Birch & Pine » Learning to live small, live simply, and with intention.

From a design standpoint, the functionality in our first trailer was sorely lacking. I had no idea what we really needed, and due to budget and time restrictions, we cut corners and changed plans last minute, resulting in some thrown-together solutions that didn’t work well for full-time living. For example, while I loved the look of […]

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I’ve been putting off writing this post for three silly reasons: one, it’s gonna be a doozy. It’s long and rambling and involved. Reason two: (the big one) I am afraid of admitting I want to live tiny. I’m still working through some of the reasons why I might be struggling in my admission to live small. It […]

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  • chloe

    hi kate! i found you through instagram (i’m @terreur) and i just wanted to reach out and say that I too would love to live tiny. The climate where I live (and my fiancé) make that fairly impractical if not downright impossible. Just thought i’d let you know that I really admire that you were able to downsize once, and that you are planning to do it again.ReplyCancel

  • I’m sorry you don’t feel like you can shout your plans to the world around you—you should be so so proud of what your goals are! I get it though. FWIW, I’ve,been working hard for several years to pay off tons of debt, too, since my divorce in early 2014 (prior to that, I had no control over the debt situation). As of this point, I have paid off tens of thousands in credit card and misc. debt, and will have the truck paid off in a couple months. After that, it’s only the Airstream left (though that’s also a doozy). But having that goal in sight is such a freeing vision. Every time one thing gets paid off, it’s a weight lifted and frees up more to pay off more. Best of luck to you three, and anyone who would judge you for a goal of being debt-free is out of their mind.ReplyCancel

  • Betsy (hotsauceholli)

    “If you aren’t scared shitless, you’re not aiming high enough”. I can’t remember the author but I try to live by the words. Can be hard as I am sensitive and have a lot of fears at times.. But I wouldn’t want to do it any other way. Sounds like you are rockin’ life to me. Thanks for being so honest, real, and vulnerable!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Really random…we met at the school Popsicles in the Park event, and then today when reading a blog post about Nathan over at Wand’rly I fell down a rabbit hole of Instagram posts and accounts and stumbled upon yours. I’m glad I did since I could read this and let you know that if our kids end up playing together and hanging out, you’ll never have to explain anything to me or feel weird about it. I think that while I’d probably have the same fears and insecurities, I personally think your goal sounds awesome. Probably more adult than most, since you actually have an idea of what you want (not to mention the fact that paying off debt is the epitome of responsible adulthood). Looking forward to seeing you guys again, and hopefully hearing more about your fabulous Airstream!ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    I often read here and never comment, except now it feels important to chime in with support. I grew up in Indiana. I remember it as a place where it was hard to be different, even though I befriended just enough oddballs like me to stay sane. You know your values are solid and your goals are worthwhile, and good people will respond accordingly. You sound more worried about approval for your daughter than for yourselves–and as a parent, I completely get it. Your conviction and bravery is important for her too.ReplyCancel

  • You know, in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) where I live, we use this phrase “simplicité volontaire” to define a way of life based on modest living – because we want to inhabit this planet instead of consuming it.

    This is how I live – with a tiny wardrobe that fits into three suitcases, or, actually, in a tiny wardrobe inside a small one bedroom apartment I am renting, getting in debt every month simply to buy organic produce. I don’t have any money aside, or any idea of how I will be earning a living when I am old. But I don’t mind (or worry about it). Because I am living according to my values.

    You are doing such good work, the two of you!

    Take care :o)ReplyCancel

“I can define myself around the journey. I can become the journey,” Erden says. “I am that person now — a nomad, a transient.” Last weekend, Ellen asked if I would listen to something with her, something she’d heard while running errands. Something that she finished listening to in the parking lot of a Staples, […]

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