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May 14, 2013
Tiny House Tour Season 2 - Getting Rich by Living Tiny

Tiny House Tour Season 2

Team CLIF Bar's Molly Baker shares a bit more on the tiny house experience. What is your tiny house story?

You can take a girl out of a tiny house, but you can’t take the tiny house out of the girl.

Almost two full winter seasons have passed living in our 112-square foot cabin on wheels. We’ve been everywhere from Silverton, CO to Roger’s Pass, British Columbia, have a blossoming bouquet of new ski friends, and even started a tiny house band (I am on the melodeon following two guitarists). This December we were snowed in at North America’s snow Mecca, Mt. Baker, Washington and had to gift a friendly snowplow driver beer to spend the afternoon digging Tiny out (thankfully while we were stranded for three days with the road closed we had a healthy supply of Clif Bars to survive on). We’ve had trucks catch on fire, skied at 3 a.m. in the moonlight from the tiny house in the Whitewater parking lot, and hosted tiny parties of over 20 festival enthusiasts at the Banff Film Festival. Livin’ tiny has been an exercise in downsizing everything in order to upscale experiences.

There is something called the contrast principle. As humans, we often understand something better when we see it in comparison with something else. So, how would we enjoy living vagrantly, parked on mountain passes, sans showers and cell phones, if we didn’t know the other option? We wouldn’t. Understanding the beauties of living in the tiny house has been all about the contrast we can draw from the other years of our lives. The years spent on the computer. Moments used packing up things we have, but don’t need, and days gone without enjoying the outdoors. How could we know that simplicity makes us happy without coming from a crazy, complex, Twitter infested world?

But that’s exactly what we’re looking for when we have an idea—contrast. We’re looking for change, for something different than what we already know. Biochemists call this the creation of a morphogenetic field (an invisible organizing pattern that acts like an energy template). Whenever people dream a shapeshifting thought, a new morphogenetic field is created. As a result, the possibility for others to do the same significantly increases. 

We took a jump with this 112-square foot house. With the house being born into existence, we brought a lot of change into our lives. The possibilities and expectations have kept me awake at night with anxiety. But we’ve created that m-field: that idea that others can go out there and do the same—think, believe, and create. In this case, downsize.

But, living in the tiny house isn’t about me. Or our tiny story. It’s about you. What ideas are you nurturing? And how are you going to see them grow?

 

Grow an idea. Show the world some contrast.

The birth of our idea started with this drawing.

Have an idea. And then build it.

Get by with a little help from your friends. 

Break free from what's holding you down.

Share it with others.



Posted by: 
B Cole
Category: 
Winter Sports, Other Sports
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