Welcome to Dream Big Live Small! I am a wife, Mom of 2 kids, 2 dogs, 3 horses and 2 cats. I love the outdoors- the sights, the smells and the sounds. I am happiest when the sun is shining and the skies are blue even if it is freezing cold outside. Sunrises are my favorite, I like sunsets too, but what really matters is what is in between! Thanks for dropping in for a visit. In the last few years I have realized that I would much rather spend time in the great outdoors rather than indoors and I have made adjustments in my life in order to do so. Follow me here where I will be talking about learning how to, and or adapting to living smaller so that I can experience more of the world around me.
A HOUSE TOO BIG.
About 16 years ago, my husband and I built what we thought was, and what we called our dream home. We designed and built it so that we could stay there forever. Meaning, as we aged, we wouldn’t need to navigate steps, the hallways were wide, it had a walk in shower and it was big enough to grow as our family grew. Shortly after we moved in, we added a son and then a daughter to our family through the beautiful gift of adoption. Life truly was great and we were blessed with many great years there making wonderful memories with our family and our friends. For about the last 7 years that we lived there, we slowly realized that we had outgrown the home. But not in the way one would think. After all, the house was 3100 square feet– there was ample room for the 4 of us. The outside of the house became too small! The four of us had taken up horseback riding as a family hobby and we quickly began adding horses to the family. We enjoyed trail riding, horse camping, attending Rodeos and supporting the kids as they participated in 4-H, horse shows and other related activities. Our 5 acres and forever home no longer suited our family’s lifestyle. We needed more space outside to pasture the horses and a structure to provide them with adequate shelter during inclement weather. After searching and searching and finding nothing on the market for sale at that time, we decided to purchase a larger piece of land and build again. The most logical plan for us was to first build a large shop with living space inside. This would give us ample space to store our belongings and a place to live. An extended roof off the back of the shop would provide shelter for the horses while we built a barn. We could figure out what to build for a house later. It has been just over 2 years since we moved into our new home and we are currently finishing the barn. There have definitely been adjustments and compromises to make living in a smaller space, but we love this lifestyle and we have decided not to build a larger home. There is less to take care of inside and more time to be outside engaging in the things that give us joy. We are really embracing the fact that life is so very short and we want to live it to the fullest. As my husband and I approach retirement age, we are grateful for a smaller home and more simple lifestyle so we can travel with our horses and explore this beautiful country in which we are so blessed to call home. Follow along as we prepare to transition into the next chapter of our lives.
I have always been a doer, a problem solver, a solution seeker, the dig in and get it done type. When a person indicates they have a problem or a need I to want to help them find a solution. Often times, it is connecting people with solutions to the person who has the need. I am happiest when I am engaging with the people around me and adding value to the lives of others truly gives me joy. If smaller space living interests you, I’d love to encourage you in your endeavors.
Find Your Way Home.
In the February 2018 publication of Eye on Housing, the National Association of Home Builders stated that more than 50% of Americans would consider living in a home less than 600 sq. feet in size. In 2020 Small Space living is still trending and likely to continue to do so. There are many reasons why a person or a family might choose smaller space living. Often times, it is a necessity due to changes in circumstances or the housing market; with 54% of the world population living in major cities it may be the only option available due to lack of available property or real estate. Often times, it could be a choice to simplify and downsize to pursuit other interests or perhaps transition to an RV or Boating lifestyle in order to travel and explore the world around us. Perhaps adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit on an existing property for aging parents to live in. Many folks simply want to lessen their foot print on the planet. Whatever the reason, transitioning to smaller space living is an adjustment. My goal here is to not only share my own experiences with transitioning to small space living, but to encourage others in their journey by providing ideas, tips, encouragement and products to live efficiently and comfortably in a small space.
I’d love to hear your ideas, questions and experiences so please feel free to share them here!
Here’s to Big Dreams,