Not So Big Life
Making room for what really matters

What is a Not So Big Life?

A Not So Big Life is one in which you learn to listen to what your heart longs to do, and to integrate these passions into your everyday lifeWhen you engage what you are truly passionate about, you are automatically present in what you are doingyou are showing up completely in each moment. Life becomes a natural expression of your true nature.

A Not So Big Life gives you more room to breathe and to engage the things you really love.  You’ll find more vitality and meaningfulness, and that sense of being “at home” in your life.

About The Book

The Not So Big Life unveils a process for changing the way we live by fully inhabiting each moment of our lives and by showing up completely in whatever it is we are doing.  Just as we can tear down interior walls of a house to open up space, The Not So Big Life shows us that we can tear down our fears, assumptions and conditionings in a way that opens us up to new possibilities so we can start passionately engaging the things we long to do.

True harmony is the stillness and calm in your heart in the midst of whatever is happening. This is where presence resides, in the place where you and what you are doing are one and the same.

- Sarah Susanka, The Not So Big Life

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Making Time for the Year End Review

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Upcoming Not So Big Life Events

16 - 11October - March
2019 - 2020

Implementing the Not So Big Life Meeting Series
Chapel Hill, NC

A special opportunity for Not So Big Life Workshop participants

Marriott Courtyard Chapel Hill
Carolina Room
100 Marriott Way
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Dates (3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30pm – 9:00pm):
October 23, 2019
November 20, 2019
December 18, 2019
January 15, 2020
February 19, 2020
March 18, 2020

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*Space is limited, so register soon to reserve your spot.

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

Read more about the workshop series

Registration is now open!

Register now to save your spot.

3 - 5September

The Not So Big Life Workshop
Durham, NC

Open to all
Dates TBD (tentatively Labor Day Weekend)
Duke Integrative Medicine
3475 Erwin Rd.
Durham, NC  27705

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Sign up now to be notified when registration opens.

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