Did Santa forget to leave you a tiny house under the tree this year?

Are you feeling defeated because you weren’t able to accomplish your tiny living plans in 2016?

A new year is dawning and with it brings even more reasons to not give up on your tiny living passion project!

Many of us want to buy a tiny home because we believe in living lighter on the earth, using less stuff and living a more mindful life. Just because you didn’t buy a tiny home this year, doesn’t mean that you still can’t cultivate your passion for living a resourceful life. You can still pursue your dream of changing the world! Ok, so you can’t single handedly change the world, but you CAN make changes in your sphere of influence that will radiate into the larger world and make a lasting impact.

“Everyone thinks of the changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

– Leo Tolstoy

Impact. That’s what I’m going for in 2017. I don’t make resolutions but I do like to reflect, and I see that when I take a stand within my sphere of influence, I am shining a light that people see and they do notice the difference. I hope that the difference they see, inspires them to take their own stand. Here are few small stands that I am embracing for the new year. Maybe you will find a few that inspire you.

  • Buy less goods made from plastic
  • For that matter, just buy less
  • Up-cycle, recycle, reuse
  • Take a media detox
  • Discover a new hobby
  • Enlarge my garden for the spring
  • Add one more bee hive to my backyard
  • Downsize something in the home (kitchen cabinets, sock drawer, closet, magazine basket)
  • Cultivate family values (even thought it’s not popular: no video games, limited social media, play outside, read good books, eat every meal together, embrace chores as responsibility)
  • Buy food wisely: 100% GMO free, 99% organic
  • Volunteer as a family

There are lots of small changes that we can make and they add up in the long run.

All of us wish something would change, be it the climate, world leaders, tiny home zoning, education or environmental policy. If we focus our impact on things that we can influence, eventually all those small pockets of people, changing little things, add up to one BIG change.

So don’t give up on your dream of owning a tiny piece of green living space. Know in your heart that each small change you make, is a pure beam of light shining from a single lighthouse in the midst of tumultuous storm. Without that lighthouse, many would be lost at sea.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

– Mahatma Ghandi