We're Tico & Tina...
(aka David & Christina)
We want to save you time and tears designing a life you love - doing what you were created to do!
Some of our experience includes living debt free since 2005, working from home since 2010, traveling up to 6 months of the year since 2012, homeschooling since 2012.
Our Refine & Build content is for those who want to develop a higher quality of life and change the world!
We share tips and resources for creating a successful location independent life with a family, as well as a higher quality of life in general, all on a budget: small business and passive income, minimalism and travel, better relationships, flexible education, and uncommon spiritual life. You can also find personal, behind-the-scenes stuff here.
History of This Site
David came up with TicoandTina when we wanted to make a new couple email address for our upcoming nuptials, and I thought it was brilliant
(Tico, a nickname from college, means Costa Rican, which he is.)
As we started to transition our blog from personal to more professional, we floundered around a lot about how to deal with branding because “Tico & Tina” obviously doesn’t have any immediate connection to how we help our audience.
The first tagline we used was “Embracing the Journey“, then at some point we tried on “F(orget) Normal. you were made for an uncommon life“, which eventually evolved to “Designing an Uncommon Life“. Then we tried on “Make Room for Greatness” for a while because we felt it fit better with the minimalist content that was really resonating with people at the time. We even bought the domain and started branding our pins that way, though it always just redirected here.
We kind of lost ourselves for a while there, and we’re in the process of evolving our “brand” to a good personal/professional balance……………………… dios mío!
Please let us know what would be most helpful to you on your journey!
*We strongly prefer not to have ads on the site, but since it's currently our main source of income, (along with sharing affiliate products we use and love), we hope you'll be gracious enough to put up with them while we work on developing less intrusive streams of income. Thanks in advance 🙂
If you’re curious how we ended up here, this is our journey in a nutshell so far…
Conquer clutter. Crush chaos. Create clarity.
Change the culture.™