Tiny

Foam cut out

So as much as I really am enjoying drawing out and sketching different idea’s for a tiny home I actually got to say that making it out of foam gave it a whole new level of realism and thoughtfulness. Kind of made you think of how to easily re-arrange things and how things could work. Curse me being a minimalist and getting rid of all my GI joes cause that would have been awesome to have….

I’m heading down to Calgary tomorrow to look at two tiny homes at http://http://beakerhead.org/ ! Should be a great time.

 

I’l have to learn sketchup next to draw this out once I got it all sorted.

 

Foam Tiny Home

Foam Tiny Home

 

 

 

Love new friends

Love meeting new friends, what a wonderful hobbit hole they have!

Tiny home visit

Janelle and I had the distinct pleasure of recently visiting Turtle Island Tiny Homes in Calgary over the weekend. As some of you may know (or likely not as we’ve been kind of hermit-y for the last year) we’ve been toying with the idea of really truly downsizing our life…at first we toyed with the idea of a small cabin…then maybe an RV…then we fell upon the Tiny Home movement which seemed to combine the best of all the options.

Getting to see a tiny home in the flesh was great for us to really move around in it and ask the builders a tonne of questions. It really got us inspired and could be something we can see ourselves doing in the next 18 months.

Some good points were also brought up during it…I want to of course try to build this all environmental hippy like with wool from organic sheep for insulation…but it was somewhat casually mentioned by the builders (and I’m paraphrasing) that the financial cost of going totally “green/enviro/pretentious” could mean you’d be living in a more conventional house for a longer period of time…so maybe the poor hippies that are doing it are right to just jump in as quickly as you can.

Best city to live in if you drive…

Different strokes for different strokes…..

I’ve always been a somewhat competitive person…..but I’m actually trying to make a conscious effort to try to stop that…it’s not healthy for anyone….and frankly…I highly doubt anyone will look back from 2050 and go “oh yeah, that Justin guy….always the top sales guy…or always the guy with the cute curly hair”

Recently one of my coworkers mentioned offhand that the city she lived in (St. Albert Edmonton) was voted <a href=”http://money.ca.msn.com/banking/homebuyersguide/gallery/best-places-to-live-in-canada?page=21″>the best city to live in in Canada</a>. That is great and I am very happy but it really throw things into perspective for me a bit.

What is “best” and why do we always strive so hard to get there and why must we measure it? “Best” should be an individual metric…that only each individual person can truly reach. I don’t care who you are or what you accomplish but I hope you are happy (while doing no harm).

It got me thinking what is really important about where I live. My beautiful wife an I both acknowledge that our move from crackhead downtown to the south was great in so many ways but we really miss walking through a neighborhood…..there is something so intangible about being able to stroll up a neighborhood and feel the history though it.

We’ve decided to stay where we are another year…because of the large south window and patio where we can grow our plants….and truth be told the fact we have a fireplace and a washer/dryer means a little bit to us at this point. hmmmmmm fire…..

It frightens me that the “best city in Alberta” can be on that is ranked 163 out of 180 cities in walkability…to me…that would be one of my absolute top priorities, my coworkers said she really enjoyed this city and loved it…despite admitting that she had never once…not once…actually walked anywhere from her home….not to the store..or the walking trail…or the local community centre…or a coffee shop. (For the record, I really respect and admire this particular coworker, she is a great person). Is it even a city or a community if you have to hop in your car everytime you need to go somewhere?

The nearest reason I can determine it was “the best city to live in” was simply wage and high discretionary income….ie: people made a lot of money…and didn’t have alot of money drainers (ie: kids). While I am not a pro-kid guy guy I do think they are part of a healthy community…Most of my life I have made ok money but I am really excited to spend the next few years …frankly..not making that much money.

If my wife an I push it we will be debt free by the end of next year and WWOOfing throughout the Kootenays in Canada….got to embrace life people….or it just skips on by..

Loving the eventbrite & Economics

Totally spent an hour going through eventbrite and finding every event I thought was awesome.

Wednesday night I went down to the yellowhead brewery (which I’ve always loved) and saw a speech by the author of http://www.amazon.ca/Economics-Happiness-Mark-Anielski/dp/0865715963/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379643961&sr=8-1&keywords=economics+of+happiness  I’ve been reading lots on wealth/finances lately so I really enjoyed this.

Janelle and I are still in debt at the moment but we both can see the “light at the end of the tunnel” and hope to soon be totally debt free….going to be so …refreshing…and invigorating…

Cypress…Iceland…soon to be America? It’s crazy how much we try to let wealth dictate our happiness…in the end it’s our friends and social circle are what will matter….I encourage everyone to learn more…become a better person…surround yourself by people you admire or want to learn from….if the lights go off those are that is what will pay dividends.

95% of the money in the world is debt based and this year will be the first that the US spends more on interest payments than on it’s defence budget….something ain’t right….