First things first: we bought a small house! That hunk o’ junk in the picture above is ours!
Ok, ok, I know this might seem like it is coming out of the blue, but it’s actually been a long time coming. Let me explain: the real, honest truth is that we purchased this house months ago. But I had a full-time job outside of this blog that I was trying to protect and I couldn’t tell anyone online because the house we bought is quite far from our current Airstream home– like 4 hours away. But I can now spill the beans because I recently quit my job and fingers crossed, we’ll be moving to our new location and our new home soon.
We’ve already told our close family and friends and they’ve had a lot of questions, understandably. So I thought I’d answer the questions they’ve been asking us below. If you have more questions, feel free to leave ’em in the comments.
So the big question is why? Why did we choose to leave our Airstream home behind?
Well, this question isn’t so easy. A lot of the answer is very personal and I don’t want to get into all the nitty-gritty details online. But I will say that I wasn’t happy in my full-time job and I needed a change. George’s business is also growing and becoming harder for him to manage on his own. This is a blessing, I know.
We also know that it would be very difficult for us to secure a home loan with his business alone. Tax returns often don’t reflect the take-home pay of self-employed people because when mortgage underwriters look at tax returns for proof of income, they see income after business expenses have been deducted. Let’s just say when we went into the bank to ask about a home loan and they found out George was self-employed, we got all the frowny faces. In other words, we needed to obtain a loan before I left my traditional job.
Could we have lived in the Airstream for another two or three years until we made George’s taxes look “more appealing?” Yes. But as George’s business grows, his need for “business stuff” grows as well. George does not just sell digital artwork, he also sells physical artwork and some vintage goods. His business has outgrown the Airstream. We truly felt like if we ever wanted to live in a house, now is the time to do it.
George and I have also had a dream since before we were even married to live in Asheville, NC. In fact, we got married there. We adore the mountains and Asheville is a haven for artists and free thinkers. It’s a town full of good food, good times and although it is becoming more expensive, it’s still fairly affordable. Over the years I’ve applied to so many jobs in that area, but it just never worked out. And we are honestly tired of waiting.
So when we officially move to our new home in Asheville, (we hope at the end of this month), I’ll take on a new role as business manager of our company. I know that I can help our business grow and flourish. I’m also thrilled to work for myself and have a more flexible, healthier schedule and lifestyle. I love routine and dependability, so not having a regular paycheck admittedly scares me a bit, but the benefits outweigh the risks.
So, how do you feel?
For the last few months I’ve felt the widest range of emotions possible. I’ve felt proud. WE BOUGHT A HOUSE. And the home purchase fueled me to finish writing a book to share what I’ve learned about living in an Airstream with others. I’ve felt scared and helpless. Did I mention we bought a fixer upper? Home renovation is no joke, y’all. I’ve been proud of our finances and I’ve thought that we were totally screwed. I’ve thought we made the best decision ever and simultaneously the worst. I’m been ready to get the hell out of the Airstream and I’ve never wanted to leave our little home on wheels.
What will happen to the Airstream?
We’ve wrestled with this question for a while. We still don’t have a definitive answer. The easy thing to do would be to sell it. And in some ways, the easy way out seems really appealing right now. We’ve been working on the house every weekend and George has even been driving up during the week sometimes to meet with sub-contractors. We’re #tired.
On the other hand, we still really love the Airstream. Truly. And I still want to share the love with others. We’ve been toying with the idea of remodeling the Airstream (again!) and renting it out as an AirBnB. I know some people aren’t as spontaneous as we are and would love to try out living in an Airstream. This could be a great opportunity for them and us! But I still don’t know for sure. Would ya’ll be into that? 😉
Is your new home a tiny house?
This is the first question my friends have been asking. And no, technically the house we bought is not a tiny house. Tiny houses are usually less than 500 square feet and our new home is about 800 square feet. I would consider it a small home, but no, it’s not a tiny house. I will post pictures of our new home and our renovation progress soon.
And the second question my friend’s ask…
What will happen to the blog?
The blog isn’t going anywhere. I’m still going to share our journey. I’m going to chronicle our house renovations fo’ sho’. And I hope you stick around for it. Although the Airstream is super interesting, it’s never been all about the Airstream. I didn’t name this blog A Small Airstream, I named it A Small Life. My mission remains the same– living a small, happy life.
Thank you for all your support throughout the years. I hope you’ll continue to follow along.