Chase your passions in life and go where your soul guides you. Know that you are not alone. Britany Felix
I’m a tiny house enthusiast and plan to starting building one of my own next year. If you know what tiny houses are, you know the people that want to live in them are our own brand of crazy.
For those that don’t know, tiny houses are exactly what they sound like. They’re typically between 150-400 square feet and they’re almost always on wheels (to help circumvent zoning laws).
The tiny house movement is growing exponentially and that was evident at the recent Tiny House Jamboree that was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
It was a three day event that featured guests speakers, tours of tiny houses, vendors related to the movement, food trucks, and live music.
By the end of the weekend, over 40,000 people had attended the event.
My husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to go. and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. Not only because I love tiny houses but because it taught me so much about myself and how life is really meant to be lived.
The lessons I learned can apply to everyone, no matter what their passion in life.
Ask And Ye Shall Receive
I grew up the youngest child of four and the only girl. I was desperate to prove myself against my older brothers. I wanted to be tough and for them to respect me.
This evolved into being an independent and prideful woman. For the most part this is a good thing. I don’t get walked on and have earned the respect of my peers and bosses over the years because of it.
The negative side to this, however, is that I don’t always ask for help when I need it.
When my husband and I first heard about the Jamboree we were instantly disappointed because we knew we didn’t have the money to make the trip due to working towards paying off our debt.
The more we heard about it though, the more we knew we had to figure out a way to go. After wrestling with the idea for days, I decided to ask a family member to loan us the money. I even offered to pay it back with interest.
He refused. He said he wasn’t going to loan us a dime.
He did offer instead to give us the money under no obligation to pay it back. He said he thought it was too good of an opportunity for us to pass up and he was so proud of how hard we had been working to get out of debt. He didn’t want this trip to cause a setback for us in that department.
If I hadn’t swallowed my pride, my husband and I would’ve missed out on a once in a lifetime experience. Learning how to ask for help shouldn’t have taken me almost 30 years, but it did.
The Mountains Really Are Where My Soul Belongs
I grew up in the heartland. I always longed for something more and dreamed of the day I could get away from corn fields.
I escaped for a semester in college when I somehow convinced my parents to let me go to school in Montana.
I fell in love instantly. Even though I didn’t know a soul, I was at peace. I felt like I could breath again. The air was lighter and so was my spirit. It’s very difficult to be unhappy when you are surrounded by such beauty.
Unfortunately, as it has a way of doing, life happened and I moved back home in 2008. I did end up marrying my then-boyfriend as a result of moving back home so I guess it wasn’t a total loss. 😉
I’ve never quite gotten over the mountains though. I’ve been missing them ever since I left and feel like I left a part of my heart behind with them.
The Jamboree was the first time being back in the mountains and it was just as freeing and uplifting as I thought it would be.
It reaffirmed my belief that I belong there. I’ve been denying that part of me for years because it’s easier to stay where I’m comfortable and around family and friends that support me but I learned over that one weekend that I can’t deny that I don’t belong in the place I have always called home. I never have and I’ve wasted 30 years trying to convince myself otherwise.
It’s time to listen to my soul and follow the path it wants me to go down. It’s time to explore this world and myself.
I Do Have A Place In This World After All
Wanting to live in a way that goes against societal norms can be a bit lonely at times. Even the people that support our choice to live a simpler lifestyle don’t actually get it.
Sure, they send us pictures of tiny houses or articles about people that gave away all their possessions and traveled the world for a year but they don’t really understand why someone would actually choose to those things.
The 40,000 strangers at the Jamboree knew my desires, passions, and thoughts without me having to say a single word. That’s an incredibly powerful feeling. I’ve never felt more connected a group of people in my entire life.
My whole life I’ve felt like an outsider for one reason or another. Being at the Jamboree helped me realize that, while I may not have always fit in, it doesn’t mean I never will. I have found “my people” and, thankfully, they are an incredibly welcoming bunch.
How My Lessons Apply To You
I know not everyone struggles with the same things. Maybe you don’t have a problem asking for help. Maybe you love where you live. Maybe you have already found where you belong.
I’m willing to bet though, not everyone reading this will have accomplished all of those things so I am here to tell you that asking for help won’t kill you. Chase your passions in life and go where your soul guides you. Know that you are not alone.
Somewhere in this world, there are people just like you. There is a place where you belong.
There is place where you can find peace. You just have to be open to what your heart and soul are telling you and willing to leave behind what is comfortable.
Once you find your place, you’ll wonder what on Earth took so long.
Britany Felix is a freelance writer and tiny house enthusiast. Be sure to visit her business page and her personal blog, Simply Tiny Freedom. To see how she is taking control of her debt, check out the Mission: Debt Free project.