Follow Your Heart

Elizabeth from England who now lives in the Spanish countryside builds a dreamy, bohemian home all by herself, having had no previous experience in building or architecture. They say that when you make a decision to follow your dream, your calling, your true path, the universe conspires to make it happen. After being given an old van base by a stranger, Elizabeth knew it was time to begin building her dream.

IMG_6289cThe wooden, sustainable house on wheels is off grid and is equipped with everything she needs to live a beautiful life. This free spirit’s 5m by 2.20m tiny home includes a full size shower and composting toilet, a rustic kitchen with a gas oven and hob, a double bedroom situated on a mezzanine level and a sofa with storage that pulls out into a day bed on the ground floor. The exterior includes a yoga terrace, overlooking the mountains, that runs the entire length of the side of the house. The terrace folds up on hinges for transportation or can be hooked off completely. There is a small front terrace with steps up to the stable door and a covered and shaded back terrace for alfresco dining.

“To learn how to build a movable house from nothing, with a very small budget and no previous experience was so much harder than I thought both mentally and physically,” Elizabeth states. There were so many times when she wanted to give up! She says she battled difficulties, opposition, discouragement, loneliness and pure fatigue but is so happy she made it! For the first time in her life she owns her very own home. She never thought she would be able to say that at 33 years old. The house is kind to the environment, low cost to run and created mostly from second hand, recycled, found or made objects and is more beautiful than she could have dared to imagine.

IMG_6328Elizabeth says, “I want to encourage you whatever you are facing, however hard it seems, however crazy people think you are…you are stronger, braver and more courageous than you realise and if you have hope, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. It is okay to follow your heart and not the way of the world. Life is short, don’t be afraid to be you.”

Elizabeth documented her journey from day 1 with a photo diary which is published on Instagram daily. Follow the story: @edenwhispers

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