At the end of August, I decided to take a break from blogging. My time away from blogging was refreshing, rejuvenating, and the perfect opportunity to ask myself hard questions like:
- How can I make the rest of my year awesome?
- How can I take my body of work to the next level?
- What can I offer readers during fall and winter?
- Is the tiny house still working for us?
- How can I take care of my body and mind in more holistic ways?
I don’t have solid answers to these questions, but taking a blogging break gave me the space and time to think. I’ve been sharing my words and photos on RowdyKittens.com for over eight years, and I don’t plan on quitting. Blogging has given me so many gifts—and I’m grateful you read my words—but I know that I need to build in more breaks if I want to keep sharing my words and photos online.
Here’s a summary of what I’ll share online for the rest of 2015:
- I see social media as a big dance party, and lately I've been partying on Instagram. If you want to join the party, you can follow my adventures over here.
- I see my blog/website as my homebase online—a place to connect with like-minded individuals, a place to share information about my books and products, and a place to showcase my creative work. For the rest of 2015, I’ll be sharing shorter blog posts, more photos, and happy links. You can expect to hear from me on Tuesdays and Fridays. I’m going to try to stick to my normal posting schedule, but I’m also giving myself permission to post less (or more often).
- My newsletter, Tammy’s Little Letter, is slightly different from my blog. It’s like having a conversation in my living room or receiving a snail mail letter from me. It serves as a way to share my writing, photos, and business projects, and it’s a wonderful way to connect with you! I share my little letters a few times each month (sometimes more, sometimes less). If you’re reading this note via email—and haven’t been getting my little letter—please update your profile. Scroll down to the bottom of this email, and click “update profile.” You can update your email address, name, subscription options, and more at the bottom of this message.
In addition to reconsidering my posting schedule, I’ve been thinking about my emotional and physical health, our housing situation, and my career. Below is a summary of some of the changes I’m making in my life.
My physical and emotional health ...
After I Iistened to Jess Lively's interview with Alisa Vitti, I read Alisa’s book WomanCode. Her book caused me to reexamine my diet and to change it. I’ll share an in-depth post about those changes in the future. For now, I’ll say this: I’ve cut back on drinking coffee and wine. I’m also eating less cheese, sugary treats, and bread. I am eating more whole foods like quinoa, fruits, vegetables, and nuts, and I’ve turned into a simple green smoothie lover.
My dietary changes have had a profound impact on my physical and emotional health. My body and mind feel energized, I’ve lost a few pounds, and weirdly, my teeth feel cleaner. More importantly, eating whole foods and drinking less coffee has reduced my anxiety, and I’ve gained clarity and focus.
My intuition is urging me to let go of full-time tiny house living because my needs and desires have shifted. Logan and I will still live small and simply, but it’s not going to be in the tiny house (at least not full-time). One of my desires is to live in a community where I can walk and bike to amenities—like the library, coffee shops, and restaurants—with ease.
You might be asking yourself, Why doesn't she just tow her house into the closest town? She could still live in the house and access amenities.
If I could move my little house into town, I would. However, the tiny house can't be legally parked in most cities. We knew about that risk when we bought the tiny house, and I don't regret our choice. However, I've been uprooted from a community because of zoning laws previously, and I don’t want to deal with that situation again. I don’t envision moving the tiny house off the ranch unless we decide to sell it.
Letting go of full-time tiny house living is hard. I'm attached to our little home because living in such a tiny house has taught me so much about myself and my true needs, wants, and desires. Part of me hates to leave it behind, but my instinct is telling me it’s time for something different and new. I’m not sure what that something is, but I’m ready to change our housing situation.
My work life & business ...
January 2016 will mark my sixth year of self-employment. It’s crazy to think I’ve been writing, taking photos, and teaching for so long! It’s been an incredible learning experience, but working for myself isn’t easy, and there have been many ups and downs. I’ve been mulling over what’s next for my business and career for the last three months, and I still don't have a clear answer of what's next. I do know that I will continue writing and taking photos, but I’m not sure if self-employment will be my full-time gig.
Parting words . .
My vision for what’s next in my personal and professional life is slowly coming together. I don’t have everything planned out, but I do know that Logan and I will continue to live simply, and we will make appropriate life changes based on our needs and desires. Living simply is not about the size of my house, how many belongings I own, or whether or not I can tow my house down the highway. For me, living simply is correlated with sustained joy and having the option to make choices that are best for my little family.