I am a single 37-year-old female living in Maine. I recently lived in Massachusetts, working from home as a medical transcriptionist. I loved the area, 15 mins from the ocean and close to family. What I didn’t love was living in an apartment with paper-thin walls. In 2012, I began struggling to stay awake during the day and saw several specialists for it. With prescription stimulants and frequent naps, I was still fighting sleep and my work production declined. In 2013, I stumbled upon the tiny house movement and initially thought it was a cute novelty. Then, as my neighbors got louder and I started losing money at work, it became an attractive option. I found a trailer on Craigslist and moved back in with my parents to save money for the build. That year I also decided to go back to school for medical coding because, obviously, I didn’t have enough on my plate… The sleepiness continued to worsen and eventually I had to resign from my job.
I have been diagnosed with 5 sleep disorders (still whittling them down). Luckily, I have been put on a med that helps considerably and I have been able to continue with school. So, with a small inheritance from my grandmother and a Home Depot Project Loan, I have decided to push forward with the tiny house dream. I should be finished with school this fall and hope to find a job soon after. I still have bad days but I’ve set up a good routine that’s flexible and I can work around them.
On a more personal note, I am an avid crafter (sewing and knitting). I enjoy playing guitar, building computers, and reading. I have had pet bunnies and hope to have another in the future. …bunny or child, whichever comes first… though a bunny seems like better odds at this point. I value God and family above all.