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Alternative Living Does It Work?

Written by: Maxine K. Brown, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


In March 2022, we eventually moved on to our new tiny home. We had been planning this for 2 1/2 years. Our dream was becoming a reality. We were moving onto our bespoke narrowboat named Never Two Late. We had drawn the plans and designed every inch of her to ensure she was perfect for our new life.

Boat house on the lake and forest in the backgound.

We had given away or sold all our furniture, cleared out all our cupboards, attended many car boot sales, and dropped off lots of bags at the charity shops because we would not have space or need so many of our accumulated possessions. We had hoarded over the years of being together. It's incredible how much stuff you think you need you don’t really.

Photographs and pictures had very sentimental value to me, so we took photos on our phones of special photographs and unframed our pictures so that they could be kept easily under friends' or relatives' beds just in case we ever wanted them again.

Why do you say am I telling you all this? I'm not bragging, as that’s not my nature. I am trying to explain that life is too short to stay somewhere you are not enjoying being in a relationship, a job, or a home. Also, you don’t need all the materialistic things we tend to buy and crave.

I still work, I write children's books, I practise hypnotherapy, and also, I help people through my life coaching practice, MKB Life Coach. Plus, my latest indulgence is chatting with fellow alternative living people on a podcast called “Alternative living chat.” Today's technology allows me to do all this whilst aboard the narrowboat. We moved around the waterways, saw the beautiful English countryside and met wonderful people.

What I am telling you is that you have one life, don’t waste it; make sure every minute of every day is filled with joy and makes you feel happy. Remember, if YOU don’t feel happy yourself, you cannot expect to make others around you feel happy. Spending time to make yourself HAPPY will enhance all your relationships around you, and you will be able to cope with situations so much better. You really don’t need to have loads and loads of possessions. Try having a clear-out and see how great you feel.

Follow our journey on our YouTube channel, Never Two Late Our Journey.

If you have young children, check out The adventures of Mexi the boat dog

Love listening to podcasts check out Alternative Living Chat

Follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn, and visit my website for more info!


Maxine K. Brown, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Maxine has for many years been completing different coaching and counselling courses to enable her to help people that are going through challenging times. She specialises in grief and bereavement support. She started MKB Life Coach to give affordable support to others.

She has personally been through loss, a marriage breakup, and complicated times throughout her life, so she can relate to you even though no person’s situation is the same.

She aims to assist people in enabling them to continue with their lives and feel happy and content when they have struggled through life-changing periods of their lives.

Her values are to be supportive, empathetic, and affordable always, and she wants everyone to feel safe when they are either in a one to one or group session with her.

Recently she has published a self-help book, “31 Days Life Changing Journal”, which is aimed at helping people change their mindset and start to become positive after going through a traumatic time.

Maxine believes it is essential that you feel at ease with her when you are working together, so with this in mind, she offers everyone a free hour meeting.



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