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Friends on today’s episode I have the honor to introduce you to Sara Miedema of Tiny Home Dream as she shares her story of learning to adjust her expectations and approaching life with a “can-do” attitude as she recounts their experience deciding to purchase and renovate a 300 square foot RV for their family of 4 after her husband lost his job.  Sara shares the foundation she received from parents who taught her that they could figure anything out together and make things work.  She shares of the importance of her university years in becoming confident in who she was and making her faith her own as well as in meeting her husband Austin.  Sara shares the role that expectations played as a new wife, a new mother and then when Austin lost his job and how she communicated with him to feel like they were working to find a solution as a team instead of allowing the stress to tear them apart.  She shares why they decided to purchase a RV (in fact a moldy RV the salesman tried to talk her out of) instead of taking out more loans or living with their family and why it wasn’t about what they were giving up. She talks about what they didn’t give up, the lessons of living on less and how this has brought them closer as a couple & a family, the joys of retaining their independence and becoming debt-free as well as the realities of tiny living and winter hiccups of broken pipes and hauling snow in to wash dishes.  Listen and be inspired by this can-do woman to readjust your expectations, to see that you can make things work in your life through perhaps unexpected ways, and to see that you can be what your family needs, not things, but you.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is faced with a difficult situation and is looking for some motivation on how to make things work.  It is perfect for someone interested in tiny living and learning to live on less.  It is also for someone who is looking to strengthen their relationships.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about:

  • growing up with a father as a pastor and a family that had a “we can make it work” attitude and their experience fixing up a home
  • what she loved and learned about herself during her University experience
  • how that prepared her for marriage and what attracted her to Austin
  • the adjustment of expectations upon becoming married and then with a new baby
  • the difficult year after Austin lost his job and the dialogue between the two of them as they looked at different solutions for their finances
  • their decision to purchase a RV to renovate instead of taking out loans or living with a family member and how they wanted others to see their decision
  • the most exciting part about their decision – having more freedom and independence
  • the night Sara found the moldy run-down RV on Craigslist and her experience with the salesman who tried to talk her out of purchasing it
  • why Sara was beaming about purchasing it and what she saw in it
  • their experience getting rid of 90% of what they owned and how it felt
  • my own experience getting rid of things to move to Utah
  • how they decided where they would park their RV
  • what renovations did they need to make
  • what they gave up and didn’t give up
  • Sara’s favorite moments from living there – watching her children work together, having time to enjoy one another
  • the winter hiccups and feeling like they are a team that can make anything work
  • how surprised Sara was to learn that she doesn’t need as much space as before
  • how living this way has adjusted the way they look at their next step in their future
  • how Sara does not judge anyone for the way they live and that she realizes that the way they are living is not for everyone
  • how people miss out if they worry too much about appearances and expectations they set
  • the benefits to her marriage from this experience

 

Show Notes:

Sara’s blog Tiny Home Dream

Sara’s Instagram feed 

Sara Miedema Photography website

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