For months now I have been brainstorming ideas for our blog, carefully weighing each idea against the next to make sure I had the perfect first blog with the perfect selection of blogs lined up to follow. Well, as you might guess there is no “perfect” blog, just like there is no perfect time to start something. I woke up this morning and decided I am starting today, no if’s, and’s or but’s about it, and I am beginning with an imperfect introduction to why we are even starting a blog to begin with. After all our motto is “don’t wait live NOW,” right?
So, without further adieu, here it is: My first blog! (I hope you like it)
I read a book a few years ago called Nudge, you might have heard of it, it has a fun yellowish-orange cover with two elephants on it. Honestly, that’s what got me while I was standing in the middle of Barnes and Noble trying to make a choice among thousands of potential choices. I guess you can say I’m an easy sell….fortunately for me, my purchase wasn’t for naught. The authors’ message was superb, their entire premise was about how the default choice should be changed to suit our needs as individuals instead of the needs of those in charge. And while I still think this is a great idea for things like putting junk food on the bottom shelf in grocery stores or at the end of the line at an elementary school cafeteria so that healthy foods are easier to choose, I don’t think this “default changing” would be successful in most aspects of a capitalistic market because, well, capitalism doesn’t really like fulfilling the needs of individuals.
America’s current default is to work really hard, buy the biggest house you can afford and spend a lot of money on stuff to fill it. What we love most about the Tiny House movement is that it calls into question why this is considered the “American Dream” and offers an alternative that makes a lot more sense for a lot of people. Tiny houses offer a way to make your home work for you instead of searching for a prebuilt house and making your life fit into it. Tiny homes are small and efficient; every decision to include or not include something is intentional because literally every inch matters. We love this idea of being intentional, not just in your home but in life, and our goal is to continue making choices that might not be the “default” but work for us and the life we are building together. We hope you’ll join us on our journey, part of the fun is sharing it with folks and hoping to inspire others to see that they can do it too! Let’s go, shall we?