating Mortgage Freedom