Who Is Link?

Well me. I am. Obviously.

At the time of this writing, I’m 31 years old, living in southern New Hampshire, having moved here 15 months ago with the Free State Project to try to get the government out of people’s ways so they can live their lives and interact with each other voluntarily, working remotely for a cryptocurrency startup in San Francisco.

I like people who think for themselves, Doctor Who, Jesuits, learning new things, disruptive technology, and Orson Scott Card’s fiction. I dislike governments, the idea that positions or traditions deserve respect for no reason beyond their existence, humidity, confined spaces, and people who can’t take a joke.

I’m VERY bad at thinking inside boxes. Often, I can’t even find the box.

But now that I’ve finished sharing my online dating profile, what does being me have to do with building a tiny house?

Freedom and authenticity are my highest personal values, because I think the uniqueness of each human person is the most valuable and interesting thing in the world.

And I hate–fucking HATE–the lies and lives people live that hold them back from living a life that means something and that matters to them and the world.

Building a tiny house, sharing that journey, and helping other people do the same is one of the ways I hope to fight back against that.

Actually, in the long run, there’s a good chance this blog won’t only be about building the tiny house. I don’t really want it to be.

See, the house is called “The Freedom Link,” sure, but I’m also “The Freedom Link.” I’m not only “the Link who’s all about freedom,” but also, “Your link to freedom.” It’s fun having a name that’s a noun (and a verb!).

My goal in my life is to help people find freedom on all fronts, and I’m sharing the process of getting there in the ways I’m pursuing it.

Right now, I’m focused on stabilizing my housing situation in such a way that my overhead gets extremely low. That might be easier for me than most people. Some people actually like stuff. Collectibles and fancy things and having more than one of something makes them happy. OK. Cool. This ultra-minimalism part of my journey and story might not be for them.

But the parts where I’ll talk about saving and investing and finding job freedom? Or cutting out relationships with people who don’t help you grow? Or improving your physical health so that you can accomplish whatever it is you do want more easily? Maybe those are right up their alleys.

I think the key to freedom is ruthlessly cutting out things from your life that aren’t important to you so that you can focus all your attention, effort, and passion, on the things that make you come alive.

Another example: Some people love traveling. They live for it. They feel their lives would be dramatically worse if they weren’t able to travel the world and explore different cultures and places.

I can’t stand traveling. I feel like a spectator rather than an agent, an observer rather than a part of something. So while some people invest lots of time and energy into travel hacking to make sure they can afford to travel as much as they want, I come up with excuses not to leave home. I don’t think any less of people who love traveling; I just don’t spend as much time with them.

I’m going to be sharing the things I do that free me, that make me come alive, that allow me to thrive. Right now, that’s starting with building a very small house. Take from them what suits you, what you think will help improve your life. Ignore everything else completely. If you see something you think I could improve, please let me know! Would love to be in touch with you.