Morning world! It’s another Monday, indeed. I feel so bad for Monday’s, they are just so hated, yet to me they are a sign of new beginnings. It’s like a reset! It’s a reset because Monday’s are the day to start everything. You start your new diet on Monday. You start that new routine or that new schedule on... yep, Monday. You test out that new spiritual challenge you received Sunday on what day? MONDAY! You set the tone for your week, on the predominantly hated day that we call Monday. Oh Monday’s, I only wish everyone saw your full potential.
As hard as it is coming out of the weekend, having to resume the monotony of the week, Monday’s really can be a very special day. Since they basically represent the most difficult day of the S E V E N day week, that means they also hold the most possibilities, right? What is that old adage, “Anything worth doing never comes easy”? I bet whoever said that had Monday in mind. 😂
Anyway, since it’s Monday, and Monday stands for beginning again, I thought I would share more about our family’s California R E S T A R T; aka, Airstream/tiny living. I am not quite prepared to do a full house tour, as we are still renovating and designing, but that will come soon enough.
Anyone who knew us before Cali, knows we we lived in two different homes in Alabama, the first was before Sami came into our lives. In both homes we had three bedrooms, two baths, and with our second home we were blessed to live on 63 acres! Living the dream. Then Jesus called us to California... and we down sized from a full home and acreage to one medium sized bedroom for all three of us in a friend’s house. Crazy transition, right? It was honestly much easier than I ever could have imagined, which just showed us how much of a God thing this whole ordeal was. And little did we know at the time, it was also preparing us for the tiny living we were destined to partake in. But still... people thought we were crazy. And let’s be honest, it was crazy, but I like crazy! So we just moved from one “crazy” to another.
Omar will admit when the topic of Tiny Living first came up, his biggest hesitation to the Airstream move was simply how people would perceive us. I mean, the title Trailer Trash comes all too easy when you legitimately live in a trailer! Nevertheless, he knew God was calling us to this unique life style, and slowly but surely God chipped away at that small place of pride and turned it into genuine excitement. And now, he couldn’t care less about how people view our “nomadic” lifestyle.
I, on the other hand, have been into this unique style of living for a long time, but I never actually imagined I would be living the tiny life. I also had no idea how much stuff we could accumulate in 1 1/2 short years of marriage and what a challenge it would be to sort through the necessary vs the comfort and keep only what we absolutely had to have! I had no idea how much clothing I had! I had no idea how much I had that I definitely didn’t need! It’s remarkable what you learn to live without, and on top of that, what you never needed in the first place. Y’all, I don’t have an oven... and I make it by JUST FINE! My microwave actually doubles as a convection oven, but ask me if I’ve ever tried it. Ehh, nope. I don’t even have a toaster. I have become very proficient at toasting bread on my griddle though. And I’ll tell you something else, it’s dang good too! Haha
I understand that most people think tiny living could never work for them, and that is fine! This isn’t a sales pitch for going tiny. The most unfortunate thing I’ve found though, is there is such a stigma in society that space is a sign of wealth or status, when space is truly... just space. Tiny living doesn’t make you poor, and large living doesn’t make you rich. I know of plenty of people who work themselves silly for the “American Dream House,” yet hardly have any time to spend in this so-called “dream” because they are working so hard to afford the mortgage! That doesn’t sound very rich to me, it just sounds exhausting. Just read Ecclesiastes 6:1-2 here
Don’t get me wrong, I am not hating on anyone with ample square footage! But one of my greatest discoveries since joining the Tiny Living community, has been realizing how overrated space actually is. We live in an estimated 280 sq.ft. and we have more than enough space for the three of us. Even preparing for baby David, all the items we have for him have a place, and we still have room! We also take great advantage of outdoor living, which has been such a lovely addition to our day to day life. It basically doubles our space and allows us to enjoy the beauty of this remarkable state.
We DO have a small storage trailer which sits in a small town in the mountains, and it acts as a storage unit for us and any household items or clothing that we aren’t ready to part with yet, or that we’re saving for a future home that maybe has a bit more space. But even if we didn’t have that, I can almost guarantee that we wouldn’t even miss those things, they just happen to be convenience items. Giving up things and giving up space has opened our eyes completely to the fact that being together, spending time as a family, living within our means, and learning to love time over possessions are all precious, and extremely fulfilling things!
Now, I won’t say tiny living is perfect, it definitely has its down sides, as in, our bathroom is so tiny that trying to get in the shower with a pregnant belly is a challenge! You often hit a wall in the bathroom with your elbow while getting dressed. Trying to cook a full meal has some spacial challenges, as there is limited counter space. And even if your house is clean, if ANYTHING is out of place, you notice it! Haha! Then there is the yard space. Yeah, you ain’t got none and kiddos sometimes struggle with that. Nevertheless, like I mentioned above, you do have space beside your trailer in most parks and resorts. Additionally most places have plenty of open space dedicated especially for those active children. Like where we are currently, we have two lovely duck ponds with fountains, a pool, and a play ground. So wherever you are, you just learn how to work around all these things and it becomes second nature. You start to cope in the most effective way possible and it becomes second-nature.
I am sure this post hasn’t convinced you to move into a tiny house and that was not my intention, but it can’t hurt to have a better understanding of some of the positives and negatives of this newly popular style of living. We are absolutely loving this life and wouldn’t change our situation for anything. God has given us such a crazy story and it’s been such a blast to live it!
Just let me encourage you today, whatever life God has asked you to live, live it to the fullest. Learn to enjoy the challenges and laugh at the wild adventures that unconventional situations bring.
God bless you! If you have more questions about tiny living, be sure to comment or send me a message.
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