Jess and Tim are two, forward-thinking millennials who push the boundaries of what they grew up thinking their life was going to be like. “Because that’s the way it’s always been done” or “Because that’s what everyone else does” are never, ever, answers they accept to questions they have. They believe in the good-hearted nature of people around the world and love to travel as much as possible to witness it in every way possible. Instead of buying into the typical 9 – 5, Monday to Friday, pay your bills and save for retirement mindset, Jess and Tim decided that building a tiny house could allow them to travel while they’re young, and subsequently afford to work when, and where, they most wanted. They are budding entrepreneurs, and want to create their own niche whereby they can contribute to their local economy in a meaningful and fulfilling way.
This energetic couple is from Newfoundland – an island in the North Atlantic region of Canada, known for the resourcefulness and kindness of its people. It’s a place that has historically relied on the fishery, kitchen gardens, root cellars, and the strong will of families and communities to survive in such a harsh environment. In the early 2000s, Newfoundland’s economic focus switched to oil, bringing in a flurry of development and wealth. Unfortunately, the old way of life on the island and its connection to re-purposing, waste reduction, and experiential-based joys, slowly started to slip away and was being replaced. Over the past couple of years, Jess and Tim have noticed the stirrings of a resurgence in the air, and they feel that their tiny house fits in with a second wave of traditional Newfoundland culture in so many ways. Some of their biggest supporters are of the 60+ variety, as these people have a first hand understanding that happiness and success are not connected to the size of your house.
Jess earned her B.Sc. in geology from Dalhousie University, and after various summer jobs involving habitat research and preservation, she ended up working as a geo-environmental scientist for an engineering company. Sustainability and environmental conservation are high priorities for her, both professionally and personally. After an industry slow down and the resulting closure of her department, she decided it was time to pursue a dream of hers to teach English as a second language abroad. She’s very detail-oriented, feels a strong need to clearly understand the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of things she’s doing, and is most comfortable when she knows things are being done correctly the first time ’round. Jess can be rather serious, and probably needs to chillax sometimes; but her passion and determination are useful tools when it comes to achieving goals. She loves spending time outdoors, particularly camping and hiking, and has always had a connection to sports and athletics.
Tim earned his Journeyman / Red Seal in welding after completing a 4 year apprenticeship program in Newfoundland. He has worked in many areas of his industry including structural repair, fabrication, and interdisciplinary collaboration with other skilled trades. He is a born leader, with enough patience and logic for two people. Tim highly values minimalism and is very self-disciplined when it comes to his personal consumption of products and services. He is a handy guy who will take on just about anything, given enough time and the tools to figure it out. This is partially a product of his up-bringing in a small, isolated community called South East Bight, where residents must rely on themselves, their friends, and their family in order to get things done. Tim is very much a realist, which can make it tough sometimes when there are emotions to be dealt with; but this perspective provides groundedness and structure for those closest to him. Tim is a self-taught guitarist, and loves all things metal.