Tiny House Off-Grid Living

by Helena Mattsson

Do you dream that you can change the world by changing yourself? I am convinced that this is the case. I think that by changing myself, I automatically changed the people I meet in my life. It is impossible not to affect another human being so why not live your life as the change that you want to see in others. By living your life the way you think is good for you and your environment, you are kind to yourself and others. All change starts with one thought and one act of a man.

So do you want to be the change that you want to see in others? 
My change is that I built myself a Tiny house and changed lifestyle. I give with joy my thoughts to you so that you and other people can enjoy them and do the change you want in your life. It may be everything from starting composting to actually carve out a life in which freedom to control your life completely is possible. The rat race is a lifestyle that most people are born into and it looks like a natural part of life but it is not. It may seem impossible to get out of this rat race and shape it in the way that you think it should be. But guess what? It is possible with a little craving you can get out of it.

I think that the fear of change is the biggest reason why people don’t take the necessary steps. They are so afraid of the change and that it will become a failure. A failure is the second reason that people cease from making the necessary changes. I just want to say to you who have that fear. There are no failures! The only failure is not to try.

Failure is one step closer to success. You have tried one way an option and it turned out that it was not the right way. That’s all there is! No failure, only one finding a conclusion that the path you took was not the right way to achieve the target you wanted to achieve. The advantage is that you can now rule out that particular method and try another. You are now one step closer to see more clearly what sort of changes that are necessary to achieve your change in the best way. All who have succeeded with their changes have encountered obstacles in their way but they have been able to see it for what it is. It is one step closer to your goals.

The third reason why you fail to get out of the rat race is the fear of how other fellows will look at you and how you can defend what you believe. To overcome this obstacle, you have to see that life is short and this is your life to live as you want and feel is right for you. Here is the fear of failure great because if you defend a lifestyle that is odd or strange it may seem like a loss of reputation if your path doesn’t look good right away in others opinion. Remember that the only thing that an old man regrets is not what they did do, but what they wanted to do but did not.

On my deathbed, I would like to say to those who stand at my side that I am satisfied with life and that I have done what I wanted and failed a lot. By that I mean that because I failed a lot, I have tried new things, learned a lot, and exposed me to things, made changes in myself and the world I live in. It shows that I have done a lot of things in life. I have lived my life and not yours. I have followed my heart and not yours. It is my life to do what I want to do with it.

My advice to you is to face your fears. They are just thoughts and it is seldom that they turn out to be as scary as you think they are. You can take a small step and see how it feels and then a short step again until you dare to take bigger steps. With time you will take the big leap and the life you desire is within reach. Do not forget to enjoy the journey it is not only the goal that is important. The journey is as important as the goal if not even more important. Live in the moment and enjoy. Believe that you are put on earth to do miracles. 
I have changed my life and in doing so changed the lives of others by being the change I want to see in others. Life is a journey of learning so do a lot of learning by doing a lot of mistakes. Live your life the fullest!

I have not just built me ​​a house on wheels; I have freed myself from the rat race and the limitations within it. I am now free to do whatever I want with my life.
The benefits of my house on wheels are that it makes it possible for me to do what I want. I can do what I want because of:

• I have very low expenses

• I have very little stuff

• I do not need to clean a lot

• I have built the house myself so I know I can fix it myself if something breaks

• I have time, lots of time, to do what I want
• Small surface makes me do more things outside the home

• I am self-sufficient in electricity and water

• I can move whenever I want and never have to change accommodation.
• I have more choice.
• I do something good for the environment

These are just some of the advantages that make my life what I want it to be. 
How do you want your life to be? 
Be the change you want to see in others.

You can learn more about Helena by visiting and following her blog at off-grid.se (linked to the translated version from Swedish to English).

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10 Comments → “Tiny House Off-Grid Living”

  1. Cathy j

    Jun 14, 2012


    You have the right attitude and I cannot agree with you more! Your house is sweet and I wish you the best living your life on your terms!



  2. Keith Levy

    Jun 15, 2012

    Congratulations. I’m agreeing with everything you are saying and doing…


  3. Donna Bunce

    Jun 15, 2012

    All I can say is thank you!!! If I had a printer I’d take a copy and tape it up to the mirror! How marvelous your attitude is!!! Thank You!!!


  4. Amy Turnbull

    Jun 15, 2012

    Thanks for link but it’s in Dutch!


  5. Tracy

    Jun 16, 2012

    Wow! your words, actions, and Heart are obviously in alignment, and this is to be commended! this post beautifully describes how by living our own truth despite what is going on in mainstream consensus reality inherently makes the world a better place. Living by example- I agree- Inspiring! I’ll take adventure over fear any day. Thank you so much for this reminder of why I’m making lighter footprints on my Path.


  6. Veronica Orme

    Jun 17, 2012

    Hi love this concept especially for a single lady of 65 – lots of my friends are also talking about this but we live in South Africa. Do you have an agent here?
    Look forward to your response
    Kind regards
    Veronica Orme


  7. Seth Phillips

    Jun 17, 2012

    Very nice. Great comments. But for a large family, living in a little house like yours would not be the happiest possible, although the keep it simple principal could still be applied. But my point is this, what is happy for others may not be the same for everyone, yet the goal can be the same – to be trying… to do what truly seems like it would be the best, to do the thing that a person can wish to do, because they rightly believe in it more than anything else. I believe that if people actually tried to seriously do what they determine is right with their own ability to do so, instead of ruling themselves out and trusting others, they would be much happier, and they would be doing what they believe in, and learning what is right finally, instead of missing out on everything that they wish they had the courage to do, or what they think they can’t.


  8. Janet

    Jun 17, 2012

    Good for you!!!!


  9. Anthony

    Jan 06, 2013

    As my email implies i am short! A Tiny house would soot me just fine. I picked up the interest of a small home when i moved into my rv travel trailer. Due to life changing circumstances, money saving became the priority! After three months in the rv things began to pick up financially, but i was saving so much money i was hooked into my living space. Now i am looking to step up and build a tiny house, and continue living off the grid! I am in the process of learning and seeking friendship, mentorship, advice from anyone in this life style. I would be whiling to help for free for an opportunity to help you build a tiny house as it would give me a chance to learn more. Anyone know of seminars, books, or other off grid info i would be happy if you could pass it my way. Thanks


  10. MICHAEL R.

    Jan 08, 2013

    The showing of your pictures, #6 the herb garden, that is very cute, I have never seen anything like that before…Also enjoyed reading your story…thanks..


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