It’s Alright To Live Little Bitty

By Lauren Schwab

Living on a farm in the country has taught me appreciation for what I have in life and simply life itself. Though I have grown to know the value of what the land and its animals give to our lives, it is still easy to get caught up in the bigger is better materialistic mentality America tends to believe.  I have found myself finding satisfaction in having trendy clothes, vintage furniture, collecting antiques and special finds at thrift stores all for it to sit in admiration. In the end, these things are nice, but they are just things and I can’t take them all with me when I travel this world and especially when I leave this world.

As I enter my late 20’s society has entered the thoughts into my mind os “settling down”. The American Ideal is to gain a successful career with a high salary, get married, buy a home, have children and life the “dream” with money and materials to show off your success and so-called perfect life for others to envy. This is not my dream. My dream is to be free, let go of everything and see the world. I will always love my bling and vintage furniture, but why does it have to settle me down and create permanence when I want to fly?

I have learned of the tiny house movement. According to a TEDx Talk on tiny houses, the average American spend two days of the five day work week working to pay off their mortgage. They also spend an average of an hour commute, 8 to 9 hours at work, 8 to 9 hours sleeping and end up with 5 to 6 hours of awake time in their home making it costly time. Living a minimalist lifestyle is more freeing than restricting from my perspective. My house can be mobile and I can park it in nearly any landscape I choose. And when I fly to Paris one day, I can park it on the farm. Life is tiny, so my home could match it. I don’t know for sure if there is a tiny home in my future, but I do know I am inspired by this lifestyle. To live minimally and make as little impact on the environment as possible. I will always love my fashion and antiques, but I won’t let them define my beauty, success, happiness or anchor me down to Southwest, Ohio. Do you think my cats and pigs would like to be in my tiny home?! Maybe they love the farm more. No matter how far the road takes me, the farm and my animals will always be my home. Home is where love is, not where shelter is. God is love and He will provide.

Watch more about the tiny house movement and one man’s journey here:

Read more about his home in at: Colorado Couple Tiny House

Tour this adorably chic California tiny home:

Read more about her home at: Tree Hugger Blog of Vina’s Tiny House

 

 

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