Welcome To Tiny Ambitions!
I’m Britt – a minimalist and aspiring tiny house dweller! I love cooking, knitting and my cross-eyed rescue cat Bacall. She may make occasional (i.e. daily) appearances on my Instagram – be prepared for adorableness.
So why Tiny Ambitions?
First off, I love puns. So there’s that. But more importantly, I wanted to explore the idea that the ambition to live a simple, minimalist life that you love is a worthy ambition. My ultimate ambition is building a tiny house on wheels that allows me to live a simple life not centered around stuff.
I started my journey into minimalism and simple living in 2014 (after first falling in love with Tiny Houses in 2012), when I donated/sold/recycled around 75% of my belongings. And I have the pictures to prove it! My ‘stuff’ started giving me serious anxiety and also messed with my finances to the point where I knew my goal of a tiny house wouldn’t be feasible if I didn’t make a major change.
After getting serious about minimalism (and many, many trips to Value Village, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army later), I am happy to report my life is far less cluttered! I am now in a place where planning my tiny house can become a reality.
I started Tiny Ambitions in 2016 to keep myself accountable on my journey and to share my love of tiny houses, minimalism and simple living with a small corner of the internet.
What can you expect here?
- Posts about planning my tiny house
- Regular updates on my minimalist journey (aka Minimized Monthlies)
- Deeper discussions on simple living and minimalism topics
- Bite-sized (aka Tiny Bites) conversations about all of the above in my podcast!
Welcome to the Tiny Ambitions community – I’m so glad you’re here.
My Minimalist Life
Minimalism is one of those things I stumbled upon that made absolute and utter sense as soon as I read about it. My first memory of my minimalist journey was when I was doing my B.A. in 2011. I was surfing Facebook and saw a quote pop up in my feed.
“We spend all of our time working jobs we hate, to buy things we don’t need, to impress people we don’t like”.
That was my lightbulb moment.
I realized I didn’t need nearly any of the things that I owned, but this was especially true for clothes. I am a reformed shopaholic. At one point in my life, the big ‘outing’ every week, was to the mall. Just to ‘hunt for some deals’. Looking back on that now, it’s truly mind-blowing that I spent so much time and money buying things that were disposable and not adding value to my life.
I didn’t start to act on my minimalist urges until the last year of my Master’s Degree. I was so overwhelmed with the amount of ‘stuff’ that I owned that it was starting to affect my mental health. I had a perma suffocated feeling every day like I was drowning underneath all of the stuff that I owned. Coincidentally, my head first dive into minimalism happened at the same time my long-term relationship ended and I started training to become a yoga teacher. Weird how things work out sometimes eh?
I donated, sold or threw out probably 50% of my wardrobe. That was step one.
Since 2014, I have completed The 30 Day Minimalist Game (which I highly recommend) and whittled my wardrobe down another 25%. I now exist with 75% fewer clothes than I did two years ago, but I still have much more than I need!
I have also since moved on to minimize my bathroom, kitchen, and lifestyle as a whole.
Minimalism for me is a constant every day effort to keep my consumerist tendencies in check to refocus on what is important in my life. I hope to use this space as a way to keep myself accountable on my minimalist journey. And I’m excited you’re along for the ride!
Here are some of my most popular minimalism posts:
- Feeling Cluttered? Your Stuff Might Not Be the Problem
- A Guide to Decluttering – From Someone Who Has Done It
- Four Things I Learned from My Week of Frugal Eating
- You Don’t Have to Be Who You Were Yesterday
- Learning to Savour the Firsts and the Lasts
You can also dive deep into the Minimalism archives if that’s more your style!
My Tiny House Dream
I’ve been contemplating ‘going tiny’ for a number of years now, and am now in a place in my life where that kind of change seems possible. I’ve had tiny house (TH) musings rolling around in my brain since I was in university in 2012, but I never had the urge or patience to make myself accountable to myself.
When I first stumbled across TH’s in 2012, I immediately knew that was something I wanted and needed in my life. It just made so much sense. I think I was in the preliminary throes of resisting the system we think we need to be a part of and the kind of financial life we think we need to lead – so building a THOW was the perfect solution.
My desire for a TH deepened after I finished my career in academia in 2014. I needed ‘space’. I needed freedom. I needed to go tiny. I put pen to paper and actually designed my TH. Now I just have to wrap my brain around SketchUp.
My ultimate tiny house dream?
To build a TH with my bare hands using items I’ve collected especially for that purpose. I know that seems terribly hippie, but I am, in fact, a hippie. So I might as well own it. I would love to use mostly second-hand materials for our build. Building a house has an environmental impact, that’s just the reality of it. If I can divert some materials from a landfill, I will.
Here are some of my most popular Tiny House posts:
- My Top Five TH Must-Haves
- Five More TH Must-Haves
- My Tiny House Design
- Yes, I want a tiny house. No, I’m not crazy.
- Can I save $1000 a month for my tiny house?
You can also dive deep into the Tiny House archives if that’s more your style.