Living the Sustainable Tiny Life

 

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Mea Culpa. I have been so busy the last three months completing the Silver Bullet, hosting workshops, moving in, having it filmed, finishing the e-book, that I apologize for not being a better social media broadcaster. I’m so “social media” challenged, but I promise to get better now that I have the time.

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If you want to catch up and see the the Silver Bullet Tiny House, watch the tour that my tiny house mentor, Derek Diedricksen, of Relaxshacks.com fame, made last month on Youtube.

You can learn everything you need to know about my journey and build in my book, Living the Sustainable Tiny Life. More info on what’s in the book and purchase details here.

I am heading out for the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs, August 7-9th, in a few days by car.

I will be speaking on Sunday from 3:00-3:40PM and I hope to meet you there.

I suggest that if you want to connect, let me know in your comments and we will make a plan.

See you down the road!

The Book is Here: Living the Sustainable Tiny Life

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Achieving a sustainable tiny lifestyle can be hard work, involve physical and emotional challenges. It requires character building and shedding layers of consumptive baggage.

Some call the journey daunting, overwhelming, and difficult, at best.

And you know what, it does not have to be. For me it was transformative socially, physically, spiritually, morally and intellectually.  You will hear my story and learn about my path to leaving the debt culture behind, how to live a more compassionate, healthy and authentic sustainable lifestyle.

You’ve seen the TV shows about tiny homes and you have wondered, “Is that lifestyle going to work for me?” You may have even gone to a workshop or two. How do you process so many different decisions, make intelligent choices, and wade through the points of view that are being presented?

Part 1 of Living the Sustainable Tiny Life* is all about my tiny sustainable soul’s journey to an amazingly rewarding authentic sustainable lifestyle, from its fledgling beginnings to present day.

Part 2 takes you through the build process of the Silver Bullet Tiny House. This book is not a construction guide although it gives you plenty of pictures and details of the resource and design choices I made to actualize the challenge I set for myself in 2012.

Part 3 I hope this e-book can inspire others with the lessons I’ve learned so far living tiny.

I will be at the Tiny House Jamboree in a few days. Watch for the 15% discount code announcement on Friday, August 7th, on our twitter account @sbthow
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Photo by Derek Diedricksen

Are you ready? Click the Add to Cart button below and “just do it!”.

            $25.00                          

* All proceeds go to scholarships for needy students at our TerraBluTeams.org workshops and the Living the Sustainable Tiny Life tour that begins next year.

The 1st National Tiny House Jamboree

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Just another reminder, only 7 days left and I’ll be there! So many tiny houses to see, so many new resources to check out, yikes, I’m in heaven!

I will have so much fun speaking about my personal tiny house journey. Just check out all the tiny house community founders and active leaders that I will be joining! I am so excited to meet them and all the tiny house enthusiast’s that will be joining us!

I will be speaking on Sunday at 3:00-3:40PM at the speaker’s venue. I will have a 15 minute period Q & A, so get your questions ready!

Colorado Springs, here I come!

 

 

8th Tiny House Workshop/Tour

Our 8th Workshop!       Class # 208 The Tiny House Journey  –  Newbury, MA.
Saturday,  7/18/2015, 12 – 4 PM  $75. ***  Sign up now, before it sells out!!!
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Meet a local tiny house designer/builder and learn more about her tiny house journey and the tiny house movement. Tour the Silver Bullet Tiny House on wheels (NOW COMPLETED) and discover all its reclaimed, recycled, non-toxic, sustainable and net-zero waste building materials and systems. How to transition into a sustainable lifestyle will be discussed with practical tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint quickly.
Limited to 10 attendees.
Comments from former attendees:
“If your longing to live the tiny life I highly recommend attending Vera’s workshop as a first step. Not only will you get to see, touch, and feel an actual tiny house but Vera will share with you her story, her experiences, and knowledge gained by extensive research and trial and error. I left her workshop with a bigger appreciation for the Tiny house way of life and for the movement as a whole. I now have a better understanding of the social, economic, environmental, and cultural effects this intentional way of living supports and impacts. 
So inspired to start my THOW journey real soon! ” Sophie T.
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This Woman is the genuine article, my friends. Vera Struck is an inspiration to me, as well as a good friend. She is vastly knowledgeable, passionate, articulate and funny. I have been a presenter with Vera @ three different Tiny workshops, and she never ceases to amaze me.” Kari, Yurt Girl
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“I also really enjoyed all the sustainability information that you shared with us. We are definitely starting to see a trend in people who we talk to: those who are environmentally conscious, and those who are financially conscious. I love that your nonprofit strives to show people that they can have both.” Megan M.
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“I definitely learned a lot about how tiny houses are constructed, and providing us with some of the building materials you used was incredibly useful. The game we played at the end of the tour also really helped put everything into perspective – it was definitely a great learning process when we wrote down the top 5 things we should consider before building a tiny house.” Jay W.
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“I greatly appreciate your willingness to open up your home and heart to us and share with us your values as well as your challenges.” Mika IW.

