Hi! My name is Tanya, and I’m the resident “Goat Lady”/Proprietor at The Little Goat House/The Little Goat Outpost.
“The Little Goat House” came about as the culmination of many years of hopes, dreams, frustrations, despair, lessons, and growth. Originally a physical place, The Little Goat House now serves as the brand umbrella for all of my self-directed creative work.
The purchase of the original “urban homestead” site of The Little Goat House in Spokane, Washington, was motivated by the desire to develop a sanctuary for myself within the bounds time and space, and to fulfill the lifelong aspiration of keeping pet goats!
With determination, a lot of cussing and neuroses, and — above all — the tireless support of friends and family, The Little Goat House at 726 S Cook St was a 2-year project that exceeded my expectations for results.
In May of 2020, on the eve of my 31st birthday, I accepted an offer on the purchase of my Cook St home for a 47% profit. I then packed up shop, the goats, and the kitty, and headed to a tiny cabin in the high desert of Northern New Mexico!
Our new property in the village of Tres Piedras, just at the outskirts of Taos County, offers all the seductions of living with the land. The goats are overjoyed with the opportunity to roam around our 2 forested acres, attacking the native scrub oak as they go. Meanwhile, waking up to the passive solar sunroom heating up the cabin, looking out on the Sangre de Cristo mountains through the kitchen window while I do dishes, and walking out the front door to the Carson National Forest, I finally feel like I’m home.
I do in fact have other interests and passions besides goats, which include: crafting a brand identity, copywriting and creative writing, alpine and cross-country skiing, improving novice web design skills, cultivating artistic interior and exterior spaces, yoga, plant medicine, cats and dogs, drawing, and hopefully one day painting, novice gardening, patio laying, composting, and wood cutting, community building, anti-racism, anti-fascism, and anti-consumerism, reading, playing Boggle, hammock-ing, and napping (etc). I hold an Undergraduate Degree in the Western Classics from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Whitworth University in Spokane.
Whether you come out to camp with us or hike with us, hire me for a freelance writing or editing project, or meet me under any circumstances, I will always be up for a rousing conversation about any of the aforementioned proclivities. Above all, I believe that my greatest calling and gift is to connect with people and to share stories. This is what makes my world go ’round, and I’m so thankful to have cultivated a lifestyle and an occupation that affords me the opportunity to forge new friendships as part of my day-to-day reality!
Thanks for stopping by, and I can’t wait to meet you soon!