Going Tiny

by | Oct 26, 2017 | Blog

I am going tiny. Literally. I’ve mentioned a few times on the podcast that I’m in the process of building a tiny house. If you have no idea what that means, check out this link.

Lots of you have reached out wanting to know more about the process & my decision to go tiny. It doesn’t seem like a particularly relevant podcast episode but I’m happy to share more about it here on the blog!

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I’ve always been a bit of a minimalist. I don’t like clutter – I don’t like hanging on to things that I don’t use regularly & love. I don’t have a huge closet or big shoe collection.

After my divorce, I had less “stuff” than ever. In fact, if you were to open my kitchen drawers right now, you wouldn’t find more than 4 forks & I’m pretty sure I only have 1 knife.

In the process of paying off my debt, starting a business, losing a lot of weight & getting a divorce, I’ve realized that “stuff” brings me very little pleasure. Sure, there’s a rush of an initial purchase, but that high is almost always gone in a week or less.

I want to have fewer things and more experiences. I want to feel free to experience as much of life as I possibly can.

For me, going tiny is part of that realization.

Plus, building a custom tiny house will also help me save money. I’ve been renting for a couple years now and I pay an absurd amount each month for a relatively small place. I want to have fewer expenses so I can travel more!

It will also allow me to be pretty mobile. While I will not be able to tow my own tiny house due to it’s size, I can hire a trucking company to move it for me if I decide to relocate.

Here are some of the questions you’ve asked about my tiny house.

Are you worried about living in such a small space?

A little bit, because it’s so new, but not really. When I think about it, I basically live out of my living room & bedroom anyways. I spend very little time in other areas of my current apartment. Most importantly: if I hate it, I can sell it or rent it out. It doesn’t feel like a big risk.

What are you most excited about?

My tiny house is going to have a custom Murphy bed that, when not extended into the bed, will be a really cool desk. I’m also psyched about the kitchen. It’ll have a huge copper farmhouse sink, full appliances and big windows.

How big is it?

My tiny house is being custom built & will be 30 feet long and 10 ft wide. It will have a main floor master bedroom as well as 2 sleeping lofts.

Will you have a composting toilet?

Nope, a regular toilet.

Where will you put it? Are you buying land? Renting land?

Great question. I have no idea. I really need to decide, as it will be done in early January.

Will you be featured on a TV show about tiny homes?

No! That is so not my style. I’m just doing this for me.

Do people in your life think you’re crazy?

I’m sure. It probably has nothing to do with the tiny house decision. 🙂

I came down to Cape Cod late last night so I’m doing my workout from here. Fortunately, it’s not a barbell workout so I can do my scheduled workout while I’m here. Here’s what it looks like today:

“Annie Got Wrecked”
100 Double Unders, 50 AbMat Sit-ups, 200m Run
80 Double Unders, 40 AbMat Sit-ups, 200m Run
60 Double Unders, 30 AbMat Sit-ups, 200m Run
40 Double Unders, 20 AbMat Sit-ups, 200m Run
20 Double Unders, 10 AbMat Sit-ups, 200m Run

I always keep my jump rope in my car & I never leave home without a pair of sneakers, so even when I’m unexpectedly away, I can get in a great workout.

Honestly though, even if I didn’t have stuff in my car (I also keep a kettlebell in my car), I could totally make a workout happen with just my body weight, as I often do in hotels – burpees, pushups, body weight squats, etc.

On the food front:

Since I wasn’t home this morning, my food choices are a little different from normal. I had a packet of Artisana Coconut Butter while working & drinking coffee.

Around noon I went out for lunch & enjoyed a beautiful plate of charcuterie – just a light snack before dinner…

Then I went out for dinner and enjoyed a steak & salad before heading back home.

It’s really not hard to eat in a way that is aligned with your goals when you’re away from home. The key is to look for solutions instead of fixating on the problems!

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