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Life Update!

From our road trip: Hot Springs, AK

Oh man, I did not mean to take a three week break, but you know what, life is happening, y’all. And our life is pretty crazy right now. Before I quit my full-time gig, George and I started a small business. He’s been a sole proprietor for years, but we wanted to make it official as we bring me on to manage the business side of things. I’ve been heading up the more organizational part of the business, so George can start to focus on his art again. And starting a legit small business is no cake walk. It’s a lot of paperwork and lawyers and to be honest, Googling things I don’t understand.

Had to stop by the Magnolia Market in Waco, Tx.

In addition to creating illustrations for some amazing companies, small businesses and people, for the past four years, George has also been selling vintage goodies. I encouraged him to start selling his stuff online when we first moved into the Airstream and it’s only grown from there. If you’re interested in seeing the stuff we sell, you can check it out on Instagram @gorgeousgeorgeyardsale.

The Alamo!

The Alamo!

Now, at first it was hard for me to grapple with the aspect of selling “stuff.” I’m such a minimalist. I know I’ve said this before, but my dream space is a white room with lots of natural light and that’s pretty much it. But that’s not for everyone and I understand that. I don’t live with a minimalist, and my life can’t be minimal all the time. It’s truly a balance. I also like that we’re selling mostly vintage stuff. Vintage stuff is already out in the world. We’re keeping it from going into a landfill and getting more use out of the already created object.

Breakfast at the Loveless Cafe in Nashville, TN

Anyway, that’s the long way of saying we’ve been traveling a lot for business and fun. We went on a two week long excursion to the Giddy Up motorcycle show in Texas and Roundtop, a giant antique festival. After that, we took trips to Nashville and Beaufort, SC for weddings. And you better believe we did business on the way. It’s been a whirlwind.

A secret beach near Beaufort, SC

I am so thankful to now have a job that allows us to travel together without having to worry about limited vacation days or being back at a certain time. It’s such a blessing. We can do our work on the road. I truly love travel, but I also can’t wait until we finish our house. I’m equally excited to be able to establish a routine in our new home and get a little bit of time to relax. We don’t have weekends or days off anymore and that needs to change.

Richfield Plantation in SC

I hope to have some house updates for you all soon. That is, if we can stay home for more than 5 minutes! If you want to follow our adventures in real time, I’m very active on Instagram. You can follow me @asmalllife.

What adventures are you getting into this summer? I want to hear about it in the comments!

-Melanie

Happy New Year!

I’m not big on resolutions, but I do like to have a guiding One Little Word for the year. The premise is simple– just pick one word to guide you through the year. I’ve found that it’s easier and more impactful than a resolution.

Last year’s word was brave. And man, oh man, there were times I had to be brave.  2016 challenged me. Mostly in ways too personal to share. I learned a lot about myself. I wrote a book! I released a pin! I gave up things that no longer served me and I made some big decisions. I was brave. My 2017 word is “leap.” And here’s why…

The Myers-Briggs personality test classifies me as an INTJ. It’s actually one of the more rare personality types and it’s even more rare for women. Being an INTJ means I’m a great researcher, but I think (and worry) too much. This year I want to take more risks. I’ve never regretted the biggest risks in my life– like living full-time in the Airstream, marrying George or adopting my beloved pup, Bambi. This year I want to leap more and worry less about the (often times imagined negative) consequences.

What are your goals for 2017? Do you have a one little word? I want to hear about it in the comments!

Do you want to make the leap to living full-time in an RV, Airstream or motor home? I wrote a guide on how to live that life, available here. It’s truly one of the best leaps I’ve ever made.

2016: One Little Word

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” ― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

It’s taken me weeks to write this post. I was hoping that by taking a break from the blog and from my “regular” job, I’d be able to answer some questions I’ve been asking myself for an entire year. 2015 was a big ol’ year of questions for me. I asked myself “why” more than I’ve ever asked myself “why” in my entire life. But even after a break, I don’t have any answers. And I suppose it was naive to think that I’d be able to answer life’s questions in a couple of weeks.

Here’s what I do know: I know that for me, 2016 needs to be the year of being brave. I’m not setting any goals or making any resolutions. What I am going to do is focus on one little word: Brave. (Idea shamelessly stolen from the inspiring Ali Edwards.)

I’m going to be 30 this year. (Dear Lord.) And I need to start doing what is right for me instead of what is expected of me. I need to live in the moment and not focus so intently on the future. I need to do the things I’ve dreamed about. I need to be brave.

Here’s hoping 2016 will be a year of answers for me.
Love always,
Melanie

Tuesday Thoughts: The Real Mistake

A failure is not always a mistake... the real mistake is to stop trying.

“A failure is not a mistake… the real mistake is to stop trying.”

Lately I’ve had a hard time keeping up with this blog. I love it, but sometimes it can be a real slog. I have a full-time job and a life. I see very little income from this endeavor and it’s easy to give up on it. No one is holding me accountable. It’s just me here. Negative thoughts can get to me from time to time, but I know that it would be a mistake to give up. My goal will always be to share my story of living small in order to help others do the same. It won’t change and I won’t stop trying.

Fist bump emoji and love,
melanie

Tuesday Thoughts: There is No Final Destination to Our Journey

There is no final destination to our journey. As someone who is goal-oriented it can be hard to remember that the end goal is not always the goal. As people, our final destinations are the same, but our journeys are different. And the journey is what counts.

Let me know how you’re making it count in the comments.

love,
melanie

Tuesday Thoughts: Nature Does Not Hurry

Nature does not hurry

Mother nature doesn’t hurry, but she gets shit done.

Here’s hoping your Tuesday is full of unhurried productiveness!

love,
melanie

Happy Birthday to me!

baby me!

baby me!

In the past I’ve written goals for my birthday. I’ve set a lot of them: 27 before 27 and 27 before 28, but this year for my birthday, I’m giving myself a break. Sure, I’ve got goals and super big, super secret things I want to and will accomplish this year, but for now I’m practicing the art of leaving things undone.

I’m a seasoned “do-er.” I’m a list-maker. I’m committed and hard-working and fastidious. But I’m also often stressed out and burned out and quite frankly, tired. I don’t want to make even one goal, but if anything, this year, I want to learn how to relax. I want to learn how to relax and still accomplish things. I want to learn how to take a break and I want to learn how to not count my self-worth by my to-dos.

How have you practiced the art of leaving things undone? Let me know in the comments!

love,
melanie