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ISBN:1400065313
Author: Sarah Susanka
ISBN13: 978-1400065318
Title: The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters
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Language: English
Category: Motivational
Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (May 1, 2007)
Pages: 304

The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters by Sarah Susanka



In her previous book, The Not So Big House, architect Susanka showed us a new way to inhabit our houses. Now, she takes her philosophy to another dimension by showing us a new way to inhabit our lives. Most of us have lives that are as cluttered with unwanted obligations as our attics are cluttered with things. Our ability to find the time to do what we want to do has come to a grinding halt. Susanka shows us that it is possible to take our finger off the fast-forward button, and to our surprise we find how effortless and rewarding this change can be. From publisher description.

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In her previous book, The Not So Big House, architect Susanka showed us a new way to inhabit our houses.

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Really good message of 'do you really need a big house?' poses a question what really matters in your life. I typed up a year end ritual and spend several hours every year to reflect on the past, present, and future at the end of each year. The unique part is that the author is an architect, so no technical jargon in this book. Her 1998 book 'The Not So Big House' introduced her architectural philosophy and quickly became a bestseller. It seemed a natural progression for Susanka to next explore how we live our lives in those spaces. The result is the not so big life: making room for what really matters. And just as the McMansions were wastefully large, so too have our daily lives become overcrowded with activity. She writes: We need to remodel the way we are living, but not in a way that gives us more of the same kinds of space we already have: that would simply create an even bigger life.

So how do we get there? Let’s take a look at the key ingredients that go into the making of a Not So Big Life. These will serve as a thumbnail sketch for each of the plans we’ll develop more fully in the chapters that follow. one, Developing a Blueprint for a New Way of Living. Sarah Susanka is a bestselling author, architect, and cultural visionary. Her build better, not bigger approach to residential architecture has been embraced across the United States, and her Not So Big philosophy has sparked an international dialogue, evolving beyond our houses and into how we inhabit our lives. In addition to sharing her insights with Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose, she has been named a "Fast 50" innovator by Fast Company, a top newsmaker by Newsweek, and an innovator in American culture by . News & World Report.

Making Room for What Really Matters. And do you wonder how it all got so out of control? In her groundbreaking best-seller The Not So Big House, architect Sarah Susanka showed us a new way to inhabit our houses by creating homes that were better, not bigger. Now, in The Not So Big Life, Susanka takes her revolutionary philosophy to another dimension by showing us a new way to inhabit our lives. For many of us, our schedules are chaotic and overcommitted. Here, Susanka shows us that it is possible to take our finger off the fast-forward button

Temporarily out of stock. So how do we get there? Let’s take a look at the key ingredients that go into the making of a Not So Big Life. Because we tend to compartmentalize our lives-to see our working world as one thing, our home life as another, and our desire for connection with our inner nature as yet another-we don’t really live in the way we know should be possible.

In her groundbreaking bestseller The Not So Big House, architect Sarah Susanka showed us a new way to inhabit our houses by creating homes that were better–not bigger. The bigger-is-better idea that triggered the explosion of McMansions has spilled over to give us McLives. The result is that we quickly discover we have all the space and time we need for the things in our lives that really matter. But perhaps the greatest reward is the discovery that small changes can yield enormous results. In her elegant, clear style, Susanka convinces us that less truly is more–much more.

Sarah Susanka’s observations of Americans’ dissatisfaction with their starter castles sparked her to write Not so Big House, about how making a house bigger doesn’t necessarily make it better. The book was a major success, leading to appearances on major network morning shows and Oprah. More observation and reflection led Sarah to pen, several years later, The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters.

