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4 Fun Updates + Photos

The last month has been a whirlwind of writing, teaching, and photography. Today I thought it would be fun to share four fun updates with you.

1. Pre-orders of my book are being shipped! My book, You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap), will be in stores by September 18th. However, Amazon is starting to ship pre-orders! If you pre-ordered a copy, from Amazon, it will arrive on your doorstep soon. Also, my lovely publisher sent advanced reading copies off to my blogging buddies last week! I’m thrilled to see the book making it’s way into the world and I have to admit, I’m nervous too. I hope readers enjoy the book and find it helpful too.

2. A goodbye party. On Saturday night a group of twenty friends came over to the tiny house for a going away party. The weather was perfect for a celebration. The bash was potluck style and everyone brought really good food and booze. Plus, our sweet neighbors loaned us chairs, tables, and we even had a giant plug-in snowman that illuminated the yard when it got dark. Totally awesome!

I still can’t believe we’ll be moving to California on September 4, with the tiny house in tow. As our friends left the tiny house on Saturday night, I almost started crying. I’m excited to begin our new adventure and also sad to leave Portland behind. I try to keep reminding myself that I can always come back to Portland to visit.

3. The no-sugar challenge is coming to a close. Since this is my last week in Portland, I’ve decided to end the challenge early. There are a few sweet treats that I want to taste before we leave Portland next week. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go overboard with sugar. I’m going to keep my sugar intake low because being off the sweet stuff helped me shift my diet toward eating real food again. And that was the whole point.

4. My writing ecourse ended on Sunday and it was three weeks of pure fun. The group of folks who signed up were wonderful and I loved getting to know them. I’m super excited to teach the course again in October. If you’re interested, you can register for the fall course on September 17. For more information on the course, click here.

Parting words . . .

A lot of friends and family members have asked me what the future holds for us. At our party on Saturday night, I told a friend that this year has taught me an important lesson; that it’s impossible to plan life. Yes, you can set goals and sketch out what you’d like to see happen (I do that at the beginning of each year). But the thing is, you never know what’s around the corner. For example, I never imagined that my dad would die this year or that we would be moving back home. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next six months, but I do know this . . .

In eight days, I’m moving to northern California with my best friend and life partner. Ever since my dad died, I’ve experienced an intense desire to live my life well and follow my heart because I know that’s what my dad would want. I can’t make new memories with him, but I can honor his life by working hard, being kind, and practicing gratitude.

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  • Alannah August 27, 2012, 9:33 am

    Such a gorgeously-written post. I wish you all the luck in the world with your move and I hope California will be just as wonderful of a home for you as Portland has been!

  • Caroline McGraw / A Wish Come Clear August 27, 2012, 11:16 am

    Tammy, congratulations on the book and the big move, too! I just finished your book this weekend (an advance review copy), and I’d definitely recommend it to friends and family, and to readers here and at A Wish Come Clear. So looking forward to our interview! 🙂

    • Tammy Strobel August 28, 2012, 7:54 am

      YAY! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the book. I’m looking forward to our interview too. xo.

  • John D'Alessandro August 27, 2012, 12:29 pm


    As usual, beautiful photos. I won’t comment much on those b/c I want to touch on your “parting words”.

    This weekend I read your posts about your dad. In a some book (about writing, I believe) I once saw a quote that went like this: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader”. And although we may never feel exactly what someone else feels, writing- good writing- is one form that can cut through the physical and inject that same feeling into our souls, if only partially.

    I love your “parting words”. I’m not sure if that’s because it captures my current state or if it’s because it hits at something more transcedent. Either way, 🙂 . I’m looking forward to your book.

    I’ll be sure to share what feelings it gives me, too.

    Warm Wishes

  • Rose Byrd August 27, 2012, 12:54 pm

    So thrilled that you had that great going-away party! Cannot believe it is time for you guys to move, already! Wishing you bushels of wonderful happenings and great joy in your new location! SO EXCITED about your book being in the stores in a couple of weeks! Love all your photos here–such beauty, joy, luciousness, and fun!

    • Tammy Strobel August 28, 2012, 8:00 am

      @Rose – Thanks. I can’t believe the book will be out so soon and that the big move is approaching so quickly.

  • Debra August 27, 2012, 4:23 pm

    Congratulations! Well said, you CAN plan life! Have fun in California 🙂 You are only a blog away……

  • mary August 27, 2012, 5:56 pm

    I’m excited for you! I am so glad that I don’t have to wait till september to read your book. I get to receive it this friday. congrats, Tammy!

