Live Simply In Tiny House
Let me make a formal disclaimer. I work everyday in a corporate setting. Well, that isn’t the whole truth. Let me try that again. I work every day for a corporation. I am a telecommuter and have a traditional 9-to-5 job in marketing. I went to a traditional college, earned a masters degree, and have worked hard to advance up the ladder in a white collar world. However, I have always done it in a non-traditional way. I don’t typically change from my sleepwear basketball shorts to my daytime basketball shorts until about 11am. I start work about 5am before my wife and daughter wake up allowing me to get in a full three hours before anyone else is even stirring. I take long lunch breaks almost each day and then work at inconsistent times throughout the rest of the day. I am very goal-oriented and a self-motivator so no one has to set a clock for me or sound the closing bell for me. With that issued I can’t rightfully write about my initial topic du jour: leaving the office grind behind.
You see, for the last 4 years my wife and I have dreamt up, designed, built, and lived in our 240 square foot home whilst I worked in my “tiny office” (80 square feet of dedicated space) in our backyard. It has been a less than normal situation. This past winter we traded in our tiny home lifestyle for a more traditional travel trailer and “snowbirded” in Ft. Myers, FL to enjoy the sun, the beach, and each other while I worked from a screened-in, outdoor room during office hours.
The lifestyle isn’t for everyone though. Not everyone can stay motivated or focused. Not everyone is fortunate (as I am) to have a location independent job. Not everyone can be around their spouse and children as much as I am without growing weary or feeling crowded. But for those who can there are some lessons I have learned along the way that I think will allow you to enjoy the simple life in a beautiful way! But before I mention those I want to reiterate that escaping the 9-to-5 is not just about not working in a cubicle. It is a mindset. It is about refusing to be defined by your job but rather bringing your talents, passions, and personality to the workplace. It is about taking your time away from work and investing it in life; in those around you.