Tiny House funds world travel!

How do you fund dreams such as travelling the world?  Inspired with wanderlust, Jenna Spesard built a Tiny House with her partner, they spent a year towing it throughout America together.  It’s now in a fixed location but still helps her travel internationally for 3 months of the year, as it saves her so much money.  She is pursuing her goal of visiting 5 new countries each year.

“I don’t work for my house – it works for me” she says.

“Not too long ago, I was working a job I hated, just to pay the rent. I felt stuck and miserable. Then, one day, I decided to change my life. Today I live simply, in a Tiny House, so that I can travel the world for part of the year!”

Jenna Blogs

Jenna blogs at “Tiny House, Giant Journey”.  There, she talks about her travels (which you can follow on Instagram) and also other people who have chosen the tiny house option as a way to free up finances.  There are a range of other people who have chosen to downsize, including a single guy or even a family of 5!


Everywhere you look in the video and the website, there are great storage solutions and simplicity.  Inspiring to look at, even if you don’t plan on following the lifestyle completely.  And, of course, it’s horizon-widening to see people who have made uusual life choices.  Jenna is an excellent communicator.

Fulfilling her Life Goal

One of Jenna’s life goals was to travel the world.  Maybe you read yesterday’s blog post of questions to help you find what is important to you in life:whichWAY-

For a moment, it’s exciting to see where you want to aim…. until you wonder “Where will I find the money to help me reach/train for that?”  Perhaps Jenna’s way of releasing funds is helpful.  It’s certainly working for her.

And what about the world travel?  She has already visited 30 countries – including Iceland, Gautemala, Thailand, Taiwan… and is fulfilling her life’s ambition: to visit all the countries of the world.  Where do you want to go in life?



David Hockney and the Grand Canyon

Happy 80th birthday, today, to David Hockney!

In honour of his day, Louisiana Channel have posted an excellent 15 minute video interview with the artist, talking about his painting “A Closer Grand Canyon”

In the interview, David talks about:

  • how photography tends to push things further away, so although he photographed Grand Canyon, he felt he had to go back to paint it


Iconic Photo: 1957 Milk drop – Harold Edgerton

An engineer who yet had an eye for a beautiful photo – Harold Edgerton pushed the boundaries of super fast photography, so we could see the motions of liquids and other natural things in beautiful, slow motion.

With today’s extremely fast shutter cameras, we can try and set goals of taking photographs in motion – something which happens faster than the human eye can register – because they are compelling, unusual.  They also help us consider that we live in a wondrous environment which is constantly growing, changing, even in the light falling upon it – all of which is part of slowing down and becoming aware of the now and the beauty of natural physical events.

Iconic Photo 1948: Dali, 3 cats, water….

When you’re going to photograph the Surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, you don’t just say “Cheese”.  Phillipe Halsman collaborated for decades with the painter – and his daughter recalls how their most famous collaboration was made:

To get the right mix, there were 26 attempts.  I can’t help wondering whether it was not rather more difficult to capture the cats for take 26 than take number one….

The whole premise of the photo was to shoot everything as in the age of the Atom – in constant suspension and movement.  Perhaps an interesting challenge for photography – a still portrait of movement.


Iconic Photo 1971: Jackie Kennedy Onassis

This unposed street photography picture was taken by paparazzi pioneer, Ron Galella, who stalked Jackie.  In this picture, she seems to be smiling – but all she has heard is a taxi toot its horn, she can’t see if she is being hailed by friend or foe.

This photo raised the stakes in the questions of whether a celebrity has the right to private moments, to not be photographed.