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I've been working off and on since last September on building a tiny house. Currently, I have the floor built and insulated and have all the walls built and laying on top of the floor. Windows are cut out of the walls and I've been in a holding pattern now for a few months until I could arrange a "Tiny House Raising Day".
That day is Saturday, May 17th. I have several men and a few women coming out to assist in raising the walls and securing them, building the rafters and installing them, decking the roof, tar papering the roof and wrapping the tiny house in house wrap. Once that is done, I'll be able to finish the roof and walls and start on the inside.
I have studied tiny houses on wheels for well over a year. It was a leap of faith to jump out there and start it. I have had more than one experience of "OMG, what have I gotten myself into". I built a 550 sq ft cabin back in 1990 and lived in it for over a year with my (then) wife, so I do have some skill at thinking things through - it just seems to take longer now to do that thinking, lol.
My goal in all of this is simplification. I currently live in an 1800 sq ft house by myself. It is way too much for me to take of by myself. It is crammed full of stuff from my previous marriage, from a more recent relationship and from my dead brother and parents. I feel like I must get rid of stuff in order to maintain my sanity. Not have every wall covered or have furniture against every wall. All of my "stuff" steals my energy because I have to look at it and think about it. If I just let a huge majority of this stuff go, I truly believe I'll regain much of my energy, feel better, and be able to function much more efficiently. Also, once I've simplified, it will be much easier to let go of the last few possessions and move into my tiny house for good.
I'm about 3.5 years away from full retirement. At that time, I can head out in the wild blue yonder and see parts of the world I've never had the opportunity to visit. I can take early retirment in 447 days (not that I'm counting, lol), but won't be able to draw any retirement until I've reach my full retirement age (58 y/o).
These shorts supposedly don't get wet! These could potentially be great travel, minimalist, multipurpose shorts, in & out of the water. I wonder how well they do w/ odors. $75, ships in June/July.
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This teacher changes everyone's life in her classroom- it's time to show her how Special she is.
We hope this video will inspire others to teach from the heart like Shauna McCarty does. We also want to inspire parents and children to be more outwardly grateful to their own amazing teachers.
Shauna is not retiring, we just thought the serenade would be a more fitting year end gift than a coffee cup!
Following Tynan's last post where he mentioned the great deal he got when he acted fast on some information he found on Flyertalk.com, I'd be very interested in a "beginner's guide post sharing his best practices to detect these deals, get membership rewards, etc.
I suppose this post was a beginning, but I'm curious how the use of tools like Feedly, IFTTT or services like Travelzoo could benefit the rest of us in the last time-consuming manner possible.
If you have any strategies to share, I'd love to read about them. Thanks!
How does one insert pictures into a post? I would love to share some pictures from my tiny house build last Saturday, but I can't figure out how to share them here?
Anyone have any ideas about camping on the PCH, overnight?
I was in Malibu and noticed RVs parked all along the PCH. A few appeared to be in the same spot more than 24hrs later.
I also noticed the Malibu RV Park website claims:'The park does not offer any late checkouts. For guests looking to spend more time in the Los Angeles area, we recommend parking alongside Pacific Coast Highway.'
Any thoughts or experience camping alongside the PCH? Particularly friendly stretches around the SoCal area?
Just discovered this deck today. Part of Tynan's gear is a set of hard to find poker cards smaller than the average poker deck from the year 19 something. Travel nomads Anne and Mike designed a card deck that helps you use Spanish and it comes in a regular size and a smaller travel size. Hope it is useful for someone here!
Having my own business is something I have always wanted to do but never thought it was possible because of the large amount to of money required to startup. Well, I have been looking at it all wrong. Instead of trying to come up with the next big thing and hiring many employees I have shifted my focus on small home based business ideas that require a relatively low startup budget. My goal is to start a home based business while working my full time job. My goal is to make a modest $500 a month and grow the business from there. I believe if you can profit $500 a month with a very low startup budget then with additional work you should be able to grow the business into profiting much more than $500 a month. Will this business allow me to quit my job and obtain financial freedom? Probably not, but it will provide me with additional income and valuable entrepreneurship experience. There are hundreds of home based business ideas to consider. Finding the one right for me will be the challenge. Anyone have their own home based business? Please comment below with your experiences.
I have a beautiful family. My wife and I have two children. Our son is two and our daughter is almost three months old. About a year ago I took a promotion at work that caused us to move 1,200 miles away. We did this for a few reasons. The job paid more, was less stressful, offered more time off, and we thought it would allow my wife to stay at home with the kids. Well as a year has passed we have realized our budget wasn't as accurate as we thought it was. Long story short, we have cut back but we still aren't where we want to be. My wife will need to work part time or we will need to produce some sort of side income to help ends meet. There is another option....a tiny house. The money we would save by greatly reducing our mortage would be incredible. This solution presents a few issues though. First off, we have two little children. Children need room to play and store toys. Secondly, we live in North Texas where storms are common. Would a tiny house be able to provide us protection from these storms? Thirdly, my wife hasn't said no way to this idea, but I know she isn't thrilled about my proposed solution. So, I am looking for answers to these issues. Do you have a tiny house with a young growing family? Do you know how well tiny houses hold up in storms? Did you convince your spouse a tiny house was for you? I would love to hear your comments and advice!