There are many people who have influenced my choices along the way. Some are names in the tiny house industry, some are people who are doing what they love regardless of the type of home they live. I do have a couple of historical influences as well, and the writing of Henry David Thoreau is something that keeps me inspired. I took the concept of Living Deliberately from his work.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”This statement, this quote, has become more than that for me. When I read it now I read it with reverence as though it were a prayer. And this is one of the things that made me flesh out my own philosophy for tiny living.
Before I share with you the 5 aspects I believe are part of the tiny living process I want to stress one thing. You don't have to live in a tiny house to "live tiny." Anyone can do any of these things no matter where they live or what they do. Simplifying and downsizing are not exclusive to people who live in less than 300 square feet.
These are the 5 things that make up my experience and philosophy of tiny living.
- Downsizing: Eliminating things you don’t need to make room for yourself.
- Simplifying: Consider living without some modern comforts we take for granted.
- Eating Differently: Changing the way you interact with food.
- Experiencing Solitude: Be at peace with yourself.
- Stepping Lightly: The environmental impact of deliberate Living.
How do you live deliberately in your own life?