Sometimes I forget to let the people around me know how much they mean to me. Do you recognise that? I take them for granted, which is not a good thing. Since I started this adventure, I have met so many new people – fantastic, open, friendly and generous folks – it sometimes felt like a warm bath. So, thank you to all the lovely people I have met this year, and thank you for letting me be a part of your life! And thank you to dear friends and family, who have provided the solid foundation needed in life. A special thank you goes out to these heroes:
Lena, Laurens and Vincent
My design dream team, I am so happy with you! You are all so busy with your studies and setting up an architecture firm and still you find the time to design my home. I have enormous respect for your vision, drive and motivation and have gained more trust in a sustainable future for humanity because of your passion for sustainable solutions!
My lovely friend, supporter through thick and thin, and PR and marketing advisor. Love you!! You are always interested in my plans, help me through dips with positive and practical advice and create the most beautiful posters for me. Thank you so much my dear; I really appreciate our friendship!
You were one of the first people to approach me, I remember, from ‘the media’ ;). I was allowed to participate in your documentary ‘A Small Change’ which I really enjoyed, and you really did a great job! My first experience on camera was a piece of cake because you are so relaxed and down-to-earth. You are such a great person to work with in Tiny House Netherland and I really appreciate your sense of humour. Thank you Koen!
I am so happy that you are building my house, Dimka! You are just as big a fan of Tiny Houses as I am and have dived straight in from designing a special Tiny House trailer together with Bernie, to researching sustainable materials. I have been in touch with you for some time and really appreciate your sensible approach and sense of humour. It’s a really great feeling to know you can totally rely on someone, and I feel that about you. The building of my house is in good hands. And you have a lovely girlfriend, for which you score bonus points ;)
Monique van Orden
Dearest Monique, I am so happy to have found you! There must have been an angel on my shoulder because I couldn’t have found someone better. We work so incredibly well together, we are so likeminded, and I just enjoy being with you! You also possess so much knowledge about the council, and you have a great network and that makes progress so much faster. Thank you, Monique. I can’t wait for us to be neighbours!
Bernie, I have to list you here! You and Maria are such caring, warm people and my feeling is that we immediately clicked; although I think that you guys click with everyone, haha! You have put a lot of time into developing the trailer, for which I am so grateful. I have deep respect for your drive and technical insight. You are a go-getter and someone who sees possibilities. How wonderful that you founded Tiny House Europe, and best of luck with starting up your own Tiny House company.
The difficulty with this kind of message is that I may overlook someone who very much deserves to be mentioned as well. I can’t possibly list everyone separately, and I hope no one is insulted.
Finally, I would like to thank you, dear reader! I started writing this blog as a kind of diary just for myself, and a bit for others who have similar dreams to me. I never thought there would be so much interest, how wonderful! I really hope my writing is useful, puts a smile on your face or makes you ponder. I am not nearly finished yet with writing; my adventure has just started. I hope you stay with me on the road to realising my Tiny House, and that later I can share my adventures of living in one with you!