Next Adventure: Vancouver Island

That’s right- the tiny house (that used to be on the prairies) is planning on another move! We’ve loved being in the Okanagan for the summer- family, fruit, wine, traveling, the beach, sunshine, more fruit- it’s been wonderful. Although we just arrived here in June, the plan all along has been to move further west to the Island. So the tiny house will be on the road again!

So, we’re looking for a place to host this little beauty in the Victoria, BC area come mid-September. We’re also open to other locations on the Island, if there’s a spot available. We don’t need much: a parking spot, water and electrical connections, and if possible a place to compost our composting toilet stuff. We’re easy-going people and flexible for a variety of arrangements. We’re hoping to be on the Island for at least a year, and possibly even longer.

If you know of anyone/anyone who knows anyone/a farm/an acreage that might be interested in hosting us, please contact us! You can best reach us at kyleandjessicajang@gmail.com.

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

-Jessica

Our tiny home!

Our tiny home!

Home Again & Happenings

We’re back and home again in our tiny little home. And more or less, settled back in after being gone for a couple of months in Central America for work. So yes, we do still live in our tiny home, for those who might be wondering about the curious silence for the last while- not that we update all that often!

It’s good to be back home again. For the first time upon returning from abroad, we have our own home to return to. An unique home for sure, but it’s ours! It’s a bit of a wondrous thing, to look around around our home and reflect “we made this?! we love it!” So, we’re still loving it, still learning, still improving. We’re excited for coming warm weather and opening the windows and eating picnics outside.

Since returning, we’ve worked on a few more of the finishing details. (well, let’s call them finishing details anyway…) We’ve added a shoe storage area behind the door along with coat hangers, closet doors (to prevent our shedding kitties from shedding all over our clothes!), loft shelving/night tables, cabinet shelves (doors yet to come) and a bookshelf for our favorite remaining books. These all have dramatically improved some of the day-to-day annoyances of living in a small space where items do really need a place to call their own. Now that spring weather is showing up (for atleast a week), we’re looking forward to finishing off some of the exterior work that didn’t quite get done during last summer. And, maybe get a functioning sink and shower?

Spring cleaning has also hit-  as we clean the house and make improvements, I keep finding more and more “stuff” that isn’t necessary, isn’t fitting well, we just don’t need.  I’ve found that since beginning of the process of say goodbye to stuff and simplifying, it gets easier and easier. (although, I still haven’t gotten rid of my dead strawberry plant… sigh) And, I’ve learned, just because something fits physically, doesn’t mean it should stay and take up unnecessary space. So, simplifying is still very much in progress!

But, some future updates: while we’ve been living in Alberta for the past while, we’ll be moving on to BC this summer. The plan (hopefully) is to stop in the Okanagan for the summer, and then move on towards Vancouver Island. It’s a good time for change in our lives, and since moving into this tiny space, we’ve had more and more opportunity to reflect on a simple and intentional lifestyle, and what that might mean practically. What are our values and priorities for life? How do we want to go about pursuing those? Financially, how will we make ends meet? Where will we seek community? (and our parents ask: what about children?) So the next year will be spent reflecting on these questions a bit more, and see where life and opportunities take us. And the tiny house too, of course.

Before we leave Alberta, we’re planning on having an open house on May 4th, 2013, (weather depending) for any who might be interested. If you’re interested, send an email our way at kyleandjessicajang@gmail.com for more details.

I’ll try to get another post up soon on some more day-to-day events in the tiny house. In most ways, it’s not that different, but who knows, maybe someone will find it interesting or useful!

Wishing everyone warm spring days!

P.S. We’re on the look-out for places to park our tiny house in the Okanagan or the Island in the next few months… if there’s any tips, we’re interested!