Donna Gould, Owner of Village Voices in the Village of the Arts and Owner at Author (click on any of these titles to link you to more info on Donna's many enterprises ) interviewed me as a former member and resident of the Village of the Arts, with my Body and Soul Wellness Center, contributing the Healing Arts to the Village. She wanted to share my story of how I overcame the loss of my home, business and income, to foreclosure, to go on to reinvent my life, first, through the discovery of Tiny Houses on Wheels. I could travel, see grandchildren and have adventures, and always be home in a "Sanctuary" that I designed and built myself, with my handyman and help from friends. Then the disaster when the building was delayed and I was to be evicted, and homeless, with only the framework of a house on a trailer bed completed. Through the intervention of strangers-- friends of a friend, I was taken in, sheltered and given a place to complete the building of my home. As the founder of 'Authors helping Authors' in Florida, she was interested in the evolution of my "retirement plan" to include the promotion of the many "Alternatives" to people that the Tiny House movement offered for Designing your own Mortgage Free Home and Life-Style, which resulted in my blog and intentions to write a book. But before I could get a start on the book, my posting of how Tiny Homes were providing shelter and future for the Homeless, propelled me into a whole other direction for my life's path of Service. I now was developing a comprehensive plan to "Repurpose" the Homeless, working WITH them, and their towns, to recreate their lives and end up with a blossom of benefits to both. "Repurposing" is a term that is very familiar with artists, but not the general public, and it refers to when the artist takes something that is cast off as no longer being useful and creating something new from it, often a beautiful piece of art. With the huge response to my program, I am, now, creating my new non-profit, Bay to Bay Services.org. As I travel Coast to Coast (from Tampa Bay to San Francisco Bay) I will provide my plan to "Heal Homelessness" along with other services to "Grow Community." TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW, at 2:00pm TODAY, CLICK HERE to go to Radio Ear Network. If you miss the interview live, CLICK HERE to go to Donna's Culture Coast Facebook site for a written summary of, and link to, the recorded interview.
I had my phone "Pre-interview" with co-founders of Tiny House Dating, Erica and Kai, and we had a very lively conversation. Apparently the plan is, CNN wants to video interview 2 new members of the site, a man and a woman, IN their home, regardless of location. A man they just interviewed lives in a remote area of the Rockies...I guess CNN will go where the most compelling stories are. So, it seems I made the cut, for many of my views on my approach to life, thriving, and dating, resonated with them. They may have me as a "third party" interviewee because of the unique perspective they felt I gave on my motivations and experiences as a retiree. I should be hearing from CNN, soon for Their telephone "pre-interview" before investing in the trip to my home to videotape me from my Tiny House.
I have, as have been all new members of this site, been invited to submit my reason for wanting an interview with CNN re: why I have enrolled in this dating site.
This is my response:
Yes! I'd love to be considered for the Tiny House Dating CNN interview, because: …
I have been single for years, but dated, happily in the hope of finding my last soulmate. Then, I was suddenly homeless and retired after loosing both my home & establishment to foreclosure. There had only been enough time to begin building my Tiny House on Wheels, my “Gypsy Island Sanctuary,” in pursuit of my vision; an elegant life on the road, spending time with grand-children, adventures and community service. Since my last soulmate had, thus far, alluded me, I learned to not make my dreams contingent upon him. So I did not give up. Some friends of a friend offered me a safe-haven, and a place to finish building my marvelous “split level, cathedral ceiling” Tiny House to be. I have been building it on my social security income for 3 years and living in it for 2 of those.
Since adding my Tiny House Travel Plans to my traditional internet dating site, I have gotten some curious responses, but no real contenders. In just the few days that the Tiny House
Just received an email from Sunset Magazine. They're just about a month behind schedule on this public voting thing, and not scamming--that's the good news. The bad news is my Gypsy Island Sanctuary didn't make the cut. I'm a bit disappointed in some choices. They are supposed to be lived in and innovative. Some, like the above are empty, so not very lived in, and one is just a standard Tumbleweed design, not an "innovative design" of their own. But, if you would like to vote for one of the seven finalists in my "dreams on wheels or water" category, CLICK HERE
It was a great honor, and a good beginning to getting my message out there. The host of "Amazing Women of the Suncoast," Linda Carson and her camera man were great fun and gave me full expression. It's too bad that so much had to be edited out, and that so much limited footage was taken up with my standing still, and awkwardly, waiting the signal to open the curtain to my closet, when there were so many compelling shots. One of my favorites was when the camera man climbed the ladder to my bed loft, while Linda got a shot of my handing him, his camera. She was joking about titling it "to what heights for a picture ?" And the shot was looking down on the "great room" from above and panning forward to take in the full length of the "water room" where all kitchen, bathroom and laundry components were built, ending with an inside shot of the 8' stained glass door, at the top of which hung a colorful array of scarves and hats.
Their enthusiasm for my "attitude" and "flexibility" were inspiring to me, also. They liked my philosophy that every time a chapter of your life is ended in loss, it's time to start writing the next chapter, even BETTER, with more blessings coming from your loss. And, if you can keep your eye on your dream and and not get diverted by those who try to discourage you, or challenges that come to test your resolve, you will certainly realize you Dream. Already, new Baha'i Inspired facets of the Diamond of Service have been added to my original vision, of my "Gypsy" life. Many opportunities have been presented and are in process of becoming.
CLICK HERE to watch my video interview broadcast on ABC Channel 7, 6:00 news, on Monday evening March 10.
Also, LOOK FOR my upcoming youtube: "Tiny House Untypical Tour"
THIS MORNING I was visited by Linda Carson, to film and air an interview for the "Amazing Women" segment of ABC Channel 7 News..... Wow! What an honor !
TUNE IN to Suncoast News at about 6:20 EST to view the broadcast. If you miss tonight's airing, you can catch 2 repeat airings at 6:00 am and noon tomorrow.
I was nominated for inclusion in her segment by my friend, Alice Manning. What an AMAZING Honor !! I guess, at this time my Living Large, Tiny Life, Motivations and Choices are not typical, but one day I hope to be just average. I cannot link to my segment, yet, since it hasn't aired, but you are welcome to go to see other spotlights on women of note. in the Suncoast. After 8:00 pm tonight, you will find my interview on this Amazing Women site.
Sunset has invited the public a month to submit applications to "win" a featured spot in various categories of small spaces. My Gypsy Island Sanctuary" would fall into the category of Tiny Homes "On Wheels or Water." I have just entered. The assignment for the Sunset Magazine feature “contest” was as follows: To enter, upload 2-6 photos and a description (100 words or less)--that was amazingly difficult, with all the innovations of my Gypsy. Entries will be judged on quality of photographs; creativity in the use of space; use of language to describe the small space functionality; and appropriateness to award category. They would not accept photos depicting people, so I could not submit the picture of my playing the keyboard in the loft, nor the one of Dora and me sitting at the entrance of the "water room" hall, by the fireplace. Ahh, well. In February, they will be culling down to the top 10 in each category. Sunset will then invite the public to vote on their favorite finalists from March 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014. Votes will account for 49% of the winning criteria; Sunset editors’ votes will account for 51%. Winners will be notified by email and/or telephone beginning April 1, 2014.
Don't have the link, yet for public vote, but I will send that to you, on March first. So, please read my entry, and tell me what you think.
When the economy crashed and Jaclyn was being forced from her home due to foreclosure, she knew she wanted more than just a roof over her head. She wanted to travel, and have adventures, but didn't want to live in an RV. She wanted her home to be soul inspiring and nurturing, but needed to create it on a shoe-string budget. So, with minimal funds and a little help from her friends, she built her tiny traveling sanctuary.
In this blog, you'll find the story of Jaclyn's journey from foreclosure to Living Large, Tiny in her Gypsy Island Sanctuary.
Go here for her story.
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