  • Frank | Modern Monkey Mind August 27, 2012, 9:23 pm

    Happy to hear everything is going well Tammy. I’ve been following you on Instagram for a while now, and your work never fails to inspire me and put a smile on my face.. Also looking forward to reading your book, and Amazon contacted me today to let me know it’ll be here this Thursday, so I’ll have it in my grubby little paws before I leave to visit college friends for a week. Now I find myself stuck debating whether to bring it or Game of Thrones on the train with me. Decisions, Decisions.

    • Tammy Strobel August 28, 2012, 7:55 am

      Thanks for following along on Instagram and for the kind words too. I hope you enjoy the book and good luck with school! 🙂

  • Rick August 27, 2012, 10:33 pm

    Tammy – I wish you the best in California, you’ll be missed here. We just met in passing at Grandpa’s some time back but I really enjoyed the conversation, and now I’m sad I’ll never get to see your tiny house except on the tiny screen of your phone!

    Also, happened upon a copy of your book, and I must commend you for writing that is entertaining and inspirational (I’m about halfway at this point…probably would be further but for the drive to action!). I’ve already queued two large bags of clothing, shoes, and miscellany for donation, and have my sights on several more categories of stuff.

    Take it easy dragging that thing over the Siskiyous, will ya?

    • Tammy Strobel August 28, 2012, 7:58 am

      @Rick – That was such a fun night at Grandpa’s! It was so nice meeting you.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the book and we will definitely go slow over the Siskiyous. Take care of yourself!

  • Rebecca August 28, 2012, 7:30 am

    Tammy, wishing you the best on your move. I just ordered the Kindle version of your new book and I am so excited to hunker down and read it! I so enjoyed your Smalltopia book, and while my life will very likely never been as tiny and portable as yours, it is a lovely ideal against which I can balance my not-so-ideal consumerist habits. I credit the discovery of your blog, along with a handful of others, for truly enabling me to choose to live with more intention and to let go of the things that don’t improve my life or let me enjoy my space. We may never downsize, but we have bucked the “bigger for bigger’s sake” trend (we’re still in our starter home 8 years later), and we’re letting go of what we don’t need, which allows the space to be more than enough for us. Thank you!!

    • Tammy Strobel August 28, 2012, 7:59 am

      Thank you Rebecca! I appreciate your support and wish you the best too.

  • Becki August 28, 2012, 9:07 am

    Hi Tammy,

    As a frequent reader of your blog I’ve been looking forward to reading your book. I asked my local public library to buy a copy and they have. I am the first on the list and there are 15 other people waiting to read it!

    Enjoy your last week in Portland and thank you for the reminder that no matter how much we plan, life is full of unexpected things that are beyond our control. It is best to enjoy and appreciate the present! Best wishes on your upcoming move – thanks for sharing your heart with us all.

    • Tammy Strobel August 28, 2012, 9:55 am

      Thank you Becki! I’m thrilled that your local library purchased a copy. Super awesome. xo.

  • Marc @MinimalistFreak August 31, 2012, 8:32 am

    Looking forward to buying the book!

  • Lainey September 2, 2012, 11:49 pm

    I just bought your book, having seen it in Chris Guillebeau’s newsletter. I have been checking into the Tumbleweed homes, and find that whole culture fascinating. I just moved from CT to AZ. I bought my first house ever, a new one, 1240 square feet. And although I can afford the mortgage, I still want to experience no mortgage and try out the tiny home style living, but I am alone, and not too privy on how to accomplish this. Not even sure if it would work for me, living in such a small space. I would like to be in a less hot environment. I can’t really afford CA, but the weather would be perfect. I thought of Portland, but I hear it’s also expensive, plus I don’t like rainy weather all of the time. The whole biking community does inspire me. I am 50 years old and don’t know if I want to have a loft for a bedroom either. I think 86 sq feet is a bit small for me. So I’d like to go from 1240 to much smaller and in a less hostile, more progressive environmentally environment. I am reading your book right now, and had to write that I think you guys are so brave in doing this. If I had someone to do this with, it would be much easier.

    • Tammy Strobel September 3, 2012, 7:09 am

      @Lainey – Thanks for purchasing my book! I hope it helps you.

      It is possible to downsize, just remember the process takes time and doesn’t happen overnight. Thank you so much for reading!

      Best of luck,

  • Lainey September 2, 2012, 11:51 pm

    By the way, I forgot to mention that I adore your photography, What do you use for gear? Do you use an iPhone and/or other gear? Curious.

    • Tammy Strobel September 3, 2012, 7:10 am

      @Lainey – Thank you!

      I have two cameras; a Nikon D5000 and my iPhone camera. I bought my Nikon D5000 about four years ago and it rocks. I take pictures with both everyday. I have a kit lens that came with the D5000 but I prefer taking pictures with my 50mm lens. The Olloclip, for the iPhone, is a really cool tool too! 🙂

      Be well,