I chose to live in a tiny floating home to be able to travel to beautiful tropical islands, Where The Coconuts Grow. Just as other parts of the world face natural disasters like tornados and earthquakes, the part of the world I live in faces volcanoes and hurricanes.
Life happens so fast and I’m always on the go. I often forget to stop and take everything in. It’s the quiet moments of the day that don’t come often enough, but when they do, an overwhelming feeling of gratitude reminds me to give thanks for my tiny floating home and all the opportunities that have come my way.
Almost two years ago I chose to sell most of my belongings and move aboard a sailboat with my boyfriend and my two dogs. Adjusting to simplicity was just that, an adjustment. Everything in my life is much more simple now and I often think back to all the previous years of my life wondering how I kept going that way for so long.
It’s my tiny floating home that now allows me a freedom I never knew. I can sail my home to a new destination any time I please. I can travel great distances and experience so much more of the world than I ever had access to before. Just in the past two weeks I’ve visited 6 different countries! My belongings are few and my life is simple. I collect memories (and photographs), not things.
Just yesterday I was living a sailor’s dream. Fair winds and following seas, with the sun shining down on my shoulders and the cool Caribbean breeze at my back. It was a gorgeous day to be out on the ocean. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath in, and I was reminded of how lucky I am to be out on the water every day, doing what I love.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all palm trees and pina coladas. There are many frustrating challenges every day when you live on a boat. The passages aren’t always during settled weather. Sometimes blood, sweat, and tears get the best of me. But as hard as it can be, I am still grateful to be able to choose this lifestyle.
What are you grateful for?
(All photos published with permission, courtesy of www.WhereTheCoconutsGrow.com)
As if living in a tiny floating home wasn’t unconventional enough, the way we get around would definitely be considered alternative transportation as opposed to having a car. Our sailboat carries us long distances but sometimes it’s not practical to move the boat to get to where we need to go. It’s essential to have a kayak, dinghy or rowboat if you live on the water. We opted for an inflatable dinghy with an outboard motor.
Meet Ron and Jackie Skelton, a young Midwestern couple that had the typical American life; work, a house, cars, some travel, and even the dog.
Take a few minutes to read their story, told by Jackie, and find out why they ‘left it all’ for a tiny floating home out on the big blue and beyond! Continue reading