Carmen Shenk

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I'm Carmen Shenk, and I am an artist, entrepreneur, and communicator with a passion for faith, art, wellness, and tiny houses!  I'm transforming my small house (660 sq ft) into a home using what I learned from living in a tiny house (125 sq ft) since 2014 - and I'm showing each step of how I do it on YouTube!  Plus, I'm talking about the things that matter to me on my new podcast that will be released April 2019.

FIRST, A LITTLE ABOUT US:
My husband and I were both married for 20 years to people who didn't like us.  So when we found each other in our 40's, we knew we were experiencing a rare and wonderful miracle.  We were living our dream, we owned an amazing restaurant, and he was busy with his business (he's a pipe organ builder) and I was busy running the restaurant and hosting dinner concerts. 

The only problem was, we weren't getting to see each other and since it took us so long to find each other - we couldn't handle not being together!  He was traveling and attending to instruments all over, and I was working the long hard hours of restaurant ownership and it wasn't working.  We'd found each other late in life and here we were working crazy hours and we didn't get to see each other very much and it sucked!  So we had our "come to Jesus" conversation, and put our 3,000 sq ft restaurant on the market.  It sold quickly and we purchased a tiny house of 125 square feet and moved right in. 

It was lovely to live in a tiny house... at the beginning.  It was cute and cozy and mortgage free.  It was the fall of 2014, and by November of that year the cuteness had worn off and I was starting to get frustrated.  For a while we ate out a lot, then we realized that wasn't working so I started learning how to cook all over again.  The things we learned in those years as we took our great big life and crammed it into the tiniest of tiny houses would become my first book, Kitchen Simplicity.  It's partly practical and partly philosophical... but at the heart of my first book is the idea that Purposeful Simplicity can (and does) change everything.  And to that end, I've been writing, speaking and working to get my message out there.

I've been traveling and speaking at Tiny House festivals and meeting the most amazing people and having a fantastic time!  Living simply has unexpectedly made room for some amazing dreams for us, which was completely unexpected but absolutely wonderful!  So here I am, a published author (a dream come true) and I'm loving it.  This is my journey from materialism to minimalism to simplicity.  We love the tiny house movement, but a tiny house doesn't have the power to change your life.  On the other hand, simplicity does.  And that's the heart of my message. 

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
You have my  appreciation for your support. 
Believe me, the little Mennonite girl in me thinks it's amazing that I am both seen and heard.  I will never take that for granted.

EARLY: You can enjoy commercial free videos ahead of release.
  And when possible, I'll even share them with you when they are made - which may be well ahead of when they are released.

EXTRA: At the higher level you'll get a monthly Patreon-exclusive goodie such as a downloadable checklist or recipe, plus you'll get a free eBook copy of every book I put out during the course of your membership (which will be roughly one book a year). 

***Please note that the tiers of membership changed slightly from when the video was made.  This written version overrides the video version.

JOIN MY PATREON COMMUNITY TODAY.

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Early
$1 or more per month

Lend your support to the "Faith, Art & Tiny Houses" YouTube Vlog and iTunes Podcast and get content early.

Extra
$3 or more per month

Exclusive Patreon-Only PDF downloadable lists, recipes and other goodies created to help you.  PLUS, a free eBook copy of every book I put out during your membership in this community.

I'm Carmen Shenk, and I am an artist, entrepreneur, and communicator with a passion for faith, art, wellness, and tiny houses!  I'm transforming my small house (660 sq ft) into a home using what I learned from living in a tiny house (125 sq ft) since 2014 - and I'm showing each step of how I do it on YouTube!  Plus, I'm talking about the things that matter to me on my new podcast that will be released April 2019.

FIRST, A LITTLE ABOUT US:
My husband and I were both married for 20 years to people who didn't like us.  So when we found each other in our 40's, we knew we were experiencing a rare and wonderful miracle.  We were living our dream, we owned an amazing restaurant, and he was busy with his business (he's a pipe organ builder) and I was busy running the restaurant and hosting dinner concerts. 

The only problem was, we weren't getting to see each other and since it took us so long to find each other - we couldn't handle not being together!  He was traveling and attending to instruments all over, and I was working the long hard hours of restaurant ownership and it wasn't working.  We'd found each other late in life and here we were working crazy hours and we didn't get to see each other very much and it sucked!  So we had our "come to Jesus" conversation, and put our 3,000 sq ft restaurant on the market.  It sold quickly and we purchased a tiny house of 125 square feet and moved right in. 

It was lovely to live in a tiny house... at the beginning.  It was cute and cozy and mortgage free.  It was the fall of 2014, and by November of that year the cuteness had worn off and I was starting to get frustrated.  For a while we ate out a lot, then we realized that wasn't working so I started learning how to cook all over again.  The things we learned in those years as we took our great big life and crammed it into the tiniest of tiny houses would become my first book, Kitchen Simplicity.  It's partly practical and partly philosophical... but at the heart of my first book is the idea that Purposeful Simplicity can (and does) change everything.  And to that end, I've been writing, speaking and working to get my message out there.

I've been traveling and speaking at Tiny House festivals and meeting the most amazing people and having a fantastic time!  Living simply has unexpectedly made room for some amazing dreams for us, which was completely unexpected but absolutely wonderful!  So here I am, a published author (a dream come true) and I'm loving it.  This is my journey from materialism to minimalism to simplicity.  We love the tiny house movement, but a tiny house doesn't have the power to change your life.  On the other hand, simplicity does.  And that's the heart of my message. 

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:
You have my  appreciation for your support. 
Believe me, the little Mennonite girl in me thinks it's amazing that I am both seen and heard.  I will never take that for granted.

EARLY: You can enjoy commercial free videos ahead of release.
  And when possible, I'll even share them with you when they are made - which may be well ahead of when they are released.

EXTRA: At the higher level you'll get a monthly Patreon-exclusive goodie such as a downloadable checklist or recipe, plus you'll get a free eBook copy of every book I put out during the course of your membership (which will be roughly one book a year). 

***Please note that the tiers of membership changed slightly from when the video was made.  This written version overrides the video version.

JOIN MY PATREON COMMUNITY TODAY.

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Tiers
Early
$1 or more per month

Lend your support to the "Faith, Art & Tiny Houses" YouTube Vlog and iTunes Podcast and get content early.

Extra
$3 or more per month

Exclusive Patreon-Only PDF downloadable lists, recipes and other goodies created to help you.  PLUS, a free eBook copy of every book I put out during your membership in this community.