Have you ever found yourself asking, “Is this all there is to life?” Or wondering if this bigger life you have created is actually a better life? And do you wonder how it all got so out of control?In her groundbreaking bestseller The Not So Big House, architect Sarah Susanka showed us a new way to inhabit our houses by creating homes that were better–not bigger. Now, in The Not So Big Life, Susanka takes her revolutionary philosophy to another dimension by showing us a new way to inhabit our lives.Most of us have lives that are as cluttered with unwanted obligations as our attics are cluttered with things. The bigger-is-better idea that triggered the explosion of McMansions has spilled over to give us McLives. For many of us, our ability to find the time to do what we want to do has come to a grinding halt. Now we barely have time to take a breath before making the next call on our cell phone, while at the same time messaging someone else on our Blackberry. Our schedules are chaotic and overcommitted, leaving us so stressed that we are numb, yet we wonder why we cannot fall asleep at night.In The Not So Big Life, Susanka shows us that it is possible to take our finger off the fast-forward button, and to our surprise we find how effortless and rewarding this change can be. We do not have to lead a monastic life or give up the things we love. In fact, the real joy of leading a not so big life is discovering that the life we love has been there the entire time. Through simple exercises and inspiring stories, Susanka shows us that all we need to do is make small shifts in our day–subtle movements that open our minds as if we were finally opening the windows to let in fresh air.The Not So Big Life reveals that form and function serve not only architectural aims but life goals as well. Just as we can tear down interior walls to reveal space, we can tear down our fears and assumptions to open up new possibilities. The result is that we quickly discover we have all the space and time we need for the things in our lives that really matter. But perhaps the greatest reward is the discovery that small changes can yield enormous results. In her elegant, clear style, Susanka convinces us that less truly is more–much more.
Reviews: 7
Reighbyra
I can understand the disappointed reviews -- it's very different from the Not So Big House series and wasn't what I was expecting either. It is in the genre of Conversations With God, The Power of Now and Miss Minimalist (blog). I wasn't in the mood for a self-help book when I picked this book up from the library but started reading anyways. Although I have read a lot of similar books on most the subjects I still have found the book to be very life changing for me. There is one chapter in the book on Dream Interpretation and I never would have been open to picking up a book on that subject and yet I went ahead and read it and applied some of it --- and it has been amazing! I've had to laugh at major life decisions that have been made this way -- so far the results have been miraculous. I recently lent the copy to a friend (bought my own copy) and told her to keep it if she liked it. She works with my husband and handed him $12 the next day for the book and said she was never giving it back -- it had "changed her life". So I'm here on Amazon buying another copy for myself. I hope Sarah reads this --- I am so grateful for your book and for sharing you life experiences. You've been an amazing guide and teacher for me.
Macage
This book is a must read for an overall real perspective of what life should be. Just love this easy read in using the analogy of designing a home. They say the home is where the heart is... It goes to say that her writing inspires humanity to be creative and authentic in the way one should live their lives. A holy inspiration to God for he is building a home for the ones who claim that his Son, Jesus Christ, is the only way to be saved.
Celace
I enjoy Susanka's work, and philosophy regarding anti-consumerism and a "Not So Big" way of living. It is wrapped around a theme of design, and if you are not a big fan of design discussion, the details can be excruciating. Of course, a good designer pays a great deal of attention to the details, so we should not be surprised. If you are lover of design, you'd probably give this a four or five. If you just want to know more about a Not So Big Life, minus the pages about design, then three: too many details.
Whitecaster
This is a fantastic book, especially for anyone feeling overwhelmed or lost in their "BIG" life. I will say that parts of it get a little touchy-feely, and there are moments that you have to keep pushing through for things to pick up again, but overall this is one of my very favourite books.

I just bought it for the second time -- this time in Kindle version so I can carry it with me everywhere and just read a little chapter when I need it. Have lent my hard copy to maaaaany people. Worth reading. Worth owning!
Andromajurus
One of the best books I have read. Loved the spiritual nature of the book. So many things to make you think about life. It's worth a reread.
Vudomuro
I can not understand all these negative reviews. This book helped me so much in my life: to stay present, to reduce " stuff", to reduce obligations... This book is transformational, it is deep, it focuses ones attention on priorities, hence not so big life. I actually am planning to retread this book, and this time I will take notes.
Inerrace
I listened to this book first as an audiobook that i got from the library. I was going on a long trip and needed something to listen to in the car. It was actually better than I expected it to be - something about the way it was so down to earth and practical about the spiritual topics that it covers. Once I finished listening to it, I knew I had to have my own copy, which is very unusual for me. I would recommend it to everyone who wants to be more centered amid these crazy lives that we all live.
For rethinking what is important about your life. Practical and interesting, based on architect ideas.