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Introducing Pepper, Bungalow to Go CEO

on Wed, 07/13/2011 - 20:31

Hi. My name is Paprika, but most of my friends call me Pepper. My earliest memories of learning about the world are colored by grief for the destruction we humans wreak on nature and each other. From the beginning it seems my brain lingered around the biggest questions I could frame, especially those I could apply to both situations in my own daily life and those in the nightly news. How could people be so good and yet behave so badly? Why did we keep making the same mistakes repeatedly? Why did we seem so unhappy and yet feel powerless to improve our lives? Why did so many people who achieved conventional success still suffer so much chaos, addiction, and emotional strife? How can I live in a way that's personally fulfilling and enriching and somehow results in a net benefit to the world?

It's a long road from those questions to where I stand now in my mid-thirties. To borrow a description from the corporate world, my goal these days is a harmonious balance between stakeholders; satisfying myself, supporting my family, and contributing to the greater good of the wider world. Through living in many places and trying a lot of different ways of living and types of work I've concluded that finding the right livelihood from which to support myself and my family is a crucial leap. Aside from the 2% of us at the top of the income charts, and the select few who have succeeded with some variation of Timothy Ferriss's 4-Hour Workweek plan, the rest of us will be working roughly 30% of our lives. Certain folks with a strong sense of purpose wouldn't have it any other way, and work regardless of obstacles, sometimes even in spite of a level of wealth that allows them to slack off. Some ideal keeps them dedicated; it might be devotion to the endless pursuit of wealth, or something else.

For me, what keeps me dedicated and gives me that right livlihood feeling is my internal three part corporate board: personal passion for what I'm doing, the sense that it will provide for my family's needs, and the conviction that it is beneficial to the world at large in some way. I've had each of those needs satisfied by different jobs and careers in my early adulthood, but never encountered one that hit all three points. Now, in starting up a business building and promoting portable wee abodes, I'm exhilarated to report I've finally found an occupation that shows great promise. With time it could pay me a decent salary and still support its own sustainable growth. It will use every bit of skill and knowledge I've acquired (in planning, project management, architecture, drafting, construction, marketing, writing, graphic design, customer service, sales, and landscape design), which I find immensely satisfying. Ultimately it will benefit people and the planet by providing some good jobs, encouraging people to move toward smaller house living, creating the community around smaller house living that will help mainstream it, and working toward legislative changes that will make tiny houses legal again and re-establish our freedom to live in dwellings of an appropriate size. It's a direct hit on my target goal, and every bit of progress fills me with excitement and pride.


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Hi Pepper,

What comes next for you when you sell your tiny Bodega Bay house?  Will you build yourself another one somewhere else, or will you stay in the area?  I live in Jenner and will someday build (or have built for me) a house-on-wheels and I'd love to stay connected with you and your business venture.

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