My name is Mel and I am a little bit of everything. First and foremost, I am a teacher. I enjoy my job for so many reasons. I love the intellectual challenge of empowering students through finding what makes them successful. Teaching is a creative outlet for me because I dig being authentic and original. It’s like, my classroom is the perfect platform for improvisation. I am inspired by thinking outside of the box. But, mostly, I love my students. My students drive a lot of who I am. I care for them more than I can put into words right now. So much of what I do is for these incredible children that I get to call my own for a year. Their dramas and innocent humor makes for the best stories!

And so, secondly, I am a story teller. I enjoy making people laugh. From the earliest age, I have always been compelled to entertain (sometimes cute, sometimes obnoxious). As I’ve gotten older, I find myself most at peace when I am sharing my stories with, well, anyone who will listen! I enjoy telling stories aloud, but I have also always loved to write.¬†That’s where this blog comes in. I want to write! Specifically, I want to write¬†about the things I love to do the most.

Which brings me to my third identity: a foodie. I am an amateur, no doubt, but cooking is my favorite thing. It’s my zen, my happy place. Which makes sense, considering my family spent the majority of our time in the kitchen. My parents are both incredible cooks, and we ate home cooked meals every night. As my younger sister and I grew older, we became more involved with preparing meals. Some of my fondest memories are of us all in the kitchen, our favorite music playing, making homemade pizza. The kitchen I grew up in is big and spacious; so much room for activities! Since living on my own in my 500 square feet house, I have developed my own style of cooking. It’s different in a cramped kitchen. But I make it work.

I think It is also worth mentioning that I have had a very difficult relationship with food. Dealing with serious body image issues and an eating disorder, I have had to rethink how I view food. I have committed to cooking healthy so that I can feel good about what I put into my body. I like to prepare meals that are delicious, but also healthy. I’m big on non-processed foods, veggies, lean meats, sauces and…cheese (I’m working on that last one). It is possible to cook amazing, healthy food on a busy schedule and in a tiny space!

I also feel that I live a pretty wonderful life, and I am so fortunate for that. Living in the beautiful Hill Country region of Texas, there are endless things to explore, without even leaving my zipcode. However, I do love to travel and try new things. I have student taught in Cork, Ireland. I’ve wandered about Eastern Europe with a best friend. I’ve sat in hot springs off the coast of an island in Southern Italy. But my favorite journey, so far, has been building my life here. Making Roma’s house my home and figuring out how to make a small space work has been exciting and rewarding.

My hope is to write about my tiny lifestyle through sharing recipes, adventures, and ideas for creating the perfect space because everyone deserves their own version of Roma’s house.