Alysha St. Germain lost her husband to cancer at the age of 32. It was a sudden change that restructured her life in "a matter of minutes." She was left with two small children and no idea what to do next.
So, this newly single mother from Red Bluff, Calif. set out to live in a tiny house and make the most of the present moment with her children.
Respectful Revolution captured her story and notes that she hired architect Todd Miller to build her home. It's a standard tiny house built on a trailer so she can take it anywhere she wants.
There are plenty of large windows to let light in. Wood ceilings and floors are visible throughout the space to give it a cabin-like feeling.
She also has a bright kitchen for cooking and sharing meals with her two children.
The tiny house not only gives her peace of mind in owning her own home and keeping things simple. She says it also helps her family focus on being together.
St. Germain says, "It's given us the opportunity to focus less on... maintenance of a home. And more time to do things that are important to us as far as spending time together, spending time with family and friends, and really focusing on relationships."
Even her mother says she is envious of the smaller amount of housework St. Germain has on her plate each day. She's also happy her daughter doesn't have a mortgage hanging over her head.
On top of it all St. Germain notes that her lifestyle has helped her children bond and it has less of an impact on the planet. This mom has persevered with dignity and grace through some of the toughest trials imaginable.
See her gorgeous, inspiring tiny house story in Respectful Revolution's video below: