The Fallacy of the 5 Year Plan
As you probably know, I’ve taught at more then 25 tiny house workshops and events over the past 2 years.
My favorite part is talking with everyone at the workshops, hearing their stories, and helping them start their journey.
Every time we teach a workshop, I end up losing my voice answering so many questions! It’s always fun to stay up late with people who share your values.
(PS - I’m hosting the first and only VIRTUAL Tiny House Workshop this weekend! You can register here and join us!)
One thing I’ve been noticing more and more while teaching and speaking at these workshops, is that people have long timelines for their tiny house journeys.
I definitely think everyone should follow their own path and work within a time frame that suits their unique situation and life story.
I’m all about marching to the beat of your unique drum!
That being said, I heard a lot of the same thing at the most recent workshop we spoke and taught at.
We asked the group, “When do you plan to move into a tiny home?” and went around the room hearing answers.
“6 years - when my kids are moved out!”
People were at the workshop, getting all hyped up, learning awesome new skills, and gaining knowledge and momentum - but that wouldn’t be put into action for another five to ten years.
Hmm, I thought, that seems like a lot of planning.
But then I thought about me, a few years ago.
See, I had a five year plan. I was 18 and I was going to save up all my money for five years, I was going to purchase the “vintage trailer of my dreams” - which at the time was an Airfloat.
I wanted something in the 25 foot long range (OMG can you imagine? I’m so glad I didn’t go that big haha).
I don’t think I quite understood just how expensive those rare beauties really are! In my mind, I would have my own place to park it, my own land with my own garden, and everything would happen at exactly the right time just the way I’d planned it all out.
LETTING GO OF "THE PLAN"
Then, my entire five year plan of saving/researching/designing and planning went out the window when the COMET Camper (originally just a scrappy little 1969 Avalon) landed in my proverbial lap.
At 3 AM on a Tuesday morning (I’m not kidding - it was really that early and crazy), my friend from NYC dropped off what would become the COMET Camper and told me to do whatever I wanted to with it. I figured I’d sell it and use the money to put towards my imaginary “dream camper” - you know, stick to the plan.
Turns out, that scrappy little trailer WAS my dream camper, I just had to let the opportunity take shape and realize it’s potential.
Here’s the thing:
I’m really glad that the camper I live in now ended up in my driveway at 3 AM on a Tuesday 5 years ago, instead of 5 years in the future.
I’m glad because even though at the time it wasn’t in my “life plan” and that really freaked me out, I probably would have waited and waited and postponed making my major life change into camper life much longer than I had even planned.
And since taking the leap, you know I can tell you it’s the best freaking thing that’s ever happened!
There’s no perfect time, and the sooner you get started, the better. That’s why we’ve put together the Virtual Tiny House Workshop. So you can get started now, take some action steps, and stop waiting.
We made it super affordable so that you don’t have to save up for years to attend, and you can start sooner rather than later.
Planning is good - trust me I believe in good planning. Planning can lead to a lot of good stuff! Planning is smart.
But don’t be afraid of opportunity. Remember that it will NEVER be “the right time”, and there will ALWAYS be reasons (excuses) not to dive head-first into a new lifestyle and new way of living.
Things will never be “perfect” - so roll with it and if something amazing comes your way, allow yourself to say yes and let it work itself out.
If you’re ready to start taking those steps now, Dan Louche and I are excited to be bringing you the first and only Virtual Tiny House Workshop, called “Design/Build/Downsize”. We’ve got 8 trainings and lessons, step by step tutorials, live discussions and Q & A sessions, and more.
We're going to be covering everything from choosing your trailer, designing your home, building methods, off-grid systems, and more!