One of the best things we discovered while researching bus conversions and skoolies was a group on Facebook called Skoolie Nation. The information, support and guidance from this community is so wonderful. Everyone is in a different stage of the process and has a lot to offer. When we posted a picture of when we bought the bus dozens of people liked and commented with their congratulations and support. Whenever I have a question I go there first to get the information I need. Don't worry fellow skoolies, I search before I make a post to make sure it hasn't been answered already.
About a week or so ago someone in Skoolie Nation posted a picture of a flyer that Tiny House Nation, the television show, was casting. The flyer listed an email address and a bunch of information to include if you were interested in being cast for the next season. I sent and email without even discussing it with any other member of my family. I really like the show and would totally love to be on it. I never figured I actually hear from anyone and I definitely didn't think someone from their casting department would email me back less than 40 minutes later asking if they could speak to me on the phone. By the time I got that message the business day was over and I had to wait the weekend to possibly hear from someone. The anticipation was killing me.
All weekend I was dreaming about the opportunity. Most of my sentences started with, "If we get on Tiny House Nation..." I made everyone watch old episodes of the show over the weekend. The idea that being on television could not only give us a huge help on our build, possibly helping to organize us and add more person-power to our current two-person team. It could also really help get the word out about The Nomadic Doula. People would find out about the plans to travel around, chatting with birth workers and helping to spotlight these awesome change-makers and maternity care in the United States. For the first time in a long time I wanted Monday to come so maybe someone would call.
Monday arrived, it was the longest Monday ever. I did the laundry and stayed busy but the phone wasn't ringing. By the time it was time to pick the kids up from school I was feeling super bummed, no one called. Ida and I walked up the street to get the kids and as the crossing guard crossed us my phone rang! It was Emma, the casting associate from Tiny House Nation! She was super nice and wanted to hear about our reasons for going tiny and I told her the whole story. She was super excited and said our story was definitely one they would like to share. There were concerns about our budget and that we didn't have a builder. I told her we weren't against getting a builder but we did have a tight budget and would have to see how we might figure that out. She said that us getting a builder wouldn't definitely get us on the show, but all the builds they show have builders. She said she would send us an application and to email her when I filled it out. She was very positive and excited and thanked me for talking to her and sharing with her. I was pumped to just talk to someone on the phone!
The application was in my inbox by the time the kids and I got home from school with a note to let her know when I submitted it and thanking me again. Before I filled out the application Nick and I talked about the builder situation and our friend Mike popped into our heads. Mike is my former carpentry teacher, a bluegrass band member and all around nice guy. I figured maybe he would know someone who might be interested in this craziness. So I sent him a message on Facebook and he said he might be into doing it himself and we decided to get together to talk more about it all. I sent in my application the next day and sent a email to Emma telling her that it looks like we might have a builder as well. She emailed me back saying that she was going to go over our application with the team and get back to me. Two days later she emailed me again saying that the application process is really long and if the casting supervisors feel like we a re a good fit they will be in touch with us directly. So now we wait.
In the immortal words of Tom Petty, waiting is the hardest part. I know that whatever the universe has in store for us will be great, even if that isn't Tiny House Nation. This entire journey so far has been such a great learning experience. I have discovered new friends, learned an insane amount about bus conversions, connected with awesome people and bonded even more with the truly amazing people in my life who support all of the interesting adventures I get into even if they don't understand. It really is the journey, not the destination that is valuable.
Stay tuned to see if we make it on Tiny House Nation!