Thanksgiving Reflections – 2017

First and foremost, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope this year has brought you lots to be thankful for. I spent this Thanksgiving flying solo – well, lying low in my apartment with my cat and my friend’s dog. My family initially planned to come visit me this year, but their travel arrangements fell through so I didn’t have to learn to cook a turkey after all. Instead I got to spend my four-day weekend in my apartment (for which I am thankful) cuddling my cat (for whom I am thankful) and dogsitting my for my […]

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Adventure Weekend: Mountain Biking and Hiking Stony Man Mountain

I’ve talked before about how my goal of eventually building and living in a tiny house is less about the tiny house itself and more about the lifestyle I’m trying to cultivate: a lifestyle of having less and doing more. Putting aside the fall/winter dresses I couldn’t resist last week, I’ve been doing fairly well at resisting the urge to buy “stuff,” and this weekend I had an adventure-filled few days to fuel that passion for the outdoors within me. Friday kicked off with an early departure from the office (well, 5pm) to head into DC to attend my first […]

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Climbing out of the Stress Spiral

Whew! After nearly two weeks away I finally got around to posting my lessons learned through a year of budgeting Monday, and I’ve got another post in the works for later this week. I’ve been struggling to balance work projects with personal projects with maintaining friendships and relationships, and it all came to a head at the beginning of last week. I was in one of those periods where I felt overwhelmed and paralyzed by the stress of everything on my plate, and I had to take a step back. This isn’t super uncommon for me. I find myself feeling […]

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What I’m Reading – September 2017

This year I made it a goal to “read more,” and despite how vague that resolution/goal is ( seriously the opposite of a SMART goal), I’ve been pretty successful with it. From blogs to the news to novels and memoirs, I’ve spent more time this year reading for fun than I have in years, so I count that as a success. I just hit 10 books for the year, and while that’s not a lot for some people, it’s twice as many as last year so it’s big for me! As for what I’ve been reading recently… Blogs The Tiny […]

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Why tiny?

Why tiny? How did I get hooked on wanting to live in a tiny house? It seems like an odd dream: to get rid of most of my things and live in a couple hundred square feet. I mean, I’m already in a small one-bedroom apartment, and wouldn’t it be great if there was a spare bedroom for guests to stay in, and a fireplace, and a bigger bathroom, and a study where I could put my desk, and on and on and on? I do find myself thinking those thoughts often. When putting away the Christmas tree stand or […]

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Hello, world!

Hello, world! Welcome to Simple Tiny Mine! Or should I say, please welcome Simple Tiny Mine into the world? We’re excited to be here! I’m Katie, the creator of STM, and I’m thrilled to launch this little blog and throw this awkward first post out into the open. Introductions are always the hardest part, right? I wanted to introduce this blog and myself and talk a little about why we’re here! I see this blog as a place for me to document my journey towards achieving financial freedom and downsizing my life, and as a place for me to connect […]

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