This past weekend I was able to attend the Tiny House Conference in Portland Oregon. This event, which was hosted by Ryan Mitchel, from The Tiny Life, was an absolutely amazing event.
It brought together more than 400 Tiny House enthusiasts. There were tons of great seminars regarding tiny living. I met experts and newcomers, and despite the difference in where they were in their journeys, they were all fantastic. The entire atmosphere was exciting and supportive. This event made me realize how lucky I was to join such a supportive community.
A supportive community allows us to grow as individuals and as a group. Community helps provide answers to our questions and it helps us uncover more questions we didn’t even know to ask. Community encourages us to make big changes and gives us the support we need. Most importantly, community gives us a safe environment to share our passions and dreams.
This weekend I heard from people who were trying to decide if downsizing was possible. I chatted with students who were building their own homes and retirees who were helping others build the homes of their dreams. Each of these people were different, but they all shared a willingness to share their dreams, struggles and successes.
I started my Tiny House adventure a year ago and I made the journey largely by myself. I was the only person I knew that was considering living in a Tiny House. Although, I had a few really supportive friends, a lot of people thought I was completely crazy.
I found myself having to explain my decision and choices over and over again. I had to listen to naysayers and critics. Luckily I didn’t let them persuade me from following my dream.
However, it was challenging to know that I was making a huge life change without much support from other people that understood what I was doing or why. Here is what I discovered, it is hard to make big changes without support from a community of people that share your enthusiasm for a project.
If you are considering intentional living or tiny living, make sure you get connected with other people that share (or at least understand) your goals. Getting connected will allow you to learn from the mistakes of others. It will give you a safe environment to talk about your hopes and fears regarding your new lifestyle. And it will give you new friends and cheerleaders for your journey.
Join blogs, and TH Facebook pages and find other experts in the field who can guide you. Read what you can, listen to podcasts and be willing to ask questions. More importantly, find a friend or family member that supports your dream. Having support on your journey can make all the difference in the world.
This past weekend allowed me to meet tons of people who were just as excited about the Tiny House movement as I am. It was exciting and refreshing. I know without a doubt that I have some new friends that are going to share my journey with me. And that is a pretty good feeling.
Until next time…Dream BIG, Live Small