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Hi, I’m Kristin, and I’m here to help you make that sometimes tough transition from the sticks n’ bricks and 9-5 to a lifestyle of freedom and adventure. As someone who’s lived in a Prius, sailboat and Chevy Astro van, I know just how challenging making the switch can be.
I’m here to tell you that if I can do it, you can do it, too!
Have You Ever Thought…
“I want to live in a van, RV, sailboat or tiny home but have no idea how to start”
“I want to travel full-time but am worried about making enough money to support myself”
“I have absolutely no idea how to be a nomad, from getting mail, health insurance or choosing the right state to call home”
“I worry about finding friends and connection when on the road”
“Making the switch to the nomad lifestyle seem so overwhelming!”
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When I first started living outside the norm in the San Francisco Bay area, it wasn’t easy at all. That’s when I lived in a Toyota Prius with my partner, Tom. It felt truly scary giving up my secure (and crazy expensive!) studio apartment to live in random parking lots, campgrounds and rest stops.
But paying $21,000 per year in rent was no way to get ahead.
Giving up the security of a sticks ‘n bricks home was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I kept my 9-5 job
as a radio news reporter at KGO in San Francisco, a career I’d had for 15 years. We joined a gym to shower and spent evenings playing music in our shipping container storage unit.
Even though it was hard, I grew a great deal from my four months living in a car. I paid off debt and saved money.
I learned how to live in a tiny space. I enjoyed time backpacking in the mountains that I would have otherwise spent cleaning my apartment. And Tom saved up enough money to buy a sailboat with cash!
I learned to live with less, enjoy the adventure, and create an even deeper connection with nature.
Then, in 2016, I lost my job as a news reporter at KGO. I had to reinvent the wheel and started this blog, The Wayward Home, to help others through the hurdles of living tiny and to serve as inspiration for hose wanting a New American Dream. Four years later, my blog is my dream job and sole source of income.
Now, after five years of living on a boat and in a van, it’s hard to imagine going back to a house and a life of permanence. But maybe if it was a tiny house, someday.
If you’re ready to start your tiny living journey, you’re definitely in the right place.
The Wayward Home’s readers are a group of like-minded people who value experiences over things, time with family and friends over slaving away at a job we hate, and spending most of our life in nature rather than being in a house.
Sound like something that rings true to you?
WELCOME TO THE WAYWARD HOME!
My Favorite Tiny Living
There’s no one size fits all approach to going tiny. Some people want to camp off-grid in a van, others want to sail to remote places on a sailboat. Others, like me, want a combination of tiny homes!
My next dream is a tiny cabin on a piece of property. Whatever you’re interested in, we have articles about all different types of lifestyles.
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Write to me anytime at Kristin [a] thewaywardhome.com.
I look forward to assisting you on your tiny journey!