Where it all began

In the mid-1990s, when I’d been working as a residential architect for more than a decade, I had an epiphany one day while driving though the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa. I had started noticing that new houses were getting extremely large, and decidedly unattractive. For miles and miles, all I could see were these “starter castles” marching across the prairies, looking self-important and soulless.

At that point, I was spending most of my time designing homes that were better, not bigger; homes that fit the way my clients really lived, rather than a formal lifestyle that few people ever lived anymore. But in that moment, I realized…

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10 - 12January

The Not So Big Life Year End Review Workshop
Chapel Hill, NC

This workshop is part of the Continuing the Not So Big Life Journey Workshop Series, so is open only to previous Not So Big Life Workshop participants

Beginning Friday, January 10, 2020, 4:30pm
Ending Sunday, January 12, 2020, 12:00pm
Rizzo Center
150 DuBose Home lane
Chapel Hill, NC  27517

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Hoover Lecture Program at Lakeside Chautauqua
Lakeside, OH

Lakeside Chautauqua
236 Walnut Avenue
Lakeside, OH 43440

For more information, email Jeanne Mauriocourt
or call 419-798-4461, ext. 239

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Making Time for the Year End Review

October 10, 2019

All of us have dreams for ourselves and our lives, but sadly most of us don’t live them because we never take the time to listen, and never pay full attention to what our hearts long to do. That’s why I wrote The Not So Big Life, to help people…


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