Fun Fact: I have always been a person who embraces uncertainty and adapts well to change. I guess that’s just the Sagittarius in me.
I don’t like the feeling of being stuck in one place, or at one job for too long. I tend to embrace hobbies or interests completely, then get bored and move on just as fast.
Well, 9 months ago when I found out I was expecting our 2nd child, I started thinking about the path my life was on and considering if I wanted to continue or make a change. Well, you can guess what I picked.
I had taken a work at home job opportunity 4 years ago shortly after our daughter was born with the intention of keeping her out of daycare. Going from socializing daily with the public, to working at home, was quite an adjustment…..but that’s a story for another time. Short version is, I expected to go back out in the real world and work again when she started school. Then, when I found out we were expecting another, the reality hit me that I was going to be stuck at this job for another 4 years to keep this one out of daycare. That’s when the feeling of entrapment spiked my anxiety, and my fight or flight instinct kicked in.
My husband and I have built a life based off two incomes. I always want to be able to contribute to our household, so now I had the challenge of coming up with a plan on how to quit my job, make money, and stay home with our new baby. I had to come up with something that would actually work before I presented my game plan.
I am the wanderer in our relationship. I’ve never feared change or starting a new journey, while my husband on the other hand likes security and bites his tongue while trying to be supportive of my new ventures. I really appreciate that he puts up with this part of my personality. This time it was a little different…. I didn’t have another job lined up and wasn’t sure of anything, but I had to put my mental health first because I knew me being happy was best for our children and our home. It wasn’t until 3 months ago that I was absolutely sure what I wanted and had a plan to pitch to my team mate.
Now this plan is being put into action, things are moving quickly, change and uncertainty are in our future, and I couldn’t be more excited. Surprisingly, my husband is just as excited, if not more! I never thought that was possible, but I couldn’t be happier for what lies ahead!
Here’s what’s going on with the Thompson family in the next couple of months. By next week, our baby girl will be born, and shortly after, I’ll be quitting my job. We will be listing out 1600sqft home and moving next door to our sisters on the lake and living in a tiny home just around 600sqft! Yup, growing our family and minimizing our space and possessions!
Tiny living and minimalism are things that have really had my interest the last year or so, and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to make it happen. Doing this will greatly lower our household overhead, making my portion of income needed, much more achievable without a steady or ‘normal’ job.
What I am most excited for is the time we will get with our family and the close living with each other. My husband is a teacher so this summer will be packed full of family fun at the lake, even while on a budget! And have you not seen how adorable tiny homes are!? And how easy and quick to clean a small, minimalist space can be??? Our girls will grow up learning how to live with what they need and not to put so much importance on material items. Being next door to their aunts/godparents and quality time together outdoors will give them more than any room full of toys ever could. We look forward to a life full of experiences instead of ‘things’.
I will be sharing our tiny home journey and our life as minimalists with a family of four here on MoonstoneMom and also on our Facebook page, so be sure to follow us or sign up for our newsletter if you’re interested!
New and exciting things will be happening soon and I look forward to sharing with you!