Redefining Success

Dear Tiny Home Seekers and the Tiny-Curious,

I have to apologize, before we get started with my current blog post. I had the flu last week and barely got out of bed. It was a rough one and I didn’t get this post ready in time to release it. Life happens, right? Anyway, here it is at last, I hope you enjoy it J:

Redefining Success:

“Going Tiny” is very often about the desire to live the life you want to live, free from the financial restraints of owning a traditional home. It can also be about the freedom to pick up and go and explore the world. Either way, “Going Tiny” can be about a different kind of life success.

Let’s start with the word “Success.” What does it mean to you? Think about it for a minute. What images, phrases, thoughts or ideas come to mind?

Now, were you thinking all the trappings of financial success? Ferrari, a mansion, a second home in some exotic locale?

If I’m honest, I used to think that success was all about the money. I saw other people as successful, but I was just a work-a-day laborer with enough coming in for daily life but no exotic vacations and certainly no fancy car. The truth is; I don’t want a Ferrari. I think that dream came from too many episodes of Magnum P.I. while I was growing up. I can’t imagine a scenario in my life where a Ferrari would be a nice addition, gorgeous cars, SO not my speed. As for exotic vacations…Okay, sure it would be nice to go to say, Aruba or something, but I realize more than an exotic locale, I would be just as happy on a North Carolina beach building a sandcastle with my son and husband. They are what matter most in this world to me, my son and my husband, followed closely by the rest of my family and friends. As long as I’m with my family and we’re, healthy and happy, then I’ve succeeded.  

Stop and think about your life again, what are the things you truly value and what do you most hope for?   

Here is my official answer:

Success is living life at my own pace, on my own terms. Success means having my family with me, a home to live in, food to eat and meaningful, enjoyable work to do each day. Success means having time to spend with my family, time to spend on my creative endeavors and time to spend with friends. Success is finding contentment right where I’m at and not in the empty pursuit of more things.

Listen, I know it sounds a bit self-righteous if you are the Ferrari-driving kind of person. I don’t intend it to be. You can have a Ferrari (or whatever expensive thing floats your boat) and search for a deeper success in life too. That is the beauty of it all. We get to define what success looks like for ourselves, no one else.

When we redefine success for ourselves we begin to see what’s truly important. The “Tiny Living” movement is the embodiment of redefining success: paring down to the essentials, lifting the financial burden of a mortgage, loosening the moorings of staying in one place and making it possible to choose the life you truly want.

Spend some time thinking about what is most important to you and try to write your own definition of success.

What did your picture look like? Now compare it with the reality of your life. Do they match? Yay you! Come close? Awesome! Further apart than you realized? No worries.

No matter where you are in your life-journey or how your picture matches or doesn’t match your reality, it’s OKAY. The place to start is simply to “know” what success looks like to you. Once you’ve defined it for yourself, you can start to move towards making that picture a reality.

In my next post I’ll talk about simple, practical ways to make big changes.

Until next time, may you find your own success!

love from,

Jessica and the Switchgrass crew