IMG_0584It’s been a year since our family began the journey toward building a tiny house! It all began with a mouse… well, a book about a mouse anyway. When my book came out last year, we knew our family wanted to do something different for our future. We wanted to raise awareness about causes that are important to us: homelessness, sustainability, and of course, the ability to spend more quality time with our children.

We could have never expected some of the obstacles that have come our way. The idea that a tiny house can just be built in seven days is true… if you’ve got a world class team of experts on your side. But when you are starting from scratch, it is a bit more difficult. There was a lot we had to learn about trailers, trucks, axles, mounts, bolts, nails, proper windows, doors, and the list goes on and on. Every inch and pound matters in a tiny house!

This week, a major step forward happened: we got our trailer! We went in a completely different direction than we originally intended, opting for a custom built gooseneck trailer. It was the best choice we’ve made so far on the process of this build. But it was also a very risky decision.

I had originally said that I didn’t want to make any moves on the tiny house until we had finalized the funds through our book sales (and we’ve come really close!), but we haven’t completed it yet. As it stands now, we still need to raise the final amount, which is roughly another 20 percent. We are so close to being done and we desperately want to start the build the first of next month! You can help us complete that by getting a copy of Chasing the Mouse or many other cool perks like being featured in our documentary, becoming a producer, and so much more.

As much as I look forward to this adventure with my family, I also really look forward to sharing everything we’ve learned along the way with each of you! If you’d like to help us make the final leg of our journey, please click here.


Tashina Monk is a hyperbolic know-it-all with three kids, a life partner and a cat. She writes on family topics including becoming debt-free, traveling, and healthy, conscious living.

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