I wanted to share a renewed perspective on why I – along with many of you – am attracted to living in tiny houses. The last week has been an emotional roller coaster for me, I was called in to my boss’s office to find out I was being laid off. This was a huge surprise considering I had just finished up glowing performance review, but there I was, being told I had 30 days before my last pay check.
So obviously my mind was reeling with things like: How will I pay my bills? What if I get sick? I still have to finish my tiny house, where will that money come from? It was a nightmare week to say the least.
Now as I write this I am happy to say I was able to pull some contacts of mine to land a new job in a few short days, a miracle by any standard. The worry of not having a way to earn a living was very scary, it meant sleepless nights, it meant trimming my budget and worrying over bills. The event was a nightmare and yet at the same time I was lucky when considering how many people are looking for jobs and have faced layoffs.
So the perspective I gained out of this experience was this. How would have this experience been different if I had my tiny house finished? If we were to say this story happened next year it would have been a lot different. By that time my house would have been done, my car loan a thing of the past, my bills would be reduced down to $450 monthly expenses and I’d have roughly $10,000 in the bank; enough to last me almost two years!
So what this shows us is that tiny houses bring not only a sense of home, a sense of responsibility to our environment, to a simpler way of living, but it brings security from the ups and downs of life. Not having a mortgage is a huge deal, it changes the game when it comes to your monthly finances and to weathering the tough times in life. I am constantly reminded of a song lyric that goes:
“There is no dollar sign on peace of mind, this I have come to know”