A Young Couple Find Freedom in Simple Living

pm160_550Rather than follow the customary American dream, Tammy and Logan sold their home and car, and moved to a bikeable/walkable neighborhood in Sacramento, California. After reading Derrick Jensen’s writings, this couple used Your Money or Your Life as a means to get out of debt and, they feel, regain their lives and their future. While they recount the psychological challenges of facing a future of declining resources, the catalyst that continues to move them forward is a dream of living in an affordable tiny house within a supportive community. [rowdykittens.com]

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  1. This is great info for the older generation too. It is never too late to make changes.

  2. Antonio & Villa ampos says:

    You’re in the New York times!!! Way to go with your example and especially so, for going mainstream to get others familiar with this better quality of life you are pioneering:



  3. Thank you again Janaia and Robyn for this great conversation! And thank you to everyone else here for the encouraging comments. It seems this simple living lifestyle is becoming more and more appealing to folks. We were very fortunate to also be able to share our story with the New York Times recently. Its been exciting to learn that although we can’t change the world we can change our choices and thus our lives. Although there is a great deal of change that must occur to make our world more sustainable we truly believe in M.K. Gandhi’s advice in this regard that “we must be the change we wish to see in the world”. 🙂

  4. John Andersen said above – “There is yet a small window of opportunity when we can still make these choices. Very soon simple living will not be optional.”

    My wife and I agree. 5 years ago we decided to choose to begin our simple life ourselves before we were forced to at some point in the seemingly inevitable future. It has not been hardship, rather an enjoyable adventure that continues to evolve.

  5. Antonio & Villa Campos says:

    Well done Tammy & Logan! It is greatly encouraging to learn of your chosen path of efficient & simplistic living, proving that it can be done, even in this modern age. The fact that you’re so young is even more encouraging!

  6. Tammy and Logan are two wonderful young people! I love their carefree (gee, I first accidently wrote “carfree”) lifestyle. They are an example that it can be done. It’s nice when two halves of a couple are in harmony on such important lifestyle issues. This isn’t always the case, of course. Often one half gets “enlightened” before the other, and the sparks can fly.

  7. There is yet a small window of opportunity when we can still make these choices. Very soon simple living will not be optional.

    The advantage of Tammy and Logan’s voluntary simplicity is they are psychologically prepared for the major and lasting difficulties just around the corner.

    That psychological advantage cannot be overstated.


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