About Tiffany

Tiffany lives, plays and works in sunny Bend, Oregon with her husband and 2 kids. When she isn't outside playing or dreaming about her next vacation, you can find her writing here.


Living the life you dream for yourself

Tim Ferriss may be known as one of the first to write about lifestyle design but I think Ralph Waldo Emerson already had the corner on that market.

As the story is told, Emerson was determined to build a life around the things he loved: creativity, community, nature, and friendship.

He built his home with a guest wing and a garden to be a place to host friends. He served his community by joining the volunteer fire department and chairing the school committee.

He spent his evenings reading, writing in journals, and in grand discussion about literature, theology, self-reliance, and freedom. This built the foundation of his career in writing and speaking.

Mr. Emerson determined his passions first and then built his lifestyle around them.

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the premise of lifestyle design is to build your life around your passions and values, we need to know what lights our fire.

For my family, this looks like plenty of time to play in the outdoors and travel. We value quality education and lifelong learning for our children and ourselves. We also want to engage in our local community through our neighbors, friends, and church.  How we spend our time and our money is generally built around these pursuits.

We’re a work in progress but we’ve come a long way since we pursued this path three years ago.  If you have a family, might I suggest starting to design your own lifestyle with a family purpose (mission) statement? Tsh wrote a how-to here and we used this one, as well. It was some of the best time we ever spent, years into our marriage.

Remember that your lifestyle should be built around your own dreams. Not the American dream or the Jones’ dream. Not the dream your parents have for you or even the one  you’ve been educated for. It’s the one that you dream for yourself.

There is nothing more inspiring than to see others living a life of their own dreams. How are you taking a step toward that today?

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Go play outside

Several years ago, my husband and I sat down to determine how to best prioritize our time and money. After identifying that we highly valued playing in God’s country, it was easy to spend money on a nice set of bikes for our family while choosing to drive 10 year old cars. This morning we (read more…)

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Less waste in, less waste out

For some time, I thought that having half the garbage and twice the recycling as most of our neighbors meant we were somehow gentler on the planet. I’ve since come to find that having a full recycling bin actually meant our family was sending almost 2500 gallons of waste out of our home each year. (read more…)

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How to build community in your neighborhood

Before I had children, I lived in a lot of houses where I didn’t know anything about my neighbors. Sadly, I was so busy with my own life that I wasn’t interested in taking the time to get to know them. We moved to a neighborhood full of children when we had our first child. (read more…)

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What gardening is teaching me about raising kids, patience, and faith

This spring when it was still snowing in our little mountain town and the flower blooms were just beginning to show, I began to save egg cartons and comb seed catalogs for veggies we might grow this year. Because our growing season is short and it’s less expensive than buying starter plants, we grow seeds (read more…)

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