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Mindfulness is the key to living a life of intention. Living in a tiny house inspires us to be mindful of many things, including the waste we produce, how our money and time are spent and each others’ limited personal space.

Why I Want to Be My Daughter When I Grow Up

Posted by on Jan 25, 2014 in Breathe, Kids'-Eye View, Parent, Recent Posts | 61 comments

Why I Want to Be My Daughter When I Grow Up

Every time I read this post from almost two years ago and your comments of encouragement to our little girl, I want the whole world to read it. I want individuality and creativity to rule and kids like Ella to keep on with their original outfits and ways that don’t make sense to others. It’s the willingness to do things a bit differently that keeps this whole darn experience interesting. I am grateful to my husband, Karl, for being the daddy he is, and for my dear Ella, who is one of my greatest teachers, and for all the students I’ve had in the classroom who share their struggles with me–I wish you a life of creative freedom! April 29, 2012 Last...

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Loving Yourself and Living an Uncensored Life

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Breathe, Recent Posts | 25 comments

Loving Yourself and Living an Uncensored Life

I get up really early to give myself the solitude I need to write in this tiny house. This act of self-love is a newish routine for me, and it’s helping me beat the winter blues. I encourage you to try getting up a bit earlier than usual. Loving yourself and dreaming on paper is fun, and just 15 minutes can make a big difference.    Alarm goes off at 4:00 am. I crawl down my ladder and start the water on for coffee. I enjoy very much my mornings to myself: writing, reading, journaling, drinking coffee, showering, being naked, writing some more, reading some more and dreaming my day into existence is a healing tonic for my crammed body. We stood around a...

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A Cold Winter’s Night in the Tiny House

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Breathe, Parent, Recent Posts, Remember | 23 comments

A Cold Winter’s Night in the Tiny House

I’ve sifted through thousands of words I wrote since moving into our tiny house in preparation for my upcoming ecourse–a step-by-step guide to dreaming, planning, and designing a mortgage-free lifestyle. I came across this essay I wrote last winter. Winter is a real challenge in a tiny house, and I am grateful for it. In the darkest time of year we can most clearly see our own light. These years in this tiny space are healing us. I’m happy to say, the pain I wrote about in this essay isn’t as intense as it was then. Being honest with myself and others about the pain is an important part of healing. Opening the restaurant wasn’t stupid, it...

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Set the Day in Your Mind

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Breathe, Recent Posts | 4 comments

Set the Day in Your Mind

It’s been one week since Sarah Beth Jones said “I think writing a daily blog post might be easier because it becomes a habit.” I got up the next day and decided to give daily posting a shot. She was right. A daily post forms a habit, a practice, a ritual. I’m loving this morning habit. I did miss yesterday, but that’s okay.   A dear reader and correspondent, Virginia, (high school teacher for 40 years) wrote to me a few days ago in response to Idea Flow:   Your blogs will be just fine. Just write what you see, what you feel, what you are thinking about.  For example, if I were blogging this morning, I would say that I lay in bed...

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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Breathe, Recent Posts | 0 comments

Happy Mother’s Day

A prayer for all the mothers and children. Be well. Be present. Enjoy each other. Simply, Hari P.S. We are guiding a second group of motivated folks down the path to mortgage-freedom starting May 10th, 2014. Read about the course and register...

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Hooray for Progress!

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Breathe, Build, Grow, Recent Posts | 4 comments

Hooray for Progress!

Thank you so much for supporting my work by buying my book! I am enjoying this feeling of accomplishment, and your encouraging words fill me with joy. I am also grateful for the support of other bloggers. Here are links to reviews of my book on Tiny House Blog and Tiny House Talk as well as some link love from Rowdy Kittens. Thanks, guys! Ella was sitting in the garden planting seeds when she said, “Mommy, remember when we didn’t have a fence around the garden?” I smiled at her sitting there in the purple hat she found at a Roanoke yard sale. She is so good at keeping me present and helping me appreciate my life. “Yeah, I remember that. The deer...

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My Book is on Amazon! Coming Home: Letters from a Tiny House

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Breathe, Grow, Recent Posts | 10 comments

My Book is on Amazon! Coming Home: Letters from a Tiny House

Today is April 3rd. I marked this day on my calendar a couple of months ago as the day I would launch my book. I picked April 3rd because it is an auspicious day for our family. I birthed our first child, Ella, on this day 10 years ago, and 6 years ago on this day, we opened our dream restaurant, New Day Cafe. April 3rd is a good day for new beginnings like birth, New Days and new books. In late February, when there was snow on the ground, I slipped on the ice moving laundry from the washing machine in the shed up the hill to the dryer in the shed behind the tiny house. As I lay there staring at the starts, that voice–you know the one–that crusty inner...

