Let's start a conversation about how and where we live. For the 99% of us, housing is not an easy conversation or one we take for granted. Housing is a struggle for a large portion of this country. Many of whom struggle to not only put food on the table but to simply have a roof over that table.
What does it say about the direction of housing in this country when hotels or homeless shelters are now the only plausible housing option for millions. What does it say that over 1.2 million children in our schools have no home to return to at the end of the day.
I get it. This is a tough conversation without a solid solution.
We have McMansions by the millions, with vacant rooms and families divided by empty space. And within those walls, we have families struggling to maintain the facade of affluence-- plastic homes filled with magazine spreads designed to impress-- but not support. Families that are taxed-- emotionally and financially-- to play a game they really don’t even believe in. They’ve just always bought into the narrative that the house in the suburbs with the white picket fence was a symbol of success.
But what if there was a different narrative to explore? What if the narrative looked like this.
Your home is not a commitment to the death (the technical meaning of the word “mortgage”) but a simple aspect that nestles neatly into your passion-driven life.
What if your monthly housing expenses were less than your car payment?
What if you no longer had to make decisions about your work and your life based on your monthly payments to a bank?
What if you were able to shift your priorities from survival to authentic, joy-driven decisions that both support you, your family and your community.
This is a radical concept. Reevaluating the way we live our lives and what we place above others.
What would our communities look like if people could explore the creative aspects of their minds and of their existence? What type of innovation would occur if people could explore making and creating instead of selling their time for survival?
How would our world differ if people could pursue their gifts and not their talents?
This isn’t for everyone, but I imagine it’s for many. I know so many people who come to me with this conversation on their mind-- and they don’t even know what it is they’re seeking. And when we wander into the tiny living conversation, they are fascinated. They want to know more-- and how.
And I want to show them how-- and why.