It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is:
What are we busy about?
~Henry David Thoreau
So, what ARE we busy about?
Even though we’ve been negligent in keeping you up to date on our blog (Psst. We do update our Facebook page regularly.) it doesn’t mean we’re not busy with some worthwhile projects. Since our last “Reflective Update” was a year ago this week, I thought it was as good a time as any to review the goals we had set and give another update of where we’re headed next. There’s a lot to cover so we’ll share it over 3 posts:
Post #1 = Goals of “Continued Travel Blogging” and “Writing a Tiny House Book“
Post #2 = Goal of “Planned Breaks from Cycling & Coverage of Projects Important to Us“
Post #3 = Goal of “Digital Dandies & Creating Community“
Goal :: Continued Travel Blogging
We’ve posted 21 journal entries over the last year, sharing our experiences as we traveled through five beautiful Mexican states. Kai also managed to write “A Bicycling Guide to Baja California Peninsula” for BajaInsider.com. We’re currently updating the “Guide to Baja” with tips, tricks and GPS tracks, which we intend to offer as a free e-Book through this site.
We have a backlog of posts about our time in Jalisco and although it never feels like we’ll have enough time to “catch up”, we’re working on it.
And what about that traveling bit? Well, although we still ride our bicycles around and between the lakeside towns most every day, and we have taken time out to do some bike overnights, it’s not the same as long-distance touring. We are yearning to be on tour again and we will be on our way once we achieve that pesky goal listed below. Right now the plan is to continue cycling south near the end of the rainy season, in September or early October.
Goal :: Writing a Tiny House Book
Our goal was to take a break last summer to start & finish writing a book about our experience designing and building our Tiny House. We actually didn’t get started on this project till late fall of 2012. It’s been slow going since we had never written a book before and had no clue where to start. We flailed around for awhile until we got our groove on but, to be honest, writing a book takes more effort than we ever imagined (hats off to all you disciplined writers out there).
In addition, we’ve had our share of distractions from writing, namely the need to work on letting go of some baggage that wasn’t helping our relationship. Yes, it’s been one hell of a year, a year of letting go, of awakening and of gratitude. And a year that never would have happened if we had not decided to simplify our lives, build our Tiny House and fulfill a dream of cycling around the world. We feel like we’re exactly in the place we’re supposed to be right now and that’s a great feeling.
We’re currently busy writing the final chapters of our Tiny House book, touching up the sketch up files, and editing the photos and diagrams we’ll include with the book. Our goal is to try to wrap it all up by the end of August or beginning of September. If you’re interested in keeping up to date on our progress and want to gain access to subscriber-only discounts and giveaways of our book, please subscribe to our Tiny House Newsletter.
Tiny House Related Resources
In the meantime, while you’re waiting for us to finish our book, check out these great links and resources, made especially for the Tiny House Enthusiast:
“You Can Buy Happiness (And It’s Cheap) : How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too“, a book written by fellow Tiny House owner Tammy Stroebel. I just finished reading this book and it’s an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning how to simplify, one step at a time. Tammy’s fresh take on our things, our work, and our relationships spells out micro-actions that anyone can take to step into a life that’s more conscious and connected, sustainable and sustaining, heartfelt and happy. And if you like that book, you might also be interested in her book, “Smalltopia: A Practical Guide to Working for Yourself”.
Don’t Miss Out on Tiny r(E)volution’s “Small Home. Big Life.” e-Cours[E]. We’re very excited that Andrew & Crystal, who built their own Tiny House, are offering the first-ever AFFORDABLE & ACCESSIBLE e-Course for those interested in learning how to build a tiny house. Perfect for those who don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on travel, accommodation, workshops or plans just yet. This is a 30-day self-paced course offering detailed information and How-To’s. REGISTER NOW TO PARTICIPATE in the JUNE 23rd COURSE.
Next up :: An update on our goal “Planned Breaks from Cycling & Coverage of Projects Important to Us“, where we’ll share projects we’ve been working on related to our website, activism, fundraising and volunteerism.