Welcome! I’m Tammy Strobel.
I empower people to simplify their lives and to dig deep into what matters.
In 2005, my husband and I were living beyond our means. Our two bedroom apartment was cluttered with stuff, we’d accumulated $30,000 in student loan debt, and my job was eroding my emotional and physical health. In short, we were stressed, unhappy, and decided to simplify our lives. Since then, we’ve given away 90% of our belongings, paid off our debt, lived in tiny house on wheels, and changed our careers.
In January 2010, I left my day job and started a micro-business. As an entrepreneur, I sustain myself through writing, photography, and teaching. Specifically, I help individuals focus on relationships, meaningful work, and creative projects by using the tools of photography and writing.
In addition to running my business, I take online courses and workshops to learn and grow. My educational journey began in college where I received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics, a Masters in Public Administration, and a Masters of Arts in Education. Education empowered, inspired, and motivated me to go small, think big, and be happy.
I’ve learned there is no one-size fits all approach to living simply or to happiness, which is why I write from my experience and emphasize options. After spending five years working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, I learned how important it is to talk about options, rather than telling people what to do or what to think. As a Victim Advocate, the empowerment model was the foundation of my training. The approach emphasizes peer support and helps victims of violence focus on problem-solving, one small step at a time. I believe this model can be applied to any type of struggle and it informs my writing. By examining options, it is possible to empower yourself and to find happiness.
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