Big Gratitude and Tiny Houses: An update from B.A. Norrgard
It’s hard to put into words how my life has changed in the last 6 weeks. Perhaps “whiplash” would be the appropriate term – can you imagine a bigger culture and landscape swing than the one from Dallas, Texas to Sonoma County, California?? Or the difference between the days in a downtown high rise law firm to days filled with tiny houses? My head is spinning!
I left Dallas with my tiny house in tow on August 10th. Accompanying me to help me drive and provide moral support, were my friends Nina Zamudio and Jerry Chandler. Many of you wrote to tell us that you were following our trip via #tinyhousetrip on Twitter (thank you Nina) and we so loved reading all your messages (and actually meeting some of you!) as we made our way across the country! We all agreed that it was an epic week that changed us forever – the house tours, and the goodwill of the American public and the enthusiasm for tiny houses were all just overwhelming in a really spectacular way. Thank you
We arrived at our destination in Sonoma County on August 15th. After some initial settling in, I have been on the job with Four Lights about six weeks. The time has been a blur – so much to learn, so much to do, and so many amazing projects on the horizon! I am so humbled and so blessed to be a part of the tiny house movement and to be working alongside Jay and his amazing staff. If, when I enrolled in my career transition workshop in February of 2012, anyone had told me that I would be in California living my dream in the summer of 2014, I would have believed it, but I wouldn’t have really grasped how that was going to materialize. I’m still in a fair amount of disbelief that I am actually here...
So many of you first validated me on my dream of transitioning my life, and then supported me through my build, and then followed my trip across the country – I cannot express my gratitude. And with that I offer this:
if I can overhaul my life, so can you. If I can chase my dream and make it a reality, anyone can! Yes, making a big life change is scary. But do you know what’s worse? Regret. Get out there and live your dream! It’s never too late!
On Saturday of this week, Jay is giving a one-day workshop that opens with our two tiny houses being open for tour. (I do love a good open house!) About mid-day I will drive to San Francisco and catch a flight back to Dallas. I am proud and honored to have the opportunity to travel and be a part of the Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter Work Project 2014! “For the 31st year, the Carters join Habitat for Humanity to help build homes, communities and hope, as more than 4,000 volunteers will build or repair more than 100 homes.”
Habitat for Humanity has been an organization dear to my heart for many years. I volunteered through the Dallas Bar Association for 11 years. I learned so many skills, and I made lifelong friends. I am just thrilled that Four Lights is supportive of me taking more than a week off and traveling out of state after being on the job for such a short time. How fortunate am I?
So, I will be taking a break from my desk at Four Lights next week. It’s hard to leave when so many exciting things are happening here – not the least of which is our tiny house community!! Yeah! That is going to be launched very soon – check for updates on our Facebook page and our website – its time has come, and it’s over the top exciting!