We decided to downsize our life after losing someone very dear to us. This past March we said goodbye to my husband, and father of our two children, who passed away from complications associated with colon cancer. Pete was 32 years old. If you ask me, that is just too young to say goodbye. Despite the fact that it was short, Pete lived an inspiring life. That is why I knew I had to honor the life he lost by truly living the one I have been given. One of the ways I chose to do that was by downsizing our life and deciding to live with less.
Although, tiny house living is just one aspect of that, we could not be happier with the impact it has made on our lives and here is why:
- It is a lot easier than expected. In the beginning I wondered if I was really going to do this. I was a bit overwhelmed in the first week as I tried to figure out what was going to work best. Is this the best place for the dishes? My pantry is so disorganized. Do I need more shelves? Do I need all this silverware? All that kind of stuff. But as we settled in and began to get into our routine, it got easier. Way easier. So easy, that I can hardly believe I doubted myself. And it is even easier to spend time in the tiny house than I expected.
- It reminds me that we have everything we need and then some. We are no longer part of the never ending consumerism cycle. We do not yearn to purchase things we do not have. We are more focused on necessity as opposed to fulfilling our desire for more. Besides, we do not have all the space to put extras anyway. Tiny living reminds me that we are beyond blessed.
- We are more connected. Living in a tiny space and in such close proximity to family has been amazing. Not only are we closer as a family of three but we are closer with the rest of our family as well. I have witnessed my children blossom in ways they never would have if it had not been for this life change. They are more secure, more obedient, more loving towards each other and others, more imaginative, and just happier overall.
- We spend a lot less time shopping. We do not need much anymore and are far less focused on material possessions. That frees up time to do other things we enjoy like spending hours at the park. We spend more time enjoying simple pleasures. When we woke up this morning we watched the pink sunrise through our tiny house windows and discussed the beauty of God’s creation.
- We spend a lot more time just “being.” We are no longer busy for the sake of being busy. The tiny house has brought peace and serenity to our lives. It also gives me a chance to do less housework which, in turn, allows me to focus on my children more; they are what matters most. There are days when we have nothing planned for the whole day. The old me would have felt aimless, but the new me enjoys having that luxury.
Tiny living has inspired us to live simply, dream bigger, pursue joy, laugh more, focus on togetherness, and to relish life’s simple pleasures. It has inspired us to truly live intentionally and I know Pete would be proud.
You can find more of Alysha over at www.anintentionalfuture.com where she writes about her own experience with loss. She also features the inspiring stories of others who are choosing to live beyond loss as well as her adventures in downsizing and tiny house living. Feel free to contact her if you would like to share your own story of living beyond loss.