Dee Williams life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved.
Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot house on her own, from the ground up was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. It's left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a moments notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch.
The lessons Williams learned from her aha moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Dee's story is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.