Trailer modification, design process, framing, sheathing, downsizing transitions, insulation and energy systems will be covered. Includes light refreshments, building samples and 30 minute Q&A session. Bring your sense of humor!!

To Register click PayPal button below and we will email you instructions and directions.

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Author Elizabeth Rose’s article on Vera’s tiny house in the Newburyport Daily News, click here.
 ***All proceeds go to support sustainability education at www.terrabluteams.org.
There are two fully paid scholarships to this workshop available to those in need. To apply, please email taospirit@mac.com with a paragraph about your need and reason for attending. Include contact information & phone. Applications processed within 24 hours.

Silver Bullet Update

SBIntI’m so glad to be back in the Silver Bullet finishing my interior. It has been a busy two months at sustainability fairs, festivals, speaking engagements and workshops. I have intentfully held back on putting up all the interior pictures because I am about to finish this two year project in a few weeks. YAY!

Many of you know how all-consuming this kind of DIY build can be and I look forward to having the time, freedom and luxury of putting my feet up on my tiny house deck and updating all my websites, relaxing and hiking in nature and tending to the organic garden.

Just a few more weeks of full-on 24-7 building and ethically placing 2500 of my last remaining 3000 possessions, (Oh yes, I was a bean counter -CPA in a former life), and I finally move in!

I have recycled, repurposed, free cycled, sold, given away just about every piece of art gallery equipment, flat files, print racks, clothing, furniture, gifts and dishes I accumulated over my 65 years. (Used Craig’s List, yerdle, Freecycle, decluttr, Todd’s Farm, and thread up) I started this journey five years ago with 213,452 possessions from my art gallery, art studio, home and rental unit. It takes a bit longer to move through layers of emotive, personal, and career history. And even longer to downsize your resources ethically, making sure none of them end up in a landfill.

Derek Diedricksen of Relaxshacks has promised to come film the finished tiny house this summer. When I attended his workshop, way back in 2012, I told him about my dream to have a traveling “sustainable lifestyle” exhibit to tour the country.  After starting my sustainable education non-profit, terrabluteams.org, in 2011, he was the person (besides my daughter) who encouraged me past the “Tipping Point” to move forward with my dream.

In a few weeks, it will be realized. My gratitude goes out to Deek, my daughter, all the volunteers, sponsors, IndieGoGo donors, tiny house community members, friends and relatives who gave me emotional, moral, fiscal and physical support during this challenging, sometimes harrowing, amazing and totally rewarding journey.

“Living the Sustainable Tiny Life”, a book about Vera’s journey, is soon to be published. Join her in Colorado Springs this August for the Tiny House Jamboree, where she will be speaking.

Keep checking back for the Silver Bullet Open House Party to get the tour underway!

Celebrate Earth Day with Us-Coming Events!!!

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Mark Your Earth Day Calendars!!!

At several Earth Day Festivals April 15 – 25th, we will be demonstrating “College Dorm Sustainability Hacks” and speaking about the net-zero sustainable Silver Bullet Tiny House Exhibit designed and built by our Founder, Vera Struck, as an education module for a “tiny sustainable lifestyle”, at the following Earth Day Festivals, Sustainability Events, and tiny house workshops.

APRIL 16th, THURSDAY,  11AM – 2:30PM  

BU Medical Campus, Talbot Green 

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-you-can-do/events/bumc-earth-day-festival/

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APRIL 22nd, WEDNESDAY,  11AM-2:30PM      

Boston University Main Campus, GSU Plaza

http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/what-you-can-do/events/earth-day-festival/

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APRIL 25th, SATURDAY 10AM – 4PM

Annual Amherst Sustainability Festival, Amherst Town Common

https://www.amherstma.gov/683/Sustainability-Festival-Information

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MAY 1st-3rd, Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Silver Bullet Tiny House Builder and sustainability lifestyle designer, Vera Struck, author of the soon to be released “Living the Sustainable Tiny Life”, will also be speaking at Deek’s next workshop in Connecticut May 1-3. Sign up now before he is sold out!

http://www.relaxshacks.blogspot.com/2015/01/relaxshackscom-may-2015-tiny-house.html

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