Happy New Year from Tiny House Giant Journey

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!

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29 Comments

  1. Mark Shaffer
    January 30, 2016 / 6:31 am

    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. Mindy
    January 6, 2016 / 12:19 am

    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)!

    • January 6, 2016 / 9:27 am

      Glad you like or project! It’s tough to pick a favorite, but as a whole, Alaska probably was our favorite part of the trip.
      Thanks for photo compliments. I use a Sony A7rII with a variety of lenses.

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