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living a small and dreaming big in an airstream trailer.

Link Love: 31

rp_Link-Love-1024x102411111111-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x10241-1024x1024-1024x10241-1024x1024.jpg The benefits of living alone on a mountain. Just watching this video calms me.

The top prospect for the Blue Jays lives in a (rad) van.

How to make solar panels for your small electronics.

This cute couple and their dog live in a restored bus. Am I the only one who thinks it looks spacious?!

What we appreciate appreciates.

Everything comes down to questions of priority.

How our food budget got us out of debt.

How much are you willing to sacrifice for your financial goals? An interesting discussion, considering that we sacrificed traditional housing– a nonnegotiable for some people!

Should you travel in your 20’s? I think you should travel no matter what your age, but the short answer is yes!

You’re always going to have 50 million things to do.

Using affirmations to change your life.

Let’s finish this week strong!



Spring Cleaning!

Airstream and Garden copy Hey ya’ll! Just popping in today to point you to a new resource I’ve created. As I get more new readers, I realize that they might not be familiar with my story. Thus, I created a “New? Start Here!” page for those folks. For my old readers, I hope that it can also serve as a go-to resource for small livin’.

If you read this blog the old fashioned way, you’ll see I’ve created a new tab at the top of the page. If you read it via RSS feed, you might not see it. But don’t fear, just click here. My mobile peeps should be able to see it via the menu drop down.

Let’s do this, spring!


Tuesday Thoughts: The Whole World Belongs to You

the whole world belongs to you

I love a good self-help book/class/blog as much as the next gal, but sometimes we need to stop. We need to stop, look around and acknowledge that we don’t need anything else. We are skinny enough, we have a big enough house, we have enough gadgets and social media outlets and enough things. What we need now is contentment and a little bit of rejoicing because things are pretty good the way they are. Right.This.Minute.


Airstream Living Update: 1 & 1/2 Years

IMG_0681 We’ve been living in the Airstream for a year and a half now. Whuuuuutttt. Some days it feels as if we’ve lived there forever and other days it feels like we just moved in yesterday. But that’s what life is like, am I right? We’ve now got our routines down and our lives seem very “normal” for living in 188 square feet.

IMG_0645 IMG_0643 IMG_0582 I do have to admit, old man winter is not my favorite person right now. Staying warm in an Airstream can be a challenge. (Read more about how we stay warm here.) When it’s cold outside, I just want to hibernate, but it is so important for my sanity to get out and go places and do things. The struggle is real.

IMG_0585 We did get a blessed glimpse of spring this past weekend and I feel renewed. I’m so ready for working in my garden and long hikes in the woods and cooking on our fire pit! All that snow was pretty, but I’m ready for you, spring.

Are you seeing glimpses of spring in your neck of the woods? Let me know in the comments!


Link Love: 30

Link Love I did an extensive interview over on Hey Eleanor! I dished the dirt on why we quit traditional housing and what everyday life is like for us full-timers. Quitters: We moved into Our 1978 Airstream Sovereign.

This 484 square foot house in the Austrian Alps is what dreams are made of.

This grain silo home is so gorgeous, modern and clean. I had no idea grain solos could look so good!

This lady does a great job of documenting the process of remodeling a vintage trailer. Start here.

This guy converted a van into his home for $8,000. We hope to do it for a lot less, but man, his story is inspiring!

Microhouses on Portlandia. All the laugh/cry emojis.

One secret to success that is available to everyone.

What to buy and what not to buy at the Dollar Store.

14 tips for shopping on Amazon. I didn’t even know all these tips and I’m an Amazon fanatic.

This is what I look like without makeup. I don’t think I wear a lot of makeup, but I also don’t leave the house without mascara on. I found this article terrifying and brave. Makeup minimalism?!

Let’s fist pump it to Friday!



A Small Life Book Club

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

I’m starting a new feature on ye olde blog and I hope that you’ll enjoy it too! One of my goals this year is to read more and I need a bit of motivation. That’s why I’m starting a book club. Each month I’ll announce the book that we are going to read. (I’ll also take suggestions!) And then I’ll read it (I hope you will too) and we’ll discuss it. Easy enough?

Since this is “A Small Life” Book Club I’m thinking the books will center around minimalism, living small and life-changing adventures! The first book we’ll be reading is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing* by Marie Kondo. You can check it out from your local library or purchase it on Amazon using the link above.

I’ve heard great things about this book. In fact, people are starting to use the author’s last name as a verb to mean tidying up. Too bad my last name is hard to pronounce or I’d totally try to make that into a thing meaning “small living.” We’ll discuss this book on April 1st. I hope you’ll join me!


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Tuesday Thoughts: No Greatness

there is no greatness

It’s easy to be average. It’s easy to be in debt and live above your means. It’s easy to lie to yourself. It’s easy to complicate your life. What’s harder is being great. What’s harder is living simply. What’s harder is looking for the good in the everyday. What’s harder is telling yourself the truth.

How do you cultivate greatness? Let me know in the comments!