See Us On Tiny House Hunters
Our air date has been set and we'll be on HGTV's Tiny House Hunters Monday May 1 at 9/8c. This episode has been a year in the making. The very first audition we had with the producers took place in April of 2016 and now it's come full circle.
Our decision to go tiny has been a process. We first heard about the idea after reading about this family who lost their restaurant and decided to move out to a farm and build their house on a truck bed trailer. I didn't know what to think about that idea but it slowly started to resonate with me as we were shifting our own lifestyle so that we could live solely off of our earnings from music related ventures. We lived in a 4 bedroom house and it was dictating our job choices and how we spent our money. One day we woke up and had an epiphany that a house should not dictate how we live our lives. We should be the ones to decide that and everything else should be determined by how we WANT to live our lives. Not the other way around. Unfortunately a lot of people work 8-12 hour days on a job they disdain all in the name of keeping up a certain lifestyle. I question whether it was supposed to be this way. Or, is this a reality that was created for us and we all just went along with it?
We all have choices! Rob and I chose to pursue a tiny, minimalistic lifestyle so that we can enjoy traveling, time flexibility, the freedom to do the work we choose, and financial freedom. It has been a phenomenal experience and I don't regret doing it. We get asked questions like what happens if you don't like it? Or if you have children? My answer to that is - Isn't that a fact of life? Changes occur. Minds change, and children happen to all of us. What would anyone do in this situation? They would re-evaluate and make adjustments. What happens when you buy a house, and it turns out you don't like it? What happens when you start a new job, and it ends up being the job from hell? What happens when you live in a small apartment and you have a baby? You adjust. Nothing is permanent. The only thing we tend to get stuck in is our minds, traditions, and old ways of thinking. That can be hard to get out of. But I'm a firm believer that you can do anything you set your mind to, even if that involves shifting your own paradigm of thinking!
Can you believe that at one point in history, a large home and a car was a rarity? It was considered normal for people to live in 200sf homes with lots of children. Now when most people think about living that way, they cringe! It does take some getting used to, but it's not as bad as most people think. When people come by for a visit, they're amazed at how big and roomy our place actually is. When we filmed our final reveal scene for the TV show we had 15 people in the house and no one felt cramped. It's not as small as it looks. And we found a model that affords more room and has a much more spacious feel than most tiny house layouts. We've been living in it for almost a year now and we are enjoying it so much.
This entire experience has taught me a great deal, but my biggest takeaway is to not be afraid to think outside the box and to be open to looking for unconventional solutions that work for you. I realize tiny living is not for everybody. But, there's no right or wrong answer to how one should live their life.
To the precious soul who banned us from your house for making choices to fit our lifestyle, I pray for you daily that you will be freed from the prison of your own mind and that you too will somehow find content in your own outrageous pursuits. Everyone has their own answer to life and each person should feel safe and comfortable pursuing it without condemnation, no matter how outrageous it might be as long as they are not hurting someone else.
I hope you all can tune in Monday May 1 on HGTV's Tiny House Hunters at 9/8c! I can't wait to see it!