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
When crowds of people shout their solutions in the midst of a problem, we get a cacophony of discord. But when they offer solutions supported by replicated data, we can form consensus and make change together.
Scientifically speaking, replicability—the ability to repeat an experiment with statistically-similar results—is how weRead 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
In April of 2017, I purchased my first piece of land at a county tax auction. I had previously searched for years using every (traditional) method I could find. Two years after purchasing at my first auction, here are my tips for those seeking to do the same: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