In high school, I fantasized about being a big-city businesswoman who made trailblazing decisions during the day, gourmet meals at her beautiful country-suburban home at night and furniture in her backyard studio on the weekends. My creativity was highly-valued and…Read More
I shared before that my journey to the Hudson Valley started in 2013. But now I realize that it started years before when I invested in the first three tools I used to design this new life:
1. A convicting beliefRead More
When I started investigating tiny living in 2013, finding a place to do legality was a major feat. But as I take a look at the landscape today, I realize that there are many more ways to evaluate a place for your lifestyle design.
Although I didn’t before, I started my Philly evaluation with a search of vacant residential plots at the local tax auction.Read More
Last month on my drive from Texas back to New York, I stopped at my father’s place for a few days. Sitting across from me one morning, he took a slow sip of his coffee, smiled and said, “You know Rae-Rae, you are really something else.”Read More
After a month with no new prospects, I started researching affordable cash properties for sale at the April 20th Ulster County Tax Auction.
Purchasing property from a tax auction can be very risky. I learned that years ago when my NYC neighbor considered…Read More
One of the first questions people ask when meeting me is: “Wow… so how did you find your place?”
Sometimes the question is purely functional, as in, how did you even hear about your town? At others it’s more figurative, i.e., how did you know your place would nurture and grow your vision? And then there are…Read More
I live in a camper.
I call her ’99, after the year she was born, which was just on the cusp of something new.
’99 is Lance 1120, 19.5 feet long and 7.75 feet wide. She’s still got her original paint job, white with a few tan and brown…Read More
Stagnating wages, job insecurity and the rising costs of education and housing have birthed a movement. In it lifestyle designers prescribe entrepreneurship, investment and location independence for becoming the new rich, an alternative to the traditional view of the American Dream…Read More
As far back as I can remember, a sustainable, autonomous life was always what I envisioned for myself.
My mother lost her parents and all four grandparents between the ages of 9 and 11. Fearing an early death of her own, she made sure I knew by…Read More