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Ask Melanie: How do you deal with lifestyle criticism?

Dealing with Lifestyle Criticism

Lately I’ve been receiving a bunch of emails from readers asking specific questions about living full-time in an Airstream. Awesome! I love questions! Ask away! But I do like to address the questions on my blog so a wider audience can benefit from the answers. I also have a FAQs page and a place for new readers in case you were looking for one.

Anyway, today’s question is from a reader who is shopping for Airstreams this week! And she wants to know… “Did you receive judgement and criticisms in the beginning?”

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Sunrise at the Airstream

Lord, ya’ll. I thought I set this post to publish on Friday, but apparently I did not. It’s been one of those weeks. Oh well, here’s hoping these links lessen the blow of Monday for ya.
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Lessons I’ve Learned From Living Tiny

Lessons I've learned from living tiny For over 2 years my husband, my dog and I have lived tiny. We went from living in a beautiful (and big-to-me) 1,200 square foot loft to a 188 square foot Airstream Sovereign. I’ve learned so many lessons during that time. Some of those lessons were expected and some of those lessons were totally unforeseen. Some of the lessons have been easy and some of them have been hard. But more than anything I’m thankful that I’ve learned them. Living tiny has made me a better person. So today I’m going to share just a few of the lessons I’ve learned by living tiny. I’m sure there are so many more lessons in store. Continue reading

Airstream Livin’ Update: 2.5 years!

Airstream at Sunset We’ve been living in the Airstream for almost two and a half years. Years, people! Some days it seems like so much time has passed and other days it feels like no time has passed at all. One thing is for certain: we’ve adapted well to living in just 188 square feet. We know how to declutter. We know when problems arise, we can solve them. And I know it seems strange to outsiders, but the Airstream truly feels like home.

In terms of upkeep, the trailer has held up pretty well. We’ve had some bumps along the way. (See: our leaky hot water heater.) We need to repaint when it warms up a bit. (See how our paint has held up.) But overall, the Airstream has allowed us to save money to travel and to build up an emergency fund. We’ve been to Austin, took a roadtrip to Florida, Charleston, Memphis, Portland and most recently we went to Iceland! And most importantly, we’ve built up an emergency savings and another savings account. And I know it sounds cryptic, but we’re trying to decide what to do with our other savings account. What a wonderful problem to have!

Let me explain a bit: at this point we’re getting the itch again. The itch to do something different. The itch to be brave. And if we’re being honest, we don’t know if we want to live in the Airstream forever. It’s wonderful and our home, but is it our forever home? We don’t know. We’d love to have some land of our own one day. (I want animals! And a big place to grow our own food!) We’re also really interested in other alternative dwellings, like tiny houses, cordwood cabins and shipping container homes. And we love to travel! So much so that we bought a van to convert into a super tiny home. We aren’t moving out of the Airstream yet, but maybe. One day. Sometime.

Are we indecisive and insane? Maybe. I truly don’t know what the future will bring, but I am excited to find out.

love,
melanie

Link Love: 61

Link Love

I’ve been thinking a lot about my future lately and what gives my life value. I’m not sure I’ve come to any conclusions yet, but I think it’s a good to reevaluate every now and again. Until I figure it out (will I ever figure it out?!), it’s Link Love time!

Can minimalism and a thriving economy co-exist?

The productivity of being non-productive.

What if you didn’t give up?

This roll out guest bed is so smart. I’m not crazy about it holding a towel though, maybe change it into a faux fireplace?

This college student built a tiny house to graduate debt free. Again, smart.

Photographer removes photos from phones to show how terribly addicted we are.

Have you ever heard of the Danish habit of “hygge“? It sounds like a word someone just coughed up, but I can get into it.

I’ve been having some serious escapist fantasies lately. Appalachian trail, anyone? Heather Anderson, just hiked the Appalachian trail BY HERSELF and set the trail’s self-supported speed record. #womanpower

Did you know you can make acorn flour?!

How to buy farmland, even if you think you can’t. An interesting read.

Happy almost weekend!
love,
melanie

Link Love: 60

Link Love I’ll get more informational posts up when I can, but until then… it’s Link Love!

Something “comes up” every month, so you might as well budget for it. It happens.

What to do if you’ve fallen off your diet or good habits. Again, it happens.

These blinds contain flexible solar panels. We live in the future, ya’ll.

This shack and vintage camper house are super cute.

This couple built an “earthbag” home for $5,000.

This little A-frame cabin in the redwoods is dreamy.

I love a wood stove. Some of these even incorporate a cooking stove into the design.

Beware the cost of minimalism!

Melissa’s pictures of Iceland make me pumped for our trip in December.

And since Halloween will be here shortly… Cheap and easy costume ideas from Halloweens past and Cheap and easy costumes for dogs! Who doesn’t love a dog in costume?!

I hope you have a restful weekend!
love,
melanie

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Link Love

I feel like I’ve been juggling 10 different balls this week. It’s time to rest, get my head straight and drop some of those balls– on purpose! Until then, there’s Link Love.

This family is selling a house for $199 if you write the winning essay.

KOA and Airstream are giving away a 16′ Airstream sport!

Some good tips for decluttering.

Owning less is great, wanting less is better.

Ways to customize your Ikea furniture, no hacking required.

Top-rated side jobs for extra cash.

How to get the best deal on prescriptions, insured or not.

Dwelling on your money mistakes means you’ll probably repeat them.

How to build a home for less than $50,000 (a video!)

My friend, Ethan wrote a book about tiny house parking! It’s one of the questions I get asked the most and I’m so glad he’s addressing the issue in book form. It’s available on Amazon for just $2.99!

Happy almost weekend!
love,
melanie