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Happy Birthday To TheTinyLife!

One year ago I stood in a Tiny House talking with other people as passionate about Tiny Houses as I am.  The conversations sparked the creation of a blog about Tiny House and Tiny Living.

Well today this website is one year old, with thousands of readers a month, I have achieved much more than I had ever dreamed!  I had never written a blog, used wordpress, etcetera, but here I am.  I couldn’t have done it without all you, so thank you.

Some of the best things that have come out of this website is that I now talk with folks who have a fiery passion of Tiny Houses and Tiny Living.  It is inspirational to get emails from people who are jazzed up over living in 150 square feet!  I can’t tell you how much fun it is to email or talk on the phone with people who have taken up the cause or are inspired to make their way to a Tinier Life.

We are a great group of folks and every person we share the Tiny House Movement with begins to think.  Thinking about how we live, what size we live, can lead to action.  It is undoubtedly growing, our cause has been on NPR, MSNBC, Oprah, CNN, New York Times, tons of Local News and a massive online following.

This week will be a bit different, I am going to do recaps of some older works that many may have not been around for.  It will serve to catch you up and spark inspiration and drive discussion.

As always, feel free to email me at ryan112ryan [at] yahoo   {com}


Community Gardens

Hey all, I wanted to reach out and get some support from you all.  I work for a non-profit and I am working to start 10 new community gardens by submitting my idea to Pepsi’s “Refresh Everything” campaign.  Basically I have my idea, you all vote for it once a day, every day and if I have enough votes to be in the top ten projects, I will get the funding.

Go here to vote once a day, every day!



As of late I have seen many new faces on at The Tiny Life, 8 months ago I started this blog and could never could have imagined that there would be so many folks interested in Tiny Houses!  I am excited to see that I was wrong, so today, I wanted to introduce myself to everyone and once you are done reading, please introduce yourself in the comments section.


Untitled-1 My name is Ryan Mitchell, I am 26 and run The Tiny Life.  It has been an interesting journey to where we are today.

It all started by getting fired, yup, that’s right, fired.  About a year ago I found myself facing layoffs at my job; I was a recruiter.  That is when the economy took a turn for the worst.

I found myself with no job, no car, had to move home, newly single, was uninsured and didn’t qualify for unemployment.  It happened so fast that I could barley believe it; That is when I found Tiny Houses.

After spending a few hours looking for jobs that day, I was surfing around the web and came upon a photo of a Tiny House.  I thought they were kind of neat, I had always had this affinity for alternative housing, but there was something different about Tiny Houses.  To be honest I didn’t think too much of it until later I found myself on Jay Schaffer’s site.  That’s when I had my a-ha! moment.

Here I was realizing that the system I was taught to go by, had essentially failed me, I had done everything “right”.  I went to High School, was awarded Boy Scout’s highest rank of Eagle, I had a impressive list of extracurricular activities, which got me into college.  Four years later, I graduated with my bachelors and was awarded the Research Scholar’s award.  I was quickly accepted into a Masters program, which I did well in.  I landed contract after contract, making way more than I should have right out the gate.  But what did it really amount to?

I was looking at Tiny Houses not just as a downsized living space, but as a lifestyle which circumvented the pitfalls of the typical framework.  I began to realize that it was not about material things.  It was what mattered: Relationships, Time, Freedom, & Self Sufficiency.  You must love the life you live.  You must love those you live it with.  You must have time to be in the moment.  Finally, in the end, it’s up to you to look out for you and those you hold dear.  I realized my initial approach was flawed, it did not support what truly mattered.

Canada Road Trip 09 082So that’s how it started.

I researched Tiny Houses, drew literally 100’s of floor plans, talked with builders, bloggers, dreamers and skeptics.  I took a trip to Canada with a friend, timed it so I could meet Jay Schaffer and toured his Tiny House. While there I met Jay and many other Tiny House folks.  We stood in this Tiny House for 3 hours talking about our passions and ideas.  It was nothing short of inspiring.  It was there that folks urged me to start a blog, a blog that talked not just about Tiny Houses, but Tiny Living.

Tiny Living Encompasses:

  • Tiny Houses
  • Life Simplification
  • Environmental Consciousness
  • Self Sufficiency
  • Sound Fiscal Plans
  • Social Consciousness

So today I speak to you, employed in a job I love, in a life I love, with a future that I love.  I work for a local non-profit that tackles Charlotte’s biggest social and poverty issues head on.  I have come a long way, but have still have a bit to go, but now it is with purpose.  So I invite you to join me in this journey and share in it.

How This Blog Works

So typically I post Monday through Friday.  Here is the rough schedule I will start following very soon, once the spring is here.  The big thing I will point out is the “Tiny House Live!”  This is a pretty new feature to our blog where I do a live show on Thursday, typically at 8pm, times will vary and I will let you know the day of, the exact time.  What is neat is that not only do I get to talk to you, but you can talk to me too!  We will have a topic, but feel free to chime in with any questions about Tiny Houses, Tiny Living etc.

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Help Me Out

I try my best to post every day, what really helps me is if you all have interesting stories that you want to share.  You might find a neat video or article, you might have a Tiny House of your own.  I would love to hear from you.  This along with comments make for a great blog.  If you think of something that you would like to see on here, no matter how crazy, let me know.  Regardless, I love hearing from my readers, because I want this to be a community.

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Well that’s about it.  Enjoy the blog and I thank you for checking it out.

Introduce Yourself In the Comments!

New Spam Protection

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We recently have been under attack by the Russians, but you most likely haven’t noticed because of some fancy coding I have been running.  Well today we have changed up the comments system so that hopefully they will have a harder time posting.  I don’t like the look of the comments section now, but I should be able to work on that.

Here is what it looks like (see below) if you would try posting some comments (click here or the “add comment” link about) to make sure there are no kinks in the system that would be awesome 🙂

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New Poll

So I have been trying to get better at ways to bring this blog to the next level for me and my readers, I am very new at all this, I have never blogged before in my life and can stand to learn allot.

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