THE DEVINE DIARIES
In August of 2012, I packed up my belongings and moved into my office, subletting my apartment and taking up residence on a slice of floor behind my desk. I haven't signed a traditional lease since.
In the years that followed, I saved over $70,000 in rent--without giving up an otherwise vibrant urban, young professional(ish) existence. The rental market in LA is competitive, inflating prices to a degree that renters get far less than what they pay for. I've lived in my office, my customized truck-home, a converted barn space, and soon a retrofitted wheelchair-accessible porta potty. There isn't an apartment I've seen in LA that offers a better deal than any of the above.
The modern simple living movement is well publicized, but much occurs outside the boundaries of the mainstream. Tiny homeowners moving to rural land. Nomadic #vanlifers traveling cross-country. Artist communities in urban warehouses. Precious few fuse unorthodox housing choices with a common working (wo)man's routine.
The Devine Diaries--my stories and the ones I report on--exist as proof that one can live in an extraordinary way without surrendering the benefits of ordinary existence.
The Devine Diaries is a hub for my work. Links to my written and visual journals can be found throughout the site. I'm currently most active on @devine_diaries Instagram page. A bulk of my initial writing can be found on The Office Hobo site, but my newest reports can be found on the Tiny (Toilet) Home Project site. My passion is documenting my experiences intimately and honestly.
Feel free to contact me there with questions, comments, and/or stories of your own. Thank you for reading!