Time Magazine

Everyone Is Going Tiny!

The video we shot in Olympia, Washington for Time.com is now online. Check it out here!

The video above seems all the more relevant considering I just spent this last week driving around Colorado with the Kellogg Family, a group of Colorado natives that gave up home living 2 years ago and have been just traveling around in an RV ever since. The catch is, there's 14 people in their family!

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We filmed with the Kelloggs as part of a sizzle reel that they'll eventually pitch to studios, and I think they're great candidates to get their own show. There's probably a lot that the general public can learn from them as they make having 12 children look like a cake walk. All of the kids are extremely well-behaved, and they all help each other out; something that we didn't see from families with even a quarter of the kids while out of the road. They get a lot done through delegation of responsibilities, and just through their love for each other. They all listen to what the others have to say, they work together to accomplish tasks, and they can all live together in a confined space by learning to live with only the necessities in life. It's pretty admirable, especially from the younger children.

It was a great experience and I'll have more information as the sizzle reel makes its way through the networks in order to get picked up.

Time-ly Houses

It wasn't all that long ago that I looked at something like The Tiny House Movement, and thought it might be a good idea to jump on board. They travel anywhere, you don't have to do much to clean them... it seemed like a great idea.

Tiny Houses

It's still a pretty great idea, but maybe it's just not for me. But after all the deliberation that I went through, I was able to finally see some tiny houses for my own when I went up to Olympia, Washington for a shoot with Time Magazine (.com) this last week. Our part focused on two different area of Olympia, one was called Quixote Village, and was a small tiny housing complex in the industrial area of Olympia, which they used to house homeless people in the area. There were 30 houses in all, and it was a pretty brilliant little community for all these people to live in.

The second part was an interview with Dee Williams (one of the leaders of the Tiny House Movement) at her tiny house in her friend's back yard (pictured above). It was such a peaceful place, and you could tell she loved just spending time in the space. She wasn't confined to just her home, like so many of us often are, and her idea of home was spread out to include the garden and the yard and the entire neighborhood around her. She was a really wonderful lady with a great outlook on life.

One of the most fascinating parts of these two stories was that we found homeless people that were trying to come up in the world by finding a place to live, and then we have poeple like Dee, who had a big house and was "living the American dream", and then she gave it up in order to live a more simple life. And somewhere in the middle now, those two groups are coming back together, even though they come from such different lifestyles.

So while a tiny house still might not be for me, it was a good reminder, maybe, that you don't need to get rid of your house in order to live a simple life. It's just a process of evaluating what means the most to us, and getting rid of all of the other things that clutter up our space and our minds. This can be done every day in little ways and doesn't require you to "throw everything away" and start all over.

I'll have more information and a link for the piece as its released on Time's website. Until then, thanks for reading!