Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

I have a hard time staying in one place for too long.  I get this need to pack up and go and it's so hard to ignore it.  It starts small like a tiny whisper in my mind then festers into a demanding shout for change.  I've always quieted the shout with moving into a new apartment or by changing something reasonable.  Large scale change didn't always seem feasible. 

My need to move started when I was born.  I was born into an Army family.  I was born in Texas but left there when I was little more an maybe a year old.  Since then, it's been a constant change every 3 or 4 years.  I was even lucky enough to spend a good chunk of my childhood in Germany.   As a child, I thought I hated moving so much.  Not growing up with the same friends seemed a curse.  Did I really ever fit in?  Military Brats will know what I mean.  As I got older, I realized that not fitting in wasn't that big of a deal.  I always got to be me and developed friendships that have lasted throughout the years.  Moving and having to start over made me more resilient and helped me overcome my shyness. Not to mention all the new adventures I had in new places.  Living in Germany was amazing.  I loved all the history and wonderful things about the country.... yes, Polka is one of them! 

Since I got out of the Army, I have been stuck in Georgia.  Yes, stuck is how I feel.  I moved here to be closer to the man that became my husband.  We stayed here because he had a good job and family here.  We both were unhappy about it but we stayed.  Years passed and yet we stayed because it was easy.  We have dreamed of moving, buying land somewhere and building a cabin but the funds to do so did not exist. 

The solution came to us last year.  We could build a tiny house on wheels and move around the country!  We wouldn't have to worry about houses to rent or buy (land rentals are very cheap in most areas) and could easily pack up and move if we hated an area.  Making our tiny home off grid frees up all the extras we pay for every month, on top of rent.  We realized we could save a LOT of cash and still be able to live a good life. 

When you living expenses are cut down so drastically, you can survive on a lot less.  Meaning you can work part time or full time at less pay and still be happy.  Which means you do not slave away to pay for material possessions you do not need and to keep a roof over your head.  This is our solution for our life.  We plan  to move around and see different states in our tiny home.  We want to be able to take the time to go camping and hiking as much as our hearts desire.  We plan to work less stressful jobs and just enjoy life.  That is why we are building our tiny home.  This is our life and we welcome you to it.  It may not be for you but you can always visit! :)


Alan Plummer said...

As a part of the tiny house community I'm working on, there will be sites to rent for tiny house people. :)

You guys can come to Maine to visit!

Chrissy Stanley said...

Al...that would be awesome! The chance to meet other tiny home dwellers is a must for us! Plus, I have an old friend that lives in Bangor and I am always wanting to go up and spend time with her. :)