Our Featured Hustler of the week is Marnie Prowse from Tiny Haus. She is a slow life activist, earth lover, wannabe horticulturist and a curator of precisely what we need and no more.
Tiny Haus is for the conscious minded. Comprising; design, style, self-care, sustainability and simple living – through one-on-one coaching and inspired content. Tiny Haus Lifestyle evolved through Marnie’s personal lifestyle changes.
We are super excited to feature Marnie this week, there is so much we can take away from her mentality of needing less and living more.
Where are you right now?
Sitting in my home at my desk that is also my dining table, kids homework desk and art & craft studio.
Tea or coffee?
My one and only herbal tea.
Tell us a bit about what you do at Lady Kate Knitwear?
Our Tiny Haus and the lifestyle that goes with it is a constant source of inspiration in my work helping others simplify; navigating from chaotic and busy to calm and balanced. You’ll find me in my clients’ homes decluttering and organising, coaching. Or hand me a microphone, pen and paper. I love to spread the simple lifestyle message.
Why do you do what you do?
Rewind the clock to 2014, and you’d see me habitually busy – a perfectionist, a consumerist, a people pleaser and an accumulator of things.
It looked like I had it all: the career, the car, the house, the holidays.
When you looked a little closer, though, it was a life spent living up to the Joneses – superficial, and with only small pockets of joy. It took a health scare to put things into perspective.
After realising that happiness wasn’t in the so-called Australian dream, we simplified our life. We started by living with fewer belongings and from there took a simpler approach all around. We realised we were in control of our happiness. Fast forward to today, we’re in a 32 sqm tiny house, living with less yet living a life of more.
Out of these lifestyle changes evolved Tiny Haus Lifestyle, my mission-based business that empowers others to simplify, so they can live a life of true happiness.
What rituals do you have in place to help you get the most out of your day?
My morning usually starts at 5 am with lemon water, herbs then my meditation practice. I tidy and fold the washing. Right before my girls wake, into the shower, ending on cold, focusing on my breath. Then the girls are up and in between getting ready for the day we play, read books or cuddle watching toons.
How do you get into flow?
First nature; normally a mountain bike ride or a run. Phone on silent and on charge in another room. Background music. And, lastly pulling out my sketch pad, textas and mindmapping – I love a colourful mind map.
What is your favourite thing about running your business?
My business is aligned to my values. I want to protect our mother earth and the people on it. I support organisations within the 1% For The Planet community working on the frontline to save our planet. When I’m in people’s homes helping them declutter; rather than trashing their unwanted stuff – deciding to remove consciously through donations and recycling programs. And I’m speaking with clients to assess every purchase considering where the item will go at the end of its life.
What book, podcast & song are you jamming to at the moment?
Book: Untamed, Glennon Doyle
Podcast: I’m binging The Goop Podcast
Song: We recently celebrated our 10-year wedding anniversary so listening back to the music from our wedding day Even When I’m Sleeping, Leonardo’s Bride, You’ve Got the Love, Florence + The Machine and Wedding Song, Angus & Julia Stone
If you could have dinner with 3 people (dead or alive), who would they be & why?
Nelson Mandela for staying true to your cause through adversity.
Beyonce for confidence + creativity.
Gwynneth Paltrow for thriving in business when it’s not your thing.
What has been your biggest takeaway from High End Hustlers so far?
Recognising my self-limiting beliefs and overcoming these.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Writing my second book.
Best piece of business advice you have been given?
Don’t hate your mistakes.
Want to connect with Marnie & keep the conversation going?