We really enjoyed the Mid Atlantic Tiny House Expo this weekend in West Friendship Maryland! We’re back and making a fast pivot to Pipe Organ Conservation, but wanted to take a few moments and share some thoughts about events like these. Please excuse my bedhead and the fact that I’m moving pretty slow this morning. OH, and I forgot to use my microphone, so please turn up your speaker and hopefully you’ll be able to hear my thoughts. I just wanted to give you an authentic moment in the life of a tiny house speaker and author, and I’m sorry, but I didn’t even comb my hair to do this. I share a few of the things I love most about an event like this one and the community that makes these things possible.
My very favorite thing is watching people come through and experience tiny houses – sometimes for the first time. Most people can’t afford the $100K buildings that are sometimes at these shows, and that’s fine. What I love is when a college student explores the inside of a Sprinter van, or a box truck, or a DIY tiny and they look around. I got to see the light go on for a few people in those moments – you can almost see them realize that this is something they CAN do. And if you can live in a van/bus/tinyhouse/whatever it is… and live simply? There are so many opportunities and so much freedom suddenly available to you. And I love seeing that happen! I love seeing the moment when people start to realize that this life IS within reach! You CAN do it.
A tiny house isn’t going to change your life – the simplicity that you HAVE TO LEARN to make the tiny house thing work? That’s the game changer part of all this! I love tiny houses, I went tiny in 2014, and I’ve been to a lot of tiny house festivals and toured many beautiful homes. It’s not the house that will change your life – it’s Simplicity that is required to live comfortably there. And I suppose that’s why I’m still here talking about Kitchen Simplicity (Both my book – and the broader idea) of really embracing Simplicity – no matter where or how you live – or whether your home has wheels or not. In the end the mindset is everything – and that also happens to be my favorite part about my first book – Kitchen Simplicity! (Which… by the way… I noticed the Kindle book was available on Amazon for only $2.99 – and it’s usually $4.99 so if Kindle is your preferred way to get a book then this is good timing for you!)
Unfortunately, sometimes my ipad malfunctions and I can’t upload my photos anymore – but I can still upload them to Instagram so pop over there and see photos and video from the Mid-Atlantic Tiny House Expo. It was great fun!
And remember, you can go tiny, embrace simplicity, and still eat really well!
All my best,