I like to ride my bicycle. Shower way too long. Eat mainly organic and a bit weird. I love a good conversation, adore music, like helping out friends on their farm (read: milking cows). And I write. Frieda in a nutshell.
For the love of myself I decided to change the way my basic needs were organized. I often felt like my job was a must, a necessity to be able to live in a home that didn’t suit me as well. It felt like it was too big or too expensive for what I would get, and most importantly, need! With too much stuff in it. I wanted to organize that in a different manner. Adjusting my home to my own needs, not the other way around. While having a job that doesn’t feel like working.
So I did.
In 2014 I quit my job and started my own business. I went from a regular sized family home to a 19m2 (200 sqf) room in a co-house. Downsizing that is! Because I wanted to de-clutter and have more room for “life” and so my tiny living journey began… Initially I had the wish to build my own tiny house in the Netherlands. At that time there wasn’t much going on in my home country, if at all. I therefore went for inspiration and knowledge to the USA, the Tiny House Jamboree of 2015 in Colorado Springs. I had a blast!
The visit to the USA changed me and my life. I’ve been going back and forth ever since and in order to keep doing that I even said goodbye to my home entirely, 1,5 years ago. I’m living out of my suitcase with just a few boxes left in storage. And my tiny house? It will be build in a factory in the USA. Using mainly natural materials (I just love the genius simplicity of nature’s produce like sheep wool as insulation!) and with it hopefully help open up the market in the USA to these building materials as well.
I’ve been working for and in both Tiny House Movements for the last three years. In the Netherlands I helped spark the movement and for example organized the first Tiny House Meetup, wrote several articles for Tiny House Magazine, wrote a chapter in and helped edit Turning Tiny (the book with over 60 personal stories from the luminaries on living, building, and breathing tiny), talked about Tiny House International on stage at the 2016 Jamboree, have been promoting and selling pieces of land for… tiny houses, and take care of social media of several tiny house initiatives.
I’m blessed to be so involved in something I’m passionate about, and advocate a lifestyle that suits me and many others as well. So let’s break the mold of the current housing market! Tiny houses can play a huge part in that. I’m excited about this other way of life, adjusted to me and my needs. It’s called Human Scale Living. I like it!
Hope to meet you one day!