I just got reading an inspiring post from Laura LaVoie of Life in 120 Square Feet (you should read it to get an idea about this post). I thought I’d respond to it in a way and maybe expand upon it from my viewpoint. It basically sums up so much of what I believe when it comes to tiny houses, a career and life. It is easy to make excuses for not doing something, to follow the path of least resistance, to settle into complacency, but to our own detriment. Even today I do this, but I am now more cognizant of it and call myself out on it.
The point is when it comes to making drastic changes, whether building a tiny house, making a career change or some other life altering decision, IT IS HARD. More acculturate, it is REALLY FREAKING HARD and by hard I mean lots of sleepless nights, tons of work, years of making your way to the goal; The saying “blood, sweat, and tears” only begins to cover a rough approximation of it.
Right before I started building my tiny house I realized that the only thing that was stopping me from building my tiny house was myself. I had no idea where I’d live in it, I had no idea how to build, I didn’t know how it would all go down, but I went for it. When I started, I didn’t know about how the building codes and zoning would work, how I’d get utilities, where I was going to park it, but I decided that I needed to move to action now, because otherwise me saying “someday” would turn into never.
What I realized about the changes in my life, career and my housing options was that no matter how scary it would be to change these things, the price of doing nothing was too high. Living in house loaded with debt, working in a job I hate and in a life left uninspired was not worth it. To make the changes I have made – and am still making – was the only rational option.
The truth is when I started this journey I was unemployed, loaded with debt, didn’t have any money in the bank or any assets. Since doubling down on me and my life, I own my tiny house, I should be able to clear all my debt in the next year, I have a job I love done on my terms and I have money in the bank. What I did was nothing special, the concepts and ideas are already out there for free, you just have to stop making excuses and say “I am the priority and worthy of an epic life”.
So today resolve to make you and your life the priority, to make your life epic. Realize it is a ton of work, it’s scary, it will take years and after laying all the excuses to rest, you will have a life others only dream of.
- What did you do today to achieve your dreams?
- What excuse have you left behind?