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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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  1. David
    January 2, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    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.

  2. Carol
    January 2, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    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!

  3. Valerie
    January 2, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    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 🙂

  4. Linda Sand
    January 2, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    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.

  5. January 2, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    and Have A very Good ,,New Year,,,hope all will go better this year,,are you still living in your tiny home,,,,,,

  6. January 2, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    I love your news letters,,,and I want to buy a tiny home so bad,,just have to sell my house,,,I will park it some where,,,

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