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Watch video “A Young Couple Find Freedom in Simple Living” (Peak Moment episode 160).
Simple Living: it was my dream when we moved to our house at Lone Bobcat Woods in 1990.
Walking into Tammy and Logan’s apartment the first time, I saw how beautifully they’d accomplished simple living. Two bikes on a wall rack in the bedroom, a few versatile pieces of furniture, long-term food storage hidden under the kitchen window seat.
Yesterday we came to their “tiny house” to tape a Peak Moment Conversation with them. Their 400 square foot home still felt spacious, even after we added four chairs, two tripods, and a reflector stand!
We first “met” Logan online when he commented on one of our Peak Moment shows in fall of 2008. Sharing emails, I learned he and Tammy were just down the hill in Sacramento, and we had a lot in common. Last winter we shared a delicious dinner at their home, where we also fell in love with their two cats.
You’ll hear their story in an upcoming Peak Moment Conversation. These thirty-year-olds turned their lives around after reading Derrick Jensen and learning of Peak Oil (and getting it!!). They talk of their depression as they contemplated both their future and our shared future.
Then Tammy and Logan realized they could do things that moved towards sustainability. They started by freeing themselves from many traps in consumer culture: they downsized their possessions, sold their car (and television!), moved to their small apartment in midtown Sacramento, and got bikes, and got out of debt.
They also found something in the simple living lifestyle to look forward to — a Tiny House (don’t we all need a good carrot, a reward, something that’ll pull us forward through hard times or tough choices?). You can find out a lot more on Tammy’s blog at rowdykittens.com.
There’s more, but we’ll let you wait to hear their whole story when we produce their conversation. Logan and Tammy are each articulate, and their story is inspiring.
With younger folks like these two, aware and making life-sustaining choices, I feel like humanity can weather some really tough storms up ahead and will make it through — transformed, but just fine.