Tammy Strobel – Rowdy Kittens

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Best Simple Living Blog 2011

Tammy Strobel



What It’s All About

My name is Tammy Strobel and this is my website. I created RowdyKittens in 2007 to improve my writing and to share my story. I post a few articles a week on topics that cover: tiny homes, simple living, mindfulness, entrepreneurship, and more.

I write from my experience and offer options to ponder.  After spending 10 years working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, I learned how important it is to talk about options, rather than telling people what to do, what to think, or judging them for who they are.

As a peer counselor, the empowerment model was the foundation of my training. The approach emphasized survivor empowerment, peer support, and helped women, men, and children learn to focus on problem-solving, one small step at a time.

I think this model can be applied to any type of struggle and it informs my writing. By examining options, it is possible to empower yourself and live a happy and healthy life.

Got five minutes?

Read one of my best posts . . .

  1. Our Downsizing Story
  2. How to Change the World by Rethinking Your Perspective
  3. The Lost Art of Letter Writing
  4. Viva La Tiny Revolution: Why We’re Building a Little House
  5. A Beginner’s Mind: Insights from my Digital Sabbatical 


– Our Tiny House

– The Latest

– My Favs

– Books


| 2011 – USA Today

| 2010 – The Today Show

News & Interviews

| 2011

USA Today – Oregon couple downsizes, lives ultrasimple life

Oregon Live – Living in 400-square-feet in Northwest Portland and looking to downsize

KATU Portland – Living with less stuff: The 100 Thing Challenge

Real Life with Jennifer Till – The 100 Thing Challenge

tranquility du jour – Simplification with Tammy Strobel

Coach Radio – Downsize & Build a Biz

Vanguard – Living a minimalist financial life—and debt-free

| 2010

The New York Times — But Will It Make You Happy?

The Today Show — Can Money Buy Happiness?

ABC News — Challenge: Unclutter Your Life in 33 Items

KNOW — Spending and Happiness

BlogCastFM – Growing a Blog from 500 to 6500 Subscribers in 6 Months



– Check out my ebooks Simply Car-free and Smalltopia.

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