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. The Introduction provides a good orientation to the book.

We are trying to find more minutes and hours in each day to do the things we value when in fact the way to feel at home in our lives has almost nothing to do with duration. It has to do with the qualities of time, not the quantities.

- Sarah Susanka, The Not So Big Life

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Upcoming Not So Big Life Events

7 - 3October - March
2020 - 2021

Implementing the Not So Big Life Meeting Series
Online via Zoom

A special opportunity for Not So Big Life Workshop participants

When (Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm Eastern):
October 7, 2020
November 4, 2020
December 2, 2020
January 6, 2021
February 3, 2021
March 3, 2021

Online via Zoom

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This meeting series is now full.

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Interested in attending the meeting series? You must first attend a Not So Big Life Workshop to be eligible. Read more about the workshop.

15 - 17January

The Not So Big Life Year End Review Workshop
Online via Zoom

To be eligible for the Year End Review Workshop, you must first attend an introductory Not So Big Life Workshop. Read more about the Not So Big Life Workshop.

January 15 – 17, 2021

Online via Zoom

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Registration is now open!

Space is limited, so sign up now to save your spot.

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