Finally at rest…

The Happy, simply home, and I, are now at rest…

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It has felt like a lifetime but this time a month ago we had just bought the boat trailer and decided that we would go ahead with the project after the original location pulled out at the last minute of hosting the Happy, simply home.

what do we do with this...?

what do we do with this…?

Since then we have scratched around for materials, people, places and faced every kind of challenge but as of today the Happy, simply home is now moved and set in place at its new location in Paekakariki!

Final resting place for home and me!

Final resting place for home and me!

It has been a tremendous effort from all involved and we have relied so heavily on luck, commitment, hard work, persistence and finally creativity to get over each and every hurdle (of which there have been so many). Having said how wonderful we are it is only because of community that there is now a self-sufficient and sustainable home built into the slope of the front section on Wellington Rd, Paekakariki.

vol team day 3With out the support of community, sponsors, favours, donations, VOLUNTEERS and anyone or everyone who contributed in some way we would have absolutely nothing. As the proverb goes – ‘it takes a town to build a purple home’ (I think that is it?).


And so from the reality to the inspiration… it is only now that I can fully comprehend the experience and the incredible gathering of ideas, people, skills, learning and sharing. Many lessons learnt, grey hair multiplied and stress at all-time highs but vision realised and now to my expertise, which is to share the learning and model as an education project so others can interact with it, learn from it and take thought and action from it.

I’m totally overjoyed and cant really believe that from today I will live in the dream I have had for a long time, where I can be in my element of simplicity, self-sufficiency and sustainability – being more connected and integrated with community and nature. The best thing is that I will only do it for three weeks and then it is over to anyone who wants a taste of the simple life and experience a small home, solar power, water capture, bio compostable toilet, edible garden and a happy, simply way of life!

Very Happy, finally simply.


Oh to be stress and pressure free and be at rest – time to go for a run!


Happy, simply. quotes – 1 each week for a whole year!

So this post stems from emailing Rochelle who has been helping me with designing the poster and banner for Happy, simply. (very cool poster and banner I must say) and if we want to use the ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ tag line in the banner…

I thought of one or two others that I like or quickly came to mind to replace the one above but then the inspiration hit me and this little flurry of quote came out as I have just been listening to an awesome podcast from the Moneyless Man that I listen to often, and then I watched a doco called Czech Dreams about advertising and consumer culture in the Czech Republic – both very cool and you should check them out!

Moneyless Man – the long interview

Czech Dream you can get from a great resource of documentaries from Thought Maybe –

Anyway check out a few quotes (many) that have me thinking Happy, simply. – a lifestyle model and education project…

– Less is More

– Healthy, happy and with lots of friends

– People over profit and debt free!

– Where just enough is plenty

– The best things in life are not things

– ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ actually I read this in a Chinese fortune cookie!

– Live like the change to want to see

– Is the glass half-full or half-empty? I’d be happy with a glass

– Are you are part of solution or are you a part of the pollution – Michael Franti, Spearhead

– Where people and places make the richest life

– Pure simple living

– Close to 100% pure living

– No additives – no need!

– Needs win over wants

– Where giving needs no receiving as giving alone is receiving enough

– Active citizenship, community participation and interactive living

– Better for you, society, the environment and the future…

– Its not a sacrifice, its enRICHing

– The gift of giving is giving

– Wealthy in friends, experiences and time

– When we get to choose simplicity it is a beautiful thing

– Richer for keeping below the Jones’

– The best storage space is no storage

– The way we were meant to live…?

– Where life is rich and real

– Equality can happen

– Sustainable living as the world designed for us all to fit

– Adapt a part or order the life package

– Personal and interactive with society and nature

– Where we are all just as important and insignificant as one another

– Where the richest thing in life, is life

– Living with a community and nature, not in it

– Where the cost of living is almost priceless (in costs and rewards!)

– Live in wealth of family, friends, community, nature and connection

– Regaining a sense of ‘normal’ from when we were put on this planet

– Live, learn and share

– In a community with a community

– Where caring is sharing and sharing is caring

– Not the mainstream, but why not? or Not mainstream New Zealand, but why not?

– Teach a man to build and he’ll build a happy simple village (or better if teaching a woman)

– Sorry no time for TV, too busy loving living

– Where todos conspirar para inspirar (where all things conspire to inspire in Portuguese)

– Resilience is a joy and path to more

– Live above the line but only just enough

– Live between the lines (of rich and poor)

– Feel connected, purposeful, engaged and simply satisfied

– Where you have more time for life and need less time for debt

– Where you will never want to return to a life of debt

– Have more space to think and enjoy life

– Make dreams come true (the kind you didn’t even know about)

– Where the simple things in life ARE the best

– If we want justice and equality for all

Happy, simply.

Would love to hear more of these… please add more in the comments section if you know more or want to adapt any!

Some are probably a bit too harsh in value judgements but maybe we them sometimes…? There is a list of 52 quotes here so I can add one of these a week in 2013 to give you Happy, simply. reminders if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter as I am not sure how I can avoid our social media dictators to do this… maybe print (recycled, reused one sided paper!) and cut them up and pin one up each week in your 10 square meter house somewhere… just thinking.

Also I wonder if there is a better picture to accompany this or using a variety of pictures…

I know I use this photo a lot but it does represent so much I love in the world. Nature and the basics. Put a community around it and its perfect (to me).