In the LearnVest Personal Stories series, everyday people share the details of their money lives, discussing the individual choices they’ve made and how it’s impacted their financial journey.
Today, one man shares how downsizing into a 200-square-foot home helped him achieve the life—and career—he longed for.
My quest to start living in a tiny house wasn’t borne out of a need to downsize or drastically cut expenses, although both happened as a result.
Rather, it fit into a larger game plan of mine to have a more flexible lifestyle that kept me from being chained to a desk all day.
It all started in the fall of 2011, when I took a month-long sabbatical from my job and life in Vermont to ride my bike from British Columbia into Washington State and along the Oregon coast.
At the time, I was working for a corporate tech-training company, creating online courses and aids that helped employees learn software. It was a good job and I worked with wonderful people. But I hated being stuck in a cubicle, and riding through such a scenic part of the country made me realize I needed more time to enjoy life.
On top of that, I’d always wanted to work for myself. I remember my manager once asked me where I saw myself in five years. She thought I was management material, but I honestly told her I wanted to start my own business.
So when I got back from my sabbatical, I knew it was time to speed up that five-year plan—but I needed to get my ducks in a row first.