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Happy New Year from Tiny House Giant Journey

tiny house gjWe are looking forward to a new year in our Tiny Home!

Happy New Year! Guillaume and I have now lived in our tiny home for 16 months and, I have to admit, it feels like a lot longer. That might sound like a strange statement to make, almost as if I don’t enjoy the lifestyle, but what I mean is that I feel very comfortable in my tiny abode. Tiny is my normal.

Humans are extremely adaptable creatures. It doesn’t take long for each of us to become accustom to our surroundings and to accept the misgivings we deal with on a day to day basis. Do I miss having an oven? Sure, but I’m also used to not having one. Do I sometimes wish for more privacy? Of course, but I’m also reminded of what an extra room would mean in my life: more space to clean, more belongings, and more money to pay for it.

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 11.19.35 AMReflecting on 2015

This past year we traveled from the Florida Keys to the Arctic Circle in Alaska, and finally to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Along the journey, we met hundreds of tiny home owners and like-minded individuals. We wrote about our travels and experiences on this blog with beautiful photographs and detailed videos. We made improvements to our tiny home while on the road, including the addition of a television projector and a downstairs fold-out bed. We grew as a couple, experienced new cultures, learned from the environment, improved our careers, made long lasting friendships, fulfilled our dreams and created memories.

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Throughout our year of travels, we savored the happy moments but also endured sadness and frustration. We spent thousands of dollars on truck maintenance when our Ford F-250 broke down, time and time again. One time, stranded and desperate, we broke into our own tiny house. And finally, we were served a “tiny house eviction,” which was the ultimate low of our trip.

We weathered the storm and grew stronger and more knowledgable from our experiences. In turn, this past year, we taught tiny house workshops and hosted a new Tiny House TV show for HGTV.

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Looking Forward to 2016

Guillaume and I have no idea what 2016 may hold. Perhaps we will do another USA / Canada trip when the snow melts this spring. We also might purchase a plot of land and begin building another tiny structure. Or, we might travel to France and build ourselves a European tiny house!

No matter what we decide to do, we have these opportunities because of our choice to live tiny. Thank you for continuing to support us by reading this blog, watching our YouTube channel, and following us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Cheers to another year tiny!

29 thoughts on “Happy New Year from Tiny House Giant Journey

  1. Jenna,
    Candy and I don’t live the tiny lifestyle, but we have been extremely fascinated by your videos and adventures. After several weeks of watching and talking, she surprised me by actually considering trying the experience when we retire in a few years. Thanks again for the album recommendation. I have enjoyed listening.
    Mark Shaffer
    Stevensville, MD

  2. I just found your blog…what a journey! Thanks so much for sharing your adventures with all of us!!

    I would so appreciate if you would share:

    Do you have a favorite destination you’ve been to?

    What kind of camera do you use? This shot of the night sky is gorgeous (as are so many on the site)!

  3. I’m making plans for my truckhouse. Considering the problems you’ve had with your truck engine, does it make you wish you hadn’t built your house on a truck instead on on a trailer. I worry about that happening to me, I’m a single 60 yr old woman.

  4. Where in Colorado are you located? I’m just beginning my tiny house journey and I am seeking “role models”, if you will, to help guide me in my decision making.

  5. You’re two of the few people who actually travel in your tiny house. It is a testament to the quality of your house’s construction. I am continually in awe of your achievement and also of your travels.

    You’re one of my greatest inspirations for me to eventually build my own.

    Wishing you all the best for 2016
    (And wishing myself to finally pay off my debt and get saving for my THOW)

  6. I’ve enjoyed sharing your journey this past year. In 2016 may your blessings be many and your troubles few. HAPPY NEW YEAR to the three of you!!

  7. Thanks for sharing the journey. Have really enjoyed it and your articles with Tumbleweed. Will check out HGTV. Happy 2016!

    And in photo 3 – seems to be something I don’t recall you mentioning. Is that a portable screen and projector setup for watching movies? A tiny drive-in? Brings new meaning to the phrase. 🙂

    There are such tiny projectors now. I saw one recently used that was the size of a thick paperback.

  8. Thank you so much for all your life you shared with us. One high light I want to share with you is from when you where driving up the Oregon coast. Our son was living in Neskowin, Or at the time. You posted a beautiful picture and I sent it to our daughter in law. She was in her car (our son was driving) and as she read the post on her phone, she looked up and you we’re driving by them! Now they too want a tiny house and may start there journey after school is out! Thanks again. May 2016 bring you much blessings!

  9. I love your blog, love love love!
    The touring of this beautiful country, amazing photography, great interviews and exploring other tiny homes as well as other helpful tidbits along the way. So glad I found your blog its so inspiring 🙂

  10. I am thrilled to have discovered your tiny house built to RV standards. The best of both worlds in my view. I was worried that I’d have to stay in one place if I built a tiny house because of no holding tanks. Thanks for showing me the way.

  11. Thank you for letting us tag along with you this past year and see America along with you. The adventures were awesome and what you taught us along the way about tiny living was so cool! I’d like to do it too!
    Happy traveling and God bless you and your tiny home where ever your travels take you.
    Elissa

  12. Happy New Year, and thanks for answering all my questions. You have been a huge help to us as we are in the process of building and plan on living and traveling full time with our Tiny. You are an inspiration not just for us but for many others. Thanks, Beth

  13. We saw you one morning (a Sunday?) last year turning east on Hwy 550 from Hwy 528 at the north end of Rio Rancho. Guessed you were leaving Stagecoach Stop RV Park. But we cannot remember the date. Our “tiny house” is a 36 ft motorhome. 😉

  14. Saw you both on HGTV for the first time on a marathon group of your shows on New Years Day. Loved the show and am now following you on FB. What a cute couple (and a cute dog) in your well designed tiny traveling house! Keep up the good work and sharing it with all of those, like me, who will live vicariously through your adventures.

  15. I’m interested in what you would do different if you build another.
    I’m betting on saving a lot of weight on siding, roofing, and interior materials.
    What would you change about the interior layout?

    I’ve enjoyed the ride!
    Continued good luck and good travels to you both!

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