After we finished building our tiny house on wheels, we planned to hit the road to explore the tiny house movement for our documentary and educational project. But what we discovered along the way went beyond a finite project, and became a lasting, meaningful lifestyle filled with new friends, beautiful landscapes and a refreshed appreciation for living in the moment. It has now been over 873 days of semi-nomadic living, across 37 states and one Canadian province.
During our visit to the Tiny House Beach Resort, Christian and I have now decided it’s time to launch our vlog and share our experience living tiny as an untraditional yet modern family. Though it’s cliche, we are home wherever we park our home on wheels and whenever we are together. We are a committed unmarried couple who live and work together. My 11-year-old son, lives and travels with us part-time. Three in a 130 square foot does not come without its challenges. Compromise and cooperation are essential. Lately, when not on the road, we have parked in a multi-generational family arrangement. Our nearby neighbor is my ex-husband and his siblings. Our parking hosts: Christian’s parents. As we discovered by parking in the driveways and backyards of extended family and new friends, this kind of arrangement is the really the best of both worlds. In this case, we can enjoy fresh cookies and our privacy. Also an ideal way to help them with chores.
We spent an eventful winter in their driveway. But a car accident temporarily turned our world upside down. An unfortuante event and intentional lifestyle has deepened our appreciation for relishing each moment and every day spent together. Work hard, play hard is our philosphy. We prioritize family and adventure time. And you can too.
Our ever-rolling adventures continue, and we want to share it with all of you.
Live, love, travel.
-Alexis Stephens, Tiny House Blog Contributor