I’m sure you’ve all heard that Tiny Houses are the new craze. People are tossing out their old lives, along with most their things, in exchange for a simpler way of life. At first, I thought “No way could I do that! I have a daughter. We need our space.” But I read an article “The Two Ways to Make a Living as an Author“. Of course, I was hooked by the title alone. I’m an author! What I didn’t know was that the article was all about living as a minimalist and how it can change your life so that writing isn’t just a hobby anymore, but a career. The key to achieving this dream? Don’t have so many bills and waste so much time is the gist of it. Being an author, income can be unpredictable at best. One month could be amazing and the next could leave you in a drought. What the article basically says is to live as cheaply as possible so you can dedicate all your working time to writing and the things you truly love. Think about all you could do if your mortgage wasn’t $1,000 a month, but $400! And with that smaller life comes smaller utilities. Instead of paying the usual $200 for electricity, you’re only paying $50. (And don’t get me started on solar panels!) The point is, the possibilities to life as a minimalist are endless. So I decided, right there in my pajamas clutching my steaming coffee mug at 8am,that I was going to make the change—I am going to become a minimalist!
Recent events in my life left me a single mom.(Don’t feel too bad. We’re better off!) My daughter and I moved back in with my folks so I could pay off my debt faster and buy a house virtually debt free. I expect this to take about two years, which is perfect because that’s how long I have to be at a job to use my VA loan from being in the Navy. This week I started my new, full-time job as a Microbiologist Laboratory Support Technician, pushing my passion of writing back to a part-time job. (I foresee a lot of long nights and working during my lunch breaks in my future.) Eventually, I thought I would save for a house and my bills would be back up to what they are now if not more. “That’s just life”, I told myself. But I discovered it isn’t! Tiny House life gives me just the out from normality I was looking for. Building my own place gives me the freedom to design it around what is important to me. So, periodically, I will be blogging about my journey in this because I feel it is something all authors should consider. (Especially Indie! You freed yourself from publishing contracts, now free yourself from clutter and wasted time!) Here is what I have so far…
What Is Most Important to Me
But how do I build a minimalist life around those things I love?
Never forget what you’re striving for and never settle when the time comes to get it!
“In my dream home each room will have a function, a purpose, and will be designed around that purpose. A bedroom is for sleeping (and clothes storage), so that is all it will have…a bed and a closet and windows. The writing studio is for writing, so it doesn’t need to be large or lavish. All it needs is a desk. The living room and four-season room will be the central focus since it is where friends and family will come together.” – Alex Apostol