Writing in the Digital Age

by Kent Griswold on September 22nd, 2013. 5 Comments

A month or two ago I invited you to take part in Tammy Strobel’s photography course “Everyday Magic.” It was well received and quite a few of you signed up and learned a lot from it. Tammy contacted me the other day wondering if the Tiny House Blog readers would be interested in her writing course entitled “Writing in the Digital Age?” I decided the answer was yes. In fact I am signing up to take the course myself. Here is a little more about it from Tammy and then you can decide if this something you would enjoy taking.

Tammy Strobel

In this four-week, self-guided course, I will teach you how to tell your story in the digital age, how to feed your creative juices, how to make time to write, and much more. I’ll share insights, inspiration, and the lessons I’ve learned over the last five years as a writer, blogger and photographer. In addition, you’ll hear from a variety of guest experts too!

During this course you’ll receive:

  • In-depth writing lessons that will empower you to write on your blog, in your journal, or wherever your heart desires.
  • Access to a private blog, writing resources, and lesson archives.
  • Writing prompts.
  • The option to join a private Facebook group.
  • At the end of the class, you’ll receive a PDF document that includes the course materials.

If you are interested in learning more and signing up you can click on this link: http://rowdykittens.com/digitalwriting/

For those of you wanting to get a taste of Tammy’s writing, she is having a special ebook sale right now where you can get Smalltopia: A Practical Guide to Working for Yourself and Go Small & Be Happy: A Little Book of Essays for the low price of $1.99 each. Click here to read more about them or to purchase them. http://rowdykittens.com/writing/

writing in the digital age

September 22nd, 2013and filed in Announcement
Tags: digital, Rowdy Kittens, Tammy Strobel, Workshop, writing

Tammy Strobel and Everyday Magic

by Kent Griswold on August 28th, 2013. 1 Comment

My passion for tiny houses is followed by another passion, photography. I often blend the two and the Tiny House Blog allows me to use both passions in a unique way.

My good friend and fellow tiny house enthusiast Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kitten’s fame is also a photographer and a writer. She has brought these two talents together into a photography course called Everyday Magic. About a year ago I had the privilege of taking her course and I really enjoyed it. Now days I shoot most of my photography via a smartphone and post my photos on Instagram and you can view my photos here http://instagram.com/kentgriswold

I really enjoyed this course and if you have an interest in improving your photography and learning some new ideas I’d like to invite you to check this course out.

Everyday Magic

Tammy says:

Everyday Magic” will spark your creative juices and help you get in touch with the joy of taking photos. Throughout the course, I will give you tips and tools to improve your photography practice. However, this is not a highly technical ecourse. You will learn how to take better photos and have fun along the way!

Class starting in a few days!

Click Here to learn all the details and to register.

Rowdy Kittens and Smalltopia Interview

by Kent Griswold on August 13th, 2013. 11 Comments

Kacie Erickson did a recent interview with Tammy and Logan of Rowdy Kittens and Smalltopia that she’s allowed me to share with you. Here is what Kacie had to say:

“I thought I’d share with you the interview I just had with Logan & Tammy, it was so fun getting to pick their brains…they BOTH have such a way of inspiring with words.”

Kacie though that it might inspire some of you too! Click Here to read her interview.

Logan and Tammy interview


Means To Minimalism- A Chat with Tiny House Dweller, and Blogger, Tammy Strobel

by Kent Griswold on March 6th, 2012. 8 Comments

Guest Post by Derek Diedricksen

She doesn’t like being labeled, but I still can’t help but dub her a “Maven of Minimalism”, (and hopefully she won’t get mad at me for it!), and for good reason, as Tammy Strobel has moved from what most would already consider a small living arrangement (a 400 square foot apartment), into a new, even smaller, 128 square foot home! Her story, I feel, is not only gutsy, but fun, and enlightening at the same time….oh yeah, I should mention that she also lives in this very same house with another person- Logan Smith- so at 64 square feet a piece, I felt they might have quite a bit of light to shine on the world of living with little.

Interview by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of relaxshacks.com. The “Tammy” sketch below is from his tiny house design book “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks“- in a brand new “Tricks Of The Trade” chapter with input from Lloyd Kahn, Gregory Paul Johnson, Dee Williams, Jay Shafer, Alex Pino, Duo Dickinson, Mimi Zeiger, Colin Beavan, Alex Johnson, Cathy Johnson, and some guy named “Kent Griswold”!?


Deek: What was the turning point in your life where you decided that the run of the mill, status quo lifestyle, and one usually surrounded by “stuff’”, wasn’t for you?

Tammy: About six years ago I took a life changing trip to Mexico. At the time I was volunteering with the Mexico Solidarity Network and was unhappy with my career and huge mound of debt. After visiting Mexico and seeing so much poverty, I realized how trivial my problems were. When I got back, I knew I had to make some serious life changes. And a few months later, Logan and I happened to watch a You Tube video featuring Dee Williams and her tiny house.

Once we saw Dee’s video, we knew tiny house living was a good fit for us. So we started taking steps to transform our lives, like paying down our debt, selling the cars, and giving away a lot of stuff. Seeing the video of Dee and her little house was a big turning point for us. It gave us a whole new perspective on what our life could be like; that I didn’t have to drive two hours to and from work everyday or live in a big house either. It was empowering to realize I could live life on my own terms. Continue Reading »