Meet Little House in the Valley, she’s a conscious consumer who discusses her journey into home ownership while providing interesting insight into the world of little houses. After reading her site I found quite a few interesting ideas for future home plans (well under 1,000 sq feet) and like me she often chooses to ride her bike rather than taking the car. After the interview please stop by her site at Littlehouseinthevalley.com.
How did you get into blogging originally? Is this your first blog?
I started blogging a few months ago, but I can’t really say why I started. I think I had read a few personal finance blogs that I really enjoyed and thought I too could add to some of these discussions through my own blog. So, this is my first blog!
When are you most inspired to write and who’s your ideal reader?
I’m usually inspired to write through discussions I have with my husband. Though I am often motivated by reading other people’s blogs, I like to take a personal view of things that are sparked through these talks my husband and I have. My ideal reader is someone who visits and comments on my blog frequently! Though, I am grateful if anyone visits, even if briefly.
How little is too little of a house?
I’d say that anything under 1,000 square feet would be pushing my limits of too small. I admire homes that are smaller than 1,000 square feet, and the people who live in them, but I personally would need a little more space.
Did you ever dream of owning a really big house?
I think that owning a large home is ingrained in the American psyche. So of course I dreamed of owning a large home with a white picket fence. *Imagine the home in Father of the Bride. However, as I’ve grown wiser, I realize that you can own too much of a house. A really large house also equates to a too large carbon footprint, something that I think needs to be reduced.
Do you have a little house design already picked out?
No, not at all. I’m constantly coming across amazing prefab homes and websites that are continually expanding my imagination.
If I gave you $1 million right now, what would you do with it?
Buy land and begin building an eco-friendly home. Of course, I would have a heck of a time choosing the floor plan! (see above answer). The remaining portion would be split in thirds and invested in a savings account, mutual fund, and IRA.
Where does financial freedom begin for you?
I’m not quite there yet, so I guess it will begin once I pay off the car loan, student loan, and line of credit. Then, I’ll be able to save over $1,000 a month that could go towards building my eco-dream home.
What’s your favorite blog post on your site thus far, and what’s it about?
I think my favorite post so far is Selling the American Dream. My husband and I watch a lot of movies (no television) and we were struck by how often the characters in movies own really expensive homes, no matter what career their character has. It really gives the public a distorted view of home ownership.
If you were in my shoes as a 23 year old recent college grad who wants to become a digital nomad, how would you make that happen?
I think I’d be doing exactly what you are doing. Living life to the fullest, blogging, and taking photos of sharks. Who knows where you might end up; perhaps writing for National Geographic or Discovery. I once had this very same dream!
What’s the best financial book you’ve ever read and why?
I have to admit that I don’t read financial books. I rarely have time for reading. So when I do read, I read for pleasure: National Geographic, Adventure Magazine, or mystery novels.