Anyone else just having one of those weeks that you can’t get motivated? I feel like I’ve done nothing but watch Call the Midwife this week. I’m all about productivity, but I think I just need a break, knowwhatI’msaying? Speaking of nice little breaks, it’s time for Link Love! So, sit back, grab a cuppa and relax with the best of the Internet!
Tiny houses skirt cities’ zoning rules. This is a big problem with the tiny house movement that no one likes talking about. Most tiny house dwellings are illegal in municipalities. To have lasting impact, that needs to change.
This man built a tiny home for his homeless neighbor. I think this is a step in the right direction, I truly believe tiny houses could help solve homelessness, but the house needs a few more amenities– like room to stand and a bathroom to make a real difference. What do you think?
Often times people tell me, “Oh, I could never do what you do.” “I could never be a minimalist.” “I could never live in 188 square feet.” But what I really hear is, “I’m not willing to have less stuff to gain more time, money or pursue my other dreams.”
Since we moved into the Airstream, I’ve found myself less preoccupied with household chores. Don’t get me wrong, I still have to cook and clean each day, but instead of cleaning 1,000 square feet, I only have 188 to clean.
Since we moved into the Airstream, I’ve saved about half my paycheck each month. That’s huge. Prior to living in the Airstream I spent every cent I made, and sometimes more than that. Now I have emergency savings, a 401K and a Roth IRA. I didn’t even know what those things were two years ago!
Since we moved into the Airstream, we’ve also been able to support my husband’s dream of being a full-time artist. Paying rent just wouldn’t be possible (at least in the beginning) with the unsteadiness of the artist’s paychecks. We don’t worry about that now. Whatever money he makes, he invests back into the business or saves. We don’t need that money to live.
Moving into the Airstream has also given me a chance to think about my own dreams– whatever those might be. Two years ago I didn’t even allow myself to dream because I was broke. What’s the point in dreaming when you know you are going to have to get up and go to work each morning until you’re 65 or 70 just to support yourself?
By living in less and with less I’ve gained so much more.
What are you willing to give up to gain? Let me know in the comments!
This month I finally hit a milestone financial goal. I’ve saved a huge (to me) chunk of money and I am so very proud of myself. Saving this amount of money has given me peace of mind. Don’t get me wrong, I still worry about money, but I feel much more safe now. I have a buffer, a fall-back plan, a rainy day savings fund. But more than peace of mind, having this money has given me the ability to dream.
When I was living paycheck to paycheck, I thought well, I’m going to work like this until I die. And then maybe I’ll work some more when I’m dead. There was no end in sight and no room to dream. With money in the bank, I now feel that I have room to dream and plan how I live my life. It is so liberating. I don’t know what the future holds, but I feel free to live life on my terms. It’s a beautiful thing.
Has money changed your dreams for the better? Let me know in the comments!