Valuable Lessons

scale down to happiness

December 03, 2014

It has been approximately 3 months since I last wrote about my journey to simplicity.  I lost my best friend during that time.  Most of you knew her as Monty, my dear sweet golden retriever whose full name was Kaya Montana.  She was a tomboy like her mother and no one ever knew if she was a boy or a girl so she often sported her signature pink bandana.

Dogs teach us valuable lessons about life.  Monty and so many of my other doggie-friends have taught me lessons that I still carry with me to this day.  I have incorporated them into my life and also my tiny house build.

  • Don’t pretend to be something you are not.  Dogs don’t care what other dogs think so why should we?  Want to build tiny house and sell all your belongings…then do it!
  • Don’t judge a book by its cover.  We shouldn’t judge something’s worth or someone’s value by outward appearance alone.  Looks can be deceiving!  A tiny house can hold a whole lot of love!  If we create a simpler life we have more space to store what really matters.
  • We are never too old to play (or dream)!  Life is too short to not have fun and make your dreams reality.
  • Forgive.  For example, don’t hold grudges when your tiny house move-in date keeps getting bumped…and bumped…and bumped.  Which, brings me to another good outlook- “things happen for a reason”.
  • Trust your Instincts.  Our gut instincts are usually correct.  My gut tells me that the tiny house will be just perfect for my lifestyle and less taxing on Mother Earth.
  • Material Obsessions.  Acknowledge wants over needs.  Find joy in small or re-purposed things.  Quality over quantity.  Support local crafts-men and women for the stuff you do need!
  • Get outside!  Live in the moment.  Dogs aren’t thinking about what they have to do tomorrow; they are enjoying their walk in the park.
  • Stand up.  State your beliefs or desires, but avoid biting when growling will do.  One doesn’t have to be aggressive or hateful to get things done.
  • LOVE.  Love yourself, your friends, your family, your job, your community and please, please love Mother Earth!  She is here to support these amazing lives we each live.

Work on the tiny house continues and I get excited every time I go visit it.

The tile was laid in the bathroom and office/mud room.  You’ll see an exciting development to that bare office wall soon!


“Shoeless Mike” is getting started on the inside trim and the shiplap paneling that is going on the living room walls.

I cannot wait to see the shiplap paneling painted white!

Below is the awesome, donated porch ceiling.  The doors are also here!

This is another donated piece of beautiful wood that was made into a bathroom niche for extra storage.  Finally, the first coat of white paint goes on!

I also get a really cool “pitch-patch” wall in the office that I’ll stain.  I haven’t decided  what color or colors yet- suggestions welcome!


Kitchen cabinets are being installed.  Can you see where our tiny appliances will go?  Check out how small the fridge will be!


The outside is coming along as well and will soon be painted white.

I cannot wait to take that first shower outside by the forest!


I am definitely ready to get settled in my new tiny home!  Soon!  Soon!


And, finally, may each of you learn a lesson or two from a doggie-friend.

Love you, Monty.


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