Episode 106

 Fitting Work into a Tiny Home Lifestyle, 

 with Renee Seevers, 

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Renee Seevers has lived in a tiny home for several years and is now in a “shorty” school bus. Renee is the CEO, a.k.a. crazy event organizer of TinyFest. This event helps give people exposure to more options for their life, a gathering for people who live in or want to consider living in tiny homes on wheels or on land. In this episode, Renee talks about how her lifestyle with a tiny house on wheels gives her a chance to explore all over west of the Mississippi without ever really needing to pack. She loves how she can drive to work at a coffee shop and pop back into her house to make lunch. She’s become an expert in adjusting and adapting to each situation, including the neverending changes in technology and ways to connect to the internet for work. She sometimes stays in one location for six weeks to six months to get to know the area and meet some people or prepare for her next event. Now that she’s recently married, she’s sharing the living space, but her husband works primarily outside and doesn’t need desk space. Currently, she and her husband have a home base in Oregon on 160 acres of land where the short 5-window bus is their home. 

Renee hasn’t always lived in a tiny house. After living and maintaining a 3300 square foot, five bedroom, four bathroom house – Renee decided in 2015 to sell it all after her youngest daughter was heading to college. She bought her first tiny home on wheels – an 87 sqft home nicknamed “Big R” she towed with her truck and took to a few festivals in 2016. She kept thinking, “We need to have more of these festivals because it gives people a great way to experience tiny living, ask questions, and see things in person.” Renee has met a lot of entrepreneurs and remote work folks through TinyFest and is part of the tiny living community herself. She recommends that everyone “enjoy the quest for balance and the quest to understand what that balance is for you and at which point along the work/life scale you are most happiest now. It will likely change later, so be ready to go with the flow!”

For Renee, the idea of “Going Tiny” is more than just buying and moving into a moveable home. It’s about fun, sustainability, autonomy, flexibility, and freedom--financial freedom, freedom of mobility, freedom from stuff and stress. At the TinyFest events, they have two stages with people teaching about the tiny living lifestyle; because she feels that, more important than simply buying or building a tiny house, Renee wants to help others understand they can create a life that serves them well - including topics of housing, travel & entrepreneurship. TinyFest started in the midwest, in Des Moines, Iowa, and has branched out to TinyFest California, TinyFest Northwest, TinyFest Texas & TinyFest Southwest. TinyFest is a great place to explore alternative living options for work-from-home people. There are two upcoming events on December 3 & 4 in Phoenix, Arizona, at WestWorld (Scottsdale). The next one will be on March 11 & 12 in San Diego, California, at Del Mar Fairgrounds.

If you’d like to learn more about Renee, TinyFest, or see who is going to be at her next event, you can find her in the following places: