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Why I chose the tiny house lifestyle (giveaway!)

It was about three weeks and 800 miles into the bicycle tour when I realized that I wanted to build a tiny house. My cousin Dan and I had arrived in the sleepy beach town of Yachats, Oregon, on his birthday without much by way of a plan. We ended up chatting with Steven at (read more…)

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Starting over. Again.

When I think about my Top Ten Least Favorite Things To Do, moving would make the list somewhere between “colonoscopy” and “ironing.” If ever there was motivator for simple living, it’s the act of packing up ALL of your things and then unpacking all of your things. I’ve moved twice in the past ten years (read more…)

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Living simply – even when people don’t understand

Envelope. Encapsulate. Nurture. These words were the guide as I drew a pencil line across the paper, eight feet long, in quarter-inch scale. The vision of this wall and its floor-to-ceiling bookshelves flashed onto the screen of my mind like a slide in a projector. Yes, this would work: three-feet-six for the width of the (read more…)

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Packing up and moving on

I am sitting at my kitchen table as I write, surrounded on all sides by boxes and boxes full of the stuff that fills my house. We have been in full-blown packing mode for at least two weeks now, and yet there still appears to be no end in sight. But moving day is next (read more…)

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To keep or to purge, that is the question

I will fondly remember the summer of 2014 as a season of purging. Just off three moves in three years and finally settled into a more permanent home, I’m finally ready to sell, donate, and gift many of the possessions I’ve carefully stored. I am almost ashamed to admit that I have packed up 26 (read more…)

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