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Merry Christmas

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in Breathe, Recent Posts, Remember | 6 comments

Merry Christmas

What an amazing journey 2012 has been—from the darkness and depression I experienced in January to flying to New York City to share our tiny house with a national TV audience in April, to a summer full of planting, harvesting, and canning to a glorious fall and a leap of faith. Even though so much has changed in 2012, one thing has been consistent: every Sunday, I sat down to reflect on my week, synthesized my experience into some sort of lesson, and sent an email to my letter subscribers. I have been working on my first e-book–a compilation of these weekly letters and photographs. It is exciting and scary to think about sending these words out into the world, and...

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I’ve Got the Power

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Breathe, Recent Posts | 26 comments

I’ve Got the Power

I am so excited! This is the first day of my freelance writing career, and we are featured on HuffingtonPost Home. I’ll take that as a great big (((YES))) from the great beyond. Thanks to Amy Marturana for the fun interview! Read her article and tour our tiny house.   These are the power lines at the top of the hill where we live. I don’t love that we have massive power lines nearby, and am thankful to the trees for hiding them from our view, but standing up there last night, I felt gratitude for them. I squinted to see them as they climbed up and down these Blue Ridge Mountains bringing power to all sorts of endeavors. As I soaked in the beauty of the amazing fall...

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The Hardest Thing About Living Tiny

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Breathe, Recent Posts | 21 comments

The Hardest Thing About Living Tiny

I’ve been asked this question more than once: What’s the hardest thing about living in the tiny house? The hardest thing about living in a tiny house is answering that question. It’s hard for many reasons, but for everything I come up with, I find the positive side. I’m grateful for the difficulties because they keep us growing as individuals and as a family. It’s still life, really, so it’s hard for me to separate out what is the tiny house and what would be life in any other house. Certain things get easier, certain things get harder, as with any change in lifestyle. One of the hardest things about our lifestyle is keeping the house tidy with kids around–a small...

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My First Blog Post: A Year Later

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Breathe, Grow, Recent Posts | 21 comments

My First Blog Post: A Year Later

I am enjoying an online writing class with Tammy Strobel of RowdyKittens where I am reminded of how much courage it takes to click publish and share with the world. Thank you, Tammy and classmates! It’s been a year since I first clicked publish on TinyHouseFamily, and what a ride it has been. I remember posting about how I’d like to get someone to come over and take a video for me, so the camera wouldn’t be so shaky. I never thought it would be two cool guys straight off a plane from the Anderson show. Or that we’d fly to New York and share our tiny house on national television. All of this publicity has been exciting and fun, but when I read my...

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Slow Down

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Breathe, Recent Posts | 10 comments

Slow Down

I sat on the deck last night and looked west. The sun was casting long rays across the garden lighting up the rain droplets on the butternut squash. The chickens were eating the cabbage worms from the cabbage leaves I spread out for them, and the kids were running around down by the creek. I could hear whoops and screeches as they played with the neighbor kids. The crickets were humming and the birds singing. We just ate dinner on the deck, the dishes still on the table, with pieces of cucumber salad, cabbage and pork stew, mashed new potatoes—the garden is feeding us. I looked at Karl and said “This is my favorite time of year.” Though, I may say that again in fall and...

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A Year of Tiny House Living

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Breathe, Recent Posts | 15 comments

A Year of Tiny House Living

It is the solstice. Sunna, our sweet puppy, is barking large, fast circles around the property. I am up early to write from the garden, strong cup of coffee in hand. The sun is rising over the ridge and together with the forest paints designs on the wet soil. The bird songs are many and harmonious. Our woodpecker makes its echoing sounds trailing off to silence. The air is cool with a tint of warmth that tells me this will be a hot day. Summer solstice is here. I am happy to report that we’ve made it through a full cycle of seasons plus six-weeks in the tiny house. Has it been easy? No. Has it been worthwhile? Yes. When I look back through my journal, I see growth. The...

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Mama’s Haikus for Winter Solstice

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Breathe, Recent Posts | 6 comments

Mama’s Haikus for Winter Solstice

Crammed in small space, I open my heart to find room. Closets full: pain, patience.   A friend gave me a cup made with bare hands. Smiling coffee warms belly.   A tiny house in winter teaches things we can’t name. Oh, but we feel. Simply, Hari P.S. We are guiding a second group of motivated folks down the path to mortgage-freedom starting May 10th, 2014. Read about the course and register...

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Tiny House as Experiment

Posted by on Nov 5, 2011 in Breathe, Recent Posts | 16 comments

Tiny House as Experiment

As I always have the tiny house family blog somewhere in my mind, I am looking for the story under our daily life. I feel appreciation for you, the reader. Knowing that I am writing for a real audience helps me to find the treads of meaning and try to weave them together with some sort of focus. Thank you for taking this moment to read these words. Tiny House as Experiment The true test of this experiment is winter. She’s been standing up the hill casting her growing shadow for a couple of months now. “I’m coming.” She says, with cool nights becoming cold and darkening mornings. She cast her shadow on my spirit. Oh no, where do we put our coats? How will our winter...

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